Fewer than 50 players have scored 1,200 points in NHL history and now, Sidney Crosby is one of them.
Crosby had a goal and two assists in last night’s 3-2 overtime win against the Florida Panthers, giving him 86 points on the season, good for 4th in the league. The Penguins captain willed his team to victory, as he’s done so many times this season, with another superb effort. In the last month, nobody has more assists than Crosby’s 18 and last night was one of his finest passing performances of the season. Crosby was dialled in, in the offensive zone attempting 15 passes into the slot area – 3rd most by a player in a game all season. He completed 8 of those passes, also the 3rd highest single-game total of the year.
Why does that matter? There’s a direct link between setting up teammates in the slot and generating assists and both of the Penguins goals in regulation last night started with Crosby completing a pass into the slot.
Crosby has inserted himself into MVP discussions with his play this season, especially his recent play. There isn’t a weakness in his game. Offense, defense, transitioning the puck – you name it, Crosby is doing it at a high level.
Watching Crosby move the puck in the offensive zone is always a treat and last night, he put on one of his best performances of the season in that area.
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