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How did Sidney Crosby Perform During The 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs?


 

Sidney Crosby 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs Performance Notes Stats Summary and Game Log

Now in his third NHL season, Sidney Crosby has made it to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second year in a row.

This page will monitor Sidney Crosby's Stanley Cup Playoffs statistics and play with a game by game summary, and highlights focused on Crosby.

Sidney Crosby 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs Stats

Games Played
Goals
Assists
Total Points
+/-
Penalty Minutes
Shots On Goal
Game Winning Goals
20
6
21
27
7
12
59
1

 

Sidney Crosby 2008 Stanley Cup Finals VS Detroit Red Wings

Pittsburgh Penguins 2008 Stanley Cup Final Detroit Red Wings Logos

Game 6 Summary of Crosby's Performance
2008 Stanley Cup Finals
Pittsburgh Penguins VS Detroit Red Wings

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A
PTS
+/-
PIM
SOG
TOI
0
1
1
0
0
2
21:21

 

Game 5 Summary of Crosby's Performance
2008 Stanley Cup Finals
Pittsburgh Penguins VS Detroit Red Wings

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A
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0
2
2
1
2
2
34:37

 

Game 4 Summary of Crosby's Performance
2008 Stanley Cup Finals
Pittsburgh Penguins VS Detroit Red Wings

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0
1
1
0
0
2
22:39

 

Game 3 Summary of Crosby's Performance
2008 Stanley Cup Finals
Pittsburgh Penguins VS Detroit Red Wings

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A
PTS
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PIM
SOG
TOI
2
0
2
1
0
3
17:35

 

Game 2 Summary of Crosby's Performance
2008 Stanley Cup Finals
Pittsburgh Penguins VS Detroit Red Wings

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A
PTS
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PIM
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TOI
0
0
0
0
0
6
21:01

 

 

Game 1 Summary of Crosby's Performance
2008 Stanley Cup Finals
Pittsburgh Penguins VS Detroit Red Wings

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A
PTS
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PIM
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TOI
0
0
0
-1
2
3
18:10

Sidney Crosby saw a lot of red this game as The Red Wings took every opportunity to deliver big hits on Pittsburgh's Captain.

 

Sidney Crosby Eastern Conference Finals VS Philadelphia Flyers

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Philadelphia Flyers Logos 2008 playoffs

Here's the deal the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers have a long heated intrastate division rivalry. Fact is, its been going on for over 40 years but Sidney Crosby only recently got his first bitter taste of "The Battle of Pennsylvania" on November 5, 2005. During Crosby's first NHL game, on The Flyers home turf, Derien Hatcher's high stick managed to knock out three of Sidney Crosby's teeth. And don't forget this is when Sidney Crosby was labeled a diver because, believe it or not, he complained to the referees about it.

During this 2008 Eastern Conference Playoffs Final, Derian Hatcher who is still in The Flyers line up, will only serve as reminder to Crosby of the day he had a mouth full of loose teeth during his rookie season. Here is something else to keep in mind, The Flyers and many others have accused The Penguins of purposefully losing their last regular season game to avoid playing The Flyers during the first round of this year's playoffs. And, of course, the debate still rages on about that.

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.

Hang on to your seat because this showdown is going to be one intense and physical series.

 

Game 5 Summary of Crosby's Performance
Round 3 Eastern Conference Finals
Pittsburgh Penguins VS Philadelphia Flyers

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2
2
2
0
2
15:47

Finally, Sidney Crosby will make his first trip to The Stanley Cup Finals after defeating The Flyers 6-0 in Game 5 of the 2008 Conference Finals series.

“In doing so, the remarkable Sid the Kid – just 20 – will surpass Wayne Gretzky in at least one category. Gretzky – the player to whom Crosby is most often compared – didn't play in a Stanley Cup final until he was 22.” Toronto Star, ‘Penguins March On To Playoffs’, May 18, 2008.

