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Sidney Crosby Comeback is His 21st NHL Career 4 Point Game

Monday November 21, 2011

Today Sidney Crosby helped the Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the New York Islanders 5-0 and notching his 21st 4 point NHL game. Welcome back Sidney Crosby! Check out the cool welcome back video below and find out some cool facts about Sidney Crosby's comeback here...

Sidney Crosby Comesback From 2011 Concussion With Authorization to Play Contact Hockey During Practice With Penguins

Thursday October 13, 2011

Today Sidney Crosby was authorized to play full contact hockey during practice with the Pittsburgh Penguins. This marks the first time he was able to do this since the big hits that resulted in his January 2011 concussion.

But his team mates refused to hit him. Read the full story with video of Sidney Crosby explaining his plan to bang bodies with his fellow Penguins next time they're on the ice together...

 

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Pittsburgh Penguins Almost Go Down After Their Commanding 5-0 Lead Was Slashed To 5-4 by the Edmonton Oilers

Thursday November 6, 2008

Just think by late in the second period Pittsburgh looked like it would get an easy win against Edmonton. After all, by roughly mid second period Max Talbot scored a goal, and Miroslav Satan and Petr Sykor (both former Oilers) each scored a pair of goals for Pittsburgh. This gave the Penguins a sweet 5-0 lead in what looked like a victory in the making.

However by late in the second period Fernando Pisani, assisted by Steve Staios and Ethan Moreau, picked up the first goal for the Edmonton Oilers. Believe it or not in the first half of the third period Edmonton’s Tom Gilbert, Ales Hemsky, and Sheldon Souray each scored a goal in a six minute time span. As it turns out this put the Oiler’s only one goal behind Pittsburgh. As you probably know, the Penguins have already blown leads late in the game and lost several times this season because of getting too comfortable and slacking off. Luckily, they were able to hold on and win this one 5-4.

Come on Pittsburgh this is the NHL, you have to play hard every minute of the game. Are the Penguins ever going to learn that? The good news is the Penguins are finally starting to take shots on goal with a respectable 34 this game.

Sidney Crosby assists Max Talbot against Oilers

In any case, Sidney Crosby was credited with an assist during the first period on Max Talbot’s goal. Now tell me, did Sidney Crosby shoot to score or shoot to purposely bounce the puck off of Oiler goalie Mathieu Garon’s pad to set up Max Talbot? Jodie over at The Sidney Crosby Show does a great job of describing what happened in her recap of the game (Jodie’s game recaps are highly recommended). Here is what she had to say…

"Jordan Staal made a key save just as Kris Letang was called for slashing. Remember, the PENGUINS were shorthanded as Siddo stole the puck and went 2-on-1 with Mad Max. Sid shot the puck, Garon made a pad save, and the rebound went right to Mad Max, who promptly scored the shorthanded goal. [Pens 2, Oilers 0] Upon watching the replay, Bob Errey seemed convinced that Sid purposely aimed for Garon's pad hoping for it to do exactly what it did. What a player!"

You’re going to love this, Evgeni Malkin assisted on all three of the Penguins’ second period goals for a total of 17 assists this season. It gets even better, combined with his 4 goals, Malkin now leads the NHL in points, two better than big mouth Alexander Semin who was trash talking Sidney Crosby earlier this week. Plus, Malkin also leads in assists so far. Likewise, Evgeni Malkin’s point streak is now at 9 games in row.

Oh yeah, one more thing, the video below describes what Alexander Semin said about Sidney Crosby. Crosby responded with class and chose to downplay it all. Sidney said he will keep his comments about Semin to himself. Personally I think Semin is a talented player as his point count so far shows but he sounded a little stupid saying you can make any dead wood player who scores 100 points a star. Truth is a dead wood player would not come close to 100 points. Quite simply, let’s see if Semin can match Crosby’s point count when this season comes to an end.

 

Sidney Crosby Named First Star as Penguins Snap Three Game Losing Streak Beating The St. Louis Blues 6-3

Saturday November 1, 2008

If Sidney Crosby is injured he sure didn't play like it, as Pittsburgh’s talented offense finally woke up to win a game. It’s quite obvious that Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Miroslav Satan are the top forwards on Pittsburgh. As a matter of fact, they seem to be racking up about 60 to 70% of the points earned by players on their team. These three players were also named stars of the game as Pittsburgh defeated the Blues 6-3. Sidney Crosby was the first star, Miroslav Satan the second, and Evgeni Malkin third. Crosby played extremely well despite reports of an undisclosed injury and the intensity shown by his line up set the tone for the rest of the team.

Penguins coach Michel Therrien was impressed with Sidney Crosby’s play stating, "I thought Crosby’s line really set the tone." By the end of the hockey game thirteen Penguins picked up points.

Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist, extending his game point streak to 8. Miroslav Satan had two assists, a goal (during the first period assisted by Crosby and Letang), and is currently Pittsburgh leading goal scorer with a total of six this season.

Alex Goligoski scored the first of three goals Pittsburgh picked up during the second period alone, tying the game 2-2. Goligoski was assisted by Satan and Sydor (Sydor’s first assist of the season). Malkin got the second goal of the second period assisted by Petr Sykora and Sidney Crosby, followed by Tyler Kennedy’s goal assisted by Matt Cooke and Hal Gill.

Mad Max Talbot finally picked up his second point this season during the third period (note: check out the video at the end of this post featuring “superstar” Max). Jordan Staal also had a goal at the end of the third period, it was on an empty net for his first goal of the season.

No question that Pittsburgh is talented; it’s just a matter of them staying focused during entire games and tapping into their potential. They have done just that during this game and if they keep it up their slump may just be over.

Sidney Crosby's injury was not disclosed but there was mention of a possible rib injury. The Pittsburgh Post Gazette said it was a hip injury. Whatever the injury is, it didn't stop Sidney Crosby from a spectacular performance against the St. Louis Blues.

 

Sidney Crosby Injured During Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 Loss to the Phoenix Coyotes

Thursday October 30, 2008

The Pittsburgh Penguins lost Sidney Crosby to an undisclosed injury during the last five minutes of the second period during a game against Wayne Gretzky’s Phoenix Coyotes. This is bad news for Penguins fans since Pittsburgh’s offense has been sluggish losing their last three games in a row.

With one of their star players out things can get ugly in the near future for Pittsburgh. The Penguins' goal tenders, Marc Andre Fleury and Dany Sabourin, have played great and deserve much credit but if the rest of the team doesn’t step up they may start to burn out. The first thing Pittsburgh’s forwards might want to try doing is to shoot the puck. So far there is no word on how long Crosby will be out, nor what type of injury he suffered (the rumor so far is it could be a rib injury).

During the first period against the Coyotes, the Penguins only registered two shots on net!

During the second period Olli Jokinen got the first goal of the game for Phoenix. Miroslav Satan tied the game in the second period when he got the lone goal for the Penguins. Malkin fired off a shot that hit the glass behind the Coyotes net and bounced in front of the net where Satan put the puck past goalie Ilya Bryzgalov for a power play goal. Then Sean Doan broke the tie with two minutes left in the second giving the Coyotes the lead.

During the third period Phoenix scored two more times to win the game, final score 4-1.

Crosby’s game point streak came to end tonight at 6 games. Evgeni Malkin was credited with an assist on Miroslav Satan’s goal. This extends Malkin’s game point streak to 7 games.

 

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin Neutralized by Sharks as Frustrated Penguins Hit Franchise Record Low Shots on Net

Tuesday October 28, 2008

Offensively the Penguins did horrible against the Sharks, only getting 11 shots on goal, losing 2-1. Going up against Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, the Sharks top forwards, Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau, played physical, offensive and defensive at the same time. This strategy effectively let the Sharks neutralize two of the leagues deadliest young forwards in Malkin and Crosby.

Even worse Sidney Crosby won only 4 of 20 faceoffs. By the end of the game Sidney Crosby had zero shots on net and Evgeni Malkin only two. Most disgusting of all, the Penguins tied their franchise record for the fourth time in history for the lowest number of shots on net during a game.

The rest of the Penguins need to step up and produce or else all any team will need to do to be successful is neutralize Crosby and Malkin and fire lots of shots at Marc Andre Fleury and Dany Sabourin. These fabulous goaltenders are tough to beat but eventually a puck or two will get by. Of course there are injured players missing from the team which may be playing a role in the Pens poor performance but this is when the others need to step up.

The lone goal for Pittsburgh came just over five minutes before the end of the game with Ruslan Fedotenko getting a goal assisted by Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. This extends Crosby and Malkin’s game point streaks to 6 games.

 

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin Extend Point Streaks to 5 Games Each But Penguins Collapse "Again" In Third Period as Rangers Win In Shootout

Saturday October 25, 2008

After a slow start this season Sidney Crosby picked up the pace in the last five games by scoring 3 goals (one of them tonight assisted by Malkin) and notching 7 assists but his team still choked during the third period against the New York Rangers. In fact, the Penguins obviously got a little too comfortable with their 2-0 lead in the third period. Heck, the Rangers out shot the Penguins 18-2. Believe me, Marc Andre Fleury put up a spectacular performance, with very little help from the rest of the Penguins, but he wasn’t able to stop 2 of the 18 shots.

In any case, the Penguins utilized their undeniable talent to play a fabulous game for the first two periods but their third period performance was worthy of a kick in the butt. As a matter of fact three of Pittsburgh’s four loses in their first nine games is because they slacked and screwed up third period leads. Now don’t get me wrong, I think the Penguins are very talented. For example, during the second period of tonight’s game they miraculously killed off a two minute Rangers 5 on 3 power play. Problem is Pittsburgh is not always consistent throughout an entire hockey game. Reality is Pittsburgh slacks towards the end of games when they are in the lead as illustrated by three of their four losses this season being directly attributed to messing up third period leads. Hence someone needs to kick the Penguins tail feathers… perhaps just before they waddle back onto the ice for the third period of games they are leading.

Okay, now let’s summarize the hockey game: During the first period Darryl Sydor scored for the Penguins, assisted by Tyler Kennedy and Kris Letang. Then Sidney Crosby, assisted by Evgeni Malkin and Alex Goligoski, got the second goal in the second period, giving the Penguins a 2-0 lead over the Rangers at Madison Square Gardens (where Crosby was heavily booed by the way).

Trouble is, the Rangers rallied during the third period as Markus Naslund scored a goal assisted by Scott Gomez and Chris Drury to make it 2-1. Then with only a minute left in the game the Rangers pulled goalie Henrik Lundqvist. Worst of all, rarely does pulling a goalie during the last minute result in success but this time Nikolai Zherdev took care of the goal. You see, the Rangers rushed the puck up the ice after taking possession of a missed Sidney Crosby backhand shot on the empty net. Yes, with only nine seconds left in the period Zherdev launched the puck over Fleury’s shoulder and into the net.

Needless to say, during overtime the Penguins played much better but neither team was able to score. The game went to a shootout.

Quite simply, the pressure was on Sidney Crosby, the third and last shooter, during the shootout. The Rangers’ previous shooter, Fredrik Sjostrom, got the goal and it was up to Sidney Crosby to score and keep the Penguins alive. Here’s the deal, it was one young superstar against another, Sidney Crosby taking on Henrik Lundvist, but this time the goalie prevailed despite an impressive fake out move attempt by the Penguins’ young captain.

But, I have to admit, even though the Penguins lost tonight I was happy to see Sidney Crosby get a goal and extend his game point streak to five (as did Evgeni Malkin). Don't worry as these two players heat up, backed by spectacular goalies, the maturing Penguins will come together to consistently perform even during the thrid period. After all, I think their coach or even Mario Lemieux is about to give them that swift kick to the butt they need to make it happen.

 

Its Goal 101 For Sidney Crosby
as Penguins Awaken
To Score 4 Goals
During Third Period
to Crush the Hurricanes
4-1

Thursday October 23, 2008

You're going to love this, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin each picked up a goal and an assist, each now with four game point streaks, in a game that looked like the Penguins weren't going to score a single point against the Hurricanes.

To begin with, during the first period at Mellon Arena Sidney Crosby and Eric Staal were penalized at the same time. Crosby for interference and Staal for slashing. While both spent two minutes in the penalty box, Carolina rookie Brendan Sutter got his first NHL career goal as he put the puck past Marc Andre Fleury unassisted.

The game remained 1-0 for Carolina for both the first and second period and it looked like the Canes might get a win.

Hang on to your seat because at 8:15 of the thrid period Sidney Crosby started an explosive rally for the Penguins by scoring a goal. But wait, you have seen NOTHING yet... just thirty two seconds later Ruslan Fedotenko scored another one for the Penguins, assisted by Petr Sykora and Jordan Staal (brother of Hurricanes star Eric Staal). In addition to that, just over three minutes later Tyler Kennedy assisted Maxime Talbot on his goal making it 3-1.

Wait, there's more... to top it off, during the last minute of the game, Evgeni Malkin fired a wrist shot into the net assisted by Sidney Crosby and Rob Scuderi. The game ended with the Pittsburgh Penguins defeating the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1.

And look at this: Sidney Crosby was named the first star of the game, Evgeni Malkin the second star, and Maxime Talbot the thrid star. And like I said at the beginning of this post you're going to love this... unless of course you are a Hurricanes fan.

 

In Honor of His 100th Goal Sports Centre Put Together The Following Video of Sidney Crosby's Top 10 Goals so Far

Thursday October 23, 2008

 

Do You or Your Kids
Want To Play Pro Hockey?

Tuesday October 21, 2008

As a child Sidney Crosby idolized Steve Yzerman and dreamed of making it to the NHL. Like Crosby, young hockey players everywhere dream of making it to the NHL. Truth is, some naturally talented players never make it, while others surprise us when they do.

Sidney Crosby spent 10 years attending Andrew’s Hockey Growth Programs in Prince Edward Island before going pro. But guess what? Not everyone can afford this guidance, the average cost of hockey player development training will easily set you back thousands of dollars just for a few 45 minute sessions.

There is good news, a well known trainer has just released an affordable state-of-the-art online training system he originally developed for his pro clients. His name is Eric Morrissette, NHL players have trusted him with their career’s for more than 10 years. For more information on this affordable hockey player development program you can read more here.

 

Pittsburgh Penguins Beat Boston Bruins With Evgeni Malkin's Shootout Goal
While Sidney Crosby's Shootout Shot Was Stopped He Did Pick Up an Assist During The First Period

Monday October 20, 2008

Sidney Crosby managed another point tonight when he and Evgeni Malkin assisted Miroslav Satan on the first goal of the night late in the first period.

Boston's Phil Kessel scored for the Bruins during the second period tying the game 1-1. The score remained tied and the hockey game at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston went all the way to a shootout.

During the shootout Boston's Phil Kessel scored a goal but Petr Sykora managed to get one for Pittsburgh right after. Sidney Crosby attempted to score during the shootout but was stopped by goalie Tim Thomas. The shootout went into an extra round where Evgeni Malkin got the puck past Thomas winning the game for The Penguins 2-1.

Both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are on a three game point streaks. Crosby has 1 goal and 6 assists. Malkin has 1 goal and 7 assists.

Last season on December 20, 2007, during Sidney Crosby's third NHL season and 194th NHL career game he earned his first ever Gordie Howe hat trick in his first NHL career fight against Boston's Andrew Ferrence. The fight took place in the same building they played in tonight. You can watch a video of Sidney Crosby's first fight and read all the details here.

The Penguins will host the Hurricanes on Thursday.

Speaking of the Hurricanes, Eric Morrissette a hockey player trainer NHL pros have trusted for over ten years just released an online training tool that gives you the inside scoop on the Canes secret training tool. If you or your kids want to become the best hockey player possible and possibly make it to the NHL, then Eric's "Your Hockey Training" is worth checking out.

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Sidney Crosby’s First Goal of the Season Marks the 100th of His Career and He Notched His 200th Assist as the Pittsburgh Penguins Crushed the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1

Saturday October 18, 2008

Putting Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby together on the same line for the first time this season has paid off for the Penguins. Both Crosby and Malkin earned four points each. Malkin had four assists, while Crosby got his first goal of the season and three assists. In fact, during this game against the struggling Maple Leafs, Crosby notched his 100th career goal during the third period and passed the 200th career assist mark (for a total of 302 points in 219 NHL career games). Sharing in Crosby’s spotlight was Malkin who also hit a career milestone by reaching 200 career points this game (with 201 points in 166 NHL career games).

Toronto opened the scoring during the first period when Nik Antropov got the first goal of the night. Less than a minute later Pascal Dupuis scored a goal for the Penguins after picking up the rebound from Sidney Crosby’s shot. While this wasn't anything fancy it did officially mark Sidney Crosby's 200th assist. Besides, the other two Crosby assists and goal showcased number eighty seven’s true hockey genius.

During the second period, Miroslav Satan picked up a beautiful pass that Crosby fired through the legs of Maple Leafs rookie Luke Schenn. Satan quickly put the puck past Cujo for the goal. That was Pittsburgh’s second goal of the game and Crosby’s second assist, much nicer than the first. Crosby’s third point of the game came during the third period when he scored his first goal of the season. But before getting into the details of his goal its worth mentioning the sweet assist that came shortly after his goal. Crosby made a snazzy cross-slot pass (area in front of the net and between the faceoff circles) to Sykora who buried the puck for the goal.

The best part of the game for Sidney Crosby and his fans was getting his first goal of the season and the 100th of his NHL career. It was a nice one too. To begin with, Crosby skated towards the Toronto net just a little half way through the third period. Curtis Joseph was positioning himself to poke the puck away but Crosby dodged him. Then Maple Leaf Jonas Frogren dove knocking the puck to the boards. You’re going to love this, Sidney Crosby got the puck back, fired off a shot, banking it off of a Toronto defender’s skate and into the net.

Not surprisingly, Sidney Crosby was named the first star of the game, Malkin the second, and Marc Andre Fleury who saved 26 of 27 shots was named the third.

Sidney Crosby Gets First NHL Milestone Hat Trick in History

Interestingly, Sidney Crosby is being credited for making history once again by scoring the NHL's first ever milestone hat trick. Here is what is being reported on the Pittsburgh Penguins site, "Sidney Crosby registered the NHL’s first ever milestone hat trick. The Penguins captain recorded his 100th goal, 200th assist and 300th point on three successive goals in Pittsburgh’s 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night".

Video of Sidney Crosby's 100th Career Goal First of 2008-09 NHL Season

 

Penguins Take Comanding 3-0 Lead
Against Capitals
Less Than Two Minutes Into Second Period
Sidney Crosby Two Assists
Evgeni Malkin Two Assists and a Goal
Alexander Ovechkin Scoreless
But Capitlas Dig Deep To Win 4-3

Thursday October 16, 2008

Sidney Crosby still hasn't scored a goal but earned two assists in the first period against Alexander Ovechkin's Washington Capitals. Evgeni Malkin also earned two assists and a goal. It finally looks like these two young stars are playing hockey like they should. Alexander Ovechkin surprisingly was held at bay failing to register a point. However, Ovechkin seemed to have his sights set on Russian coutryman Evgeni Malkin. Ovechkin delivered several powerful hits this game sending Malkin brutally into the boards.

The Penguins led 3-0, all from power play goals, by the opening two minutes of the second period. Despite Pittsburgh's dominating performance by this point the game, the Capitals still managed to win the game 4-3. It seems the Penguins got too comfortable with their lead and the Capitals dug deep to score a goal during the second period. Then they scored three more during the third.

It looks like the Penguins quit the game early while the Capitals never gave up. Someone should remind the Penguins to play 110% all the way to the end of the game no matter how big of a lead they have. It was quite obvious coach Michel Therrien was disgusted.

It seems The Penguins are off to a sluggish start just like last season. On the bright side they made it to the Stanley Cup Finals last year. Hopefully, the Penguins will get their act together soon and it would be nice to see Sidney Crosby score his first goal of the season.... ASAP.

 

Sidney Crosby Held Pointless For Second Game in a Row

Tuesday October 14, 2008

Sidney Crosby failed to score a point tonight as the Penguins battle for Pennsylvania ended with a 3-2 overtime victory against the Flyers. Crosby was also called for slashing and ended up in the penalty box for two minutes during the first period. Crosby has had a penalty two games in a row and has yet to score a goal this season.

The Penguins other young superstar Evgeni Malkin failed to score a point tonight as well. Although he came close hitting the goal post twice during the second period.

Instead, Pascal Dupuis pulled off the game winning goal towards the end of overtime. Brooks Orpik and Michael Zigomanis were the other unlikely Penguins to score.

Obviously, the Penguins are lucky to have players willing to put in a solid effort and get results when their young superstars are unable to earn a point. Don't be surprised to see Malkin and Crosby explode very soon and perform the way players of their caliber should.

It seems like yesterday Sidney Crosby had his first multipoint game and first NHL goal.

Lets hope on Thursday Crosby will find a way to score as the Washington Capitals and Alexander Ovechkin face the Penguins at Mellon Arena.

 

Sidney Crosby Held Pointless as Penguins Fall to Martin Brodeur’s New Jersey Devils 2-1 in Overtime

Saturday October 11, 2008

Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins played their first home game at Mellon Arena this season. They faced the New Jersey Devils. Both teams opened with spectacular play but things went downhill for the Penguins after the first period.

Pittsburgh picked up the first goal on the power play, their only goal of the game, during the first period. Martin Brodeur blocked Evgeni Malkin’s shot which was then put passed New Jersey’s legendary goalie by Miroslav Satan. Malkin picked up the assist for that one and is now on a 3 game point streak. Crosby on the other hand was unable to pick up a point but did get his first penalty of the season.

Sidney Crosby was called for interference during the second period. And what’s worse he failed to score a point while his two grandmothers, Linda Crosby and Catherine Forbes, attended their first game in Pittsburgh. Surely, they would have rather seen Sidney Crosby score his first goal of the season instead. In truth, Crosby played an amazing game, especially earlier on, that his grandmothers could be proud of.

The real Penguins star this game though was Marc Andre Fleury who only allowed 2 goals despite being outshot 49-15 by the Devils. Too bad such an astounding performance, especially one Brodeur must admire, resulted in an overtime loss. As it turns out Fleury was deservedly named the first star of the game. On the downside though New Jersey wasn’t able to score a single goal until the third and then in overtime they emerged victorious 2-1.

Fleury’s 47 saves on 49 shots should have given the netminder a win, but overall his team mates sucked this game especially when it came to creating scoring chances and shooting the puck on goal. Even captain Sidney Crosby acknowledges that.

Let’s hope this promising Penguins team is just a little rusty after not playing since facing Ottawa in Sweden almost a week ago. Let’s also hope Sidney Crosby gets his first goal of the season soon. Perhaps it will come on Tuesday October 14, when Crosby and company face the Philadelphia Flyers for the first battle of Pennsylvania this season.

 

Sidney Crosby Opens 2008-09 NHL Season with Penguins Facing Senators In Stockholm Sweden

Sunday October 6, 2008

Sidney Crosby picked up two assists in the first two games of the NHL season all the way across the Atlantic Ocean in Europe.

The Pittsburgh Penguins faced The Ottawa Senators defeating them 4-3 in overtime on Friday October 4th during the first game. This surely left a sour taste in the mouth of Senator’s captain Daniel Alfredsson. Alfredsson, a native of Sweden, where the game was played, surely would have liked to of won that game in front of his country men.

Don't you wonder what what was worse for Alfredsson, when Pittsburgh swept Ottawa in their last meeting during round one of the Eastern Conference 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs, or Alfredsson losing in the motherland the first time the NHL holds a regular season game there?

