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Bad night for Sidney Crosby; Point streak stopped at 25, lose to Isles in shootout 2-1

Dec 29, 2010, 10:28 PM EDT


You knew it was going to come to an end at some point. Sidney Crosby‘s 25 game point scoring streak came to an end tonight as the Penguins lost to the Islanders 2-1 in a shootout. Crosby was shutdown in regulation, overtime, and again in the shootout as Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro served to be the guy who helped stonewall Sid the Kid.

Also filling in in that role tonight as shutdown artist was Frans Nielsen, the Islanders Danish centerman. Nielsen’s tenacious work in keeping the Penguins top line quiet all night long was noticed and very apparent all night long.

Josh Bailey scored the Isles lone regulation goal while Chris Conner got Pittsburgh’s only goal. In the shootout, Marc-Andre Fleury had a hard time keeping up with the Islanders as they scored in three out of four rounds. P.A. Parenteau scored the shootout-deciding goal. DiPietro stopped Mark Letestu in the fourth round to end the game.

For Crosby, having his streak snapped in the game right before the Winter Classic is undoubtedly a let down. We’ll also be curious to see if the notoriously superstitious Crosby finally shaves off the mustache he’s been working on since the streak started in November. At the very least, we could be spared from having to see Sid’s mustache in glorious high definition on NBC at 1 pm on January 1st. So much for that storyline.

  1. polegojim - Dec 29, 2010 at 10:57 PM

    Not a shot on Joe’s good reporting…. but…

    Paul Stastny had a 20 point streak as a rookie. Shouldn’t the NHL favorite phenom be more than just slightly better than a rookie? Ok, I admitedly prejudiced… and sick of the Crosby phenom.

    I’m glad it’s over so the hockey world will remember that others are actually playing the game well.

    • stakex - Dec 30, 2010 at 12:16 AM

      Couldn’t agree more.

      besides, I fail to see the big deal with this streak. Crosby wasn’t even half way to the best point streak ever (Gretzky obviously, with a 51 game 61 goal and 92 assist streak). Crosby didn’t even come remotely close to making a run at it…. so really, why is this all we have heard about for a couple weeks now? I really fail to get it.

      Rest assured that if it was Stamkos or Ovechkin with such a streak, we wouldn’t have seen nearly asm uch fan fair about it.

  2. abrienza428 - Dec 30, 2010 at 8:24 AM

    It only started getting coverage when it was approaching 20 games and it was set to be the longest since the lockout.
    Plus he’s in the Winter Classic. If Ovechkin had the streak, I guarantee the coverage would’ve been the same. It was an interesting subplot heading into the Classic.

    Besides that, there hasn’t been a streak like this in a long time, with a player averaging 2 or more points per game for that long of a stretch. That just doesn’t happen in hockey anymore….it was unique to the current era of the NHL.

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