Sidney Crosby kicked off his post-season by scoring a breakaway tally on an almost unstoppable shot. The Penguins captain froze Rangers goaltender Antti Raanta and ripped a perfectly placed shot into the top corner.
Throughout his career, Sidney Crosby has been more than a point per game player in the post-season, but he hasn’t fared quite as well against the New York Rangers.
Heading into Game 1 against the rival squad, Crosby had just three goals and 13 points in 17 playoff games against New York. He had never once recorded a three-point night against the Rangers, and the games most prominent impact player was rarely the game-breaker. Wednesday night against the team, though, Crosby got his chance to make some magic, and he made no mistake.
Time was winding down in the second period with the Penguins protecting a 1-0 lead when Patric Hornqvist spotted a streaking Crosby and put him in all alone against Rangers goaltender Antti Raanta. Without so much as making a single deke, Crosby froze Raanta and rifled a shot past his glove:
That’s perfect shot placement from Crosby and Raanta had no chance to stop that. Given how much time Crosby had, there was no reason for him to panic and he made the Rangers pay.
The Rangers would cut the lead to one three minutes into the third period, but Crosby went back to work after Tom Kuhnhackl restored the Penguins’ two-goal lead. The Penguins’ captain assisted on a power play goal by Hornqvist to make it 4-1 and then picked up the primary assist on Hornqvist’s empty-net, hat trick goal to ice the game.
Wednesday’s game was Crosby’s 101st playoff contest of his career, and he now has 44 goals and 121 points over that span. Crosby is now the fourth-highest active playoff scorer in the NHL, and only veterans Patrik Elias, Marian Hossa and Jaromir Jagr have more post-season points.