Video: Sidney Crosby’s mind-blowing no-look assist

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Sidney Crosby‘s been lighting up goalies left and right with his shooting prowess lately. Honestly, it’s to the point where you forget that playmaking is still likely his greatest gift.

… And then, well, Thursday happens.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are in a bit of a track meet with the New Jersey Devils tonight, with Nick Bonino providing some great assisting magic of his own. As per usual, Crosby stole the show with an And1 Mixtape-worthy no-look helper to Conor Sheary.

Drop your jaw in awe of this gaudy display in the video above.

At least one person wonders if Crosby could have been so audacious in a different era:

Chances are, he would have found a different way to do something ridiculous.

Ryan O’Reilly comments on Sidney Crosby spearing incident: ‘It happens’

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Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has made some headlines this week for a couple of stick infractions that were overlooked by the on-ice officials during his games.

They were not overlooked by everybody else.

On Thursday, he caught Marc Methot with a slash to the hand that ended up busting the defenseman’s finger on a play that made Senators owner Eugene Melnyk go berserk on Ottawa radio the next day. On its own it would have been an incident that received a ton of attention, if for no other reason than the gruesome image of Methot’s finger dangling around. But what added to it was the fact that two days before that incident there was the spearing incident involving Buffalo Sabres forward Ryan O'Reilly that you see in the video above.

On Saturday, O’Reilly was asked for his thoughts on the play after everything that has happened with Crosby over the past couple of games.  He does not seem to have any hard feelings regarding the play, via TSN’s Mark Masters:

“It was a weird thing,” said O’Reilly. “You know, it happens. I didn’t expect it and he apologized after the play and it was understood. It just threw me off. I wasn’t expecting anything and then something happens, but he’s a good guy and he is just playing hard and he takes a beating every night too so it happens.”

He was then asked if he knew who initially hit him, and O’Reilly said he did not until Crosby apologized later in the game.

“No, I didn’t,” said O’Reilly. I was watching the puck and the next thing I know I had a stick right to the crotch and it threw me off for sure. I got up slowly and turned around to see who it was, and then off the won faceoff he comes up as we’re skating down the ice and says, ‘yeah, sorry about that, I was kind of going for your stick.’ I go, ‘meh, it happens, I guess. Would’ve been nice to have a penalty, but it happens.”

Crosby was not penalized for either play and received no supplemental discipline from the league. The latter part is not a surprise, and it is not because of some sort of preferential treatment from the league. Since the NHL’s department of player safety has been put into place it has never suspended a player for spearing (it has fined seven players) and suspended only two players for slashing (it has fined six).

VIDEO: Penguins honor Sidney Crosby for recording 1,000th career point

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This past week Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby became the 86th player in league history to record 1,000 points in the NHL when he assisted on a Chris Kunitz goal in a win over the Winnipeg Jets. He is the 11th youngest player to reach the milestone, doing so at age 29 and making an already massive accomplishment that much more impressive when you consider the low scoring era he has played in.

Before Sunday afternoon’s game against the Detroit Red Wings, the Penguins’ first home game since Crosby reached the 1,000 point mark on Thursday night, the team honored with a pre-game ceremony that included a golden stick and a plaque made out of the roof of the old Civic Arena, the building in Pittsburgh that Crosby played in for the first five years of his career.

Check out the ceremony in the video above.

This season Crosby is second in the NHL scoring race with 64 points in 51 games, trailing Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid by three points (McDavid has played in eight more games). Crosby also leads the league with 31 goals entering play on Sunday.

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PHT Morning Skate: A list of 110 players that helped Sidney Crosby hit the 1,000-point mark

Ben Bishop is the biggest name when it comes to goalies that are pending unrestricted free agents, but as The Hockey News points out, there are other useful players at that position that could find themselves on different teams next season. Chad Johnson, Brian Elliott, Ryan Miller, Steve Mason and Scott Darling could all be nice pickups if they don’t re-sign with their respective clubs before July 1st. (The Hockey News)

–Claude Julien is considered by many to be one of the best coaches in hockey, but that doesn’t mean he won’t face any challenges in his new adventure with the Montreal Canadiens. His biggest obstacle will be finding ways to win without being able to count on a strong two-way center like he did in Boston with Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci. (Vice Sports)

–Sabres forward Evander Kane scored a spectacular goal in last night’s 2-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche. You can watch the highlights from that game by clicking the video at the top of the page.

–The Toronto Maple Leafs surprised many by being in playoff contention this late into the season, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline. But thanks to some creative cap management, the Leafs could potentially be one of the teams that makes the biggest splash between now and the end of the month. (Sportsnet)

–Penguins captain Sidney Crosby hit the 10,00-point mark in yesterday’s win over the Winnipeg Jets. Crosby is in pretty elite company when it comes to points-per-game for players that have played a minimum of 500 games in the NHL:

–Speaking of Crosby’s latest accomplishment, the Penguins PR staff came up with a list of 110 different players that helped the Penguins captain hit the 1,000-point mark. To no one’s surprise, Evgeni Malkin leads the way, as he had a direct link to 262 of Crosby’s points. (BarDown)

–The Garden of Dreams foundation allowed a young New York Rangers fan to get the experience of a lifetime. Moshe Illouz became an honorary Rangers player five days. He answered questions from the media and got to skate with Henrik Lundqvist and the gang.

VIDEO: Sidney Crosby records 1,000th career point

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You can officially add Sidney Crosby to the NHL’s 1,000 point club.

With an assist on Chris Kunitz‘s first period goal on Thursday night, Crosby became the 86th player in NHL history to record his 1,000th career point.

He did it in his 757th regular season game.

You can see the play in the video above, and it was a pretty complete effort on Crosby’s part as he forced a turnover in the defensive zone and then set up Kunitz, a long-time regular on his line, for the goal.

It is just another milestone for Crosby in what has been an incredible career over the past decade. Since entering the NHL at the start of the 2005-06 season his 1,000 points are the second most in the NHL, trailing only the 1,017 that Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin has recorded. Ovechkin has played in 139 more games during that stretch.

Crosby’s 1.32 points per game since entering the league are by far the most in the NHL.

Along with the 1,000 points he has also won two MVP awards, two scoring titles, a Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP and captained the Penguins to two Stanley Cups.