Crosby had another strong playoffs performance against Philadelphia, state and divisional rivals, to end the first "Battle of Pennsylvania" that was taken to the playoffs.

It turns out Sidney Crosby picked up two assists this game. First off, the initial goal of the game came when Crosby shot a puck that deflected off of Ryan Malone's skate and past Martin Biron into the Philadelphia net. That’s not all, Sidney Crosby’s second assist came during a remarkable play that he made almost midway through the second period. Quite simply, Sidney Crosby gave rise to the game turning point by robbing Philadelphia’s Mike Richards of the puck. Mike Richards was preparing to blast a shot towards Marc Andre Fleury but guess what? Richards didn’t see Crosby coming from behind. Crosby stole the puck sending the puck into the Flyer’s end. As the rush went into Philadelphia’s end, Sidney Crosby took possession of the puck before passing it to Marian Hossa. And, of course, Hossa ripped off a wicked shot getting the goal and giving Crosby his second assist of the game and seventeenth of the playoffs.

Sidney Crosby with 2008 Eastern Conference Champions Prince of Whales Trophy

In addition to winning the game 6-0 and closing the Flyers vs Penguins playoff series The Penguins now become the 2008 Eastern Conference Finals playoffs champions. To top it off after the game Sidney Crosby, on behalf of The Pittsburgh Penguins, was presented with The Prince of Wales trophy which is awarded each year to the Eastern Conference Champions.

 

Game 4 Summary of Crosby's Performance
Round 3 Eastern Conference Finals
Pittsburgh Penguins VS Philadelphia Flyers

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A
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TOI
0
0
0
-1
4
4
19:49

Sidney Crosby was effectively shut down and kept to the perimeters during this game, not even able to register a point. The Flyers played like their true selves with a lot of rough hard hitting play that was not as evident during the first three games of the series. This was especially evident during the dying seconds of the game when The Flyers were leading 4-2 and Sidney Crosby was facing off against Mike Richards. Richards slashed Crosby, who lost his cool for the first time this playoffs run. In the end both Sidney Crosby and Mike Richards received 4 minutes each, 2 for roughing and 2 for slashing.

 

Game 3 Summary of Crosby's Performance
Round 3 Eastern Conference Finals
Pittsburgh Penguins VS Philadelphia Flyers

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A
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PIM
SOG
TOI
0
2
2
+2
0
1
20:48

Sidney Crosby played incredibly well against the Flyers during this playoffs game so his faceoff success can be overlooked. Surprisingly, Sidney Crosby didn't fare as well as he normally does when it comes to winning faceoffs (5 out of 15). While doing what he does best (setting up plays to pick up two points on assists), Crosby also showed his speed, and most importantly in a playoff game, his defensive skills. Sidney Crosby now leads the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs points with 19 in twelve games. Sidney Crosby was also named the first star of the game.

 

Game 2 Summary of Crosby's Performance
Round 3 Eastern Conference Finals
Pittsburgh Penguins VS Philadelphia Flyers

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1
1
2
0
0
4
22:36

Sidney Crosby scored the first goal of the game and put in a second that certainly was in but officials ruled a no goal. Despite this disappointing call, Sidney Crosby did what he did best and created many chances for The Penguins, beat opponents to the puck, and kept control of the puck when in his posession. In fact, Crosby was named the first star of the game.

 

Game 1 Summary of Crosby's Performance
Round 3 Eastern Conference Finals
Pittsburgh Penguins VS Philadelphia Flyers

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A
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1
0
1
1
0
3
20:03

Sidney Crosby started the game well and played with excellent puck handling. 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 Round 2 Eastern Conference Semi Finals VS New York Rangers

Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Rangers Logos 2008 playoffs

The Penguins came close to sweeping The Rangers during round 2 of the 2008 Eastern Conference Stanley Cup playoffs. However, The Rangers defeated The Penguins during game 4 at Madison Square Gardens. An intense Game 5 was played out at Mellon Arena where the Peguins led 2-0 by the start of the third period but The Rangers quickly evened the score minutes into the third. The game was sent into overtime where the Penguins managed to win the game and emerge victorious from their series with The Rangers.