Obviously, Pittsburgh and Crosby fans visiting this site could care less. Its all about Sidney Crosby here. And over there in Sweden Crosby picked up an assist, almost four minutes into the third period (3:56), on Rob Scuderi’s 3-3 game tying goal that forced overtime.

Tyler Kennedy got the game winning goal during overtime making it 4-3 for the Penguins and spoiling Daniel Alfredsson’s return to Sweden. Alfredsson was held pointless.

Nonetheless, Ottawa came back in Stockholm Sweden the very next day, Saturday October 5th, to beat Pittsburgh 3-1. Alfredsson set up Heatley on his two power play goals. This allowed Alfredsson to save face in front of the Swedes.

During this game Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin assisted on the lone goal of the game for the Penguins. Alex Goligoski got the power play goal for the Pens with just two seconds left in the game. Thats two points in two games for Crosby. As you recall from last season Sidney Crosby's career best game point streak was 19 (ending back on Wednesday November 21, 2007 in a game against the Devils). Is this the start of another game point streak for Crosby in the making?

 

The Penguins Fall In Game Six Of The Stanley Cup Finals As The Detroit Red Wings Win The Cup At Mellon Arena

Wednesday June 4, 2008

Although The Penguins battled hard, game six went in favor of Detroit who won the series 4-2 and are the 2008 NHL Stanley Cup Championship.

 

The Penguins Manage A Win At Joe Louis Arena During An Intense Triple Overtime Playoffs Win Against The Red Wings In Game 5

Monday June 2, 2008

Thanks To Petr Sykora's third overtime goal The Penguins have managed to make it a 3-2 Stanley Cup Playoffs series led by The Wings.

 

The Penguins Lose At Home During Game 4 Of The Stanley Cup Finals

Saturday May 31, 2008

Despite several power play opportunities the Penguins were unable to capitalize as they fell at home for the first time in 17 games this season. The Red Wings now have a 3-1 series lead and tight stranglehold on the Pens.

 

Sidney Crosby Got His First Stanley Cup Playoffs Goal And The First Two For The Penguins In This Final Series As They Defeat The Wings In Game 3

Wednesday May 28, 2008

There was no shutout for Chris Osgood as Sidney Crosby got the first two goals for The Penguins this series against The Wings. This was also Sidney Crosby's first Stanley Cup Finals goal. The Penguins defeated The Wings 3-2 and are back in the series.

 

Sidney Crosby And The Penguins Trail The Series 2-0 As They Head Back To Mellon Arena For Game 3

Monday May 26, 2008

The wings shutout The Penguins again 3-0 as the Penguins head back to Mellon arena for game 3.

 

Sidney Crosby Saw Red As The Penguins Fall In Game One Of 2008 Stanley Cup Finals To The Detroit Red Wings

Saturday May 24, 2008

Lets face it The Detroit Red Wings nailed Sidney Crosby with big hits whenever they had a chance slowing him down a bit at times. Please understand, both of these teams played a phenominal game and this is going to be one spectacular Stanley Cup Finals series. Detroit severly outshot Pittsburgh during the second and third periods 16 to 4 and 9 to 3 but Marc Andre Fleury made great saves. On the other end Chris Osgood picked up the shutout and played spectacular as well. What we have here are two great teams both with top goaltenders, and that makes for a great hockey game.

Pittsburgh will surely work more on getting shots on goal in future games and have as good of a chance of winning a game as Detroit. Tonight things went in Detroit's favor but the level of skill and talent both teams have will make the rest of the games go in anyone's favor.

Detroit won 4-0 and lead the series 1-0, game 2 is on Monday May 28th at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

 

Sidney Crosby's Second Assist On Remarkable Stealth Steal From Mike Richards Is Game Turning Point As Penguins Shutout Flyers In Game 5 Advancing To Stanley Cup Finals For First Time Since 1992

Sunday May 18, 2008

As it turns out Sidney Crosby had another strong playoffs performance as The Pittsburgh Penguins shutout The Philadelphia Flyers 6-0 to win The Eastern Conference Stanley Cup Playoffs Championship and advance to The Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in sixteen years.

As you probably know, back in 1992 it was Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr who led Pittsburgh to The Stanley Cup Finals (and won) but this year it’s a much younger captain in Sidney Crosby and overall younger team making the final run.

Here is what happened in Pittsburgh’s final game before taking their trip to the Stanley Cup Finals starting with Sidney Crosby.

Sidney Crosby’s shot, just over two minutes into the first period, was deflected into The Flyers’ net off of Ryan Malone’s skate to open scoring for Game 5 of this playoffs series. And we don’t stop there, Malone assisted on Malkin’s goal by mid first period putting the Penguins up 2-0.

The fact is, the first two goals were the beginning of a spectacular 6-0 shutout of The Flyers administered by a young, hard skating, Penguins team that not only is loaded with offense but played a solid defensive game as well. That’s why Marc Andre Fleury only had to face 21 shots as he made his third shutout of the 2008 playoffs. Truth is, close to mid second period Fleury was brilliant with big saves on two shots coming from Daniel Briere and Geoff Hartnell. I’d like to tell you more about what happened right after those key saves that marked the game turning point with a spectacular play by none other than Sidney Crosby.

Here’s how Sidney Crosby turned the momentum of the game in Pittsburgh’s favor. Quite simply, as Mike Richards was winding up for a shot on Marc Andre Fleury he didn’t see Sidney Crosby come up from behind robbing him of the puck. As the loose puck traveled into The Flyers’s end, Crosby took possession and passed it directly to Marian Hossa. Of course, Hossa blasted off a shot right into the net making it a 3-0 game. This gave Sidney Crosby his second assist of the game and seventeenth of the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Before the second period came to an end Pittsburgh buried two more pucks behind Martin Biron into Philadelphia’s net. First on the power play Ryan Malone scored once more assisted by Sergei Gonchar. Then in the dying seconds of the period Pittsburgh took control of the puck. Martin Biron stopped Maxime Talbot’s shot but don’t worry Jordan Staal was there to backhand the rebound giving Pittsburgh a commanding 5-0 lead.

Consider this: The Flyers despise their interstate / divisional Pittsburgh rivals, are known for their physical play (including their reputation to brawl), and were down five goals by the third period. With that said you would expect the third period to erupt into an all out hockey brawl reminiscent of the “Broad Street Bullies” era of NHL hockey but guess what? The Flyers played a remarkably clean game of playoff hockey. It’s true they didn’t even pick up a single penalty during the third period, nor a goal for that matter.

In fact, the only goal during the third period came four minutes in and was credited to Pascal Dupuis. Let me just quickly recap how this goal came about. As Marian Hossa, traded to Pittsburgh from Atlanta along with Dupuis, took the wrist shot it simply bounced off of Dupuis’ leg and into the net. By now Pittsburgh was up 6-0 and the score remained locked in by the end of the game.

Bottom line is The Penguins have emerged The 2008 Eastern Conference NHL Champions by beating The Flyers in the first playoffs version of “The Battle of Pennsylvania”.

In post game ceremonies Captain Sidney Crosby accepted The Prince of Whales Trophy awarded annually to the Conference Champs. Don’t worry Crosby knew better than to touch the trophy preventing the superstition of bad luck from coming true.

Finally, Sidney Crosby and many other young Penguins will make their first trip to The Stanley Cup Finals to face the winner of the Detroit Red Wings and Dallas Stars series which is currently at 3-2 for Detroit.

 

Sidney Crosby And The Penguins Unable To Sweep The Never Surrender Flyers In Game 4 of The Battle of Pennsylvania

Thursday May 15, 2008

The "Battle of Pennsylvania" went in favor of The Flyers for the first time this Eastern Stanley Cup playoffs finals as they contained Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Marian Hossa, while peppering Marc Andre Fleury with 33 shots. Three of those shots went in, all during the first period, with a fourth by Jeffery Lupul on an empty net at the end of the game. Jordan Stall managed two goals during the third period that quieted nervous Flyers fans but it wasn't enough. The Flyers beat The Pens 4-2.

 

Sidney Crosby Gets Two Assists And First Star Of The Game As The Penguins Are One Game Away From Sweeping The Flyers In The 2008 Eastern Conference Playoffs Finals

Tuesday May 13, 2008

Make no mistake, The Pittsburgh Penguins have a powerful grip on their playoffs series against The Philadelphia Flyers. After winning Game 3 (4-1), Sidney Crosby and his Penguins are just one game away from a sweep, and a trip to The 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs.

While only getting one shot on goal, Sidney Crosby more than made up for it with his vintage playmaking skills that got him two points on assists. Thats not all, Sidney Crosby now leads playoffs scoring with 19 points in 12 games and was named the first star of the game.

An unlikely goal from Ryan Whitney just five minutes into the game started the scoring for the Penguins. About two minutes later Hossa scored a goal. Both of these goals were assisted by Sidney Crosby. R.J. Umberger also scored during the first period to pick up the only goal for the Flyers this game. The Penguins got two more goals during the third, one by Ryan Malone and a late empty netter by Marian Hossa.

The Penguins won the game and now lead the series 3-0, just one game away from sweeping The Flyers and heading to the Stanley Cup Finals.

 

Sidney Crosby's First Goal Counts But His Second Doesnt But With Other Goals From Hossa, Staal, and Talbot's Game Winner The Penguins Defeated The Flyers 4-2 Taking The Easter Conference Finals Lead 2-0

Sunday May 11, 2008

The Penguins have done it again with Sidney Crosby opening scoring for the game with the first goal. A second goal by Crosby was deemed inconclusive by video replay and the officials denied the goal. Hossa scored the second goal for The Penguins and Staal the final goal on an empty net. But it was the third goal by fourth liner Maxime Talbot that was the game winner. When Crosby speaks of those guys stepping up, it guys like Talbot and others on the thrid and forth lines who manage to contribute when really needed.

The Penguins officially lead the series 2-0 and will be heading to Philidelphia for Game 3 on Tuesday May 11.

 

Sidney Crosby Managed To Score His First Playoff Goal In Six Games While Evgeni Malkin Finished Off Game 1 Of The Bitter Battle Of Pennsylvania 2008 Eastern Confernece Finals

Friday May 9, 2008

Here's the deal the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers have a long heated intrastate division rivalry that has been going on for over 40 years. In a nut shell, Sidney Crosby and The Penguins absolutely despise The Philadephia Flyers. There is a lot of bad blood between these two teams in just the last few seasons alone, not to mention the last fourty years.

Adding fuel to the fire is the fact that this is the first time in NHL history these two same state foes have faced eachother for the Eastern Conference finals and a chance to make it to the final round where the winner will emerge the 2008 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs winner.

Tonight, in Game 1 of The 2008 Eastern Conference finals The Penguins beat The Flyers 4-2.

And best of all, Sidney Crosby managed to tie the game 2-2 during the first period by scoring his first goal in the last six of ten playoff games this season. The goal came at 14:11 of the first period when Marian Hossa intercepted a clearing pass, made by Flyers goalie Martin Biron, and passing it to Sidney Crosby. But thats not all, this was a key game tying goal for Sidney Crosby because it broke his 5 game goalless streak and gave The Penguins the momentum they needed to win the game. Evgeni Malkin finished the goal scoring with two dazzling goals five minutes apart with the game winner right at the end of the first period, and another early in the second.

 

Sidney Crosby Assisted On A Pair Of Goals By Marian Hossa Including the Game Winning Overtime Goal That Secured The Penguins Semi Finals Series Win Over The Rangers

Sunday May 4, 2008

The Pittsburgh Penguins have beaten The New York Rangers in 5 games during their 2008 Eastern Conference playoffs semi finals round. The Penguins now advance to The Eastern Conference finals. Final score for game 5 at Mellon Arena 3-2.

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins Hot Playoffs Winning Streak Ends At Seven After Henrik Lundqvist Shuts Them Out To Lose Game 4 Against The Rangers

Thursday May 1, 2008

The Pittsburgh Penguins' were shutout and lost a game for the first time during the 2008 NHL playoffs. Here is what the Sidney Crosby Show Blog had to say...

Ugh. That wasn't pretty. The Pens could not break the Rangers' goalie. That, and they shot themselves in the collective foot with their 110 turnovers (practically every single Pen turned the puck over at least once tonight). Sid didn't play like we all know he can, Ryan Malone missed on a beautiful shorthanded breakaway, and Evgeni Malkin may have shifted the momentum of the game in favor of the Rangers when he missed a penalty shot. Jaromir Jagr, Brandon Dubinsky, Brendan Shanahan, and Henrik Lundqvist won the game for their team. The Rangers played the same game they've been playing throughout this series (complete with Jagr again doing the bulk of the work), but the exception tonight was that Lundqvist provided his team with a brick wall in front of their net. The Pens did NOT play terribly by any stretch of the imagination - they had TONS of scoring chances - but Lundqvist was clearly in the zone tonight and NOTHING got him out of it. He was bound and determined to get his second career shutout tonight - and he did. Read the complete post here.

 

Evgeni Malkin Two Goals Sidney Crosby Two Assits And The Penguins Playoffs Hot Streak Continues As They Remain Undefeated Beating Rangers 5-3 In Game 3

Tuesday April 29, 2008

The Pittsburgh Penguins have done it again remaining undefeated during the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs for the Eastern Conference. Sidney Crosby picked up 2 assists, Evgeni Malkin picks up an assist and 2 goals (including the game winner), Marian Hossa scores the first goal of the game, Ryan Malone got the final goal of the game and even big Georges Laraque got in on the action with the second goal of the game for Pittsburgh. Jodie from The Sidney Crosby Show Blog always does a great game recap. Here is what she had to say about game 3...

WOOOOOOOHOOOOOO!!! WHAT A GAME!!! Before the game even started, FSN Pittsburgh addressed the questionable yet unpunished behavior of IFHSA™ (throughout this series. They showed a replay of the face scrap, the slashes, and the fight with Giant Hal Gill in front of MAF at the end of Game 2. Upon seeing it again, IFHSA™ actually took a swing at Gill with his stick as Gill was dropping his gloves. This guy needs to be dealt with. That's another difference between Jarrko Ruutu and IFHSA™ - Ruutu wants to irritate people; IFHSA™ ( I effin hate Sean Avery) wants to hurt them. Read the complete post here.

 

Marc Andre Fleury Gets The Shutout Jordan Staal Gets The Game Winning Goal And Sidney Crosby Keeps Rangers Busy In Game 2 Of Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Semi Finals To Win 2-0 The Penguins Lead Series 2-0

Sunday April 27, 2008

The Rangers did their best to contain Sidney Crosby but he kept them busy all game. The truth is New York didn’t even allow Crosby one point this Stanley Cup playoffs game. But here’s the thing with Crosby he didn’t need any points to play his incredible game. As it turns out Crosby played a physical game, set up many scoring chances, and kept his opponents focused on himself allowing his team mates to showcase their skills.

Even with the stellar play of goalie Henrik Lundqvist, Jordan Staal managed to get the game winning goal during the second period on the power play where Crosby, Hossa, and Malone all failed. Marc Andre Fleury and The Penguins were able to kill off two key power plays The Rangers were trying to take advantage of during the third period. The result? Nothing for The Rangers to be happy about.

The Penguins won their first six playoffs games in a row, a first in franchise history. Final score 2-0 for Pittsburgh who lead the series 2-0 and will face The Rangers on April 29 at Madison Square Gardens in New York for game 3 of the Eastern Conference semi final series.

Read a detailed news report of game 2 of this playoffs series here

 

Sidney Crosby Best Player In First Playoffs
Semifinal Game With Fantastic Plays And By Encouraging Penguins Never Quit Attitude Erases Rangers' Commanding 3-0 Lead Resulting In 5-4 Victory For Pittsburgh

Friday April 25, 2008

Sidney Crosby was the best player during game 1 in round 2 of The Eastern Conference Stanley Cup playoffs semifinal against The New York Rangers. In fact, Sidney Crosby was named the first star of the game.

The determination in Crosby’s will and his never quit attitude, even when it looks like there is no hope, is one of his finest assets as team captain. It is Sidney Crosby’s determination and attitude that his teammates feed upon driving them to miraculous comebacks like tonight’s 5-4 victory over The New York Rangers.

Of course Sidney Crosby’s skillful ability to create scoring chances and the talent he is surrounded by are only amplified by this determined never quit mindset. How else could The Pittsburgh Penguins have made a comeback against the highly talented defensive play of The New York Rangers and the incredible Henrik Lundqvist in goal in the first game of this round 2 playoff series? Read the complete story with full details of Game 1 Round 2 of The Eastern Conference Semi Finals Penguins vs The Rangers playoffs here.

 

Sidney Crosby Expresses His Artistic Talent By Painting A Plate To Be Auctioned Off At Parkinson's Disease Auction

Wednesday April 23, 2008

Sidney Crosby Autographed Plate For Parkinson's Disease Auction

Sidney Crosby along with several other celebraties like Tom Hanks, Henry Winkler, and Martha Stewart, to name a few have designed and autographed plates that will be auctioned off on eBay between April 20, 2008 and May 10, 2008 to support the Parkinson Society Maritime Region in Nova Scotia.

Thanks to Jodie from the Sidney Crosby Show blog for sending the news over to us. You can read more details on her blog.

 

Its Official Sidney Crosby And The Pittsburgh Penguins Will Face The New York Rangers In Round 2 Of The Eastern Conference 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Tuesday April 22, 2008

Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Rangers Logos 2008 playoffs

Sidney Crosby and The Pittsburgh Penguins could have faced Alexander Ovechkin and The Washington Capitals in round 2 of the Eastern Conference playoffs had The Flyers lost to The Capitals. However, The Capitals lost in Game 7 of their series against The Flyers tonight. This ensures that The Penguins will now face The Rangers.

Update Wednesday, April 23, 2008 : Game 1 of round 2 of the Eastern Conference playoffs series has been scheduled for this Friday April 25, 2008. The Pittsburgh Penguins will host The New York Rangers and the game will be broadcast on CBC and Versus starting at 7pm.

 

Sidney Crosby VS Alexander Ovechkin In Round 2 Of Stanley Cup Playoffs Or Will Pens Face Rangers Instead

Monday April 21, 2008

Sidney Crosby and The Pittsburgh Penguins were the first team to advance to round 2 of the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs but their next opponent was uncertain as the rest of the Eastern Conference playoff teams were still finishing their series. Tonight Montreal eliminated Boston, had Boston won they would of faced Pittsburgh in round 2. Two possibilites remain on who the Penguins play next and it all hindges the outgome of the Washington Capitals vs Philadelphia Flyers series.

Tonight Alexander Ovechkin scored 2 goals during the third period in game 6 of the Capitals vs Flyers playoffs series to tie it at 3 games a piece. The game now goes back to Washington tomorrow night for game 7. If Washington wins then Sidney Crosby will face Alexander Ovechkin in round 2. If Philadelphia wins then The Penguins will take on The New York Rangers instead.

Imagine the hype should The Washington Capitals faceoff against the Pittsburgh Penguins this playoffs series. You would have 3 of the top young players in the league (Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Alexander Ovechkin) battling it out for the Stanley Cup.

 

Sidney Crosby Gets A Goal And Assist As
Pittsburgh Sweep Ottawa In Round 1 Of Stanley Cup Playoffs

Wednesday April 16, 2008

Ottawa toasted by Pittsburgh

The Penguins wrap up round one of the Eastern Conference 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs by sweeping The Ottawa Senators. Last year The Senators eliminated the Penguins in five games during round one of the playoffs, this year it’s the other way around, only The Penguins did it in four games.

In game 4, Sidney Crosby scored a goal on an empty net with only eight seconds left in the game and assisted on Evgeni Malkin’s opening goal of the game during the second period.Read more details here and find out who the only 3 current Penguins are to have won Stanley Cups.

 

Sidney Crosby Gets The Game Winning Goal As The Penguins Win Three In A Row Against The Senators In The First Round Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

Monday April 14, 2008

Sidney Crosby Backhand Shot vs Ottawa Game 3 Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1

The Penguins have done it again winning three back to back games against The Senators in the opening round of the 2008 NHL playoffs with Sidney Crosby getting the game winning goal. The Pittsburgh Penguins are on the verge of sweeping the The Ottawa Senators in the first round of the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Sidney Crosby picked up an assist on Marian Hossa's third period goal and scored a the spectacular game winning goal which started with him winning the opeing faceoff during the third period. Crosby then kicked the puck ahead with his skate as he drove it down the ice. Crosby's goal was actually shot without him even looking, ultimately faking out Ottawa goalie Martin Gerber. Sidney Crosby was the second star of the night. Read more about the game and Sidney Crosby's game winning goal and his first of The 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs.

 

4 Assists For Sidney Crosby And Pittsburgh Wins Again Taking Game 2 Over Ottawa 5-3 To Lead Eastern Conference Quarter Finals 2 Games To None

Friday April 11, 2008

sidney crosby and martin gerber game 2 2008 stanley cup playoffs

Sidney Crosby was able to pick up his first four points of the 2007-08 Stanley Cup playoffs tonight as Pittsburgh emerged victorious again 5-3 in game 2 of this Eastern Conference quarter finals series against Ottawa. During Game 1 Sidney Crosby was only able to get four shots on goal and The Senators effectively shut him down holding him pointless. Tonight game 2 was more productive for Sidney Crosby as he assisted on 4 goals and was able to get 6 shots on net. He also had more ice time tonight with 19:52 as opposed to the 17:56 that he played in game 1.

The Penguins dazzled the home crowd with vibrant energy that kept The Senators chasing and hardly able to touch the puck for much of the first period as they outshot them 20-8. Read more...

 

Sidney Crosby Throws Solid Bodychecks And Brawls Late In First Game Of Stanley Cup Playoffs As Penguins Shutout Senators 4-0

Wednesday April 9, 2008

Sidney Crosby officially made his second NHL Stanley Cup playoffs appearance during round one game one at Mellon Arena as The Pittsburgh Penguins battled The Ottawa Senators to win the game 4-0.

While Sidney Crosby was unable to pick up any points during the game he did throw a couple of solid bodychecks and got into a fight with Wade Redden and Martin Gerber of The Senators late in the game. Sidney Crosby's fight resulted in a 2 minute roughing penalty for Pittsburgh's captain.

 

Sidney Crosby Misses Regulation Season Finale As Penguins Miss Opportunity To Win NHL Eastern Conference Title
Flyers Shutout Penguins 2-0

Sunday April 6, 2008

Coach Michel Therrien's choice to keep Sidney Crosby out of the final regular season game for the 2007-08 NHL season may or may not have been a good move. In the short term Crosby could have helped his team beat The Philadelphia Flyers giving The Penguins an Eastern Conference title, which they have not held since the 1991-92 NHL season. Instead, Sidney Crosby was scratched from the line up and The Flyers shutout The Penguins 2-0.

Considering the brutally physical style of play Philadelphia is known for, as evidenced last Wednesday when they punished the Penguins with a focus on Crosby, keeping Sidney safe for the playoffs was smart. However, it may have cost The Penguins the Eastern Conference title which they would have won if they beat the Flyers. Instead the Eastern Conference title now belongs to The Montreal Canadiens for the first time in 19 years (1988-89). In the end The Pittsburgh Penguins winning The Stanley Cup is the ultimate goal so Therrien made a respectable call. Sidney Crosby will have time to rest his ankle and mentally focus for the upcoming NHL playoffs.

The Penguins appear to be coming together for the playoffs. Sidney Crosby, Marc Andre Fleury, Marian Hossa, and Gary Roberts are all good to go. After missing 43 games due to a broken leg, veteran Gary Roberts returned in time to warm up with one regulation game before heading into the playoffs.

