Tag: Sidney Crosby

Sidney Crosby on his down year: ‘I wouldn’t change anything I’m doing’


Sidney Crosby might not hit 100 points this season. He’s only on pace to hit 86, according to NHL.com.

And while he may be only two points off the league lead as of Friday afternoon, before the New York Islanders on John Tavares hit the ice for their game against the Senators, this is being talked about as a down season for Crosby.

His goal totals are down from a year ago. His point total is down.

And yet, he’s manufactured a Corsi For rating of 55.7 per cent at five-on-five, which suggests puck possession isn’t an issue.

“I wouldn’t change anything I’m doing, to be honest with you,” said Crosby, as per The Canadian Press. “I’m working hard. I’m doing my best. If people’s expectations are higher than mine, then I can’t change that.”

On an individual level, this is his third worst season for shooting percentage, behind the lockout-shortened season and the 2011-12 campaign, when he played only 22 games.

The Penguins team shooting percentage with Crosby on the ice during five-on-five play this season has dropped below nine per cent, which is the lowest its been in his time as an NHL player, according to stats.hockeyanalysis.com.

“I’d love to score more,” he later added.

“You can’t explain why pucks hit posts and bounce out instead of in. I don’t have a great explanation for you. Other than probably a handful of times this year, I feel like some of those pucks would usually find a way to go in and not out.”

While his point totals might be down overall, he’s been a regular contributor on the score sheet over the past three weeks. Four times in his last nine games, he’s recorded two points or more.

Oilers erase four-goal deficit, still lose to Penguins

Brandon Sutter, Ben Scrivens

Thursday’s contest between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Edmonton Oilers looked like a mismatch before the puck was even dropped and nothing Edmonton did in the first 30 minutes of play suggested otherwise. Edmonton nearly pulled off an incredible comeback though before ultimately suffering a 6-4 loss.

Brandon Sutter gave Pittsburgh plenty of breathing room early on with a shorthanded marker just 4:16 minutes into the game and his 15th goal of the season a little over five minutes later.

Pittsburgh continued to pick on Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens with David Perron and Sidney Crosby each finding the back of the net to chase the netminder out of the contest just 1:01 minutes into the second frame. With a 4-0 edge, the Penguins’ victory against the lowly Oilers seemed assured, but Edmonton chipped away at that lead until Derek Roy evened the score at 10:04 of the third period.

The Oilers’ efforts didn’t end up providing them with a point though as just over four minutes later Steve Downie scored what proved to be the game-winner.

“It showed a lot, coming back down 4-0 in a town like Pittsburgh… It’s frustrating (we couldn’t win it),” Edmonton’s Benoit Pouliot said, per the team’s Twitter feed.

Pittsburgh has now won three of its last four games as it battles for the Metropolitan Division title. Meanwhile, Edmonton remains locked in 29th place in the league with its sixth straight defeat.

Video: Malkin reaches 700-point milestone

Evgeni Malkin

The Pittsburgh Penguins dominated the Edmonton Oilers in the first half of Thursday’s contest and along the way Evgeni Malkin collected his 700th career point on a power-play goal from Sidney Crosby.

You can see that milestone moment below:

That was the fourth goal Oilers netminder Ben Scrivens had allowed on 13 shots and it led to him being yanked in favor of Richard Bachman.

At the age of 28, Malkin is the fourth player to record 700 points with the Pittsburgh Penguins after Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, and Sidney Crosby. Malkin also managed to achieve the feat in 580 games after winning the Art Ross Trophy in 2008-09 and 2011-12. With 68 points this season, Malkin is fighting for his third scoring title, although the New York Islanders’ John Tavares is currently leading the pack with 72 points in 69 games.