Game 5 Summary of Crosby's Performance
Round 2 Eastern Semi Finals
Pittsburgh Penguins VS New York Rangers

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A
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0
2
2
1
0
3
23:14

Sidney Crosby played well picking up 2 assists on goals scored by Marian Hossa including the game winner during overtime. While his game was not his best, although better than the average NHL player, near the start he did manage to make up for it later in the game.

 

Game 4 Summary of Crosby's Performance
Round 2 Eastern Semi Finals
Pittsburgh Penguins VS New York Rangers

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A
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0
0
0
-1
2
2
21:04

Sidney Crosby didn't seem to play at the performance level he is capable of this game despite spending the most time on ice out of all his playoff games this season.

 

Game 3 Summary of Crosby's Performance
Round 2 Eastern Semi Finals
Pittsburgh Penguins VS New York Rangers

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TOI
0
2
0
0
0
1
19:21

Sidney Crosby teamed up with Evgeni Malkin tonight picking up an assist on the game winning goal. In total Sidney Crosby picked up 2 assists this game. While Crosby didn't score a goal he did show he could skate with a lot of speed and fight through traffic. Overall, Sidney Crosby is a team player and he and his counterparts mesh well together, extremely well. Not even the fans at Madison Square Gardins booing Crosby every time he toched the puck could distract him from focusing on the game.

Final Score
Pittsburgh 5 - New York 3

 

Game 2 Summary of Crosby's Performance
Round 2 Eastern Semi Finals
Pittsburgh Penguins VS New York Rangers

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0
0
0
0
0
3
17:05

Sidney Crosby was held scoreless during game 2 against The Rangers but did an excellent job of keeping them busy throughout the game. Just seconds before Jordan Staal got the game winning goal during the second period of a scoreless tie, The Penguins were on the power play. Malone, Hossa, and Crosby all had scoring chances during the power play but were unable capitalize on it.

Sidney Crosby played physically and created many scoring chances for the Penguins. He managed 3 shots on goal this game.

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

Final Score
Pittsburgh 2 - New York 0

 

Game 1 Summary of Crosby's Performance
Round 2 Eastern Semi Finals
Pittsburgh Penguins VS New York Rangers

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2
0
0
2
18:40

In an intense playoff game against the New York Rangers Sidney Crosby was clearly the best player of the game. Delivering solid body checks and playing with a ferocious determination, Crosby created many scoring chances and assisted on 2 goals. It is no wonder he was named the first star of the game.

Despite The Pittsburgh Penguins being unable to score for the first half of the game, with The New York Rangers in full control with a 3 goal lead, Sidney Crosby played with tremendous intensity. Unfortunately, the scoring chances he created were all stopped by the superb goal tending of Henrik Lundqvist.

Then the game hit a turning point and The Penguins miraculously took control and eventually lead 4-3 during the third period. It all started with back to back goals during the second period only 14 seconds apart. Crosby assisted on the second of those two goals scored by Pasqual Dupuis. Crosby battled for the puck behind the net, sent it to Dupuis who scored on Lundqvist.

New York tied the game 4-4 during the third period. With three minutes left in the game New York’s Straka was called for interference when he collided with Crosby. This set up the game winning goal with about a minute and a half left in the game. Sidney Crosby’s slapshot from the point was deflected in by Evgeni Malkin’s leg giving him the goal and Crosby the assist.

While 2 assists in a game may not be that impressive for a player of Sidney Crosby's caliber, its' the timing of the assists that are quite impressive. The first assists was part of back to back goals that quickly got the Pens out of a 3 goal hole and to trail by only one instead. This suddenly changed the momentum of the game from The Rangers' control to the Penguins. The second assist came on the game winning goal.

Overall, Sidney Crosby played an amazing game. To read game details, including how Sidney Crosby’s mindset is used to lead his team to impossible comebacks click here.