Today’s loss has seeded The Penguins against The Ottawa Senators during the first round of the playoffs. Last season Ottawa showed Pittsburgh the door after a 5 game playoff series. This year Pittsburgh has improved their depth and experience while Ottawa is not meeting last year’s standard of play. The Senators should not be underestimated and the first round will be a tough challenge for Pittsburgh.

Even though The Penguins lost this afternoon to The Flyers, their overall season performance was fantastic and they finished the regular season with The Atlantic Division title and a record of 102 points ( 47 wins, 27 losses, and 8 overtime losses) all with Sidney Crosby missing 28 games. Sidney Crosby missed the games with a right high ankle sprain and finished his third season with with 24 goals, 48 assists, and 72 points.

 

Sidney Crosby Scores 2 Goals And Gets An Assist As Pittsburgh Penguins Defeat Philidephia Flyers 4-2 To Win First Division Title Since 1998

Wednesday April 2, 2008

Tonight Sidney Crosby first assisted on a goal then notched two of his own. The Penguins defeated The Flyers 4-2 in regulation to win the Atlantic Division title to the delight of the home crowd at Mellon Arena. The Pens will play their final regulation game on Sunday facing the Flyers once more.

 

Pittsburgh Penguins Unable To Clinch First Division Title In 10 Years Falling 2-1 To New York Rangers During Overtime

Modnay March 31, 2008

Captain Sidney Crosby played a good game but was unable to lead The Penguins to their first division title in a decade as they fell to The Rangers 2-1 during overtime at Madison Square Gardens. Crosby picked up 2 assists last night at Mellon Arena when The Penguins beat The Rangers but he was unable to score points tonight or win the game against the same Rangers team. Despite losing, Pittsburgh managed to pick up a point putting them 2 points ahead of Montreal for first in the Eastern Conference. Winning just one of the last 2 regulation season games The Penguins have left, both against the Flyers, will guarantee them the Atlantic Division title.

 

Sidney Crosby Assists On Goals By Both Marian Hossa and Evgeni Malkin In A Penguins “Stanley Cup Playoffs Style” Victory Over The Rangers 3-1

Sunday March 30, 2008

During their fourth-last regular season game, Sidney Crosby and The Pittsburgh Penguins played an intense “Stanley Cup playoff style” game against The Rangers today. During the first period Brandon Dubinsky, assisted by Jaromir Jagr and Christian Backman of The New York Rangers scored the first goal of the game. Then Sidney Crosby assisted on the next two goals of the first period, first on Marian Hossa’s wicked wrist shot goal at 10:21 of the period, and then on Evgeni Malkin’s game winning goal at 17:56. The final and only other goal of the game came with only 43 seconds left in the game by Pittsburgh’s Maxime Talbot assisted by Jordan Staal and Rob Scuderi. Pens goalie Marc Andre Fleury performed exceptionally well in his seventh straight win, stopping 26 of 27 shots by The Rangers, many of them coming within a few feet from the net.

Apparently the Pittsburgh Penguins are almost back to full strength as evidenced by Sidney Crosby clicking well with Hossa, getting physical during the game, and playing well on a stronger ankle. Evgeni Malkin is still in the line up after a scare during the second period when he left to have his face stitched up after being cut by Brandon Dubinsky's skate. Evgeni Malkin has established his superb playing skills (currently at 104 points for second place in league scoring this season just behind Ovechkin at 109) will be a valuable asset during the playoffs. Marc Andre Fleury also has proven he is prepared to wins games with his spectacular record (only one loss out of 10 games) since returning from the high ankle injury that put him out of action for three months. Tonight The Penguins also showed they are prepared to play tough as they responded to The Rangers physically aggressive style of play. With the playoffs just around the corner The Penguins better get used to battling physically during playoff games, and playing through bruises and pain because that’s what they must do if they plan to win the Stanley Cup this year.

While The Penguins have a lot going for them right now there are areas they can improve upon. Of course with the Stanley Cup playoffs almost here every hockey team, regardless of how good, should be criticized so that areas in need of improvement are brought to light. The Confluence of Three Rivers discussed areas The Penguins could improve upon in their Blog post covering today’s game. For example, the post states that, “once again the Penguins did not get very many pucks on net, today only getting 20 (shots on goal). And incredibly, that includes eight opportunities on the powerplay when they only scored when they had a two-man advantage.”

After today’s game against The Rangers it looks like Sidney Crosby is back and clicking well with Hossa and The Penguins are pumped to take their division and conference titles before getting the playoffs started. The Pittsburgh Penguins beat The New York Rangers 3-1 to once again pull one point ahead of the idled Montreal Canadiens for first place in the Eastern Conference. Pittsburgh is also six points ahead of New Jersey by 6 points for first place in the Atlantic Division. By winning at least one of their last three regular season games The Pittsburgh Penguins will take their first division title since 10 years ago when they won the North East Division back in 1998.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will face The New York Rangers once more tomorrow night at Madison Square Gardens.

The Sidney Crosby Show Blog once again has a great game recap of today’s game. The details on Sidney Crosby’s cross checking and all the rough play and penalties are in the post.

 

Sidney Crosby Returns He Really Does

Thursday March 27, 2008

After much talk the speculation of when Sidney Crosby would return playing can be put to rest. Tonight in a home game at Mellon Arena Sidney Crosby played for the first time in 7 games as The Pittsburgh Penguins beat The New York Islanders 3-1.

After missing 21 games, Sidney Crosby returned to the line up on March 4, 2008 and played in three games. After those three games he experienced discomfort around the injured right ankle forcing him to miss 7 more games. Tonight Crosby returned for the second time and played with Marian Hossa for the first time. This was Sidney Crosby's first home game since January 18, 2008.

Sidney Crosby almost set up Marian Hossa several times for a highlight reel goal. Unfortunately, the pair were unable to complete the plays. Hossa left the ice twice disappearing into the dressing room each time after being hit. The second hit came early in the third period when Hossa was skating backwards and New York's Sean Bergenheim sent him to the ground. Marian Hossa was labeled as having an upper body injury but was seen walking around the Penguins dressing room after the game.

Evgeni Malkin, Jarkko Ruutu, and Georges Laraque all notched a goal for Pittsburgh, while Josef Vasicek scored the only goal for New York. Crosby took three shots on net this game but failed to get a goal or earn a single point tonight. Fortunately, The Penguins managed to win the game anyways giving them a 1 point lead over The Canadiens to take first place in The Eastern Conference.

Sidney Crosby played well regardless of notching points tonight. In fact, The Sidney Crosby Show Blog game recap pointed out: "(during the second period) something happened to let us know that Sid was back - I mean really back - this time. He was flying down the ice. The puck was up on its edge and, to get around the Isles' defenders, Sid used the blade of his stick to flip the puck up over Meyer. Then Sid skated around Meyer and regained control of the puck. He just couldn't get a shot on goal, or that would have been one of those highlight reel goals. It was stunning!!!"

It will be exciting to see Sidney Crosby playing in the final games leading up to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, especially if Marian Hossa's resumes playing with him again soon.

 

 

Sidney Crosby Resumes Playing Tomorrow Against The New York Islanders In Preparation For The Stanley Cup Playoffs

Wednesday March 26, 2008

Sidney Crosby participated in an optional practice today, with news reports claiming his ankle was problem free. In fact, reports have Sidney Crosby saying he felt stronger and more confident with this return as opposed to his last attempt to return from the injury.

Now that the Pittsburgh Penguins have clinched a playoff spot after beating The New Jersey Devils yesterday, 2-0, it looks like Crosby will attempt to get back into the swing of things just in time for the post season. Crosby will play centre on a line with Marian Hossa. This will be the first time Sidney Crosby and Marian Hossa play together on the same line and same team.

There have been several assumptions that Sidney Crosby would return over the last few games but that did not happen. This is the first time that Sidney Crosby has actually given the word he will actually play instead of saying he may play. This may really be Sidney Crosby's return and first time playing with Marian Hossa, creating a lot of excitement among hockey fans.

 

Marc Andre-Fleury Shutout The Devils As Pittsburgh Battled New Jersey Winning 2-0 And Securing A Spot In The Stanley Cup Playoffs

Tuesday March 25, 2008

Sidney Crosby missed another game and The Pittsburgh Penguins managed to bounce back from last night’s awkward loss to win again without their captain. Not only did the Penguins blank The Devils 2-0 during the eight and final regular season game between the two teams, but the win secured them a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Just over five minutes into the game Pittsburgh’s Ryan Whitney sent the puck to Ryan Malone who scored the game winning goal on Martin Brodeur during the power play. The rest of the game was very tight as Pittsburgh and New Jersey took turns moving the puck up and down the ice with neither able to score a goal. With less than a minute to go in the game Pittsburgh’s Marian Hossa was able to put the puck into an empty net finalizing the win over New Jersey.

At least The Devils weren’t shamed with a 7-1 loss similar to what happened on Saturday night at Mellon Arena against The Penguins. While The Devils were unable to score a goal, they did manage to move the puck and create chances in a tight game, playing much better than their last game. Still The Penguins were able to shutout Martin Brodeur and his New Jersey Devils tonight.

Pittsburgh Penguins Goalie Marc Andre Fleury managed to notch his 4th shutout of the 2007-08 NHL Season. Fleury drafted 1st overall during the 2003 NHL entry draft now has 11 professional career shutouts. Marc Andre Fleury’s first NHL career shutout came during his sixth professional NHL game on October 30, 2003 when The Pittsburgh Penguins beat The Chicago Blackhawks 1-0. Tonight’s shutout gives The Penguins a jump over the Devils for first place in the Atlantic Division.

The Pittsburgh Penguins and New Jersey Devils have been battling for first place in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference. Tonight’s win keeps Pittsburgh in the top spot in the Atlantic Division, now 4 points ahead of New Jersey. The Penguins win now puts them just 1 point behind The Canadiens for first in The Eastern Conference. With The Montreal Canadiens idled until Friday night and The Pittsburgh Penguins facing the Islanders at Mellon Arena on Thursday, there is a chance The Penguins could win that game to take over first place in the East.

Reports have Sidney Crosby listed as day to day with his high right ankle injury and he could play in The Penguins’ home game against The Islanders on Thursday. Crosby has missed the last seven games in a row, and 28 of the last 31 games since his injury. While Pittsburgh continues to win without him, fans are eager to see Crosby play a few games before the regular season ends, and impatiently hoping he will be ready for the 2007-08 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.

 

Sidney Crosby Fails To Return As Penguins Delivered Shameful Loss By The Islanders

Monday March 24, 2008

Reports of Sidney Crosby returning to the line up tonight turned out to be a disappointment for fans when he didn’t play. The Penguins lost to The Islanders 4-1 failing to clinch a playoff spot.

Petr Sykora was the only Penguins player to score a goal. No one from the Penguins organization could explain the poor performance of the team who just came off of a stellar 7-1 home game win over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. Apparently the Penguins learned the hard way that The Islanders are not a team to be taken lightly.

Sidney Crosby did participate in the morning skate on Long Island and hopes still abound that he will return before the regular season ends, just in time for the playoffs. Crosby has now missed 27 of the last 30 games.

 

Sidney Crosby Was The Eleventh Penguin In Franchise History To Reach 100 Points In A Season And Tonight Malkin Became The Twelfth As Pittsburgh Obliterates New Jersey 7-1 Taking First Place In The Atlantic Division

Saturday March 22, 2008

Evgeni Malkin reaches 100 points in a season March 22, 2008 in a Penguins 7-1 victory over The Devils.

For the last two seasons Sidney Crosby became one of the few Pittsburgh Penguins in history to reach 100 points in a season, Evgeni Malkin hit the mark with two goals and an assist tonight as Pittsburgh clobbered New Jersey 7-1. Tonight's game was the third time in five games that The Penguins have scored 7 goals in a game. The Penguins won 4 of their last 5 games and scored a team season high 7 goals in 3 of the games, all without captain Sidney Crosby.

The victory broke a tie between The Penguins and The Devils who were leading the Atlantic divison, both chasing The Canadiens for first in the Eastern Conference. Evgeni Malkin scored both his goals and earned an assist all in the third period of the game giving him 3 points tonight (102 in total this season and 4 behind league leader Alexander Ovechkin in a race for the Art Ross Trophy). The 100 points in a season mark has only been reached 28 times in franchise history by only 12 different Penguins players. Sidney Crosby reached the 100 point mark twice and Mario Lemieux did it nine times.

An expanded version of this article covering The Penguins’ Sidney Crosby-less 7-1 victory over The Devils, Crosby’s return for the Stanley Cup playoffs, Evgeni Malkin’s 100 point season making franchise history, what other 11 Penguins made the 100 point season milestone, Crosby possibly winning the Stanley Cup and IIHF Memorial Cup, Evgeni Malkin’s record against The Devils this season, and more is available right here on the Sidney Crosby Spotlight.

 

Sidney Crosby To Miss Games For Rest Of Week Including Saturday Against New Jersey

Thursday March 20, 2008

The Penguins are currently in a tie for first place with The Devils in the Atlantic division who they face this Saturday. Both The Penguins and The Devils are chasing The Canadiens for first place in the Eastern Conference.

Current specualtion says Sidney Crosby will not play any games until Monday of next week.

This would put Crosby in the line up for the road game against The New York Islanders Monday but Tuesday night The Penguins will face The Devils once more and Crosby will play them if back by this time.

In the mean time Sidney Crosby will be skating through the weekend with his conditioning coach to gauge his ability to return by Monday.

After beating Tampa Bay, 4-2, The Pittsburgh Penguins have 8 regular season games left and are not rushing Crosby back into the line up.

As a matter of fact The Penguins would rather have Sidney Crosby ready for the playoffs. The Pittsburgh Post Gazetter reported, "Coach Therrien was adamant that the Penguins will not rush Crosby back, and that Crosby, like other injured players, will have the final say on when he's able to return. While the Penguins plan to get Crosby some game action during the closing weeks of the regular season, their priority is to have him as prepared as possible for the postseason."

 

Evgeni Malkin Gets A Goal And An Assist As The Penguins Beat The Lightning 4-2 Tying The Devils For First In The Atlantic Division

Thursday March 20, 2008

Jarkko Ruttu scored the first goal of the game during the first period. According to Pittsburgh's Jarkko Rutuu (as reported by The Associated Press) the team's disappointing results in the first two periods can be attributed to sloppy play. However, when the third period started The Penguins improved their play just 51 seconds in with Jordan Staal and Petr Sykora scoring 16 seconds apart.

Evgeni Malkin assisted on Sykora's third perioad goal and put in a goal of his own during the second period giving him 99 points (only 3 behind Ovechkin for the league points lead). This gives Evgeni Malkin his 26th multipoint game of the 2007-08 NHL season.

While Sidney Crosby was not in the line up against Tampa Bay, reports stated he was to begin skating and conditioning his sore ankle today. Crosby has missed 4 games in a row and 25 of the last 28 games since his high right ankle injury.

This win against Tampa Bay puts Pittsburgh one point behind Montreal for first in the Eastern Conference and tied with New Jersey for first in the Atlantic division.

The Sidney Crosby Show Blog has an excellent game recap.

 

13-7-4 Record For Pittsburgh With Sidney Crosby Out Of Lineup
No Points For Evgeni Malkin
And The Rangers Beat The Penguins 5-2

Tuesday March 18, 2008

The Crosby-less Penguins couldn't get that lucky 777. After winning and getting 7 goals per game their last two games The Pens only scored 2 goals losing 5-2 to The New York Rangers.

Loud mouth Sean Avery got two goals for The Rangers while netminder Henrik Lundvist picked up his 100th career NHL win. Lundvist now holds the franchise record for the quickest (187 games) to reach 100 wins. The previous record, 198 games, was held by Mike Richter.

Evgeni Malkin was held pointless this game.

Sidney Crosby watched the game from a suite with his father Troy Crosby. Troy Crosby was still in town after attending a fund raiser on the weekend which honored his son Sidney.

Sidney was presented the American Irish Fund Chairman’s Award, which recognizes exceptional leadership in community and charitable activities, at the St. Patrick's day American Ireland Fund bash on Saturday night. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, "The East Club Lounge at Heinz Field was transformed into 'Crosby's Pub,' as a tip o' the hat to honoree and Penguins great Sidney Patrick Crosby (with dad Troy)."

Unfortunately, Troy Crosby didn't get to see his son, Sidney Crosby, play against the Rangers, nor did he get to see The Penguins win.

 

Sidney Crosby And Steve Yzerman Are Team Captains That Make Impact!

Monday March 17, 2008

Sidney Crosby cover of March 2008 Impact! Magazine of NHL.com

The March 2008 issue of ‘Impact!’, The NHL.com’s online magazine showcased Sidney Crosby on the cover and a great feature article on The NHL’s youngest captain in league history. The article features thoughts and comments on Sidney Crosby from greats like Scotty Bowman and Steve Yzerman, Crosby’s idol and role model growing up. Find out who the top 10 NHL captains in the last 20 years are, and the successful team captain qualities that leaders like Sidney Crosby and Steve Yzerman posses.

 

Sidney Crosby Did Not Play With New Team Mate Marian Hossa Who Took Part In
The Penguins 7 - 1 Demoliton Of The Flyers During His First Home Game At Mellon Arena

Sunday March 16, 2008

Marian Hossa made his return to the ice tonight as The Penguins faced off against The Flyers. This was Hossa's second game playing as part of the Penguins, his first ending with an injury before the game ended. Earlier during the week fans hoped Crosby and Hossa would be on the ice together for this game.

However, on Wednesday March 12, 2008 Sidney Crosby announced he would not play due to soreness in his right ankle again. The same night Pittsburgh slaughtered The Sabres 7-3 picking up their highest scoring game of the season. Speculation arose that Sidney Crosby would be ready to play in The Pittsburgh Penguins next game to be held against the Philadelphia Flyers.

However, Sidney Crosby announced prior to the game he would be out at least another week. Crosby could be back in the line up when the Penguins host The Devils on Saturday.

Again without Sidney Crosby The Penguins clobbered The Flyers 7-1, matching their record for highest scoring game of the season only set last game.

Wathcing game highlights on the news was shocking as they displayed Mike Richards' skate blade flying up into the neck of Evgeni Malkin. Fortunately, Malkin made out much better than poor Richard Zednik did when his carotid artery was severed.

The game recap over at The Sidney Crosby Show said, "Man, I thought the 7-3 Sabres win was a murder! This was an absolute SLAUGHTER!!! The Flyers didn't seem to know the puck from a hole in the ground." The complete recap is available at The Sidney Crosby Show.

 

The NHL Will Be Sending Sidney Crosby And The Pittsburgh Penguins To Finland For Exhibition Game Prior To 2008-09 NHL Season

Thursday March 13, 2008

This NHL season opened with The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks playing a couple of hockey games in Europe (London). The NHL will send Sensation Sidney Crosby and Russian Powerhouse Evengi Malkin to Helsinki Finland on October 2, 2008, to play an exhibition game against Jokerit (a professional top-level Finnish team) at Hartwall Arena.

Following the exhibition game the 2008-09 NHL regular season will begin in Europe with Sidney Crosby and company facing off against the Ottawa Senators October 4 and 5 in Stockholm Sweeden. A second pair of regular season games will feature The New York Rangers taking on The Tampa Bay Lightning in Prague (Czech Republic) also on October 4 and 5, 2008.

 

Despite Sidney Crosby Missing The Game With Sore Right Ankle Powerhouse Pittsburgh Pulls Off Highest Scoring Game This Season
Penguins 7 - Sabres 3

Wednesday March 12, 2008

Sidney Crosby was not in the line up against The Sabres in tonights hockey game. Sidney Crosby experienced pain in his right ankle after the team's morning skate and suggested he shouldn't play to Ray Shero and Michael Therrien. Crosby left after 20 minutes of practice and did mention he felt some discomfort while playing on Sunday against the Capitals. As a precaution Crosby sat out of tonight's game to rest the ankle.

Despite the abscense of Sidney Crosby, The Pittsburgh Penguins pulled off their highest scoring game of the season with 7-3 victory over The Buffalo Sabres.

This victory over The Buffalo Sabres gives The Pittsburgh Penguins a total of 87 points this season putting them at the top of the Atlantic Division by one point and tied with The Canadiens for first in The Eastern Conference.

Evgeni Malkin managed to pull off his 39th goal of the season. Penguins rookie Tyler Kennedy registered a goal and two assists. Kris Letang, Petr Sykora and Sergei Gonchar each earned a goal and an assist. Jeff Taffe and rookie Chris Minard had a goal each for the Penguins.

Rookie Chris Minard picked up his first NHL goal after playing 10 regular season games this year. The goal came on an assist from fellow rookie Ryan Stone. This was Ryan Stone's first NHL career point.

Kris Letang, Petr Sykora and Sergei Gonchar each picked up a goal and an assist for Pittsburgh, which improved its season point total to 87, tied with idle Montreal for first in the East and one ahead of idle New Jersey for first in the Atlantic Division.

Without doubt, The Pittsburgh Penguins are a powerful team this season with or without Captain Sidney Crosby playing. However, having Crosby in the line up makes the team even more exciting to watch. The Penguins now have three days off before facing the Philadelphia Flyers this Sunday March 16. This will give Sidney Crosby time to rest his ankle and let it heal. There is a chance Crosby will be back playing again for the game on Sunday.

 

Sidney Crosby Featured On Cover Of ESPN The Magazine 10th Anniversary Issue

Wednesday March 12, 2008

Sidney Crosby featured on cover of ESPN The Magazine tenth anniversary issue.

The tenth anniversary issue of ESPN The Magazine hits news stands today. Sidney Crosby is featured on the cover of the magazine. The magazine staff selected 10 athletes who represented an aspect of the magazine within the last 10 years.

 

As The Washington Capitals Hosted The Pittsburgh Penguins Fans Watched Sidney Crosby's Improved Game While Evgeni Malkin and Alexander Ovechkin Battled For The League Scoring Lead

Sunday March 9, 2008

In a Sunday afternoon hockey game Sidney Crosby played a much improved game after being back from injury for only three games. Meanwhile, points were picked up by Alexander Ovechkin (95 points - 2 today) who battled Evgeni Malkin (92 points - 3 today) for the NHL scoring lead. Prior to today's game Malkin was 4 points behind Ovechkin but after gaining ground he is now only 3 points behind. Jordan Staal got the final and fourth goal of the game on an empty net with thirteen seconds left in the third period. Just before that Sidney Crosby got the game winner with only 28.3 seconds left. On the final of their three road games, The Pittsburgh Penguins beat The Washington Capitals 4-2.

Washington's Niklas Backstrom helped out on Crosby's game winning goal. When Hal Gil's shot was deflected, Crosby picked it up and directed a shot on goal where Backstrom stood in the crease. The Capitals' rookie helped knock the puck into his own net past goalie Cristobal Huet.

As always the media hyped the Alexander Ovechkin vs Sidney Crosby story, both started out as rookies during the 2005-06 season, and are two of the best young stars in the league. However, Evgeni Malkin is demonstrating he is another youngster to be rekened with. Ovechkin currently with 54 goals this season may very well hit 60 goals by the end of the season. No player has scored 60 goals or more since the 1995-96 NHL season when Mario Lemieux (69 goals) and Jaromir Jagr (62 goals) hit the mark.

The Penguins will play their next game at home on Wednesday March 12, 2008 against The Sabres. This will be Sidney Crosby's first home game at Mellon Arena since coming back from his ankle injury.

