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Crosby, Malkin make Penguins third 100 point team

Mar 25, 2012, 10:10 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 25: Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins controls the puck in front of David Clarkson #23 of the New Jersey Devils on March 25, 2012 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

With all due respect to Daniel Sedin and Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby might be well on his way to securing a second consecutive Art Ross Trophy if he didn’t miss significant portions of the last two seasons due to concussions. That’s certainly the impression you’re left with after seeing Crosby add another goal and assist on Sunday to give him 25 points in a mere 15 games. His efforts helped the Penguins bounce back from a nasty 8-4 loss on Saturday and earn a 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils.

Pittsburgh had four other players finish the game with two points each, including Malkin, Pascal Dupuis, Chris Kunitz, and Jordan Staal. Now that they’re at close to full strength, the Penguins’ ability to make opposing defenses and goaltenders look silly will be a primary point of concern for any team that faces them in the first round.

Pittsburgh has suffered just two losses in March and is the third team in the NHL to reach the 100 point mark. This victory puts them just one point shy of the New York Rangers as the two squads battle for first place in the Eastern Conference.

On the New Jersey Devils’ side, Zach Parise scored his 30th goal of the season and has now reached that mark in five of his last six campaigns. The exception was 2010-11 when he was limited to just 13 games. Parise is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this summer and will be one of the most sought after players if he decides to test the market.

For now though, he’ll be focused on trying to help the Devils extend their campaign for as long as possible. With Sunday’s loss, New Jersey is likely to finish the season in sixth place, but that’s not necessarily a terrible thing. The third seed is currently projected to go to the Florida Panthers, who have an inferior record to the Devils. Playing Florida might be preferable to playing a team like the Rangers, Penguins, or Flyers as the fifth seed.

  1. mordock57 - Mar 25, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    That goal by Crosby deserves TWO points… one for the assist TO HIMSELF, and one for the shot that left Brodeur heaving a deep sigh. I’ve watched it at least a dozen times and it’s still fun to watch again.

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  2. polegojim - Mar 25, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    and here we go… wetting all over ourselves about Sidney Crosby’s 25% season.

    If…………… is a very big word.

    if he didn’t miss significant portions of the last two seasons due to concussions
    if he kept the same momentum for an entire year
    if he didn’t get injured other than concussion
    if another player didn’t have an even better year

    Don’t know exactly why that bugs me so much….. but it does.

    There is no IF in hockey. There is either do or not do. He has not.

    • taytay099 - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:22 AM

      We all enjoy thinking “What if.”

      What if Mario had played the same amount of games as Gretzky? What if Orr didn’t have a bad knee? What would Howe’s NHL numbers be if the WHA never existed?

  3. bobhpine - Mar 25, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    sort of like…..if you weren’t a moron, you might be able to make a cogent point.

    What Crosby has DONE…is win every major award in hockey, win a stanley cup and a gold medal…that’s a bit of a track record that tends to validate the assertion that he would likely lead the league in scoring if he stayed healthy. Maybe that bugs you because your tiny little mind can’t think in the abstract.

    • crosberries - Mar 25, 2012 at 11:54 PM


    • Buffalo Grumblings - Mar 26, 2012 at 8:52 AM

      He just deals in the here and now. You been waiting a long time to use cogent in a sentence haven’t you?

      • bobhpine - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:36 PM

        sort of like, there is no cogent argument for living in a crap city like Buffalo. Plus…you root for the Sabres and Bills? I feel sorry for you.

    • polegojim - Mar 26, 2012 at 3:39 PM

      Oh Bobby – you’re so sensitive. For the Steel City, you’re emotions are a bit soft.

      1) Has Done… What if…. is exactly my point. That’s real and actually doesn’t take a large mind to grasp.

      2) I don’t have to be insulting to try and look right, I’m regularly right and polite.

      3) Abstract thought – “apart from concrete realities, specific objects, or actual instances”

      Enjoy that dream world and keep cheering for ‘Has Done/What If’s’ if it makes you feel better. You do realize that they don’t have an Abstract Stanley Cup Playoff, right?

      If it’s moronic to be correct and real Bobby… then I’m alllllllll over it.

      PS – I’d buy the entire argument if Malkin was given the credit. Without Malkin, the Pens would be bottom feeders this year. Crosby is along for the Malkin ride right now.

      • Buffalo Grumblings - Mar 26, 2012 at 4:02 PM

        I’ve lived in other cities as well as Buffalo. Go ahead and take your shot. We are big boys and can take it. As far as never winning a Cup that’s very good, you can count. I just remember when nobody went to hockey games and the league was considering pulling out of Pittsburg. Hey you still have a crap team like the Pirates to get abused all season long.

  4. Buffalo Grumblings - Mar 26, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    The Pens have been playing since ’67 (Orr’s rookie season). I would hope they could get a 100 point season.

    • napoleonblownapart6887 - Mar 26, 2012 at 9:37 AM

      What could you possibly be trying to illustrate with that comment? It said they’re the third team to reach 100 points this year (behind St. Louis and NYR).

      If the Penguins can get consistent goal-tending out of MAF this team will be a force in the playoffs.

      • Buffalo Grumblings - Mar 26, 2012 at 3:58 PM

        Points in a season do not a Cup guarantee.

      • napoleonblownapart6887 - Mar 26, 2012 at 4:07 PM

        You’re correct – it sure doesn’t. I also didn’t make a cup guarantee. You need some hooked on phonics or something?

  5. sportsfreak13 - Mar 26, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    The sabres have been playing since 1970. I would hope they could win a stanley cup. 42 and counting!

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