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Crosby’s four-point night powers Pittsburgh past Tampa Bay

Oct 12, 2013, 10:07 PM EDT

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby was shooting plenty in his first four games of 2013-14, but only had two goals to show for his 16 shots. Those hands got hotter on Saturday, however, as his hat trick (and assist) drove the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 5-4 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

It began as a duel, as Crosby traded second-period goals with Steven Stamkos:

Crosby’s first power-play tally:

Stamkos answered back three minutes later:

Crosby, 26, took over in the third period, collecting two more goals for a hat trick:

As you can see from his first two goals, Crosby hasn’t allowed his history of concussions to deter him from going to the “hard” areas to score goals. That nose for the net paid off big-time for Pittsburgh tonight.

He also helped set up Matt Niskanen‘s game-winner, which came with less than 20 seconds left in the third period:

  1. pens87 - Oct 12, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Pens D played well the first 3 games but has shown signs of being a little “too loose” on this Florida road trip. Good win never the less, game was a lot of fun to watch.

    • c9castine - Oct 13, 2013 at 1:04 AM

      i dont really feel crosby has been all that great this year yet…not bad but not great. somehow he sits easily on top of the scoring leaderboard and will probably remain there for the rest of the year and i wouldnt be surprised if he has a 5 point lead in two weeks. all he has to do is stay healthy and he’s always gonna outscore and outplay the rest of the league

  2. mathieug79 - Oct 12, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    That was one of the worst Referees I have EVER seen! Some of the calls tonight were god awful, the same referee called everything, the other referee was there for his beauty, then with 58seconds left takes his whistle out, and calls a penalty at the worst possible time.

    Looks like Crosby sucked a couple of cocks before the game!

    • sfbookreviews - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:11 PM

      Don’t be jealous, there’s plenty left for you to suck.

      • pitpenguinsrulez - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:46 PM

        I literally have tears from laughing so hard at comment! LMFAO

      • pitpenguinsrulez - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:47 PM

        *at that comment

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - Oct 12, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    @Mathieug79 take your blinders off man cause wasn’t Stamkos helped off the ice by the ref? Which lead to a Tampa goal? There were bad calls on BOTH teams.

    • mathieug79 - Oct 12, 2013 at 10:59 PM

      yeah, the Pens got called 2 times on scrums after the whistle. How do you expect stamkos to get off the ice? his skate blade was in the corner? haha blinders off LOL you’d be on here complaining about the refs if Crosby wouldn’t have SUCKED both Refs Cocks before the game! I guess he just takes out his teeth (which he lost last year) and they call 2 extra penalty, just because they think it feels better!

      • ilovekneegrows - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:14 PM

        You’re pretty upset about not having your chance to suck them huh?

      • c9castine - Oct 14, 2013 at 5:38 PM

        uh alfreddson did it in the playoffs against the pens last year. if i remember correctly, he crawled off. ive had it happen to me before. use your stick, you can get a little pushoff even from the bladeless skate…anything but have the F’in referee help you get off the ice.

    • pitpenguinsrulez - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:52 PM

      Haha nice try with insulting the Steelers and Pirates…that was laughable. Yeah the Steelers suck this year but whose been the most successful since 1992 or since the merger in 1970? The Steelers. …Don’t worry man I’m sure theirs plenty of pole smoking left for you to do with your lovers tonight.

  4. Stiller43 - Oct 12, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Atta boy. We lose? Lets complain about the refs!! That will make me feel better, woo!!

  5. steelers88 - Oct 12, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Yes the defense has played bad these past two games but the season is still young they have a lot of time to get it figured out. The players on defense are to good they will get better. I also was kinda expecting a high scoring game tonight because both PIT and TB have superstars on their respective teams. I’m not really worried about the defense right now.

  6. sjsharks66 - Oct 12, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    That ref comment is insane. 1.tampa had more power plays. 2. Refs helped stamkos off the ice when his skate broke. 3. The last penalty was a slew foot and the tampa coach even noticed it.

    Tampa played a GREAT game, but to say the refs helped is absurd.

    • mathieug79 - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:02 PM

      get your facts straighten out, Pittsburgh had more PP.

      • sfbookreviews - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:18 PM

        Get YOUR facts straight. The Pens were 3 for 5 and the Bolts were 2 for 5. For those who are slow, that means they had the same amount of power plays.

      • cheesesteak75 - Oct 13, 2013 at 8:55 AM

        He can’t even spell straightened, so counting is a much higher level for this fool.

  7. sjsharks66 - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Troll level 99

  8. sjsharks66 - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    My bad about penalties, both teams had 5 each.

  9. steelers88 - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Dude your an idiot. How about scoring more on the pp’s you guys got. How about the refs setting up the tying goal for you guys by pushing off the ice. Someone is a little butthurt. It doesn’t matter anyway if there were penalties called or not we still would have won what’s that 7 straight wins against TB.

    • mathieug79 - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      How are your Steelers doing? ohhh and your pittsburgh pirates! HAHAHA

  10. steelers88 - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Why does it really matter who got the more power plays? Because right now you sound like a little crying about his sibling having one more piece of candy. Just admit the better team won.

    • mathieug79 - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:21 PM

      you can say it: “YOU SOUND LIKE CROSBY”

      • 19to77 - Oct 13, 2013 at 1:25 AM

        Except to do that, you’d need talent and success. Instead, you’re making gay jokes about him on an Internet blog.

  11. muttbolts91 - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Don’t forget about the ” if bishop would of played” argument .

  12. morphixs - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    On behalf of all Lightning fans that aren’t on here showing their asses I apologize for the retarded comments made by one particular person above.

    That being said the Bolts had plenty of chances to put this one away and they didn’t. They have shown that they are a dangerous team and one to be reckoned with this year. If they clean up some of their sloppy play they have a chance to surprise a lot of people this year.

    Gold game by the Pens, hopefully the Bolts can correct their mistakes in the next meeting and take care of business.

  13. Hockeyfan87 - Oct 13, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    Would like to just read informative comments instead of all the crap every time Crosby or Pens have a story. Anyway, great game to watch last night with great skilled players on both sides. All the Crosby haters can just shut up.

    • theageofquarrel - Oct 13, 2013 at 7:59 AM

      Good luck with that.

    • shamu1the1whale - Oct 13, 2013 at 9:43 PM

      Couldn’t have said it better Hockeyfan87! I totally agree w/ ya

  14. steelers88 - Oct 13, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    Mathieug79.
    How are your Bucaneers doing? And your Rays? Yes the Steelers suck but they are good almost every year and the Pirates are good again.

    • mathieug79 - Oct 13, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      WHAT THE HELL IS BUCANEER? OR RAYS? where you the guy Big Ben raped?

  15. timmons94 - Oct 13, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Pretty soon the cup free lightning will be only game in town. Rays leaving soon. Bucs too. What a disgraceful sports town

    • stopthemadness101 - Oct 13, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      Go screw yourself troll

  16. stammer91time - Oct 13, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Cup free? Please expound…. If you are referring to the Stanley Cup we have one of those inthee not that distant past. As well as a playoff baseball team and a good football team with a huge coaching problem.

  17. pjdigler - Oct 13, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    and a awesome flesh eating bacteria in the bugs locker room how’s that Woking for ya

    • Hockeyfan - Oct 13, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      Stupid, uneducated response, pj. Not a flesh eating bacteria. MRSA. Strept pyrogenes is the usual bacteria for necrotizing fasciitis “flesh eating bacteria.” You have the internet at your fingertips. Use it.

  18. pjdigler - Oct 14, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    I’ll try to remember that internet thing when I’m trying to identify the std your girl gave me

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