 

In Sidney Crosby's Second Game Back From Injury He Managed An Assist But The Panthers Beat The Penguins 5-2
And
Florida Panthers Trainer Dave Zenobi Who Took Quick Action When A Skate Cut Richard Zdnick's Neck Was Honored Before The Game

Tuesday March 6, 2008

Sidney Crosby showed the world he is back as Penguins fans rejoiced two days ago when The Penguins beat The Lightning. That was the first of a 3 game road trip. The second took place tonight in Florida and it wasn't pretty.

Early in the first period The Panthers leaped to a 2-0 lead. The Penguins struggled for the rest of the game against the Eastern Conference's thirteenth place team. In the end Sidney Crosby pulled off an assist on Kristopher Letang's goal during the second period but it was the last for Pittsburgh. The Panthers won 5-2.

Prior to the game a special ceremony took place in honor of Panthers' trainer Dave Zenobi who litterally saved Richard Zednick's life. In a game against Buffalo on February 10, 2008, Panthers' winger Richard Zdnick had the carotid artery in his neck seriously slashed by Olli Jokinen's skate. Thanks to quick action by trainer Dave Zenobi, Zdnick's life was saved. Before the hockey game tonight The Panthers honored Zenobi in a ceremony where he was presented the ADT Good Sport Award.

After the award ceremony was over it was "game on" as Sidney Crosby makes his second appearance. Althought The Penguins lost the game, Penguins' fans are still overjoyed at the return of number 87, Sidney Crosby.

 

Sidney Crosby Returns For First Time Since Ankle Injury Creating Many Scoring Chances and Displaying His Astounding Skill
To Take Down The Lightning 2-0

Tuesday March 4, 2008

Sidney Crosby played for the first time in 21 games since injuring his ankle. Ironically his first game back was against The Tampa Bay Lightning, the same team he faced the day he injured himself. Crosby played a spectacular game. Earlier today Crosby told reporters that he wanted to be sure when he returned he would be able to play like he usually does. Creating many scoring chances and awesome plays Crosby was unable to score or set up goals until late in the game. Credit must be given to the excellent play of Tampa Bay and their goalie Mike Smith who made many hard saves.

The first two periods of the game were scoreless and Jordan Staal left during the first period with bruised ribs. In the last few minutes of the third period Sidney Crosby faked out Tampa Bays' Martin St. Louis, back handing the puck, which appeared to bounce off of Tampa Bay players, in front of the net to Maxime Talbot who put in the first goal of the game. Pasqual Dupuis along with Crosby was credited with an assist on the play.

During the dying seconds of the game (5 secs), Mad Max Talbot lost or broke his stick and made a hand pass to Evgeni Malkin. Malkin put the puck into the empty net scoring the second goal of the game. Malkin (89 points) is now one point behind Ovechkin in the league scoring race.

Marc Andre Fleury had a stellar game turning away 35 shots and getting the shut out. He was named the fist star of the game. Fleury has now won the last 5 games in a row he has played in. This was Fleury's second start, and third time playing in a game, since returning from the same high ankle sprain type injury Crosby suffered.

Mad Max Talbot was named the third star of the game.

The Penguins battled hard to beat Tampa Bay 2-0 keeping The Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference lead.

Finally, Sidney Crosby is Back!

 

Sidney Crosby Returns From Ankle Injury
Recovered And Playing Hockey Again
Crosby In The Line Up Against
The Tampa Bay Lightning

Tuesday March 4, 2008

Sidney Crosby Returns To The Lineup Recoved From Ankle Injury.

It was announced today that Sidney Crosby has returned and is recovered from the high ankle sprain that kept him out of action for 21 games. With a healed ankle and confident he can play the spectacular hockey he usually does, Sidney Crosby will be in the line up against Tampa Bay tonight.

Ironically, Sidney Crosby injured his ankle while sliding into the boards on January 18, 2008 while playing the Tampa Bay Lightning. At that time Crosby was leading the NHL in points at 63. Crosby missed 21 games. Thanks to the spectacular play of The Penguins, especially Evgeni Malkin, the team has managed to climb to the top of of the Eastern Conference (currently tied for first with The Canadiens). The Penguins record while playing without injured Sidney Crosby was 11-6-4. With the return of Sidney Crosby, watching The Penguins record approaching the playoffs will be interesting.

Injured defender Ryan Whitney (back problems) is also expected to play tonight. It will be an exciting moment watching Marian Hossa playing with Sidney Crosby on the ice for the fist time ever in the near future. Hossa is expected to return soon from a knee injury he suffered on February 28th, 2008 playing against The Boston Bruins. The knee injury sidelined Hossa for about a week. Should the chemistry be there between Hossa, Crosby, and the rest of team, then The Penguins will become a serious threat challenging for The Stanley Cup.

The return of Sidney Crosby will no longer have to be a guessing game for fans.

There was speculation that Crosby would return Saturday to faceoff against The Washington Capitals and Alexander Ovechkin. Ovechkin had an impressive 5 points last night in a game against The Boston Bruins, where Washington clobbered them 10-2. This was enough for Ovechkin (90 points) to jump past February's NHL first star of the month, Evgeni Malkin (88 points), for first overall in league scoring.

With The Washington Capitals idled tonight, Malkin could tie or surpass Ovechkin for first in league scoring if he picks up two points or more when The Pens face The Lightning. It would be nice to see Malkin earn the points on a third career hat trick with Sidney Crosby assisting on two of the goals. Sidney Crosby did just that on Evgeni Malkin’s first two NHL career hat tricks. Evgeni Malkin's first career hat trick was on January 3, 2008 against The Maple Leafs, and the second was January 14, 2008 against The New York Rangers.

Whether or not Sidney Crosby would have returned on Saturday facing rival Alexander Ovechkin, or to play against Tampa Bay, the team he played when he originally injured his ankle, makes no difference because both would have made exciting stories to add to Crosby's career history. In this case, we will be telling the Crosby returns to action against Tampa Bay story. Overall, this is one exciting day for the NHL and fans around the world who have been waiting long enough for Sidney Crosby's return to the lineup.

 

Evgeni Malkin Has Exploded And Has Been Named The First Star Of The Month For February
And
After Skating Again
Sidney Crosby Returns
To Join The Penguins On The Road

Monday March 3, 2008

Evgeni Malkin last year's rookie of the year named first star for February 2008.

In the absence of injured Sidney Crosby (he missed the last 21 games), young Russian superstar Evgeni Malkin has thrived for the Penguins and was named the NHL first star for the month of February, followed by Marty Turco second, and Tomas Vanek third. As of last nights game Malkin leads the league with 88 points (37 goals and 51 assists), 3 ahead of Alexander Ovechkin, and 3 past his season total last year when he was named Calder Rookie of The Year. This year Malkin unquestionably is a top contender for the Art Ross trophy (awarded to the player for leading the league in points) and the Heart Memorial Trophy (awarded to the player judged as most valuable to his team based on a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association).

The Pittsburgh Penguins official web site reported, "Malkin led all NHL scorers in February with 26 points (nine goals, 17 assists) in 14 games as the Penguins posted an 8-3-3 record. Malkin recorded points in 11 of 14 games, including nine multiple-point performances. He recorded goals in eight contests and notched a 10-game point streak from Feb. 2-21, tallying 24 points (8-16--24) in that span."

There is also a great write up featuring Evgeni Malkin on The Hockey News.

Sidney Crosby To Join Penguins
For Road Trip

The Penguins official website also reported that Sidney Crosby will be heading out with The Penguins on a three game road trip. Specifics about his return to the line up were not disclosed but he participated in a complete optional morning skate at Mellon Arena this morning. The report discusses how Sidney Crosby feels to be back on the ice and traveling with The Penguins after having to stay home and watch the games on T.V., and the loss of his close friend and former roommate Colby Armstrong (Pittsburgh's 2001 first round draft pick). Its quite obvious they will miss eachother a lot. The Atlanta Journal Constitution quoted Colby Armstrong, AKA Army, as saying, "I was shocked and saddened to leave my friends." Sidney Crosby is heading out on the road for the first time without Armstrong.

 

Fans Welcome Former Penguins Who Are Now Thrashers With Cheers At Melon Arena As Pittsburgh Beats Atlanta In The Shoot Out 3-2

Sunday March 2, 2008

Marc Andre Fleury starts in goal for the first time since his injury getting the win against the Atlanta Thrashers.

Today Sidney Crosby's close friends and former team mates faced The Penguins for the first time since they were traded to The Atlanta Tharashers almost a week ago in the blockbuster Marian Hossa trade deadline deal. Colby Armstrong, friend and former room mate of Sidney Crosby, along with Erik Christensen donned Thrasher uniforms at their former home Mellon Arena.

Despite playing for the enemy, fans at Mellon Arena showed their appreaciation for what the pair had done while with the Penguins with loud cheers during pregame introductions. Mark Recchi, playing for Atlanta today, was let go by the Penguins in December when he was picked up by The Thrashers. All three former Penguins found themselves on the same line together for Atlanta during the game.

The Penguins quickly took the lead with a score of 2-0 only two minutes and nine seconds into the game. Ryan Malone got the first goal assisted by Sergei Gonchar and Evgeni Malkin. Malkin's league leading points now stand at 88. The second goal came from Maxime Talbot assisted by Jarkko Ruutu and rookie Alex Goligoski. This was Goligoski's third NHL game and second NHL career point, with the first coming in yesterday's game against the Senators.

The Penguins failed to score again for the rest of regulation while The Thrashers picked up one by Jim Slater toward the end of the first period, and their second goal by Slava Kozlov just over a minute into the second period. Neither the Penguins nor the Thrashers scored during overtime.

During the shootout Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc Andre Fleury, recently back from the same type of injury as Sidney Crosby, was able to stop all shots he faced from former teammate Erik Christensen, Eric Perrin and Ilya Kovalchuk. Rookie Kris Letang, beating goalie Kari Lehtonen, was the only Penguin to score during the shootout to win the hockey game. Letang has scored 5 of 8 career shootout attempts. This was Letang's third time winning a game for The Pens by scoring in shootouts.

Its nice to see Marc Andre Fleury, who stoped 31 shots, fully recovered from his high ankle sprain. Hopefully, Sidney Crosby and Gary Roberts will be back soon. Marian Hossa is expected back sometime this week after injuring his knee on Thursday night against The Boston Bruins. This was Fleury's first start since his injury giving him 5 games won in a row when starting (Fleury did take over in yesterdays game making it his first time playing since the injury but that wasn't a start).

The Penguins are still uncertain when Sidney Crosby will rejoin the team who have been 11-6-4 since he was out with the high right ankle sprain.

The final score was Pittsburgh 3 - Atlanta 2.

This vicotry puts The Penguins one point ahead of The New Jersey Devils to lead the Atlantic division and tied with The Montreal Canadiens for first in the Eastern conference. They are lucky to have won this game after blowing a 2 goal lead early in the game.

 

 

Evgeni Malkin Scores A Goal And Picks Up Two Assists But The Pittsburgh Penguins Fall 5 - 4 To The Ottawa Senators

Saturday March 1, 2008

Penguins vs Senators March 1 2008

Luck has not been on The Pittsburgh Penguins side the last few days. Their newest member All Star Marian Hossa was injured when The Pens played last and didn't even finish his first game as a Penguin and is expected to be out a week. Yesterday while practicing in Ottawa Ryan Whitney suffered a pulled groin and was unable to play today against the Senators. Finally, The Pittsburgh Penguins suffered their second loss in a row, this time to the Ottawa Senators. The final score was 5-4.

Evgeni Malkin put on a stellar performace notching one goal and two assists but it wasn't enough to win the game. Malkin was named the second star of the game. Ryan Malone scored two goals and Petr Sykora notched one.

Defensman Alex Goligoski, who was called up from the AHL, played his first NHL game for the Penguins on February 13, 2008 against the Boston Bruins but did not earn a point. Tonight was his second NHL appearance and he managed to pull off his first point with an assist on Ryan Malone's second period goal.

Alex Goligoski was called up along with forward Connor James from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to replace for the injured Marian Hossa and Ryan Whitney.

This was the final regular season game between Ottawa and Pittsburgh.

 

The Penguins Injury Curse Targets Ryan Whitney Only One Day After Striking Hossa

Saturday March 1, 2008

Today The Pittsburgh Penguins face the Ottawa Senators. In order to prepare for the game in Ottawa The Penguins practiced at The Scotiabank Place yesterday, just one day after losing newly acquired Marian Hossa to a knee injury.

At practice The Penguins were struck once more by the injury curse that has befallen them. This time Ryan Whitney suffered a slight groin pull after a one hour practice session deeming him day-to-day. Whitney is is expected to miss the game against The Senators. The other injured Penguins include Sidney Crosby, Marian Hossa, Kris Beech, Adam Hall, Gary Roberts, and Mark Eaton. The Penguins injury curse has been busy this season.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has reported that Ty Conklin will get the start in tonights game after his worst performance last Thursday since joining The Penguins. Conklin's stellar play since joining the team has earned him the trust and respect of his team and tonight will be the perfect opportunity to redeem himself. With the playoffs so close The Pens goalies must be ready to perform at superior levels.

This will be the first time The Penguins face the Senators, followed by The Tharashers tomorrow, since Marian Hossa joined them. Hossa played for both of those teams in the past but his injury will prevent him from facing off against them for the first time as a Penguin.

 

The Penguins Injury Curse
Strikes Marian Hossa Early Preventing Him From Finishing His First Game As A Penguin
Final Score
Boston Bruins 5
Pittsburgh Penguins 1

Thursday February 28, 2008

Marian Hossa in his first game for the Pittsburgh Penguins against The Boston Bruins after being aquired at the NHL trade deadline from The Atlanta Thrashers.

Five time All Star Marian Hossa, aquired by The Pittsburgh Penguins at the NHL trade deadline, has joined the ranks of Sideny Crosby, Gary Roberts, and Adam Hall as being struck by the Penguins injury curse.

The injury curse struk during the second period of tonights game against the Boston Bruins when Marian Hossa and Glen Murray hit knees as they collided. Hossa suffered sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee, he is expected to be out a week or two.

Sidney Crosby, originally expected to be out 6-8 weeks with his ankle injury, has reached the 6 week mark and indicated he is not ready to return. If Crosby manages to return by the end of the original estimated recovery period, within the next two weeks, we could possibly see him and Hossa return to play on the same night.

In tonights game the Boston Bruins dominated destroying the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1. Pasquel Dupuis, aquired along with Hossa at the trade deadline, was the only Penguins to score a goal happening with 6:57 left in the game.

(Side note: Chris from Taking One For The Team put together a post featureing deadline traded players who have scored in their new team debuts mentioning Dupuis, Armstrong, and with hopes of Hossa to be listed when he gets his first full game in as a Penguin)

NHL point leader this season, Evgeni Malkin (84 points), failed to register a point. This was the fourth game since Sidney Crosby has been out that this has happend.

A win would have placed The Penguins in the top seed of the Eastern Conference. The sell out crowd went wild during a third period fight between Bruins left wing Milan Lucic and Penguins left wing Jarkko Ruutu that lasted a lengthy 1:47.

Why did The Penguins fall to The Bruins? Perhaps the players were not used to playing with new comers Hal Gil, Marian Hossa, and Pascal Dupuis and some chemistry still needs to develope. Maybe it was Coach Michel Therrien's frequent line change combinations that threw the Pens off. Marc Andre Fleury took over in goal for the first time since December, perhaps he was not up to speed yet. Whatever the reason may be, this didn't look like a super charged hockey team that the Penguins organization took a gamble with at the trade deadline in order to bring home the Stanley Cup.

The talent on the Penguins team is now extremely deep, when including injured players, and their combined offensive firepower surely is the envey of The NHL. Assuming the injured players, especially Sidney Crosby, Gary Roberts, and Marian Hossa return before the playoffs to join the energized Malkin and company, then there is hope for a shot at The Stanley Cup.

Little or no playoff experience for the younger players, questionable defense, and the ability of their goaltenders to play at peak performace could be their weak points. The Penguins only have a few more weeks to get used to eachothers play and gel together. However, it is obvious the owners of the team are going for The Cup. If breaking away from the norm of playing defensively to play an offensive game is their strategy. This may actually work.

Here is a video showing the play where Hossa injured his knee as he collided with Glen Murray of the Bruins, it occurs about 13 seconds into the video just left of the centre of the "screen".

 

Depleted By The Hossa Deadline Trade and Injured Sidney Crosby Among Others The Penguins Managed To Sink The Islanders Despite Being Outshot 52-20

Tuesday February 26, 2008

"I haven't seen a goalie steal a game like that this year."
Penguins defenseman Ryan Whitney.

In a game against the New York Islanders, Pittsburgh's Ty Conklin made a career high 50 stops, helping the Penguins sink their opponent to win the game despite lacking some of their best players.

Sidney Crosby, Gary Roberts, and Marc Andre Fleury are still not playing due to injury. Superstar Marian Hossa, Hal Gil, and Pasqual Dupuis have not joined the Pens since traded to the team earlier during the day's trade deadline. Former Penguins, Colby Armstrong and Erik Christensen, were sent away to Atlanta. Finally, two call ups from the Wilkes-Barre AHL, James and Nathan Smith , didn't even show until the second period of the game. Despite it all The Penguins beat The Islanders 4-2.

Evgeni Malkin scored one of the first period goals plus picked up an assist this game. Malkin is doing a spectacular offensive job for the Penguins in Sidney Crosby's absence. However, when Sidney Crosby returns being joined by Marian Hossa, The Penguins will surely be one of the most lethal offensive teams in the league.

 

Gary Roberts and Sidney Crosby Skating

Tuesday February 26, 2008

Gary Roberts who broke his leg during a game on December 29, 2007 was skating along with Sidney Crosby. This is an encouraging sign for the Pens. Roberts who began skating earlier this month is expected to return in late March. Roberts is also dealing with a high ankle sprain he suffered when he began skating earlier in the month. Reports have team officials saying Roberts skate was considered "good" at best. It appears Gary Roberts may not be a write off this season after all.

 

The Penguins Pick Up The Trade Deadline's Most Sought After Player Marian Hossa But Was The Price Too Steep?

Tuesday February 26, 2008

Its official The Pittsburgh Penguins, in a surprise last minute deal, picked up center superstar Marian Hossa from the Atlanta Thrashers along with speedy right winger Pasqual Dupuis. Mats Sudnin, who would have been the most sought after player, refused to waive his no trade clause with the Toronto Maple Leafs leaving the stage set for Hossa to become the NHL's most wanted.

Not only did The Penguins pick up Hossa and Dupuis, but they also acquired the enormus defender Hal Gil in a trade deal with The Leafs. Gil tends to lack speed and puck handling skill but his ability to kill penalties, position himself well, size and reach are an asset. Assuming he plays better in Pittsburgh than in Toronto he may come in handy on defense for the Penguins. This still remains to be seen.

Apparently, Pittsburgh Penguins general manager, Ray Shero, told reporters, "We've always had a hard time finding that fit for Sid, and I believe Marian is a guy who can think at that level, skate at that level and, obviously, he can score goals and kill penalties and raise everybody else's game."

So what did the Penguins have to give up at the trade dealine to get the right player to fit Sidney Crosby?

For Hal The Goliath Gil, The Penguins gave The Leafs a second and fifth round draft pick. For Marian Hossa and Pasqual Dupuis the Penguins paid a steep price and took a risk sending talented forwards Colby Armstrong (Sidney Crosby's close friend and roommate) and Erik Christensen to The Thrashers. These were a couple of the players The Penguins had been building their team around and fans adored. There is more, The Penguins also gave up 2007 top prospect Angelo Esposito and this year's first round draft pick.

The Penguins surely have the rest of the defenders in league worried about a team that boasts stars like league point leader Evgeni Malkin, superstar Sidney Crosby, and sniper Marian Hossa.

Obviously, The Penguins expect Sidney Crosby to return and bulldoze along with the all new bulked up team to take over The Stanley Cup. Only that would make this trade deal worth while. With so little time left before the playoffs this is a huge risk that hopefully pays off.

 

Sidney Crosby Undoubtly The Best Player In The Leauge According To A Sports Illustrated Poll of NHL Players Themselves

Monday February 25, 2008

Evgeni Malkin is lighting up The Penguins and is at the top of the scoring race, at the same time media polls suggesting Alexander Ovechkin is the top player in the league but Sidney Crosby gets the vote for the top player to build a team around.

A Sports Illustrated poll, featured in the February 25, 2008 issue, asked 365 NHL players, who couldn't pick a teammate, "If you were starting a team, who'd be the first active player you'd pick to play on it?"

Sidney Crosby won with an overwhelming 39% with the second place choices being Alexander Ovechkin and Roberto Luongo both with 14%.

 

Sharks Take A Bite Out Of Penguins Holding Malkin Pointless And Winning The Game During The Shoot Out

Sunday February 24, 2008

Evgeni Malkin facing off during The Pittsburgh Penguins San Jose Sharks game February 24, 2008.

Evgeni Malkin was held pointless for the second game in a row remaining at a league high of 82 points (Ovechkin has tied that today). Going into the shoot out the game was tied 1-1. Here is a summary of the shoot out as reported on The Pittsburgh Penguins Official Web Site,

"Roenick scored the game-winner as all three San Jose skaters were successful in the shootout and Jonathan Cheechoo had the Sharks' only goal in regulation, leading them to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.

Penguins goalie Ty Conklin made 36 saves in regulation and overtime, but couldn't stop Roenick, Cheechoo or Joe Pavelski on wrist shots during the shootout. Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov allowed Eric Christensen and Jarkko Ruutu to score in the shootout, but stopped Kris Letang."

The Penguins sure could of used Sidney Crosby's help during the last few games against formidable contenders for the Cup.

 

The Penguins Dominate First Half of Game With A 3-0 Lead Only To Blow It Giving
The Senators The Win In Overtime
Ottawa Senators 4
Pittsburgh Penguins 3

Saturday February 23, 2008

Evgeni Malkin of The Penguins vs Daniel Alfredson of The Senators on Saturday Feb 23, 2008.

By midway of the second period The Pittsburgh Penguins had played a dominating game with fabulous forechecking and hustling to loose pucks. Other than the ouststanding play of Senators' goalie Ray Emery, The Sens looked like a bunch of lifeless bums. Perhaps The Sens were suffering from low self esteem after losing their last five games in a row. Take that into consideration and the comfortable lead The Penguins took on home ice at Mellon Arena The Penguins played with a little less effort and care. Their aggressive forecheck dwindled and scoring opportunities were missed when fancy passes were attempted instead of shooting the puck on net. Then The Senators made a bitter comeback to win the game 4-3 in overtime.

Evgeni Malkins ten game winning steak came to an end. During the second period Malkin, frustrated after missing 3 scoring chances, broke his stick. In the end Danielle Alfredson scored the winning goal with just 3.2 seconds left in overtime.

 

Evgeni Malkin Continues To Lead The Penguins To Victory Even In The Absense of Sidney Crosby
Tonight's Score Pens 5 Habs 4

Thursday February 21, 2008

Evgeni Malkin scores agains The Canadiens February 21, 2008.

Evgeni Malkin notched his 35th goal of the season and picked up two assists in a 5 to 4 victory over The Canadiens. This extends Evgeni Malkin's game-point streak to ten games. Sergi Gonchar earned his 600th career point during this game. The Montreal Canadiens were Sidney Crosby's favorite team when he was growing up. Crosby did not travel with The Penguins to Montreal for this game.

So who do you think is a better player
Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin?
See what they are saying about this over at
The Sidney Crosby Show.

The Sidney Crosby Show also has a great game recap of The Penguins vs The Canadiens.

