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Sidney Crosby isn’t scoring goals and it just doesn’t matter

Mar 21, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

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Sidney Crosby‘s return to action has been impressive to watch but the one thing we’ve yet to see Crosby do is score a goal.

Crosby hasn’t scored a goal on anyone not named Anders Nilsson this season and while that might be a point of contention for some, the way the Penguins have played this season has made his comeback seamless. Crosby has nine assists since returning last week against the Rangers including four against Winnipeg last night and the crazy thing here is the Penguins don’t need Crosby to score goals to succeed.

James Neal is having a career-best season playing alongside Evgeni Malkin. Malkin, meanwhile, is over 40 goals this year and well on his way to winning the league MVP. Even the Penguins’ secondary stars are having career years.

Pascal Dupuis has potted a career-best 21 goals while Matt Cooke has a career-high 16. Throw in Jordan Staal and Chris Kunitz with their 21 goals and you’ve got an offense as deep as any in the league.

Just think of how tough the Penguins are going to be when Crosby gets his goal scoring touch back.

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  1. drunkbro - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    you know what did matter? when crosby was diving on the ice with one second left in OT vs the flyers when hartnell went roof daddy on the flower.

    • tk1966 - Mar 21, 2012 at 12:42 PM

      The Flyers? You mean the team that still trails the Pens in the standings? Those Flyers?

      • drunkbro - Mar 21, 2012 at 1:12 PM

        yes the flyers that are 3-1 vs the pens this year. you dont need to remind me they are 0-5 vs the rangers, or try to enlighten me on the standings. i know

    • bobhpine - Mar 22, 2012 at 12:48 AM

      Florida 2 Flyers 1….ha! Hang on to that Hartnell goal forever loser

  2. billobrienschindimple - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Know what else mattered. The Flyers losing to Florida at home, while almost tripling the shot total, pretty much cementing 5th place as their best possible finish.

    Small people revel in small victories.

    • drunkbro - Mar 21, 2012 at 12:18 PM

      i love the crosby coverage. they cover everything, when the pens score they went to his reaction. but at the end of the game, they dont show who is laying on the ice. -1 for sid, no mention of that

      • tk1966 - Mar 21, 2012 at 12:46 PM

        Gretzky had games where he was a minus player. Michael Jordan missed game winning shots. Joe Montana threw interceptions and incomplete passes. Babe Ruth struck out. But they all we winners. They all had championships to their name. I guess that puts Sid in good company.

      • drunkbro - Mar 21, 2012 at 1:08 PM

        this isnt really a knock on sid. its on the coverage. pens fans need to relax. definitely not saying i want him injured, or that i want him out of the game or that he sucks. i’d like pierre mcguire to hop on hartnells jock for a minute

  3. govtminion2 - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    What’s really funny is at the begining of the season when Ginger Fartsmell wanted traded. He begged former team mate Asham to put in a word for him with The Pens. Thank God The Franchise knew better. SCA Cc

    • drunkbro - Mar 21, 2012 at 1:16 PM

      the franchise lost talbot and jagr to the flyers, but got asham from the flyers. i wouldve traded asham for a dog terd

  4. aklolzer - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    oh yeah, he’s the one setting everyone up for career years. Dudes been back for like 5 games, what a joke.

  5. govtminion2 - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    You are a joke. Soupcan Sid is responsible for everything. He is the reason the sun comes up every day. Last night he felt so bad for Kennedy that he pretty much banked a goal off his stick…twice. Never question the Soupcan. The Can will be hoisting the Cup in no time

  6. govtminion2 - Mar 21, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Does Fartsmell’s wife still “visit” Jeff Carter now that he is in LA? Ginger can’t keep his own wife in line, yet u filthy fans think he is a leader?? I hope we get yinz bums in the first round

  7. bruins33 - Mar 21, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    don’t forget to cradle the balls PHT

  8. mordock57 - Mar 21, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    For people who wonder why Crosby gets so much attention, let’s look at some simple facts…

    Crosby has played 12 games this season. In those 12 games, he has put up 21 points. That is 1.75 points per game. The three league leading scorers: Malkin, Giroux and Stamkos, are also the three leading in points per game.

    Malkin: 1.43 PPG
    Giroux: 1.22 PPG
    Stamkos: 1.17 PPG (tied with Foligno)

    If you theoretically gave Crosby the same number of games as Malkin this season (65 games played) and he stayed on the same pace, he’d have 113 points thus far. Yeah, sick. Wait, it gets better. The same number of games as Giroux (69 GP)? 120. Stamkos (72 GP)? 126. A full 82 game NHL season at his current pace projects to 144 points. So when you wonder why Crosby gets the attention, it’s because he is, by the numbers, quite clearly the best player in the game.

    P.S. Last season, Crosby played 41 games until knocked out by injury. To that point, he was averaging 1.61 points per game and finished with 66 points, projected out to 132 for the year. (Which also mean, thus far, that he’s playing even BETTER post-injury. Yikes. His 66 points in 41 games tied him, FOR THE ENTIRE SEASON, in 30th overall with guys like Jeff Carter, Rick Nash, Mike Richards and Joe Pavelski, all of whom played between 74-81 games.

    P.P.S. A quick shout-out to Malkin’s dominance THIS season over Stamkos and Giroux… less games, more points, hottest team in the league before Crosby’s return… MVP. Easiest decision one can make this year.

  9. stakex - Mar 21, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    The truth is Crosby himself hasn’t played that great in his return. Its the guys around him and the team as a whole that are on fire right now. Its easy to rack up assists when every time you make a simple settup play the pucks are going in the net.

    If the Pens were struggling right now, Crosby’s so-so play would be much more noticable and the fact he hasn’t scored in 5 games despite Pittsburgh having a couple blowouts in that time would be front page news.

    • ispeakpittsburghese - Mar 22, 2012 at 1:34 PM

      “Its the guys around him and the team as a whole that are on fire right now”

      he doesn’t play on the same line as malkin, neal, kunitz, dupuis, staal–except on the powerplay
      he’s on the same line as kennedy who cant hit the broad side of a barn and cooke who also isnt really a goalscorer even strength. yet they both have had 2 goal games already. what does that tell you?

  10. ghowesghost - Mar 21, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    It would be a whole lot easier to watch Crosby’s comeback if I didn’t have to listen to Pierre McGuire shouting his idiotic remarks from ice level. If I have to hear him say “hey, Edzo” one more time I’m hitting the mute button! Please NBC Sports, get rid of the 3rd wheel, you’re killing Doc Emrick’s play by play!!!

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