Tag: Sidney Crosby

Sidney Crosby

Video: Crosby scores one-handed


Sidney Crosby snapped a six-game goalless drought with a highlight-reel marker Friday night.

The Penguins captain re-directed a Chris Kunitz feed, one-handed, past Jonas Hiller for his 16th of the season.

Crosby added his second of the night in the third period forcing Bob Hartley to make a goaltending change.

After allowing four goals on 24 shots, Hiller was replaced by Karri Ramo

PHT Morning Skate: Tom Hanks brings Wilson to Rangers-Bruins game

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Tom Hanks and Brian Williams took in the NBCSN Rivalry Night game between the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers:

He also brought an old friend to the contest:

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The Rangers went on to earn a 3-2 victory. You can see the highlights below:

Could there be an alternative to Chris Hansen’s arena plan in Seattle? (Seattle Times)

Sidney Crosby excels when it comes to managing his off-ice responsibilities too. (USA Today)

Nail Yakupov is getting along well with new Oilers coach Todd Nelson. (Edmonton Sun)

Logan Couture got some playing time between the pipes last night:

Former New York Rangers player Vic Howe, the younger brother of Gordie Howe, has passed away. (NHL.com)

Crosby, Penguins aren’t used to scoring woes like these


The bad news is that Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins have really hit a brick wall scoring-wise lately.

One might argue that the good news is that these problems are cropping up in February instead of, say, April or May.

That doesn’t take away from the plain fact that things haven’t been going well for the star player or his team, at least offensively.

Crosby, 27, only has one assist in his last five games. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review points out that Crosby is averaging career-lows in points per game (1.13) and goals per contest (.33) and has failed to score a point in 19 out of 46 games this season. To give you some perspective, Crosby averages .48 goals per game and 1.38 points per contest in his NHL career.

It’s probably harsh to beat up on Crosby for still averaging a point every contest, but the Penguins are built around top-end offense, even with a renewed emphasis on depth.

The Tribune-Review also points out that Pittsburgh’s 2.9 goals per game is its worst average since drafting Crosby. He told the newspaper that it’s not all bad to hit some bumps in the road, though.

“A little bit of adversity isn’t a bad thing,” Crosby said. “We need to handle things the right way. This will be a big trip for us. We need to be consistent.

Injuries have certainly been a factor, but let’s face it: this team has had to roll with those punches for years now. Things have been troubling since the winter holidays, as they’re now 6-8-4 since Dec. 22. The more immediate struggles are most glaring (they’ve only scored two goals in their last three games), yet overall the Penguins are searching for answers.

They face a big test, which Crosby alluded to in that quote. They begin a three-game road trip through Western Canada by facing the Oilers in Edmonton tonight and also play five of their next six away from Pittsburgh.

In other words, it’s good that Crosby is welcoming some adversity, because it looks the Penguins will face some more.