 

Sidney Crosby Given Practice Off Today To Rest Injured Ankle

Wednesday February 20, 2008

Sidney Crosby has been taking part in team practices, despite an injured ankle, for almost two weeks now. Today coaching and training staff gave him the day off to rest the ankle. Sidney Crosby has taken part in full contact practices with The Penguins causing speculation that he will return playing games sooner than expected. However, The Penguins have insisted his rehabilitation will take as long as expected, 6-8 weeks.

 

Ryan Malone Rallies The Penguins Out Of A Two Point Deficit And Evgeni Malkin Takes The League Scoring Lead Surpassing Alexander Ovechkin In A 3-2 Victory Over The Florida Panthers

Tuesday February 19, 2008

Sidney Crosby must be smiling tonight after watching his team beat The Florida Panthers, tying The New Jersey Devils for first place in the Atlantic Divsion. Not only that Crosby can rest easy knowing Malkin, who is replacing him at center, is playing like a young hockey phenom just like Crosby would have done if he was healthy and playing.

This was an exciting victory of the Pens as Ryan Malone's two goals pulled the team out of a two goal deficit, with the game winner coming with just 23 seconds left. The Penguins tie for first place in the Atlantic Division and Evgeni Malkin (79 points), with two assists, surpassed Alexander Ovechkin (78 points) as the NHL scoring leader. Although Evgeni Malkin's five game goal streak came to an end tonight, he now holds a a nine game point streak.

The Penguins have an imporved 8-4-2 record since Crosby has been out with an ankle injury.

 

Who Needs Sidney Crosby When The Penguins Continue To Win Without Him Including A 4-1 Victory Over The Buffalo Sabres Today

Sunday February 17, 2008

Despite a slow start and being outshot 23-8 half way through the second period, The Pittsburgh Penguins managed to find themselves ahead 2-0 by this point of the game against The Buffalo Sabres. Much of the credit should go to goalie Ty Conklin's phenominal play. Evgeni Malkin earned another multi-point game with a goal and an assist. In the end the Pens beat The Sabres 4-1.

So with The Penguins playing so well, who needs Sidney Crosby? Thats the question the Canadian Press posed to Petr Sykora who replied, "Oh, come on, how can you even say that? I'm not even going to answer that because Sidney's the best hockey player in the world. And he's going to be the key guy for us in the playoffs." Yes indeed the playoffs will be a time The Penguins will become one of the biggest threats to other teams battling it out for The Stanley Cup.

 

Sidney Crosby Takes Part In Full Contact Practice And May Be Back Playing Sooner Than Later

Saturday February 16, 2008

Last week, Friday February 8, Sidney Crosby began practicing with his team but contact was totally off limits as indicated by the bright yellow jersey he wore. This morning, for the first time since his high ankle injury, Sidney Crosby participated in a full contact practice wearing the regular black jersey. According to a post on the Rotowire website, KDKA-TV2 in Pittsburgh stated that, "The team insists that Crosby won't return for at least another two weeks, but even that would put his total absence at just six weeks. It wouldn't be surprising to see him return sooner than that."

Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported that Crosby skated hard by himself on Friday and this morning took part in all the same drills as the rest of the team.

Finally, Jodie over at The Sidney Crosby Show received some great photos of Crosby practicing. The pictures were sent in by one of her blog readers.

 

The Penguins Lose 4-2 To The Hurricanes Bringing Their Record To 6-4-2 Since Sidney Crosby Has Been Out
And
Evgeni Malkin Moves To The Top Of The Points Race Only Behind Alexander Ovechkin

Thursday February 14, 2008

This Valentines' day it is fair to say that Evgeni Malkin has become the heart of The Pittsburgh Penguins ever since their true sweetheart, Sidney Crosby, has been away. Evgeni Malkin managed to pull of his 33rd goal of the season unassisted during the second period making it 2-1 giving The Pens their only lead in the game. This was Malkin's fifth goal in his last four games, with a total of 10 goals and 13 assists in the last twelve games or since Sidney Crosby has been out with an ankle sprain. Evgeni Malkin now has a total of 76 points this season launching him to the top of the scoring race, trailing only behind Alexander Ovechkin (79 points) by three points.

The Penguins put in a solid effort and played a great game. Brooks Orpik scored his first goal in 181 games. According to The Pittsburgh Tribune Review, "when Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik had last scored a goal, Sidney Crosby had nine career points, Jordan Staal was playing junior hockey, Evgeni Malkin was still in Magnitogorsk, and Mario Lemieux was a minus-1."

Cam Ward stopped 20 of the 22 shots he faced for Carolina, while Dany Sabourin's outstanding goaltending only allowed one even strength goal out of the 46 shots he faced.

In the end Carolina beat Pittsburgh 4-2. The Penguins have played the last twelve games with Captain Sidney Crosby out of the lineup with an ankle sprain and their record since then stands at 6 wins, 4 losses, and 2 overtime losses. According to The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, "The Penguins (32-21-5) have lost consecutive games in regulation for the first time since Dec. 11-13, although they remain first in the Atlantic Division and second in the Eastern Conference."

On a positive note The Sidney Crosby Show game recap reports that Sidney Crosby is progressing by continuing to rehabilitate his injury and was seen taking part in the optional morning practice before the night's hockey game. You can see video of Sidney Crosby practicing (start of video) followed by game highlights at TSN.ca.

 

The Penguins Fall To The Boston Bruins
Their Record Now Stands At 6-3-2 Since Sidney Crosby Has Be Out
But Malkin Manages A Goal
To Extend His Point Streak To Six Games

Wednesday February 13, 2008

After winning and playing their last three games at home, The Penguins lost the forth one in a row to The Boston Bruins 2-1. Boston managed two goals during the first period, while The Penguins played extremely poor. During the rest of the game Boston played a superior defensive game almost shutting out the Pens. After many chances Evgeni Malkin managed a goal on the power play during the third period extending his point streak to 6 games. Malkin has notched an impressive 16 points over this six game point streak.

Since the 11 games Sidney Crosby has been out The Penguins are 6-3-2 and Malkin has 22 points with 9 goals and 13 assists.

Alex Goligoski was called up from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to make his NHL debut. The Penguins newest rookie played well but failed to notch a point.

 

Even Without Sidney Crosby The Penguins Manage To Beat The Talented Flyers For The First Time This Season With A Little Help From Evgeni Malkin's Four Point Game
Finally The Battle Of Pennsylvania is Worth Watching

Sunday February 10, 2008

Tonight The Pittsburgh Penguins were victorious against The Philadelphia Flyers 4-3. Evgeni Malkin earned four points with a goal and three assists, making this his fifth consectutive multi-point game. With Sidney Crosby nursing his ankle injury, Evgeni Malkin seems to be the hottest player in the NHL right now. In fact, here is what R.J. Umberger from the rival Philadelphia Flyers had to say as reported by The National Post, "he's the hottest guy in the NHL right now. You've got to stay on top of him and shut him down, and we didn't do that today." Umberger has 7 of his 11 goals this season against The Penguins. USA Today also reported Umberger as saying, "They are playing really good with Crosby out of the lineup, it's a little surprising."

There has always been a rivalry between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, better known as "The Battle of Pennsylvania". Last season, 2006-07, The Penguins smoked The Flyers beating them in all eight games they played. Prior to this the Flyers have largely dominated The Penguins since they both enterend the NHL. These teams have faced eachother three times during the playoffs with Philadelphia winning each time. This season "The Battle of Pennsylvania" has become intense and obviously the best in the NHL. In fact, The Flyers have faced the Penguins five times and this is only the first time Pittsburgh has won. Finally, both teams have put together phenominal teams, of equal talent, at the same time to make this a rivalry worth watching.

With Malkin's peaking performances and Sidney Crosby scheduled to return by the end of the regular season, The Flyers may have something to worry about this time if they face them during the playoffs.

 

 

Sidney Crosby Skates At Team Practice For The First Time Since His High Ankle Injury

Friday February 8, 2008

While The Penguins are carrying themselves rather well by pulling off wins in the absence of Captain Sidney Crosby, his return sooner than later would be greatly welcomed by everyone, except his opponents of course. While it has been estimated that Sidney Crosby will be out of the line up for six to eight weeks, he has officially began skating and participating in team practices as of today.

Sidney Crosby Skates  For Team Practice For The First Time Since His Ankle Injury. The Yellow Hockey Jersey Indicates Contact With Crosby Is Off Limits.

During the practice Sidney Crosby wore a yellow jersey to indicate contact with him was off limits. While Crosby skated, took shots, worked on quick starts and sharp turns, he appears to be more focused on keeping well conditioned so he can return to play immediately after being cleared by doctors. CBC Sports reported that, "Crosby said he is hoping that by working on his conditioning while his ankle heals, he can play immediately after he is cleared by doctors."

While fans are sure to be excited and hope Sid will return to play soon there hasn’t been any official news on the topic. It appears that Sidney Crosby is healing rather well but considering a high ankle injury usually takes quite some time to heal fans should be happy he is progressing. Besides the Pittsburgh Penguins are a talented bunch of players who are keeping their club respectable in the absence of their Captain. As they say in the auto industry, “hope for the best but prepare for the worst.” Best case scenario Sidney Crosby returns to play hockey very soon, or worst case he will be back in six to eight weeks.

CBC Sports also quoted Sidney Crosby as saying, "I'm probably going to reevaluate it in about a week or two weeks and see where I am. It's going to take a while. I'm not ready to play ... Wishful thinking would be a couple of more weeks, but I really don't know."

 

Sidney Crosby Game Worn Captain Jersey With Tenth Anniversary Hockey Fights Cancer Patch Brings In $15,207 At Charity Auction

Wednesday February 06, 2008

Hockey Fights Cancer 10th Anniversary Auction

The annual Hockey Fights Cancer charity auction for 2008 featured 30 game worn NHL team captain jerseys with the number 87 Sidney Crosby jersey bringing in a hefty $15,207.

Learn the details of these jerseys, including comparisons to the sale of Sidney Crosby's game worn Winter Classic Jersey and First All-Star Game appearance Jersey by clicking here.

 

Sidney Crosby Skates Again For The First Time Since His High Ankle Injury

Wednesday February 06, 2008

According to Shelly Anderson of The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Sidney Crosby has been seen skating at Melon Arena, while the rest of The Penguins were on the road, earlier this week. Today Crosby was skating before team practice but did not partake in training. Speculation has begun that he may return earlier. However, Anderson known for her close relationship with the Penguins, would be a more reliable source. She has stated “There is no indication that the timetable for his return has changed. Crosby, out with a high ankle sprain, is expected back in March”. In a follow up report Anderson stated, " team officials said yesterday that is a normal part of (Sidney Crosby's) rehabilitation from a high ankle sprain and not an indication his recovery is ahead of schedule."

An estimated total time of 6-8 weeks for Sidney Crosby's ankle sprain to heal means he would return early to mid March. That would leave 3 to 5 weeks of the 2007-08 NHL schedule for Sidney Crosby to play hockey in. The Penguins final regular season game, before the playoffs, will be against The Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday April 6, 2008.

Gary Roberts who has been out of action for the Penguins since December 29, 2007, with a broken leg, was also skating with Crosby prior to their teams' practice.

 

Evgeni Malkin Ties Sidney Crosby For The Penguins Team High Of 63 Points

Monday February 04, 2008

In a game against The New Jersey Devils, Evgeni Malkin notched two assists to tie Sidney Crosby for the team lead in points this season. With Crosby out on injured reserve, Malkin will soon surpass him.

The Penguins led the game 3-1 early in the third period when Jordan Staal scored on the power-play but the Devils managed to rally back tying the game 3-3 by the end of the period. The Penguins lost in overtime when The Devils' Zach Parise scored just 37 seconds in for a 4-3 loss to New Jersey.

Ironically, Penguins forward Petr Sykor played his first six seasons with The Devils. Sykora's first NHL goal came in a game against Pittsburgh. During tonights game, Sykora notched his 600th career point, this time as a Penguin playing against his former New Jersey team. Sykora's first 300 NHL points came when he played for The Devils. Petr Sykora's 600th career point came with his 17th goal of the 2007-08 NHL season.

The Pittsburgh Penguins team record has suffered since Sidney Crosby injured his ankle and now stands at 3-2-2.

 

Evgeni Malkin Carries Penguins Well In Sidney Crosby's Abscense With A Goal and Two Assists In A 4-1 Victory Over The Carolina Hurricanes

Saturday February 2, 2008

Sergi Samsonov scored the first goal of the game during the first period for the Carolina Hurricanes and this was good enough for them to lead the first two periods. During the third period The Penguins turned up the heat and scored four goals. One of the goals came from Evgeni Malkin who also set up two of the other goals during the third period. Obviously, The Penguins are carrying themselves well without captain Sidney Crosby with Evgeni Malkin deserving the bulk of the credit. However, the rest of the Penguins are no sluches and deserve much credit as well.

The NHL.com game recap reported, "nobody in their locker room is saying the Penguins don't miss Crosby, just as no one would have said they didn't miss Mario Lemieux during his many injury absences. Still, not many teams have a center as good as Malkin to lead their top line when their biggest star is out."

Sidney Crosby was watching the game. According to The Sidney Crosby Show, "Early in the second, FSN Pittsburgh showed our man Sidney sitting with the man Mario way above the crowd in Mario's luxury box. One man was drinking water, the other wine. (I'll let you match the beverage to the consumer.)"

 

Evgeni Malkin Makes His All Star Game Debut With 2 Points Playing As A Replacement For Sidney Crosby

Sunday January 27, 2008

Sidney Crosby, the league vote getter to start in the All-Star Game, missed the game due to his ankle injury and was replaced by team mate Evgeni Malkin. While Malkin deservedly earned the right to replace Crosby, some would argue Malkin should of played regardless. After all, Malkin is extremely talented with quick speed, excellent puckhandling, and a great shot. He has also been playing some of his best hockey trying to pick up the slack with Sidney Crosby gone.

Why a player of Malkin's caliber was overlooked for the All-Star Game in the first place is quite perplexing. Then on January 12, Malkin was overlooked again as a replacement for Dany Heatly who will miss the game due to injury.

Evgeni Malkin went on a rampage only a couple of hours following the announcement that Boston's Marc Savard would replace Heatly during a game against The New York Rangers. The Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported, "Evgeni Malkin recorded his second hat trick in six games and threw perhaps the most crushing hit of his NHL career, burying Rangers defenseman Michal Rozsival with a shoulder to the chest midway through the first period, in the Penguins' 4-1 victory against New York at Mellon Arena".

Ultimately, Malkin did play as a replacement for Sidney Crosby, making " his All-Star debut with a pair of assists on first-period goals by Eric Staal and Buffalo's Brian Campbell". The previous quote was taken from an excellent overview ofthe 2008 NHL All Star Game at ThePittsburghChannel.com. A more detailed news article was written by The Associated Press.

The East beat the West 8-7. This video shows the 2008 NHL All-Star Game highlights.

 

Malkin Gets A Goal For 16 Over The Last 16 Games And Georges Laraque Gets Ejected With A Major Penalty In A Pittsburgh Penguins Loss
Final Score: Flyers 4 Penguins 3

Thursday January 24, 2008

The Pittsburgh Penguins played once more without captain Sidney Crosby and lost 4-3 against the Philadelphia Flyers. Evgeni Malkin notched a goal this game and has scored 16 goals over the last 16 games. Georges Laraque was ejected from the game with a major penalty when he hit Steve Downie from behind at the end of the second period. The Following is taken from an excellent game recap posted at the NHLPens.com website...

"With 3 seconds left in the period, Georges Laraque was given a major penalty and a game misconduct for hitting Steve Downie from behind into the boards. Downie went head first into the boards and lay motionless for a few moments, but was able to leave the ice under his own power. He subsequently rejoined the game. While the hit from behind was a penalty, it did not appear to be an intent to injure by Laraque."

Complete recap from NHLPens.com

 

Sidney Crosby Talks About His Ankle Injury At Melon Arena With Reporters During A Press Conference

Tuesday January 22, 2008

Sidney Crosby discusses his hi ankle injury in this video.

Sidney Crosby Ankle Injury Video Press Conference With Reporters

 

Prognosis of Sidney Crosby's Injury Says He Won't Play Hockey For 6 to 8 weeks
Missing The All Star Game
And
Evgeni Malkin Was Chosen As A Replacement For Sidney Crosby At The All Star Game

Tuesday January 22, 2008

Today the Penguins doctor was able to get a better look at Sidney Crosby's injured right high ankle sprain. It was announced he will miss 6-8 weeks. Crosby says waiting to heal may be the most difficult mental task he has faced so far in the NHL. The Pittsburgh Penguins official web site quoted Crosby as saying, "This is probably something that’s tougher mentally than anything I have probably had to deal with. I don’t think you want to get caught looking at a date and then you get to that date and you’re not ready to go."

Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins Replacement For Sidney Crosby At 2008 ALL Star Game

Meanwhile it was announced today that Evgeni Malkin will replace center Sidney Crosby for the Eastern Conference at the 2008 All Star Game in Atlanta. The 2006-07 NHL Rookie of the Year, Evgeni Malkin, was quoted on the CBC web site as saying, " It is unfortunate that Sidney will not be able to participate. However, I look forward to playing in the game and representing the Penguins organization."

 

With Sidney Crosby Out Of The Line Up Tonight's Game Put Russian Against Russian As Evgeni Malkin And The Penguins Took On Alexander Ovechkin And The Washington Capitals

Monday January 21, 2008

The rivalry between Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby had to be put on hold tonight as the Capitals played The Penguins at The Melon Arena minus an injured Sidney Crosby. The media has been hyping The Penguins other young superstar Evgeni Malkin as the one to step up and take on a larger role. With that said, it was russian vs russian, countryman vs countryman, Ovechkin vs Malkin in a high scoring game ending in a shootout victory for the Washington Capitals with a score of 6-5.

While injured Sidney Crosby watched the game, Evgeni Malkin took over Crosby's center position and managed to pull off two goals and an assist. The other Russian superstar hockey player, Alexander Ovechkin, managed an assist and two goals during regulation time and scored the first of two shootout goals for The Capitals.

Alexander Ovechkin was named the first star of the game and Evgeni Malkin was the second. Ovechkin now leads the league in goals this season with 38.

This was one of the best hockey games this season and can you believe Sidney Crosby wasn't even in it?

Malkin and Ovechkin were team mates on the Russian Olympic team but Malkin showed no mercy when he checked Ovechkin hard towards the end of the first period. Alexander wasn't very happy as you can tell when he shoves Malkin in the video below.

 

Sidney Crosby Placed On Injured Reserve List With High Right Ankle Sprain Injury

Monday January 21, 2008

Sidney Crosby, who suffered an ankle sprain last Friday as he awkwardly slid into the boards feet first after being pulled down by Tampa Bay's Paul Ranger, has been placed on the injured reserve list. When a player is placed on injured reserve they must miss at least 7 days of play. This guarantees Sidney Crosby will miss the 2008 NHL All Star Game to be held in Atlanta. Pittsburgh Penguins team doctors were again unable to evaluate Crosby's ankle injury due to swelling today. They plan to do a thorough examination tomorrow. Normally, a high ankle sprain puts a hockey player out of action for a month or more.

Sidney Crosby Slides Feet First Into The Boards Leading To An Injured Right Ankle

The Penguins also put forward Adam Hall on Injured reserve with a pulled groin. They also sent defenseman Ryan Lannon down to the AHL after not playing with the Penguins during his two week stint. By sending Lannon back to the AHL and with two players on injured reserve, Sidney Crosby and Adam Hall, The Penguins are free to call up three players from the AHL. They quickly called up forwards Chris Minard, Tim Brent and Jonathan Filewich from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

By the end of the night that Sidney Crosby was injured, while playing Tampa Bay, he was in a four way tie for the league lead in points with Ilya Kovalchuk, Jarmoe Iginla, and Vince Lecavalier. However, one night later in a game between Tampa Bay and The Senators, Vincent Lecavalier scored a goal putting one point ahead of Crosby, Kovalchuk, and Iginla.

Here is a video clip showing how Sidney Crosby's ankle injury happend...

 

The Penguins Play First Hockey Game Without Injured Captain Sidney Crosby Beating The Canadiens 2-0

Saturday January 19, 2008

The Montreal Canadiens were Sidney Crosby's favorite team during his youth but tonight he did not join his team on the road to play them. Sidney Crosby suffered a high right ankle sprain yesterday during the first period of a home game against Tampa Bay. Sidney Crosby remained in Pittsburgh to be reevaluated by the teams medical staff. Since his high right ankle sprain remains swollen they will not be able to determine Crosby's prognosis just yet.

In The Penguins first hockey game without Sidney Crosby they were successful in winning 2-0 against The Montreal Canadiens. Georges Laraque set up Jeff Taffe for the first goal of the game during first period. Evgeni Malkin scored the second goal on the empty net with just 12.3 seconds left in the game. Dany Sabourin earned his second shutout and played in goal for the first time since December 21, 2007.

The Penguins must keep up their winning ways in order to make it into the playoffs and to prove they are still a contending team without Sidney Crosby. The NHL web site game recap reported Penguins defender Ryan Whitney as saying, "You lose the best player in the league, you've still got to be able to go out and win games and we're going to have to do it for a month, who knows, and we've got to stay in the playoff race. We want to get as high a seed as we can and tonight is the first step in proving that we're a good hockey team without him."

This is the fifth NHL game Sidney Crosby has missed during his Penguins and NHL career. The first four games without him were all losses, 2 regulation, 1 shootout, and 1 overtime. During their fifth game without Crosby, which was against The Canadiens, the Pens managed to pull off a win.

Hopefully, this Crosbyless win against Montreal is a trend that will continue for the Penguins. Evegeni Malkin, The Penguins other young superstar, has stepped into Crosby's center position and should feel some extra pressure on himself to help carry the team to success. Malkin played wing with Crosby at center and they made a dynamite combination. With Crosby out Malkin has moved to his natural position of center.

 

Penguins Lose Captain Sidney Crosby Indefinitely To High Right Ankle Injury In A 3-0 Loss To The Lightning

Friday January 18, 2008

Sidney Crosby left tonight's hockey game against The Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period with a high right ankle sprain. This is a serious injury that has plagued Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury for the past six weeks. Sidney Crosby will be evaluated by team doctors tomorrow but its not likely he will play any time soon. Crosby who led the All Star Game voting for starters will most likely miss the All Star Game too.

Sidney Crosby Skates Off The Ice With High Right Ankle Injury / Sprain

A high ankle injury usually sidelines hockey players for a month or longer. The injury occured as Sidney Crosby was shooting the puck while rushing The Lightnings' net. Tampa Bay defender Paul Ranger hit Sidney Crosby with a slash of his stick, knocking The Penguins captain down. Crosby, the trooper that he is, attempted to shoot the puck again as he slid and awakwardly rammed his feet into the boards ultimately injuring his right ankle with the high sprain.

Like Sidney Crosby and Marc Andre Fleury, Maxime Talbot missed a month with the same high ankle sprain. When asked to Comment on Sidney Crosby's ankle injury, The Pittsburgh Tribune Review quoted Talbot as saying, "He can expect frustration, some days you wake up and it feels good, others it hurts. It is a bad injury because you can do as much rehab as you want, but you just have to wait."

This will be the first extended period of time since joining the NHL that Sidney Crosby will miss games. He missed one game during his rookie season on Thursday February 2, 2006 when Pittsburgh lost 7-2 to the Senators. Sidney Crosby also missed 3 games in November of 2006 during the 2006-07 NHL season with a groin injury. The Penguins were unable to win a game without Crosby during that time. In fact, The Penguins suffered two regulation losses, on overtime loss, and one shootout loss.

