Sidney Crosby was mired in the worst slump of his career to start this season, but he snapped out of it in a big way Tuesday night.
After not scoring in his first five outings of the season, Crosby found the score sheet not once, not twice, but three times in Pittsburgh’s 3-2 overtime victory over the Florida Panthers Tuesday. And in typical Crosby fashion, he kicked off his first big night of the season with a beautiful snipe.
On a Pittsburgh power play, Crosby was set up high on the right wing when he took a cross-ice pass from Evgeni Malkin. After settling the puck quickly, Crosby aimed and fired a rocket of a wrist shot past the blocker of Panthers netminder Roberto Luongo:
For encores, Crosby would dazzle through the neutral zone before drawing a secondary assist on Phil Kessel’ssecond tally in a Penguins uniform and then start the play that led to Malkin’s one-time blast to win the contest for Pittsburgh in overtime. That’s one way to bust a scoring slump.
Through six games, Crosby is now third on the Penguins with three points and on pace for 41 points this campaign. Something tells us he’ll easily surpass that mark, though. In no season has Crosby ever averaged fewer than 1.09 points per game and that’s not likely to change in 2015-16.