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Crosby hits 20-point mark in Pens’ win

Oct 28, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

Sidney Crosby collected two assists on Monday to push his 2013-14 points total to 20 in 12 games, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1.

The 26-year-old builds his NHL league leading total, which is being threatened to some extent by Steven Stamkos (17 points in 11 contests) as of late.

Both of Crosby’s assists were primary ones, as he set up a Chris Kunitz tally and the first goal of Jayson Megna’s career:

If Crosby maintains his current scoring pace, he’ll blow away his career-high of 120 points with 136. Of course, that assumes he’d be healthy, which is far from a guarantee considering his recent history. The Oct. 21 game against Colorado is the only contest the Penguins’ star has failed to score a point in.

This win leaves the Penguins at 16 points (8-4-0) on the season, while Carolina falls to 4-5-3 (11 points). The Hurricanes seemingly dodged a bullet as Jordan Staal returned to the bench after what looked like a scary fall during today’s game.

(If it turns out Staal is hurt, PHT will pass word along.)

  1. cheesesteak75 - Oct 28, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    It doesn’t even look as if he has hit full gear yet. LGP.

  2. killerpgh - Oct 28, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Pretty good game overall for for the Penguins. The only goal the Hurricanes scored was on a 5 on 3 PP. I think the Penguins held the Canes without a shot on goal for the first 9 or so minutes of the game. Another Penguins player hurt and didn’t return during this game, Chuck Kobasew.

    • c9castine - Oct 29, 2013 at 2:30 AM

      I thought they played like hell but a win is a win. Poor puck management all over the place it’s a big reason for the bad power play no coincidence the losses and bad power play went hand in hand. Gotta make better decisions with the puck but we’ll be fine.

    • jpelle82 - Oct 29, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      pretty funny the whole crowd gave a sarcastic cheer when they registered the first shot, and it was basically a dump-in from outside the blue line too. i’m not as dismayed with the loss of kobasew as much as i am impressed with megna’s game last night…he might see time on line 2 if kobasew cant go. dagostini was invisible…not impressed in 2 games would rather see jeffrey at this point.

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - Oct 28, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    My question is when will Visible Malkin return? Invisible Malkin has been playing in pretty much all of the games this season. While Malkin may have more hardware than Crosby, I’ll still take Crosby over Malkin anyday. Rarely do you see Crosby make a bad play unlike Malkin who regularly makes them. I like Geno a lot he’s number 3 in my book behind Crosby and Neal…but his inconsistent play is something that needs to get fixed. In my personal opinion I say that Darius Kasparaitis was the best Russian player we ever had. Why? Because no one questioned Darius intensity and desire to play. He always came to play night in and night out. Darius rarely played to the “Lazy Russian” stereotype.

    • killerpgh - Oct 28, 2013 at 11:04 PM

      I loved Kasparaitis. But he isn’t even in the same arena when it comes to skill level as Malkin. And Kasparaitis was born in Lithuania.

    • c9castine - Oct 29, 2013 at 2:33 AM

      Making bad plays doesn’t mean he’s lazy he’s one of the hardest working gUys on the ice. He is actually very good positionally in the defensive zone. He definitely has been terrible with the puck in the neutral zone no doubt he’s had some bad ones. Don’t act like this guy Alex radulov, that’s BS. Conn smythe winners are hardly ever lazy.

    • hockey412 - Oct 29, 2013 at 8:25 AM

      Malkin drives me nuts, but I haven’t had any problems with him this year. He hasn’t complained about working with the wingers he has, and he’s a bit of a wild card – he needs people that know how to play with him. He looks like he’s working his butt off out there, but yeah he’s always been absolutely horrible at passing. He’s leading the team in Giveaways (Letang close behind in only 3 games) but he’s also leading the team in Takeaways. He is what he is.

      • jpelle82 - Oct 29, 2013 at 10:59 AM

        agreed, he is what he is. you take the good with the bad…his good is really good and his bad isnt really that bad. he even said himself he is taking more on his shoulders without neal, he said he feels like he has to do more, its showing. he will come around

    • jaybaileys - Oct 29, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      Kovalev’s first time in Pitt. he was pretty damn good, the last time he was pretty damn old.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Oct 29, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      Well to say he’s playing ‘lazy’ is kind of silly. If you look at his play to this year he’s playing with a carousel of guys who haven’t been on his wing ever before (Kobasew, Megna, Glass) on one side, and another who has only started playing on his wing this year on the other (Jussi).

      The fact of the matter is Malkin has a specific playing style which takes some getting used to. He’s unpredictable which makes him both difficult to defend, and difficult to play with. The last time he had consistent line mates he won a Hart Trophy.