Fans got to see what the Penguins play like without the heart and captain of their team for two and half periods and it wasn't pretty. The Penguins ended up losing 3-0 to the Tampa Bay Lightning, one of the worst teams in the current NHL standings. The Penguins were unable to put up as much offense without their captain and were outshot by Tampa Bay. The Penguins did manage to create several scoring chances but were shut out by Holmqvist, Tampa's goalie.

Hopefully, the rest of the Penguins can keep the team winning with some extra effort. In fact, The NHL website game recap reported that Vincent Lecavailer said, "Sid is a big part of that team, for them to win, someone else is going to have to lead, and I think (Evgeni) Malkin is going to have to do that."

Currently, Vincent Lecavailer and Ilya Kovalchuk are tied with Sidney Crosby for NHL points this season at 63. None of these three players, who all played tonight, managed to score a point. However, Calgary Flames captain Jerome Iginla earned a point on an assist in a 6-1 Flames victory over the Kings, bringing his total from 62 to 63. Iginal has joined Crosby, Lecavalier, and Kovalchuk as the league point leaders. Unfortunately, Sidney Crosby will most likely be out for a prolonged period and will be surpassed in points.

This hockey game was the first regulation time loss for Penguins goalie Ty Conklin since he joined the team. His only other loss was during a shootout. If Conklin can keep up his phenominal play and the rest of the Penguins pick up the slack they may be able to keep on track to the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Jodie over at The Sidney Crosby Show always thinks positive and gives Penguins fans hope that the team can make it through without the best player in the leauge. Here is what she had to say...

"Okay, so this is DEFINITELY a setback for the Penguins (losing the best player in the league is never a good thing) but at least we can still rely on our other superstar, Evgeni Malkin, to keep doing what he does best (score goals). We also have Max Talbot back, Ryan Malone was a beast until his leg infection - perhaps he'll find his game again and step it up, Jordan Staal seems like he is always thisclose to scoring and that kid has been huge on the penalty kill, Tyler Kennedy is a feisty player who can score goals and deliver big hits, and Petr Sykora has that wicked release. The situation is far from ideal, but if the other players turn it up a notch and play a little harder in the absence of their captain (which I suspect most of them will), the Penguins will be able to get through it."

Lets hope Sidney Crosby heals quickly from this high ankle sprain and will rejoin his team on their way to the playoffs.

 

Sidney Crosby 2008 Winter Classic Authentic Memorabilia Up For Auction Including
Sindey Crosby Game Worn Jersey
Sidney Crosby Pant Shell
Sidney Crosby Shootout Game Puck

Wednesday January 16, 2008

Some of the 2008 NHL Winter Classic Memorabilia is being offered for auction with proceeds going to charity. Its no big surprise that the highest bids can be found on Sidney Crosby memorabilia. In particular the Sidney Crosby authentic second period game worn jersey has been bid up to $25880.00 as of today with the auction ending tomorrow January 17, 2008 at 9:08pm EST.

(Updated February 6, 2008: The final price on the Sidney Crosby Winter Classic Game Worn Authentic Hockey Jersey was an astounding US$45,000.)

Sidney Crosby 2008 NHL Winter Classic Authentic Game Worn Jersey

According to the NHL website, "The National Hockey League’s first regular-season outdoor game on United States soil was a classic, the AMP Energy NHL Winter Classic. The MeiGray Group Game-Worn Jersey Authentication Program is proud to offer fans and collectors across the globe the opportunity to own a piece of history … the actual jersey worn by #87 Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period of this historic event."

Also up for auction are the 2008 Winter Classic Sidney Crosby game worn pants shell currently bid up to $2020.00 and the Sidney Crosby shootout victory puck is currently at $5005.00.

Sidney Crosby Shootout Victory Puck 2008 Winter Classic

This is taken directly from the NHL Auction web site's description of the puck:

"...the actual puck used by Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins to score the game-winning goal in a shootout during the 2008 NHL Winter Classic. One thrilling shootout. One storybook finish. One historic puck. This is the actual puck, the only puck, used throughout the shootout that decided the AMP Energy NHL Winter Classic, in front of the largest crowd in NHL history, 71,217. Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby fired this puck between Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller’s pads for the winning goal in the Penguins’ 2-1 shootout victory over the Sabres at Ralph Wilson Stadium. All six shootout attempts were taken with this puck:

Ales Kotalik snapped a wrist shot past goalie Ty Conklin, giving the Sabres a 1-0 shootout lead.
Erik Christensen fired a wrist shot wide of Miller’s net.
Tim Connolly was stopped by Conklin.
Kris Letang slipped a backhander past Miller, tying the shootout 1-1.
Maxim Afinogenov’s backhander was stopped by Conklin.
Crosby snapped a wrist shot behind Miller, giving the Penguins the 2-1 shootout victory."

These historic Sidney Crosby 2008 Winter Classic Game Used Memorabilia can been viewed at the NHL Auctions web site.

 

Sidney Crosby Assisted Evengi Malkin For The First Two Goals Early During The First Period Forewarning The Coming Of Malkin's Second Career Hat Trick In A 4-1 Penguins Victory Over The Rangers

Monday January 14, 2008

Sidney Crosby earned assists on two of Evgeni Malkin’s first NHL career hat trick goals only eleven days ago in a 6-2 slaughter of The Toronto Maple Leafs on January 3, 2008. Evgeni Malkin notched a second career hat trick tonight in a 4-1 victory over the New York Rangers. Again Sidney Crosby assisted on two of Malkin’s hat trick goals. In fact, Crosby assisted Malkin on the first two goals only 6:33 into the first period. Sergei Gonchar got the third goal of the game during the first period making the hockey game 3-0.

Jaromir Jagr was the only Ranger to score a goal which came just over nine minutes into the third period. Throughout the game Malkin attempted to notch his third goal of the game for the hat trick. Despite several chances Malkin was unable to succeed until the very end of the game. With just over twenty seconds left in the hockey game Evgeni Malkin scored on an empty net giving him his second NHL career hat trick on home ice at The Mellon Arena.

Sidney Crosby is leading all hockey players in assists for the 2007-08 NHL Season with 43. Sidney Crosby was named the third star of the game, while Malkin was first and Conklin was second.

Interesting Hat Trick Story

The Toronto CityNews report at 11pm caught my attention when sports reporter Kathryn Humphrey, metorologist Michael Kuss, and co-anchor Mark Dailey began discussing hat tricks after the story of Evgeni Malkin’s hat trick tonight.

Personally I have always wondered what happened with all the hats thrown onto to the ice after a hat trick. So when Michael asked Kathryn what happens to all of the hats I was eager to hear the answer. She wasn’t sure but ended up commenting that in Toronto the Maple Leafs wouldn’t know that’s for sure. I got a good chuckle out of that one.

A few minutes later she reported that in Buffalo they are donated to Good Will and in Toronto they are sold or auctioned off for charity or something similar. Then Mark Dailey reported that in the 1940’s a Toronto hat salesman, Sammy Taft, actually gave free hats to any Toronto Maple Leaf player who scored three goals in a game which looks like the start of a tradition in hockey.

The tradition evolved further as described in a report written by John Marshall from NEXTnc.com that states: “The idea of tossing hats to the ice is generally credited to the Biltmore Hat Company, which sponsored the Guelph Biltmore Mad Hatters of the Ontario Hockey League in the 1950s. The Guelph, Ontario-based company encouraged fans to flip their lids whenever someone from the home team scored three goals, a move that obviously was meant to drum up more business.”

 

Win An Autographed
Sidney Crosby Jersey and Hockey Stick
Sidney Crosby Reveals His Fitness Regimen And Is Featured On The February 2008 Cover of Men’s Fitness

Monday January 14, 2008

Sidney Crosby is featured on the February 2008 cover of Men’s Fitness Magazine. In this issue Sidney Crosby discusses his goals, aspirations, and fitness regimen that forms the foundation of his success.

An excellent write up on Sidney Crosby’s appearance on Men’s Fitness was done by Joe Sager on the Pittsburgh Penguins website. In this article Men’s Fitness Editor-In-Chief, Roy Johnson said:

“Fitness is beyond looking good – it’s about building your body in a way that allows you to achieve peak performance in every aspect of your life. Who better to emulate that than some of the best athletes in all of sports, as well as celebrities who use their bodies to express themselves in film and television that allow them to set a standard? When you hear that criteria, Sidney is clearly not only one of the most-fit athletes out there, but someone who exemplifies greatness and excellence and someone who takes care of his body in such a way that perhaps our readers can not only learn from him, but strive to be as good as he is in whatever they do.”

The last time an NHL player was featured in Men’s Fitness before Sidney Crosby was Mike Modano back in 2003.

You could also win an autographed Sidney Crosby hockey Jersey and hockey stick on The Men's Fitness web site (it looks like you can only enter if you live in the U.S.A.).

Of course Sidney Crosby haters will always have something to say like "nice tits". Follow the link above to add your comments. I hope you will stick up for Sidney after you read some of the trash talk going on over there.

The Sidney Crosby Show Blog has an entertaining post regarding The Men's Fitness Sidney Crosby cover. Nice work Jodie! Here is a quote from that post talking about what is being said by Sidney Crosby's team mates: "Poor Sid doesn't stand a chance in that locker room. I'd give anything to be a fly on the wall to hear what they've been saying to him about that picture when there's no media around! It's probably pretty brutal - and hilarious!!!"

Finally, an article by Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette points out that Sidney Crosby isn't that worried about all the teasing from his team mates since during his rookie year he was featured on GQ and shirtless on Vanity fair. The article quotes Sidney Crosby as saying, "My first year, it was GQ and Vanity Fair and the Vanity Fair [photo] was no shirt, so after that I don't think it could get any worse, especially being a first-year guy. I took as bad a beating as it could be, I think."

Sidney Crosby on Cover of Sports Illustrated Kids

Sidney Crosby is also being featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated Kids and The Hockey News for the month of February. ThePittsburghChannel.com states, "In SI Kids, Crosby lists his favorites for the readers, including his favorite movie, which is 'Rocky.' Crosby said his favorite actor is Denzel Washington. When it comes to the ladies, Crosby said he's an Eva Mendes fan. His favorite foods are protein-filled chicken and carbo-loaded pasta. His favorite band is Three Days Grace and when it comes to athletes, Crosby looks away from hockey for inspiration. He said he's a big Tiger Woods fan."


 

Sidney Crosby's Two Goals Against The AtlantaThrashers Not Good Enough

Saturday January 12, 2008

Sidney Crosby managed to notch the only two goals against the Atlanta Thrashers but former team mate Mark Recchi won the game with the only shoot out goal. Sidney Crosby was unsuccessful in the shootout, as were Petr Sykora and Evgeni Malkin. This put an end to The Penguins eight game winning streak. The Atlanta Thrashers beat The Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2.

Sidney Crosby was named the second star of the game, added two points to increase his scoring total, and now has 20 goals for the 2007-08 NHL season. Just over five minutes into the first period Sidney Crosby scored the first goal of the game. The next goal came nine and half minutes into the first period by Sniper Ilya Kovalchuk. Kovalchuk has eight goals and seven assists during a nine game point streak leading the league in goals with 37 so far this season.

Sidney Crosby managed to score the second goal for the Penguins during the second period. This was the only goal during the second.

During the third Atlanta's Bobby Holik tied the game sending it into overtime.

Mark Recchi faced the Penguins for the first time since they placed him on waivers earlier this season, essentially giving up on the 39 year old veteran. During the shootout Recchi showed his former team he can still play and won the game for the Atlanta Thrashers. This victorious game winning goal must of been both gratifying and exciting for Recchi and disappointing for Sidney Crosby who's two goals weren't enough to beat the Thrashers and continue The Penguins game winning streak.

 

Sidney Crosby's Nine Point Game Streak Comes To An End As The Penguins Win 4-0 Over The Lightning

Thursday January 10, 2008

All Star game starters Sidney Crosby and Vincent Lecavalier faced eachother tonight and both were held pointless. This puts an end to Sidney Crosby's nine point game streak. However, The Penguins have extended their game winning streak to eight games, only two away from their 1998-99 ten game streak. While Tampa Bay's Paul Ranger scored the only first period goal and only goal all game for Tampa Bay, The Penguins managed to score two goals in the second and two more in the third to win the hockey game 4-0. Jordan Stall scored both second period goals. Ryan Malone and Evgeni Malkin each had a goal during the third period. Goalie Ty Conklin, named first star of the game, has now won all 9 hockey games he has started in this season. Jordan Stall finally ended a seven game scoring drought and was named the second star of the game.

It appears recent changes to the Penguins roster have given The Pittsburgh Penguins the edge they need to win. In fact, hockey analyst Kevin Allen from USA Today wrote a great article summarizing it all called "Rink Rap: Crosby helps Penguins plow through league", from goalie Ty Conklin getting on board and moving Mark Rechhi to Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin working magic together. He went on to say that Sidney Crosby is having a mediocore season for his skills, yet is notching multiple point games on a regular basis of late and still is a potential Hart Trophy candidate. He goes on to tell us how great Sidney Crosby really is by saying, "He hasn't exploded yet this season, he has only one three-point game and one four-point game, and he's still only four points out of the scoring lead."

 

Sidney Crosby Gets A Goal And An Assist In A 3-1 Penguins Victory Over The Panthers With All Three Penguins Goals Scored In Just Over 3 Minutes

Tuesday January 8, 2008

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin assisted on the first goal of the game during the second period notched by Petr Sykora. Then just over a minute later Sidney Crosby scored his 18th goal of the season. Less than two minutes after that Georges Laraque got the third goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins. All three Penguins goals came in three minutes and six seconds time during the second period. Florida managed to pull off one goal during the third period.

Sidney Crosby was named the first star of the game followed by Ty Conklin and Evgeni Malkin.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have won 7 games in a row, their longest game winning streak since the 1998-99 NHL season when they won 10 games in a row.

Sidney Crosby has now extended his point streak to 9 games in a row.

 

Sidney Crosby Gets The Most Votes To Start The 2008 NHL All Star Hockey Game For The Second Year In A Row

Tuesday January 8, 2008

The votes are in for 2008 NHL All Star Game and Sidney Crosby led all players with 507,274 ballots cast by hockey fans. Sidney Crosby earned nearly 200,000 more votes than any other player this year.

Sidney Crosby will be starting with forwards Daniel Alfredson and Vincent Lecavalier for the Eastern Conference. The starting defenders for the Eastern Conference will be Montreal's Andrei Markov and Boston's Zdeno Chara. Martin Brodeur was voted the starting goaltender.

Last year Sidney Crosby made NHL history by being the youngest hockey player voted to start in the All Star Game with 825,783 votes. The only hockey player to ever receive more votes for the NHL All Star Game was Jaromir Jagr with 1,020,736 back in the year 2000.

This years 56th NHL All Star hockey game will be held on January 27, 2008 at Philips Arena in Atlanta. Last year Sidney Crosby was held pointless as was Wayne Gretzky in his first All Star appearance.

 

Sidney Crosby
Evgeni Malkin And
Rookie Tyler Kennedy Each Get A Goal While Ty Conklin Earns Another Shutout In A 3-0 Victory Over The Florida Panthers

Thursday January 5, 2008

Tonight Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin each scored a goal and earned an assist. Rookie Tyler Kennedy scored the first and game winning goal just over four minutes into the game. Malkin's goal came less than two minutes later. Sidney Crosby scored his goal, assisted by Malkin, towards the end of the final period.

Meanwhile, Ty Conklin earned his second shutout in four games and was named the first star of the game. The Penguins put the Panthers away 3-0 at the Melon Arena. The Pittsburg Penguins have won their last six games in a row.

Sidney Crosby was named the second star of the game and has a total of 57 points this season (17 goals + 40 assists) currently leading the league in assists.

 

Sidney Crosby Assists On Two Of Evgeni Malkin's Hat Trick Goals As The Pittsburgh Penguins Dominate The Toronto Maple Leafs In A 6-2 Win

Thursday January 3, 2008

Evgeni Malkin picked up his first NHL career hat trick with Sidney Crosby assisting on two of the goals. Jason Blake of the Toronto Maple Leafs opened scoring for the game during the first period. Penguins goalie Ty Conklin made several great saves during the first period and then the rest of the Penguins took over druing the second and third periods.

Erik Christensen scored the first goal for the Penguins during the second period. Sidney Crosby and Colby Armstrong then assisted Evgeni Malkin on his first goal of the game.

During the third period The Penguins dominated the Leafs by scoring four more goals. The first goal came early in the period by rookie Tyler Kennedy assisted by Jordan Staal. Then 48 seconds later The Penguins managed to bury 2 more pucks for a total of 3 goals in an unbelievably short time span. Evgeni Malkin scored two more goals, assisted by Crosby on one, giving him his first ever NHL career hat trick. The fans showed their delight by covering the ice in hats of all kinds. Jason Blake of the Leafs scored the second goal for his team and was the only Leaf to score goals during the game. The Leafs fell apart during the third period as the Pittsburgh Penguins dominated the game with a 6-2 victory.

Not surprisingly Evgeni Malkin was named the first star of the game, followed by team mates Ty Conklin and Jarrko Ruutu.

While this was a Penguins home game, Sidney Crosby and company, all wore their white road jerseys while The Leafs wore their blue home attire.

Interesting fact: The Penguins scored an incredible 3 goals within 48 seconds during the third period. Can you imagine them doing that in half the time? Well according to Rob Rossi of The Pittsburgh Tribune Review, "The Penguins scored three goals in a span of 27 seconds on Nov. 22, 1972, when Al McDonough, Ken Schinkel and Ron Schock fueled a 10-4 victory against St. Louis."

 

Sidney Crosby Gets The Game Winning Shootout Goal With A Shot Between Ryan Miller's Legs At The 2008 NHL Winter Classic

Tuesday January 1, 2008

Sidney Crosby Celebrates Winter Classic Shootout Game Winning Goal

The 2008 NHL Winter Classic hockey game, held outside for the first time ever on U.S. soil on new years day in Orchard Park, N.Y, set an NHL attendance record at 70,217. Just 21 seconds into the game the league MVP Sidney Crosby set up Colby Armstrong for the first goal of the game. Brian Campbell of the Buffalo Sabres scored the only other regulation time goal. By the end of the third period the game was tied 1-1.

This was Sidney Crosby's first outdoor NHL regular season hockey game, and the second in NHL history (the first was the 2003 Heritage Classic held in Edmonton). Many fans were excited to see Sidney Crosby play, he is after all one of the most talented NHL players to come along since Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemiuex. Sidney Crosby won the game for the Penguins in same type of style as the great ones before him with the shootout goal allowing the Penguins to defeat the Sabres 2-1. Sidney Crosby seemed to briefly lose control of the puck on his shootout attempt because of snow on the ice but was able regain control and slip it between the legs of Ryan Miller. Watching Sidney Crosby celebrate the winning shootout goal as the snow fell all around him was truely classic.

Below is a video clip of Sidney Crosby's shootout goal and highlight clip from the 2008 NHL Winter Classic.

Sidney Crosby's Shootout Goal

2008 NHL Winter Classic Highlights

 

Sidney Crosby Leaps
Into The "Ice Bowl"
The 2008 NHL
AMP Energy Winter Classic
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Buffalo Sabres
The First Outdoor Regular Season NHL Hockey Game Ever On U.S. Soil

Monday December 31, 2007

Sidney Crosby and The Pittsburgh Penguins will make history along with The Buffalo Sabres as the first NHL hockey teams to ever play a regular season outdoor hockey game on United States soil. The game is being held at the Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the Buffalo Bills NFL football team, with a capacity for 73,000 spectators. With a great deal of work the football stadium is being transformed into a hockey rink. NHL ice-making specialist Dan Craig has been hard a work.

The first ever outdoor NHL hockey game held in Edmonton during 2003 was called the NHL Heritage Classic and set the record for crowd attendence at 57,167. The NHL Winter Classic hockey game is expected to surpass the attendance record at over 70,000 fans. More information on the Heritage Classic can be found at The Oilers Heritage Site.

While Sidney Crosby will be adding another first to his list of NHL experiences by playing in the first ever outdoor NHL regular season hockey game in the United States, his team mate and Penguins goaltender Ty conklin will make history as playing in the first two outdoor NHL hockey games in history. Conklin will be the starting goalie for The Pittsburgh Penguins as he did during 2003 while with the Edmonton Oilers. Back in 2003 at the NHL Heritage Classic The Montreal Canadiens beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-3. Sidney Crosby's other team mate Georges Laraque also played during the 2003 Heritage Classic when he was a member of the Edmonton Oilers.

While Sidney Crosby plays his first outdoor NHL hockey game early in his career, 41 year old veteran Gary Roberts, was looking forward to partaking in this event. Roberts has a long list of NHL achievments from recently recording his 900th NHL career point to winning The Stanley Cup. Unfortunately, a few days ago, Saturday December 29, 2007, ironically in a game against the Buffalo Sabres, Gary Roberts and Sabre's Tim Connolly collided with an awkward landing causing Roberts' left leg to break. The Penguins will surely miss the skills of Roberts at the Winter Classic.

 

Sidney Crosby Set Up Both Goals Scored Against The Buffalo Sabres
In A 2-0 Victory
And
Goalie Ty Conklin's First Shutout This NHL Hockey Season

Saturday December 29, 2007

Solid goaltending by Buffalo's Ryan Miller only allowed one goal all game for the Penguins, the first came during the second period scored by Ryan Malone who was assisted by Sidney Crosby and Daryll Sydor. Sidney Crosby had faked the shot twice before setting up Malone. Miller was pulled from net towards the end of the game giving Buffalo an extra man advantage but Evgeni Malkin shot the puck into the empty net with Sidney Crosby's second assist of the game.

Sidney Crosby now has 36 assists this NHL season, two earned during his solid performance tonight against the Buffalo Sabres. Sidney Crosby wasn't the only solid performer tonight. In fact, all three stars of the game were members of The Pittsburg Penguins with the first star being Ty Conklin, second Colby Armstrong, and thrid Sidney Crosby. Ty Conklin was called up from the minors about a month ago, emerging victorious in the last four games in a row, snagging his first shutout of the 2007-08 NHL hockey season. This was Conklin's third NHL shutout, in all he blocked all 26 of Buffalo's shots. Conklin served in Buffalo briefly as a backup goalie last season.

Veteran Gary Roberts who not only can play top level hockey at 41 years old showed us he can still throw some punches a few games ago when he clocked Flyer's 23 year old Ben Eager several times. Unfortunately, both Roberts and Buffalo's Tim Connolly collided with an awkward landing breaking Roberts left leg. Roberts will be out for sometime. Just before the game Gary Roberts was honured for recently scoring his 900th NHL point.

With just of 17,000 fans at Mellon Arena cheering for their home team and captain Sidney Crosby, things will be much different on new years day when the Sabres and Penguins meet again for the much hyped outdoor Winter Classic at Buffalo's Ralph Wilson Stadium in front of 73,000 spectators. This will be the first ever outdoor game on U.S. soil giving Sidney Crosby another NHL historical moment to be a part of.

 

Sidney Crosby Picks Up Another Award As The CanWest Male Athlete of The year

Saturday December 29, 2007

Taken from the National Post...

"In a year when he secured the National Hockey League's scoring title, captured the Hart and Lester B. Pearson trophies and became the youngest captain in NHL history, Sidney Crosby also won favour with CanWest sports editors, writers and columnists and was the prodigious choice for Canadian male athlete of the year." Read the compelte article here.

