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Sidney Crosby extends scoring streak to 25 games as Penguins trash Thrashers

Dec 28, 2010, 9:52 PM EDT

Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malki AP

Sidney Crosby extended what is clearly the best scoring streak of the post-lockout era tonight with a two goal, two assist performance as the Pittsburgh Penguins dominated the Atlanta Thrashers 6-3. His 25-game streak features 26 goals and 24 assists for 50 points, averaging exactly two points per game.

At this point, it might be safe to say that Crosby isn’t really competing with Alex Ovechkin and other high-scoring contemporary forwards, but rather that he’s battling some of the best players in NHL history. Keeping in mind that he’s only 23-years-old and the fact that league-wide defense has evolved profoundly since the laughable scoring days of the ’80s and other offense-minded eras, Crosby is experiencing the kind of run that might put him in line with the best of the best.

Overall, Crosby has 32 goals and 33 assists for 65 points in 38 games played during the 2010-11 season. Before he tied Steven Stamkos for the Maurice Richard Trophy with 51 goals in 09-10, Crosby’s career high for goals scored in a season was 36. He has an outside chance of matching that total by the end of the Winter Classic on Saturday.

Box Score: Pittsburgh 6, Atlanta 3

Crosby was the star of the show, but Matt Cooke (one goal and one assist) and Marc-Andre Fleury (31 out of 34 saves) provided some good work too for the East-leading Penguins.

Philadelphia holds three games in hand over Pittsburgh, but the Penguins ensured the fact that they’ll maintain their division (and conference) lead over the Flyers for at least one more night even if they beat the Vancouver Canucks in a game that’s about to start. That’s because the Penguins hold a three point lead at this very moment.

Evander Kane, Dustin Byfuglien and Eric Boulton scored Atlanta’s goals while Bryan Little had two assists. This marks the Thrashers’ fourth loss in a row and though they might face the threat of slipping to eighth in the conference with another defeat or two, they still have a decent hold on a playoff spot at this point.

  1. stakex - Dec 29, 2010 at 2:02 AM

    You know, sports casters have been waiting for the day when they could finally compare Crosby to Gretzky without being laughed at… and many, such as this writer, are jumping on the bandwaggon right now to do just that. Its really sad actually, and offensive to the great players in NHL history to put them in the same league as Cindy Crysby. As Gretzky who the best goal scorer in the NHL is right now, and hes not going to say Crosby….

    Is Cindy playing very very well right now? Sure. Hes hot, and so are his teamates… and hes been helped by quite a few soft goals that have kept his streak alive. But Getzky like, or even good enough to say hes better then Ovechkin? Not a chance in hell, or at the very least its years too early to tell. One 25 game streak does not a career make after all.

    It should also be noted that even with this streak, hes has failed to distance himself from Stamkos in goals… only leading by 2 goals. He also is JUST on pace to tie Ovechkins career high of 65 goals… a pace hes unlikely to keep the whole season. So goal scoreing wise hes not doing anything special right now. As for points, if he keeps this pace he will score roughly 130-135 points… which is good, but far from great… and very very far from putting him in the same league as Gretzky.

  2. tkoui - Dec 29, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    You can always spot the bias opinion of Crosby once the moniker, Cindy Crysby, is tossed out there. After that, anything that follows should be considered drivel. And so it is done.

    I have no problem with Ovechkin still arguably considered the better scorer but an argument works best when childish name-calling is left out. Let the facts speak for themselves or is that not enough?

    Perhaps you should read up on what Gretzky believes before you attribute your beliefs to him: http://www.sportingnews.com/nhl/feed/2010-12/the-crosby-show/story/wayne-gretzky-sidney-crosby-is-a-winner

    By the way, you can’t compare today’s players to those of past eras such as Gretzky, Lemieux or Orr. Different times indeed.

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