Remember the concern earlier in the season that Sidney Crosby had lost a step or that he was no longer among the best players in the game? Well, if those worries weren’t already put to bed, they should be now.
Monday evening against the Anaheim Ducks, Crosby was seemingly everywhere, and it shows on the score sheet. Crosby’s two goals and four points helped the Penguins sink the Ducks and put an end to Anaheim’s six-game win streak. If you were looking for one single play to encapsulate just how well Crosby played Monday — and how unstoppable he has been of late — look no further than his second goal against the Ducks.
Less than four minutes into the third period, Crosby was sent in on a breakaway with Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler giving chase. Fowler, knowing he wouldn’t catch Crosby, impeded ‘Sid the Kid’ with a few hooks, the second of which caused Crosby to lose his footing and fall toward the ice. As he was falling, though, Crosby managed to get absolutely wire a shot past John Gibson’s glove:
That puck jumped off of Crosby’s stick as he was falling faster than a large number of players can shoot pucks with solid footing under them. It’s hard for Gibson to even really be upset with himself after that one, because that’s a near unstoppable shot for Crosby’s second breakaway goal of the night.
With the four-point night he had Monday, Crosby is not officially in the top-five for scoring. His 24 goals rank seventh in the league, while his 53 points put him in a tie with Evgeny Kuznetsov for fifth in scoring. Crosby has played fewer games than any of the five players ahead of him in scoring, too, so it might be only a matter of time before he’s threatening to surpass Tyler Seguin, Erik Karlsson and Jamie Benn on the scoring list. Catching Patrick Kane might be a tall task.
If anyone can catch Kane, though, it might be Crosby. His four-point game was his 11th consecutive contest with at least one point, and Crosby has now tallied 12 points in his past four games. Crosby’s 11-game point streak has helped him nearly double his point total, too, as he has 22 points over those 11 games.