  4. Stiller43 - Oct 28, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Malkin is a boss…when croz is out. Hes only very good when 87 is in the lineup

    • c9castine - Oct 29, 2013 at 2:34 AM

      At least you know when Sid is out geno can put the team on his back. Rather have that thN the other way around

  5. shamu1the1whale - Oct 28, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    About the Vitale fight with Sutter’s cousin Brett during the game: Do you think that makes for an awkward situation between Vitale and his teammate Brandon Sutter? It’s like, hey Brandon, I just beat the crap out of your cousin. I wonder what Brandon’s reaction to that fight was…

    • hockey412 - Oct 29, 2013 at 8:29 AM

      There are so many hockey players in that family, they probably do that kind of stuff at Thanksgiving to see who gets the leg.

    • kastout11 - Oct 29, 2013 at 10:20 AM

      It is hockey and I am pretty sure that Brandon understands, especially being a Sutter. I remember watching the Primeau brothers fight. I also saw Eric Lindros get hammered by his brother.

  6. lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 29, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Nice! Looks like the kid might have a future in the NHL.

  7. blomfeld - Oct 29, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Crosby is the ‘best of the best’ today ! … no two ways about it

    • kastout11 - Oct 29, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      I am not sure about that. Look at the talent he plays with. There are 5 or 6 all-stars on that team. Yeah, they are not necessarily on his line, but they all play on the power play with him (Neal, Kunitz, Malkin, and Letang). Stamkos has St. Louis, and that is it, and he is still second in the league in scoring and he will lead the league in goals.

      • jpelle82 - Oct 29, 2013 at 11:05 AM

        ughh. dont be a token. watch some games and you will see what he does night in and night out. look at his stats and compare his pp stats to his 5 on 5. better than stamkos and ovechkin percentage wise. look at the game logs and see who is assisting his goals or who he is assisting…i’ll give you a hint, its not letang, neal , or malkin as much as you want to believe it is. crosby was double shifting all night last night when kobasew went down. how do you think he got an assist on megna’s goal…playing with megna…a sure fire all-star. give me a break dude.

      • jaybaileys - Oct 29, 2013 at 12:16 PM

        Dupuis is not a fist liner on any team but this. Kunitz had won a Cup before coming to Pitt., but has seen his points grow exponentially since playing with Sid. Neither guy was drafted. Neal is hurt, and plays on Malkin’s line anyway so unless they are on the PP that’s not a factor. Stamkos is a beast and the best goal scorer in the league right now, but Crosby make average guys into all stars bro.

  8. benrob99 - Oct 29, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    Listen… some of Geno’s on ice decisions drive me crazy. but the LAST thing you can call him is lazy. He busts his ass shift after shift. You want to talk about his puck management? Me too. You want to talk about him trying to skate around 5 guys every shift? Fine. But get out of here with that tired “lazy Russian” crap.

  9. csilojohnson - Oct 29, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Good to see Sid get past that slump he was in.
    Geno has looked good defensivly so far. Unfortunatly he more consistantly turns it over in the neutral zone.
    To his credit though both his line mates are on IR. Hope he finds his mojo soon. Pens could use his A game.

  10. bhunter47 - Oct 29, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    “The Oct. 21 game against Colorado is the only contest the Penguins’ star has failed to score a point in.”

    He didn’t have a point against Toronto, either, on October 26. The lone goal on the PP was scored by Letang, from Malkin and Martin.

  11. kastout11 - Oct 29, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    As a Flyers fan, Sid scares me a hell of a lot more than Malkin. I can usually count on at least a few neutral zone turnovers a game from Malkin. I don’t play in the league obviously, but it seem that both suck to play against. They are the reason the Flyers traded for Pronger in the first place, and now that he retired, Philly cannot stop anyone defensively, let alone Crosby and Malkin.

  12. csilojohnson - Oct 29, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Good with bad yes. i agree. i just wish his bad didnt always appear to be a result of him being careless with the puck. of course im not on the ice in his skates to confirm that. appearance can be damn frustrating from the couch. the top 3 lines as a whole seem to suffer from careless puck management at times. not to discredit Canes. they had an agressive forecheck most of that game. espescially on pk. good to see a win. almost glad the Bruins game will be blacked out on gamecenter for me. dont think my nerves can handle that one. will have flashbacks of the brick wall their goalie put up last spring.

    • jpelle82 - Oct 29, 2013 at 3:06 PM

      lucky for you its just a regular season game against a non division opponent in october.

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