 

Sidney Crosby Sets Up Sergei Gonchar For The 4-3 Pittsburgh Penguins Overtime Win Over Alexander Ovechkin and The Washington Capitals

Thursday December 27, 2007

Sidney Crosby faced The Washington Capitals for the 11th time since he and Alexander Ovechkin began their NHL careers. The Penguins have won 10 of the 11 games. Despite what appeared to be Oveckin's game winning goal in the second period tonight, The Penguins were able to tie the game late in the third period and rally to pull off the win just ninety three seconds into overtime.

The third period game tying goal was the first of the season for defensman Darryl Sydor who help kept the Penguins alive. Sidney Crosby assisted on the overtime winning goal by defensman Sergei Gonchar. Gonchar played for the Capitals for 10 seasons with a brief stint in Boston before joining the Penguins in 2005-06.

Tonight Gonchar made two unacceptable mistakes against his former team but more than made up for it with some help from Sidney Crosby during the overtime win. Along with Gonchar's overtime goal and Daryl Sydor's game tying goal, both Colby Armstrong and Jeff Taffe scored goals for the Penguins during the first period. This was Jeff Taffe's first NHL goal as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Taffe was signed a two year contract with The Penguins in July of 2007 and spent most of his time in the AHL but was called up on December 20, 2007. Sidney Crosby notched two assists this game and was named the fist star of the game.

Here are a few good game recaps:

National Post: Crosby Bests Ovechkin For Sixth Straight Game

Washington Post: Gonchar, Penguins Shock Capitals

 

Sidney Crosby Wins Another Award
As The Canadian Press Male Athlete of The Year Award

Wednesday December 26, 2007

The following Sidney Crosby story is taken from The Canadian Press:

Sidney Crosby, The Cole Harbour, N.S., native was the runaway winner of the Lionel Conacher Award in a poll of sports editors and broadcasters across the country. He's the first hockey player to capture the honour since former Penguins star Mario Lemieux won in 1993. Crosby also won the Toronto Star's Lou Marsh Award as Canada's outstanding athlete earlier this month.

Read the complete Canadian Press report here.

 

Sidney Crosby Gets Another Assist As The Pittsburgh Penguins Beat The Bruins 4-2

Sunday December 23, 2007

Sidney Crosby and Colby Armstrong picked up the assists on the fourth and final goal of the game scored by Gary Roberts. Roberts also scored the first goal during the first period. The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Bruins 4-2. Evgeni Malkin and Georges Laraque also scored a goal each.

 

Sidney Crosby Gets His 31st Assist of The Season In A 4-1 Loss To The New York Islanders

Friday December 21, 2007

The Penguins lost 4-2 to the Islanders and Sidney Crosby was able to pick up an assist on Jordan Staal's third goal of the season.

 

Sidney Crosby Gets Into His First NHL Career Fight Earning A Gordie Howe Hat Trick
The Penguins Defeated The Bruins
5-4 In A Shoot Out Victory

Thursday December 20, 2007

The Penguins defeated the Bruins 5-4 in a game where Sidney Crosby had his first NHL career fight and his first ever Gordie Howe Hat Trick. Sidney Crosby's first fight was against Boston's Andrew Ference and the first in his 194-game NHL career. Crosby also had a goal and two assists. For those not familiar with a Gordie Howe Hat Trick, this is achieved when a player has a goal, an assist, and a fight all in one game. Read the complete story about Sidney Crosby's first fight here.

Video of Sidney Crosby's First NHL Fight

 

Henrik Lundqvist Shutout The Penguins In A 4-0 Victory For The Rangers

Tuesday December 18, 2007

The Penguins failed to score a single goal against the Rangers. The Penguins had their lowest shot total of the season. Check out the game recap at The Sidney Crosby Show Blog.

 

The Penguins Beat The Islanders 3-2
Sidney Crosby Scored The First Goal

Saturday December 15, 2007

Sidney Crosby scored the first goal, assisted by rookie Tyler Kennedy, in a 3-2 Penguins victory over the Islanders. Kennedy scored the game winning goal during the second period to end a 2-2 tie.

 

The Penguins Played An Incredible Game Against The Senators
Sidney Crosby Shoots A Career High Nine Shots But The Incredible Goaltending By Senators' Martin Gerber Gives Ottawa The Win 4-1

Thursday December 13, 2007

Sidney Crosby shot a career high nine shots at home against the Ottawa Senators, three on breakaways, only to be denied on all attempts by Goalie Martin Gerber. Sidney Crosby played very well, the NHL game recap even reports Senators' Coach said Crosby is not going to be denied that often and Martin Gerber said, "he (Crosby) was good." Both Dany Heatly and Jason Spezza scored two goals a piece, while rookie Tyler Kennedy scored the lone goal for the Penguins. According to the Sidney Crosby Show blog...

"The Penguins were CLEARLY the better team tonight, but Gerber was incredible. He was virtually impenetrable. He carried the Senators, and without him, the score would have been more like Pens 7, Sens 2. But that's not how it worked out tonight. I think it should be mentioned that Sabou didn't play poorly tonight, either. Sid had 9 shots on goal tonight, tying his career high from a game against Nashville in 2006."

You can read a great game recap on the Sidney Crosby Show blog here.

Here is some video footage from the Penguins vs Senators game from NHL video.

 

Sidney Crosby Gets 2 Points With Assists
But The Philadelphia Flyers Crush The Pittsburgh Penguins 8-2

Tuesday December 11, 2007

After winning their last three road games the Pittsburgh Penguins lose their fourth against the Flyers in a devastating 8-2 loss. Sidney Crosby tallied 2 points both on assists. The Flyers who have had 5 players suspended this year played a physical game against the Penguins. Just 20 seconds into the game Flyers captain Jason Smith dropped the gloves to get the better of Penguins Ryan Malone. Three more fights ensued during the third period. In one 41 year old Gary Roberts of the Penguins gave 23 year old Ben Eager several left handed punches in retaliation for Eager's elbow to Georges Laraque's head. Roberts is one tough old timer.

The Flyers pulled off a double hat trick, Joffrey Lupul and R.J. Umberger each scored three goals. Lupul also earned three assists making him the first Flyer since Eric Lindros on March 1, 1997 to get six points in a game. This was also the fist time for the Flyers having two players with a hat trick in the same game since Tim Kerr and Dave Poulin each had three goals against the Islanders on Dec. 18, 1986.

Every time Sidney Crosby touched the puck Flyers fans booed him. The Flyers are obviously a physical team that sometimes take it too far but the Penguins weren't afraid to stick up for themselves. The Associated Press reported Sidney Crosby's comments about the roughness of this game. Crosby said, "I think we had to stick up for each other at one point, they have a lot of guys who play physical and probably take it beyond physical sometimes but beyond that I think it's just sticking up for one another."

Check out this video of Gary Roberts drops the gloves and takes young Ben Eager to school.

Here is some video footage from (below) the Penguins vs Flyers game from NHL video.

 

Sidney Crosby Wins Lou Marsh Memorial Award As Canada's Top Athlete For 2007

Tuesday December 11, 2007

Sidney Crosby is the first hockey player to win the Lou Marsh award since Mario Lemieux in 1993 and Wayne Gretzky in 1989. The Lou Marsh award is given out by the Toronto Star and is voted upon by a panel of sports journalists. Lou Marsh worked for the Toronto Star for 43 years. The award first started in 1936 and only eight hockey players have won it. Wayne Gretzky won it a record four times. The others include Bobby Orr, Guy Lafleur, and Maurice Richard. For a more detailed article and a list of all hockey players who have won the Lou Marsh Award click here.

 

Who Would You Rather Get A Phone Call From Over The Holidays
Sidney Crosby or Stephen Harper?

Monday December 10, 2007

A Harris/Decima telephone poll conducted by Vonage Canada between November 22, 2007 and November 25 2007 asked 1,021 repondents who they would rather get a phone call from over the holidays. One of the key findings in this report states, "Almost one quarter of respondents would rather receive a phone call from Stephen Harper over Sidney Crosby, Avril Lavigne or Lloyd Robertson."

For more details on this poll and to cast your vote in a similar poll where I hope Sidney Crosby will win click here.

 

Sidney Crosby Can't Get Anything Past Roberto Luongo And Is Held Pointless Two Games In A Row For The First Time This Season
Pittsburgh Beat The Canuks 2-1 In A Shootout

Saturday December 8, 2007

The Vancouver Canuks got physical with Sidney Crosby right from the start of the game. Sidney Crosby was unable to get a puck past Vancouver's Roberto Luongo nor was he able to assist his team mates. This is the second game in a row this season where Crosby did not get a point. This is also the first time this season where Sidney Crosby failed to earn a point for two games in a row. Luckily, the Penguins were able to beat the Canuks in the shootout 2-1. This was the first time Crosby has played the Canuks on their home ice ever.

For a fantastic game recap with lots of detail visit The Sidney Crosby Show Blog.

 

Sidney Crosby Loses Sports Illustrated Sportsman of The Year Award
To The NFL's Brett Favre

Friday December 7, 2007

On November 12, 2007 Sports Illustrated announced that Sidney Crosby was in the running for the 54th Sportsman of The Year Award. The last time a hockey player won the award was the legendary Wayne Gretzky back in 1982 a quarter of a century ago. This year’s winner, NFL’s Brett Favre who beat out Sidney Crosby, was announced at the beginning of December. Read the full Crosby vs Favre Sports Illustrated Sportsman of The Year story here.

 

Sidney Crosby Was Denied As He Made His Debut In Calgary Against The Flames In A 3-2 Shoot Out Victory For The Pittsburgh Penguins

Thursday December 6, 2007

Tonight the Calgary Flames kept Sidney Crosby, playing for the first time ever in Calagary, from earning a point. This is only the third hockey game ever this season where Sidney Crosby has been denied a point in a game.

During the shootout both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were unable to get the puck past Flames goaltender Mikka Kiprusoff, while Jarome Iginla, Alex Tanguay and Matthew Lombardi failed to get the puck past Pittsburgh goaltender Dany Sabourin. Kristian Huselius scored Calgary's only shoot out goal. Pittsburgh's first shoot out goal came from Petr Sykora and then Kris Letang won the game with the second.

Jarome Iginla scored both goals for the Calgary Flames during regulation time, while Evgeni Malkin and Ryan Malone notch one each for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The last time The Penguins faced the Flames was December 3, 2005 in Pittsburgh.

During the pregame skate the crowd at Calgary's Pengrowth Saddledome cheered for Sidney Crosby but they loudly booed him during the shootout. Was it because they wanted their home team to win and were trying to distract Sidney or were they disappointed in his performance this night? Perhaps it was both.

An article posted by The National post called, Crosby shut out but Penguins still top Flames, quoted Jarome Ignla saying the following about Sidney Crosby; "He's extremely impressive, at his age, what he's already accomplished, it's the same thing everybody says - he's got amazing skill, a quick player, but he also battles hard."

Interesting fact from the NHL.com game recap: "Pittsburgh forward Gary Roberts is the last member of the 1989 Stanley Cup champion Calgary Flames still playing. He's 41"

Watch Pittsburg at Calgary Below...

 

The Penguins Come Back In The Third Period From A 2-0 Deficit In Sidney Crosby's First Game Ever In Edmonton
Crosby Had 3 Assists In The Third Period
Is There Such A Thing As An Assist Hat Trick?

Wednesday December 5, 2007

Sidney Crosby earned three assists during his first road game ever in Edmonton. The Oilers led the game 2-0 at the start of the third period but the Penguins managed to pull off a win with four goals during the third period. I am not too sure if there is such a term but Crosby pulled off an assist-hat trick. The Penguins beat the Oilers 4-2.

Sidney Crosby was named the first star of the game.

Watch the game highlights below...

While In His Third NHL Season Sidney Crosby Finally Plays The Rest Of Canada’s NHL Teams

Tuesday December 4, 2007

Everyone knows the most die hard hockey fans reside in Canada and everyone wants there wants to see Sidney Crosby. This is Crosby’s third year in the NHL but he has yet to have played in all six cities that have NHL Teams in the great white north.

The NHL post lock out game schedule doesn’t accommodate Sidney Crosby’s team to play in each of the six Canadian cities each year. So far he has played in Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa. Crosby will play his first games against the rest of the Canadian NHL teams starting Wednesday December 5, 2007 in Edmonton. Then Crosby fanatics can see him play Thursday December 6, 2007 in Calgary and Saturday December 8, 2007 in Vancouver.

It has taken 3 NHL seasons for Sidney Crosby to appear in every Canadian city with an NHL team, this is not acceptable to Canadian hockey fans. This was a major reason for the NHL’s decision to revise their game schedule. The current schedule involves a lot of divisional games but soon every team will play each other at least once every season.

USA Today published and article called, “Sidney Goes West: A buzz in western Canada for first visit by Sidney Crosby,” it interviewed Wayne Gretzky and asked him about Sidney Crosby and the NHL game schedule change. This is what it said:

"We need to have Crosby in every building," Gretzky said. "It's about time."

 

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin Set Up Pittsburgh Penguins’ Kris Letang
For The Game Winning Goal
In A 3-1 Victory
Over Wayne Gretzky’s Phoenix Coyotes

Monday December 3, 2007

Tonight Sidney Crosby’s Pittsburgh Penguins polished off legendary Wayne Gretzky’s Phoenix Coyotes four to one. Late in the opening period Maxime Talbot scored the first goal of the game for the Penguins. Talbot was recovering from an ankle sprain suffered on November 17, 2007 and this was his first game since. Maxime Talbot didn’t disappoint.

Sidney Crosby sent a pass to Kris Letang in the third period, who scored the game winning goal, making the game 2-1 Pittsburgh. Crosby and Malkin were credited with assists. This was a great confidence booster for Letang. In fact, The Associated Press quoted Letang on the NHL web site as saying, “the more you play, the more you gain confidence.” Then in the same period rookie Tyler Kennedy scored his fourth NHL career goal making the game 3-1. This was the final score of the game.

Wayne Gretzky had some tough words for his team. The Associate Press quoted Gretzky as saying: “We faced a team with a lot of talent, we're at the end of a trip and took a lot of unnecessary penalties, but the penalty kill worked hard. We didn't deserve to win this hockey game."

Interesting note: The Penguins’ George Laraque was reveling in the fact he had set up an assist on the first goal of the game against his former team the Phoenix Coyotes. In fact, The Pittsburgh Tribune Review quoted Laraque as saying, “obviously, when you go against your former team you have a little extra to show them."

 

Sidney Crosby Christmas Gifts

Sunday December 2, 2007

Christmas is just around the corner and if you're shopping for a Sidney Crosby fan you may want to have a look at an interesting list of choices. Jodie from The Sidney Crosby Show blog put together a list of items after scouring the Internet. She was not paid to make the list, nor is she receiving any commissions. Jodie is just an avid Crosby fan looking to help out other fans. Have a look at The Sidney Crosby Christmas Gift List here.

 

Sidney Crosby Goes Nuts During The Third Period Against The Maple Leafs
Only To Lose 4-2
In The Same Game Mats Sundin Broke An 83 Year Old Leafs Game Point Streak Record

Saturday December 1, 2007

After what appeared to be a lethargic first two periods for the Penguins, Sidney Crosby was the only Penguins player to turn up the intensity during the third period. This was quite a contrast compared to last night’s high intensity effort against the Dallas Stars.

At the start of the third period the Leafs were winning 3-0. By the time there was just over two minutes left in the game the Pittsburgh Penguins earned two goals with a score of 3-2. Sidney Crosby earned a point for assisting Erik Christensen on his power play goal; this gave the Penguins their second goal of the game. Unfortunately, the Penguins were unable to tie up the game and Toronto scored a fourth goal on an empty net. Had the Pens played with more desire during the first two periods they could have pulled it off. In fact, the game recap by the Associated Press quoted Sidney Crosby as saying, “We had some chances to tie it up in the third, but I don't think we gave ourselves a good chance in the first two periods."

Another interesting point was made by Jodie from The Sidney Crosby Show Blog. During the third period Jodie explains, “Sidney Crosby got control of the puck and rushed on goal. He ended up taking the puck to the left side of Toskala. He controlled the puck in the corner and then lost his stick. Then we got a chance to see why Sidney is regarded as the best player on the ice today: During the nearly nine seconds without his stick, Sid managed to maintain possession of the puck using his feet and the boards until he could safely pick up his stick which he then used to pass the puck to Army. Even though that play didn't result in a goal, it was one of the best plays of the game.” Jodie wrote a superb and detailed recap of the game which can be read at The Sidney Crosby Show.

Finally, The Toronto Star reported about an amusing prank pulled during the Penguins / Leafs open practice in Toronto the morning prior to the game. The article is called: “Fake 'Crosby' thrills at Penguins practice.” Apparently, Marc-Andre Fleury put Maxime Talbot up to this one. Talbot put on a number 87 Jersey and stepped out onto the ice where about 14,000 fans cheered uncontrollably. The Star reported the Crosby imitation was flawless, here is a quote from the article: “Talbot did the impersonation to perfection. He donned Crosby's jersey, tossed on his helmet, and even took Crosby's stick out of the stick rack, before entering the ice surface at the Air Canada Centre. The second he touched the ice, a huge ovation rose from the fans, while hundreds of cellphone and digital cameras flashed.” If I was a fan I am not so sure I would of found it amusing but it goes to show how excited hockey fans everywhere are about Sidney Crosby, even die hard Leafs fans.

Interesting Fact: During this game Mats Sundin, The Maple Leafs Captain, broke an 83 year old Leaf’s game point streak record with 15. The previous record was held during the 1924-25 season at 14 games by Cecil Babe Dye.

 

Twenty Four Seconds Into The First Period Crosby's Wrist Shot Gets The Pittsburgh Penguins' First Goal In A 4-1 Victory Over The Dallas Stars

Friday November 30, 2007

Sidney Crosby came close to his second career hat trick in a game against the Dallas Stars where The Penguins scored the first two goals during the first 3 minutes and 38 seconds. The Pittsburgh Penguins have won their third game in a row, after quite a few losses since the season started this year, 4-1 over the Dallas Stars.

Crosby scored two goals and had a game high 8 shots on net. Sidney Crosby scored his first goal 24 seconds into the game with a wrist shot through the legs of Dallas goalie Mike Smith. Crosby was assited by Colby Armstrong and Brooks Orpik. The second goal of the game came from rookie Tyler Kennedy for his second career goal. Kennedy's first career goal was on November 3, 2007 against the Islanders.

Crosby's second goal of the game came at mid second period with a wrist shot sending the puck just under the top crossbar. Crosby's second goal was assisted by Darryl Sydor and Colby Armstrong. This happend just over 3 minutes after Dallas' Mike Modano scored the lone goal for the Stars. Sidney Crosby also received a 2 minute penalty for hooking during the second period.

In the third period Petr Sykora set up a nice pass to Evgeni Malkin who tapped the puck in giving him his tenth goal of the season.

Sidney Crosby looked phenominal and full of energy right from the start of the game. Coaches from both teams had only words of praise. Dallas Star's Coach Tippett said, "their best player was pretty good tonight," and Penguins Coach Therrien said, "He had a lot of energy tonight." All three stars of the game were Penguins players picked by Mellon Arena Media with Sidney Crosby first, Colby Armstrong second, and Mark Eaton third.

This was The Penguins' first game in seven days. Perhaps the time off, which gave them time to focus more during practices, help reenergize this talented team. Perhaps it was karma being good to them after the charity work they did during the seven game break. Whatever the reason if the Penguins keep the momentum going they should end up in the playoffs. In fact, The Pittsburgh Penguins start this season is similar to their start last season. At this point in time last year they picked up momentum and ended up in the playoffs. The same could happen again this year considering many of this years losses were close well played games. For an excellent news story on this topic see Sports Illustrated: Wise beyond his years Sidney Crosby is the perfect captain for the Penguins Posted: Monday November 26, 2007

Intereting Sidney Crosby Fact: Sidney Crosby came close to his second career hat trick tonight. His first one ever was during his sophmore year on Saturday October 28, 2006. Sidney Crosby recorded his first hat trick in an 8-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

 

Sidney Crosby Gets His 21st Assist of The Season And A Power Play Goal In A 5-0 Pittsburgh Triumph Over Atlanta

Saturday November 24, 2007

Sidney Crosby's slap shot in the second period earned him a power play goal and earlier in the game he picked up his 21st assist of the season on Colby Armstrong's first period goal. The Penguins beat the Thrashers 5-0.

The Penguins who are currently sitting at the bottom of the Atlantic division still have a shot at the playoffs if they can continue to win like they have in their last two games against formidable opponents like the Thrashers and Senators.

Marc Andre Fleury shut out the Thrashers giving him a much needed confidence boost after inconsistent goaltending this season. Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves for his ninth career shutout and second of the 2007-08 NHL season. Fleury was named the first star of the game, followed by team mates Jordan Staal second and Sergi Gonchar third.

Meanwhile Evgeni Malkin's career high game point streak has come to an end at 15. Malkin was unable to earn a point this game but he holds the longest game point streak ever by a russian born NHL player.

 

Sidney Crosby Assists Ryan Malone Late In The First Period Where The Penguins Eventually Defeated The Mighty Senators In A Shootout 6-5

Thursday November 22, 2007

After struggling to rally his team to win in a series of loses, Sidney Crosby and The Penguins were able to defeat the best team in the NHL right now. Sidney Crosby was able to assist Ryan Malon late in the first period to tie up the game 2-2 against the Ottawa Senators. This was Crosby's only point of the game. Regulation time ended with a 5-5 tie, but the Penguins were able to win the game 6-5 when the game went to a shootout. This was a much needed win for the struggling Penguins who are currently last in the Atlantic division.

Crosby's career best game point streak ended at 19 yesterday but team mate, Evgeni Malkin has continued his steak to 16 games after his first period goal tonight.

Sidney Crosby and Daniel Alfredson
Top 2 In Fan Votes For Eastern NHL All Star Game Starting Team Line Up

Tonight Penguins' captain Sidney Crosby faced Senators' captain Daniel Alfredson on the ice. On Tuesday November 20, 2007 results showed that Crosby is leading the fan balloting count for the Eastern NHL All Star Team starting line up, while Alfredson follows in second place. According to a report on CBC, "The league revealed Tuesday that Crosby, thus far, has garnered 94,118 votes in the first week of voting, more than double the total earned by Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, who was second among forwards with 41,198." Last year Sidney Crosby was the youngest hockey player in NHL history to be voted into a starting position for an NHL All Star Game.

This years NHL All Star Game takes place Sunday January 27, 2008 in Atlanta Georgia to be played at Philips Arena. This will be the first time The Atlanta Thrashers host the event. You can vote for Sidney Crosby and your favorite NHL stars here until January 2, 2008.

 

Sidney Crosby's Game Point Streak Ends At 19 While Evgeni Malkin Reaches 15 In A Loss To The New Jersey Devils

Wednesday November 21, 2007

In tonight's Pittsburgh Penguins / New Jersey Devils game, Evgeni Malkin, earned the only point on his team with an unassisted goal. Malkin's career best game point streak now reaches 15. Meanwhile, Sidney Crosby's career best game point streak came to an end at 19 because he was unable to earn a point this game. The Devils beat the Penguins 2-1.

 

Sidney Crosby Gets Credit For Lobbying Changes To The New Reebok Edge NHL Jerseys After Complaints Early In The 2007-08 NHL Season

Sunday November 18, 2007

NHL hockey teams began using the RBK Edge hockey uniforms during the 2007-08 NHL season. The Reebok Edge NHL uniforms ultimately enhance a hockey player’s performance with increased speed and range of motion. During the initial design period Reebok’s spokesman, Sidney Crosby, was able to put his input into the design. While many hockey stars are praising the benefits of the new hockey uniforms, a quarter of the way into the 2007-08 NHL season, several hockey players have complained too.