Final Score
Pittsburgh 5 - New York 4

 

 


 

Sidney Crosby Round 1 Eastern Conference Quarter Finals VS Ottawa Senators

Penguins logo and Senators logo round 1 2008 playoffs

Penguins Sweep Senators

During the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs The Penguins were elimiated by the Senators during the opening round. This year Sidney Crosby faced The Ottawa Senators once more in the opening round but this time The Penguins swept the Senators.

 

Game 4 Summary of Crosby's Performance
Round 1 Eastern Quarter Finals
Pittsburgh Penguins VS Ottawa Senators

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TOI
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1
2
1
0
3
19:22

Tonight Sidney Crosby did what he did best, set up plays and notch a goal once in a while. Sidney Crosby set up Evgeni Malkin for the first goal of the game during the second period on the powerplay. The with 8 seconds left in the game Crosby put the puck into the empty Ottawa net.

This was officially Sidney Crosby's first NHL Stanley Cup playoffs series win and he and The Penguins did it by sweeping The Senators. Read more about Game 4 vs Ottawa here.

Final Score
Pittsburgh 3 - Ottawa 1

Pittsburgh now advances to Round 2 of The Eastern Conference Stanley Cup playoffs.

 

Game 3 Summary of Crosby's Performance
Round 1 Eastern Quarter Finals
Pittsburgh Penguins VS Ottawa Senators

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1
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1
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20:49

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

Sidney Crosby picked up an assist and got the game winning goal 12 seconds into the thrid period. Not only was this the game winning goal but it was Sidney Crosby's first goal of the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs. This goal clearly displays the skill with which Crosby plays.

With the game tied 1-1 at the opening of the third period, Sidney Crosby won the faceoff. He then sent the puck back to Hossa who passed it over to Scuderi. Scuderi then passed the puck right into Sidney Crosby's skates. Crosby is one of the few players in the league who can consistently and skillfully kick and control the puck with his feet. Crosby continued down into Ottawa's end facing a two on one situation. Sidney Crosby skated past Ottawa forward Antoine Vermette, looking back over his shoulder, faking out Gerber, as he shot the puck into the net to get the game winning goal of Game 3 of this playoff series.

Sidney Crosby Breaks Franchise Playoff Record

"Tonight, the goal he scored 12 seconds into the third period became the fastest goal scored at the start of a period in a playoff game in franchise history. The previous record belonged to Ryan Malone's father, Greg, back in 1981 in a game against St. Louis, when he scored 15 seconds into a period." (First reported by The Sidney Crosby Show Blog.)

Sidney Crosby's first goal of the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs and the game winning goal in Game 3 against Ottawa can be viewed online at the NHL Online Network.

Sidney Crosby also picked up an assist later in the third period on Marian Hossa's goal. Crosby was also named the second star of the game. Read More Here.

Final Score
Pittsburgh 4 - Ottawa 1

 

Game 2 Summary of Crosby's Performance
Round 1 Eastern Quarter Finals
Pittsburgh Penguins VS Ottawa Senators

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4
4
0
0
6
19:52

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. Sidney Crosby was more productive assisting on 4 goals and putting 6 shots on net.

"Sidney Crosby's 4 point night in Game 2 tied a franchise record held by Jaromir Jagr. Ol' Double J scored four points in a playoff game against the Capitals on 4-13-00." (First reported by The Sidney Crosby Show Blog.) Note this record is for assists during a playoff game.

The Penguins blew a three goal lead but were able to capatilize on a late third period penaltiy called on Ottawa. That is when Ryan Malone scored the game winner with only a minute left in the game. Read more here.

Final Score
Pittsburgh 5 - Ottawa 3

 

Game 1 Summary of Crosby's Performance
Round 1 Eastern Quarter Finals
Pittsburgh Penguins VS Ottawa Senators

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A
PTS
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PIM
SOG
TOI
0
0
0
0
2
4
17:56

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.

Final Score
Pittsburgh 4 - Ottawa 0

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
     
 

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