Crosby captivated during a great night for the Penguins

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Earlier this season, Sidney Crosby was scoring on an unsustainable percentage of his shots … yet many wondered: “This is Sidney Crosby, is it possible that he could just keep doing this?”

Well, the bounces have slowed¬†a touch – he came into Friday with a 17.1 shooting percentage – but he justified such doubts by absurdly scoring a goal off of Henrik Lundqvist‘s head.

… And he did it on purpose.

That goal came after Crosby began the night’s scoring with an assist on a Jake Guentzel goal, which placed him second all-time in Penguins history in assists, ahead of Jaromir Jagr.

One has to feel a bit for Lundqvist, both for being the victim of that bit of Crosby genius and for the notion that his flurry of first-period saves has likely been made irrelevant.

Crosby has scored 22 goals against Lundqvist, easily the most he’s generated vs. any goalie.

Update: The Penguins nabbed a 4-3 shootout win thanks a (wait for it) shootout-winner by Crosby.

Matt Murray made a fantastic stop in overtime, too:

Furthermore, Friday was very friendly to the Penguins, as both the Blue Jackets and Capitals lost in regulation.

The Penguins are unlikely to catch the Capitals in such a small period of time, but a round of home-ice advantage became far more plausible after this night:

1. Capitals – 110 points in 77 games
2. Blue Jackets – 106 points in 77 games
3. Penguins – 105 points in 77 games

Pittsburgh’s next two games are interesting, as they host the desperate and red-hot Hurricanes on Sunday and the Blue Jackets on Tuesday. Both of those games are at home, and then they close out 2016-17 with three consecutive contests on the road.