Reebok has listened and began making design changes and offering replacement jerseys to NHL hockey players who request it. According to an article appearing in the New York Post on November 18, 2007, “we're told an immense amount of the credit is due to Sidney Crosby, the out-front paid endorser and representative of the company who displayed great allegiance to the integrity of hockey and lobbied Reebok to adapt”. Read about Sidney Crosby’s involvement with changes to the RBK Edge Hockey Jersey here.

 

Sidney Crosby Expands His Point Streak To19 Games While Creating A Two Goal Lead
Against The Rangers During The First Period
Only For The Penguins To Lose In Overtime 4-3

Saturday November 17, 2007

About five minutes into the first period of the Rangers / Penguins hockey game Sidney Crosby earned a point on the game’s first goal with an assist that set up Maxime Talbot’s tip in goal. About three minutes later Crosby scored a goal himself, putting the Penguins at a 2 goal advantage. This gives Crosby 2 points, extending his career best and NHL season best point streak to 19 games.

During the second period the Rangers held Sidney Crosby and his team pointless while making a 3 goal comeback to take the lead. Rangers’ 600 career point scorer Brendan Shanahan didn’t score a goal and neither did legendary forward Jaromir Jagr. In fact, none of the Rangers’ forwards notched goals during this period, rather it was all defensemen. This is something you don’t see too often.

Like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin also continued his career best point streak to 14 games with an assist during the third period. This sent the game into overtime where another defenseman got a goal for the Rangers to defeat the Penguins 4-3.

Sidney Crosby was named the second star of the game.

Interesting Sidney Crosby Fact: Jagr is a former Penguin who helped the team win their first two Stanley Cups in 1990 and 1991. Jagr was also the youngest player in history to be voted by hockey fans to start in an NHL All Star Game back in 1992. In 2007 Sidney Crosby made history by breaking Jagr’s record becoming the youngest hockey player in NHL history to be voted into a starting position for an NHL All Star Game.

 

Sidney Crosby's Career Best Game Point Streak Is Now Officially The Longest In The NHL This Season As The Pittsburgh Penguins Finally Win 3-2 Over The Islanders

Thursday November 15, 2007

Sidney Crosby earns 1 point with his assist on the game winning goal and Evgeni Malkin gets 2 on assists extending their career best game point streaks in a Penguins 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders. Crosby's career best point streak is now officially the longest in the NHL this season thanks to Detorit's Henrik Zetterberg's point streak ending at 17 two nights ago. Interestingly, Penguins goalie Marc Andre Fleury was credited with an assist on the first Penguins goal of the game. Crosby and company ended a four game losing streak with this win. The Penguins also honoured Paul Coffey as he was inducted into the Pittsburgh Penguins hall of fame on this night. Coffey helped the team win their first Stanley Cup during the 1990-91 season.

 

Sidney Crosby And Evengi Malkin Are On Fire But The Penguins Need More As They Get Burned By The Devils 3-2.

Monday November 12, 2007

Tonight Sidney Crosby and Evengi Malkin each scored a goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins in a disappointing 3-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils. Both Crosby and Malkin’s career best game point streak continues. Crosby now at 17 games in a row and Malkin is at 11. While these two Penguins players are hot, their team has been losing a lot of games lately.

The rest of the Penguins need to turn up their play a notch to earn the team some much needed points. While the Devils scored two goals in the first period, the Penguins couldn’t get one. Then in the second period Sidney Crosby got the first Penguins goal of the game, Malkin followed with the game tying power play goal during the third period. Unfortunately, the Devils’ Patrik Elias was able to get the game winning goal ending the Penguins hopes of a win. The Pittsburgh Penguins have fallen into last place of the Atlantic Division.

Sidney Crosby was named the second star of the game.

 

Sports Illustrated Nominates Sidney Crosby for Their Sportsman of the Year Award

Monday November 12, 2007

Each year Sports Illustrated chooses their sportsman of the year and Sidney Crosby is in the running for the 2007 award. In the past twenty five years the Sports Illustrated player of the year came from sports like basketball, golf, football, tennis, track and field, and cycling, to name a few. The last hockey player to receive this honor was named Wayne Gretzky back in 1982. This year Sports Illustrated has nominated Sidney Crosby as a candidate for the award. Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated wrote:

"The futures of Crosby and the NHL are inextricably linked. If the league is going to muscle its way back to the NHL-Is-Hot/NBA-Is-Not days, it will be on the muscular shoulders of the third-year star of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Crosby certainly is holding up his end of the deal."

At only 19 years old Sidney Crosby has had one of the most amazing seasons during 2006-07 of any professional athlete in any sport. Of course I am biased as a hockey fan but Crosby does seem to be the most influential player in the NHL today. Even though he faces stiff competition, at the very least this is another great opportunity to get Sidney Crosby’s name and interest in the NHL out there. It will be interesting to see who Sports Illustrated chooses as their Sportsman of The Year for 2007.

For more information read: My Sportsman: Sidney Crosby
The Penguins star is the NHL's future and its present
.

 

Sidney Crosby And Evengi Malkin Continue Their Career Best Point Streaks To 16 and 10 Games

Saturday November 10, 2007

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin continue with their point streaks but lose the game 5-2 to the Flyers.

As a side note here is a new commercial for the Reebok RBK Edge NHL Jerseys featuring Sidney Crosby.

 

 

Sidney Crosby Extends His Career Best Point Streak to 15 Games While Evengi Malkin's Point Streak Reaches 9 Games

Thursday November 8, 2007

Evgeni Malkin's point streak continues into 9 games tonight. Sidney Crosby's consecutive career best point streak now reaches 15 games. However, these two young Pittsburg Penguins can't win games on their own. Although Crosby and Malkin are earning points every game the Penguins have lost the last 4 out of the last 5 games played. Tonight the New York Rangers were victorious against the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2.

 

Sidney Crosby and Evengi Malkin Get The Assist On Ryan Malone's Sole Goal In A Disappointing 3-1 Loss To The Flyers

Wednesday November 7, 2007

Sidney Crosby continues on his hot consective games point streak even though the Pittsburgh Penguins lost 3-1 to the Philadelphia Flyers. Up until this game the Penguins had scored at least one goal on the power play, 14 games in a row, but the Flyers put an end to that tonight. Read the game recap here.

 

Sidney Crosby Gets Two Goals Extending His Career Best Point Streak To Thirteen Games In A 5-0 Penguins Stomping of The Devils

Monday November 5, 2007

Sidney Crosby scored the first goal of the game on the power play during the first period against the New Jersey Devils. Crosby is currently the NHL leader in power play scoring at 12 points, trailing just behind him is Daniel Sedin of Vancouver with 11.

Crosby's second goal of the game came during the third period at even strength. This gives Crosby a total of 2 more points and extending his career best point streak from 12 to 13 games.

The other three Penguins goals came from Adam Hall, Petr Sykora and Erik Christensen. After Crosby scored the fifth Pittsburgh goal legendary goalie of the Devils Martin Brodeur was pulled from the game. Brodeur allowed 5 goals on 24 shots.

 

Sidney Crosby Getting Married To A Young Lady From Halifax Nova Scotia. When is The Wedding?

Monday November 5, 2007

We heard the Sidney Crosby girlfriend rumors about a year ago. Now the latest rumor is being spread by a reputable journalist. Cathy MacDonald from the Halifax Daily News tells a story of how she saw Sidney running at St. Mary's prep school in Minnesota and didn't have a clue of who he was but her husband did.

She doesn't want Sidney Crosby for a son in law because he is a multimillionaire and one of the greatest hockey players to come around in a long time but because he is a polite, down to earth, all around good guy.

Now before you ask who is the lucky lady and when is the wedding, let me tell you he hasn't even meet the so called bride to be. The point of the artilce is that Crosby would be a dream son in law for any parent. Read the story here.

 

Sidney Crosby Hits A Career Best 12 Game Point Streak Just Before He Hit Islander's Goalie DiPietro In The Eye With A High Stick.

Saturday November 3, 2007

Sidney Crosby’s point streak continues for 12 games in a row, this is his career best so far. In a game against the New York Islanders at their home, Crosby earned his only point of the game on an assist during the first period and first goal of the game by Ryan Malone.

Then in the second period things turned ugly as Sidney Crosby's high stick struck Islander's goalie, Rick DiPietro, right in the eye. Crosby was issued a double minor and four minutes in the penalty box. Initial reports indicate the injury to DiPietro's eye, which was cut, may not be that serious. According to a Canadian Press report posted on Google right after the game, "Islander's spokesman Chris Botta said the 26-year-old netminder did not suffer a severe eye injury, but DiPietro was taken from the arena to the office of team ophthalmologist Dr. Bruce Zagelbaum for an evaluation."

Crosby says it was an accident. The same Canadian Press report quoted Sidney Crosby as saying, "He (Islanders defenceman Radek Martinek) lifted my stick under his mask, I had no control over it." The Islander's home crowd booed Crosby every time he touched the puck after the high stick incident. While the injury occured during the second period, DiPietro was able to attend ceremonies honouring Hall of Fame coach Al Arbour that took place after the game.

Arbour retired in 1994 but was invited back to coach one more game to make it his 1500th coaching the Islanders. Arbour went out on a winning note as the Islanders rallied back from a 2 goal deficit to beat the Penguins 3-2. According to the NHL websites game recap, "No one has coached or won more games with one team than Arbour. He left the second time when Crosby was less than 7 years old. A banner commemorating his 739 previous Islanders wins was lowered after the game, replaced by one with his name and 1500 as streamers and confetti were shot from the rafters."

 

Sidney Crosby Scores 2 Goals And Ends Up In The Penalty Box Twice In A 3-2 Loss To The Colorado Avalanche

Thursday November 1, 2007

Sidney Crosby’s streak of at least one point per game continues for 11 games in a row. Crosby scored the first two goals during the first period of tonights game against the Avalanche. His second goal came on the power play. The game featured the youngest captain in the NHL, Crosby of the Penguins only 20 years old, and Joe Sakic of the Avalanche 38 years old. Crosby received a roughing penalty during the first period and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty during the second period. Sidney was also named the thrid star of the game.

 

In Crosby’s Tenth Game of The Season He Tallied 4 Points with a Goal and Three Assists In a 4-2 Penguins Victory Over The Wild

Tuesday October 30, 2007

Sidney Crosby’s streak of at least one point per game in the 2007-08 NHL season, with the exception of the Penguins opening game against The Hurricanes, continues.

Tonight Sidney Crosby and Ryan Malone assisted Evgeni Malkin on the first goal of the game early in the second period. Almost 3 minutes later Malkin scored his second goal of the game assisted again by Crosby and Malone. By the third period the Wild had tied the game 2-2 but at the half way point Sidney Crosby set up another assist on Petr Sykora’s game winning goal. To top it off Sidney Crosby scored a goal of his own with about 5 minutes left in the game. This was Crosby’s fifth goal of the season and The Penguins were victorious 4-2 over the Wild.

Sidney Crosby was named the fist star of the game. The Wild’s M. Koivu was the second star and Malkin the third.

This was the first time The Penguins have played on the Wild’s home turf since Crosby joined the Penguins. Surprisingly, Crosby received a warm ovation just before the game when his name was announced. At 15 years old Crosby was the star hockey player at Shattuck-St. Mary's prep school in Faribault, Minnesota. He scored 72 goals in 57 games at Shattuck in 2002-03. During that time he attended several Minnesota Wild games at their Xcel Energy Center, dreaming of playing in the NHL. In fact, the NHL web site game recap quoted Crosby as saying:

"It's fun to be able to come here and play. No matter how the night ended up, it's just nice because I was here before, watching games and dreamed of one day playing in the NHL and playing here. It's really a bonus to come out of here with a win."

 

Sidney Crosby Gets His Fourth Goal of The Season Along With A Roughing Penalty in a Penguins 4-3 Shootout Loss To Montreal.

Satruday October 27, 2007

Less than a minute into the second period of tonight’s game The Pittsburgh Penguins trailed The Montreal Canadiens 3-0. Pittsburg pulled goalie Marc-Andre Fleury after he let in 3 goals on 15 shots and replaced him with backup Dany Sabourin. Sidney Crosby and Petr Sykora scored a goal each before the second period ended. With less than 2 minutes left in the third period sophomore Ryan Whitney was able to tie the game during a 6 on 4 power play (the Penguins pulled their goalie and it paid off). Evgeni Malkin was credited with the assist.

Malkin had a total of 3 assists, one for each goal scored by the Penguins. The game went into a very long shootout with the 16th shooter, Markov of The Canadiens, finally ending the game with a 4-3 victory over The Penguins.

Sidney Crosby earned his fouth goal of the season during the second period but earlier that period Montreal's Alexei Kovalev was penalized for checking Malkin from behind. Crosby defended his team mate attacking Kovalev where they went down to the ice. Sidney Crosby and Alexei Kovalev both received roughing penalties.

This was the tenth game of the Season and Sidney Crosby has earned at least one point in every game so far except for the season opener against the Carolina Hurricanes.

 

Sidney Crosby Excluded From McDonald’s Hockey Cards For The Second Year in a Row

Friday October 26, 2007

Since Sidney Crosby has been in the NHL, three years now, McDonald’s Hockey Cards have only included one card of him during his rookie season. McDonald’s hockey cards have left Sidney Crosby out of the last two years sets completely. Find out why Sidney Crosby isn't in the McDonald's hockey card sets here.

 

All Three of Crosby's Goals So Far This Season Have Been Against The Maple Leafs

Thursday October 25, 2007

Sidney Crosby scored the first goal of tonights game against the Toronto Maple Leafs but it wasn't enough as the Leafs beat the Penguins 5-2. In a wild third period Toronto rallied to score four goals. Crosby has scored only three goals in the first nine games of the 2007-08 NHL season. All three of Crosby's goals have been against the Leafs. In addition to Crosby's goal, he picked up an assist in the third period on a goal by Gonchar.

 

Sidney Crosby's Points This Season and Last Over Eight Games

Thursday October 25, 2007

While Sidney Crosby has only scored 2 goals in the first eight games of the 2007-08 season, he seems to be right on track to reaching another 100 points. While Crosby may not be scoring all that many goals, he definitely is helping the Penguins win games. So far Sidney Crosby has been a top notch play maker. Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote an article today discussing this issue, the end of the article compares Crosby's stats over the first eight games this season and last. The article is called, "While short on goals, Crosby still is helping Penguins win."

 

Sidney Crosby Gets The Assist In A Victory Over The Rangers

Tuesday October 23, 2007

Sidney Crosby battles Henrik Lundqvist

The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated The New York Rangers 1-0. The lone goal came on the power play early in the second period by Evgeni Malkin. Ryan Whitney and Sidney Crosby both were credited with assists on the play. This marks Crosby's 10th point of the season and the Penguins 3rd straight win.

 

Sidney Crosby and The Pittsburgh Penguins
Give To Charity

Tuesday October 23, 2007

Its nice to see those more fortunate, Sidney Crosby and The Penguins, helping others in need. Sidney Crosby and Mark Recchi make their luxury suites at the Melon Arena available to different charities.

Tonight the Penguins, who take on the Rangers at the Melon Arena tonight, have designated it Hockey Fights Cancer Night. Crosby and Recchi are making their suites available to local children battling cancer and those who have survived the horrible disease.

Yesterday Sidney Crosby and his teammates took some less fortunate children shopping for winter clothing as part of Project Bundle Up. A great write up on all of this can be found on The Sidney Crosby Show Blog.

 

Sidney Crosby Revealed

October 22, 2007

The Versus network will be airing a special called “Sidney Crosby Revealed” on October 22, 2007 just before and after the Pittsburg Penguins play the New York Rangers. This program will give a behind the scenes look at Sidney Crosby and the new NHL.

The premier is to take place at 6:30 pm ET October 22, 2007 on the Versus network based in the U.S.A. So many Canadians who can’t get the show will be disappointed. The Versus Network website states:

“Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby, opens up about his phenomenal career, as well as his personal approach to hockey, being named captain of the Penguins, his life and his family”.

Here is a short video trailer of the show.

 

The Crowd Boos Sidney Crosby:
Ovechkin Hit Crosby With A Hard Check In A Pittsburg Penguins Win Over The Washington Capitals. Crosby Gets The Assist On The Game Winning Goal.

Saturday October 20, 2007

The Washington Capitals hosted the Pittsburg Penguins before an audience of hockey fans who booed Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin every time they touched the puck. Capitals fans booed Crosby whenever he touched the puck. A relatively large number of Penguins fans in attendance responded in kind by booing Ovechkin when he touched the puck.

Ovechkin had no mercy when it came to clashing with Crosby, as demonstrated by a hard check delivered during the third period. There was nearly a brawl between several players caused by several hits just after Ovechkin checked Crosby hard early in the third period. The NHL Official web site quoted Sidney Crosby as saying; "That was a good hit, he's a strong guy. He plays a complete game. I don't expect him to take it easy against anybody - especially me."

Crosby got the assist on Ryan Whitney’s game winning goal during the Penguins power play. The Penguins beat The Capitals 2-1 in regulation time.

 

Sidney Crosby’s Decisive Shootout Goal Ends The Hurricanes 3 Game Winning Streak.

Friday October 19, 2007

Sidney Crosby added 2 more assists to his point total for the season and scored the shootout goal which gave the Pittsburg Penguins a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Crosby went from his backhand to his forehand when he scored the game winning shootout goal.

Here is the shootout on video filmed by a fan at the game.

 

Crosby Takes a Punch To The Head In a 5-4 Penguins Loss To The New Jersey Devils.

Wednesday October 17, 2007

Sidney Crosby had two assists during this game adding two more points to his total. Devils winger Arron Asham scored the game winning goal in the third period. Minutes later Asham clocked Crosby with a gloved punch.

A news story posted on New Jersey’s Star Ledger Newspaper website quoted Asham as saying; "I wasn't going in (the corner) to do anything to him until he threw his elbow up and hit me in the nose that’s when I lost it." Apparently Crosby’s team mate Gary Roberts lost it too and wasn’t able to get at Asham.

 

Blog Review: The Sidney Crosby Show

Sunday October 14, 2007

Even before Sidney Crosby reached the NHL the hype that surrounded his phenomenal hockey skills labeled him the next Wayne Gretzky or Mario Lemieux. With the hype came criticism downplaying the impact he would have in the NHL. Don Cherry himself bashed Crosby early in his NHL rookie season. Now in his third NHL season, last years MVP, has proven he is the real deal. Finding information about Sidney Crosby on the Internet is easy, it is everywhere. The only problem is that there is so much information on the Internet about Sidney Crosby that takes up a lot of time trying to keep up with it all. If there is one resource to visit its The Sidney Crosby Blog and here is a review of what you will find there.

 

The Love Guru Drops The Puck as Sidney Crosby Scores His First Two Goals of The 2007-08 NHL Season

Saturday October 13, 2007

Sidney Crosby Shakes Mike Myers hand at the Toronto Maple Leafs game.

Tonight the Pittsburg Penguins played their fourth game of the 2007-08 NHL hockey season against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. Scarborough native Mike Myers, in town shooting his latest comedy film called “The Love Guru”, dropped the ceremonial puck. Last years MVP, Sidney Crosby, scored the winner with 5:22 left in the third period. The Penguins were victorious 6-4 against the Toronto Maple Leafs and Sidney Crosby scored his first two goals of the season. Read about Sidney Crosby's first two goals this season here.

 

Hopefully Not Another Groin Injury For Sidney Crosby

Monday, September 24, 2007
(updated September 30, 2007)

Crosby had to leave practice early today because of groin soreness. The Penguins are downplaying it as nothing serious but the last time they did that Crosby ended up missing 3 games. Sidney Crosby sat out the final period on November 20, 2006 due to a groin injury in a game where the Penguins polished off the Flyers 5 to 3, in his 100th NHL game. He ended up missing 3 games. How serious is Sidney Crosby's groin pain? Find out here.

 

Win a Chance To Meet Sidney Crosby

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Pepsi, Lay's and Gatorade brands are giving away one prize every hour for 56 days, including the chance to meet NHL star Sidney Crosby. Read more and find out how to enter here.

 

Sidney Crosby Delivers Season Tickets To Penguins Fan's Homes.

Monday, September 10, 2007


Sidney Crosby delivers Penguins season tickets.

Season tickets to see the Pittsburgh Penguins this year sold out fast, and the team decided to give a number of fans a special thank you on Thursday.

Some fans were informed that someone would be delivering their tickets, but they were surprised when stars like Sidney Crosby turned up on their doorsteps.

"When I opened the door and saw him, it was unbelievable," said season ticket-holder Joan Kozlowski.

As a show of appreciation for the fan support, players hand-delivered season tickets to 24 season ticket-holders throughout the Pittsburgh area.

Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Marc-Andre Fleury, Ryan Whitney, Colby Armstrong and Maxime Talbot made the deliveries to the randomly selected fans.

"Anytime you can interact like that, especially with people who have had tickets so many years, it's a nice gesture from the players," said Crosby. "Hopefully, people enjoy it. It's a fun opportunity for us."

Watch these videos of Sidney Crosby Delivering tickets...

Video From The Pittsburg Post Gazette

Video From The Penguins Official Website

Pittsburg Post Gazette Article: Penguins fans get an assist from Crosby

(note: these are two entirely different videos)

 

Sidney Crosby and Reebok showcased the new 2007 Rbk SC87 line of footwear, apparel and hockey equipment at Sport Chek in Mississauga, Ontario.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

This morning Reebok and NHL Most Valuable Player, Sidney Crosby, teamed up to reveal the latest Fall 2007 apparel, footwear and hockey equipment under the Rbk SC87 brand name. All items within this collection feature the SC87 shield logo designed to incorporate Crosby’s initials and jersey number. "It's an honour to have my own logo designed after my initials and jersey number, in the colours of the Pittsburgh Penguins", said Crosby. The launch of this brand offers Sidney Crosby fans a chance to win a trip to see him play in Pittsburg. Read The Full Rbk SC87 Story Here.

 

Sid The Kid No More

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Happy Birthday Sidney Crosby!

Today is 08 07 2007 (87), Crosby's birthday, jersey number, and the day he is no longer a teenager. Today Crosby is the man. Crosby's career is about more than what he has accomplished so far, its about what he has done at such a young age.

Full articles:

Pittsburg Post Gazette: Crosby has many accomplishments on his resume (touches on his broken foot)

 

The Penguins sign Sidney Crosby to a 5 Year Contract Extension.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Sidney Crosby's new contract with the Penguins works out to about $8.7 million per year. This is a significant number not because it is his Jersey number or date of birth but because it is less than Crosby could have easily negotiated under the salary cap. The Pittsburg Penguins captain obviously is more interested in what is best for his team and bringing the Stanley Cup to Pittsburg. Read more about Sidney Crosby's Contract Extension.

Sports Illustrated: Crosby signs 5-year, $43 million extension with Penguins

Sports Illustrated: Luxury problem: As readers point out, Crosby may be worth cap issue

 

At 19 Years Old Sidney Crosby Is The Youngest Captain In NHL History

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Prior to Sidney Crosby being named team captain, Vince Lecavalier was the Youngest NHL captain in league history. Penguins general manager Ray Shero posted on the team's official website saying; "Sidney has done so much for this franchise in his first two seasons, made so much history, that you have to keep reminding yourself that he is only 19 years old." Read more about Sidney Crosby, the youngest NHL team captain in history here.

KDKA TV: Penguins Name Sidney Crosby New Team Captain (with video)

CBC Sports: Sidney Crosby named Penguins captain

Pittsburg Post Gazett: Penguins install Crosby as captain

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
     
 

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