Thursday, December 14, 2006

Penguins 8 - Flyers 4: Sidney Crosby is your Leader!

Sidney Crosby

Sidney Crosby deep-sixed the Philadelphia Flyers with a career high 6-point effort to lead the Penguins to an 8-4 win.


With the effort, Sidney Crosby, just 19, took over the NHL Scoring race with 47 points and is 3 up on 2nd place Jaromir Jagr.

On the night, Crosby finished with 1 goal (on his only shot), 5 assists, +3, and 12 for 26 on faceoffs.

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Nothing specific about the Philadelphia Flyers sparks Sidney Crosby's game. It just looks that way.

Pittsburgh Penguins' center Sidney Crosby has a chance to become the youngest player in NHL history to lead the league in scoring.

Crosby took over the NHL scoring lead with a career-high six points in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 8-4 rout of the Flyers on Wednesday night. The 19-year-old phenom has 29 points in 13 career games against Philadelphia, including 15 in five games this season - all Penguins victories.

"We saw a special performance by a special player," Penguins coach Michel Therrien said. "It was unbelievable. Sid was phenomenal."

Crosby had one goal and five assists to give him 47 points for the season, three more than New York Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr.

"Part of my job is to move the puck; it's up to (my teammates) to finish the opportunities, and those guys were on tonight," Crosby said.

Sergei Gonchar had two goals and three assists, Ryan Malone added one goal and three assists, and Mark Recchi had a goal and assist for the Penguins, who have won three in a row. Gonchar and Malone also set career highs in points.

"I think Sid had a lot to do with it," Malone said of his mark. "I don't think I did too much on too many of those, but it's definitely fun to get a couple points and help out offensively."

Crosby's previous best was four points in a game - done three times in his one-plus NHL seasons. He has a goal in five straight games and 15 points in six contests.

"The way the bounces were going and the puck was going into the net, we were so good at finishing our chances that I don't think you can fault the defense that was out there against us," Crosby said. "We were just having one of those nights when everything was going in."
Crosby doesn't seem any worse for wear after that minor groin injury and now he's just tearing the league apart. Sure, it was just the Flyers, whom everyone scores on, but you can't deny His Crosbyness is simply the best.

"I'm not really worried about Sidney Crosby right now," Niittymaki said. "Some other team can worry about him now."

Tee hee hee

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