Tag: Sidney Crosby

Evgeni Malkin

Penguins stretch streak to four with win over the Jackets


Evgeni Malkin scored twice and added an assist for his third consecutive three-point game as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-3 Sunday night.

David Perron, Derrick Pouliot and Steve Downie had the other Penguins goals.

Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang each had two assists in the win.

With the win, the Penguins have now won four straight games. Pittsburgh also avoided a third straight loss against Columbus this season.

Crosby and Malkin are now tied with 64 points one back of Washington’s Alex Ovechkin, New York Islanders captain John Tavares and Flyers’ forward Jakub Voracek for the league-lead.

“I thought there was a time two weeks ago when [Malkin] had a little bit of a lapse in his game,” Penguins coach Mike Johnston said per NHL.com. “Other than that, I have not seen it all year. I’ve seen a lot of intensity in his game, and the more emotion and intensity he has in the game, the better his game is. You saw it right away. You can see it early in the game with him. He gets out there, he’s skating.
“He’s hard on the loose pucks, he’s lifting sticks, and when he’s engaged like that in the game as he has been, he can be a dominant player like he was tonight.”

Marc-Andre Fleury improved to 29-13-6 with a 22-save performance.

Ryan Johansen had a goal and an assist in the loss. James Wisniewski and Nick Foligno had the others for the Jackets.

Curtis McElhinney made 36 saves in the loss.

Video: Jackets’ Johansen with an open ice hit on Crosby

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The last time the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets met, a little over two weeks ago, Sidney Crosby and Brandon Dubinsky dropped the mitts in a second period fight.

Tonight it was Ryan Johansen getting physical with Crosby.

The Blue Jackets forward stepped into the Penguins captain with a big open-ice hit early in the first period.

Crosby was able to skate away from the hit unharmed.

Oddsmaker: Sidney Crosby no longer Hart Trophy favorite

Sidney Crosby

Although Sidney Crosby is on a three-game point streak, he went on a rough stretch — at least when measured against the incredibly high standard he’s held to — from Jan. 20 to Feb. 19 where he recorded four goals and seven points in 13 games.

That seems to have taken its toll as Crosby’s no longer the favorite to win the Hart Trophy based on the odds from online bookmaker Bovada:

Carey Price 5/2
John Tavares 5/2
Sidney Crosby 3/1
Ryan Getzlaf 5/1
Alex Ovechkin 6/1
Jakub Voracek 15/2
Rick Nash 15/1
Mark Giordano 20/1
Vladimir Tarasenko 20/1

No goaltender has won the Hart Trophy since Jose Theodore in 2001–02, but there’s no denying that Carey Price has been vital to the Montreal Canadiens’ success. Meanwhile, Tavares was the big mover as he had 20/1 odds in early February.

Ovechkin also saw his chances jump significantly, from 15/1 to 6/1 as he chases his third straight Rocket Richard Trophy. Voracek has fallen from 9/2 to 15/2 while Philadelphia Flyers teammate Claude Giroux has slid off the list entirely.