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Video: Crosby collects 700th point in Pens win

Nov 29, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

Update: Crosby added a third assist to give him his 701th career point as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0 on Friday.

Sidney Crosby generated three points on Friday, passing the 700-point barrier in his already outstanding NHL career. He managed to do so before playing in 500 contests (he played game No. 497 tonight).

Fittingly, Crosby got to that point by generating two primary assists.* The first (career point No. 699) came from one of this most common beneficiaries: Chris Kunitz.

Point No. 700 happened when he assisted on a Brandon Sutter goal:

It’s an impressive achievement, even if it also makes you wonder what kind of numbers Crosby could boast if he had better injury luck. At 26, he can easily make up for lost time, however.

* – The third assist wasn’t a primary one. It came on a Kunitz empy-netter.

  1. pitpenguinsrulez - Nov 29, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    It will always be a great wonder as to what trophies and point totals Crosby would have had he not missed roughly 2 seasons. I still say had either Crosby or Malkin been playing in the series vs Tampa in 2011 things might have possibly went differently.

    • tdrusher225 - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:34 AM

      That may be true. But the Penguins have put a healthy team on the ice these last 2 playoffs and have shown they have major team design flaws that they’re yet to fix. This begins and ends with guys like Crosby and Malkin.

      • chanceoffleury - Nov 30, 2013 at 5:18 AM

        I disagree. If making it to the ECF constitutes “major design flaws” than what does that say about the other 26 teams in the league? Crosby and Malkin are going to have bad games. They’re not going to win every year. In fact, MOST years they’re not going to win or come close to winning. They could make it to the Finals every year for the next 5 years, win a cup, and people wouldn’t say “They won another cup!” they’d say “Why didn’t they win the other 4?” The media has just forced it down everyone’s throats that they can’t just be *one* of the best, they have to be THE best and anything less is underachieving. The Penguins problem last May, and it’s still yet to be addressed, is secondary scoring. They have none of it. Secondary scoring has nothing to do with Malkin or Crosby. There has been so few Stanley Cup Champions (if there’s ever been one at all) that didn’t have a hero rise from the depths of a league minimum salary to be a major contributor in a winning team’s playoff run. So whenever other guys are filling in the gaps, it takes a lot of the finger pointing off your stars when they are not. And here is a great example: Jonathan Toews couldn’t buy a goal through the first 3 series. He has been so clutch in the past, that 1 goal and 8 assists through 17 games is just not what you’d expect from him in a time of such cutthroat hockey. Through the Detroit series specifically, he was a -3 with 8 PIMs. That being said, nobody will ever really remember how bad he was and how grossly outplayed he was by Zetterberg in that series. Nobody cares because even though Jonathan Toews was underperforming, Bryan Bickell was not. By Bickell playing well, Toews was allowed to not play well and eventually everyone just sort of forgets about it.

        And I am NOT saying the Penguins don’t have problems to address, I just think that Malkin and Crosby are the least of them. I’m quite a big Duke basketball fan, and I remember back in the JJ Redick era Krzyzewski had one of my favorite quotes about how Redick was so good that whenever the team wasn’t playing well they started “JJ watching” just waiting for him to do something to turn the game around. He said that they might as well get the team tickets and put them in the stands with everyone else because they were just watching him anyway instead of trying to take the initiative and do it themselves. I think of this quote quite often whenever the Pens aren’t playing well. I think it really resonates with them and that’s a huge problem. But I don’t think you can blame Malkin or Crosby whenever the Pens are doing this. It’s not their fault. It’s more of a coaching issue if it keeps happening and nobody addresses it. I mean, what, are Malkin and Crosby supposed to just purposefully not score so the team learns not to rely on them in desperate situations?

      • tdrusher225 - Dec 1, 2013 at 11:56 AM

        When I say “design flaws”, I mean in the context of being a championship team. The Penguins are still a quality organization and will be able to put a contending team on the ice every year. But, just being happy with making it to the ECF (while getting embarrassed in the process) when the Penguins have one of the best collections of talent in the NHL should be unacceptable. Comparing them to “the other 26 teams” who are in totally different situations and aren’t complied with as much talent is a bogus comparison.

        This is a team game, and many of the Penguins problems were team-wide. Namely, the inability to play without the puck and play in all 3 zones. All of their players, coach, and GM need to take responsibility for that. However, the reason why guys like Crosby and Malkin need to take a little extra responsibility for that is because they’re the tone-setters for that team. When guys like that are losing their composure, making mistakes that cost their team, and not acting with proper leadership, all he while not finding a way to score when their team relies on them to put up points, they deserve criticism. This isn’t to say that it’s all their fault, because that’s not what I’m saying. But the Penguins had all the talent in the world, and then some, to win it all last year. The problem is a collection of talent won’t win you a Championship in hockey. The Penguins are still yet to prove they can play as a team. And Crosby and Malkin need to set the proper tone in order for that to happen.

        BTW “secondary scoring”? Really? The Penguin had one of the most stacked groups of forwards in recent memory last year. Unless you’re criticizing those guys for underperforming, I’m not sure what else you want Ray Shero to do?

      • drone501 - Nov 30, 2013 at 9:40 AM

        your are right. i think all of us pens fans realize that. seems like every playoff major players are hurt ,or fleury will lay an egg or they find some way to screw it up. hopefully this could be the year. no stanley cup is a given regardless how good the team is on paper.

  2. whammy71 - Nov 29, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Can’t live in the past and injuries are part of sports.

    • 19inarow - Nov 29, 2013 at 10:22 PM

      This is the way a winner thinks.

  3. rushledger - Nov 29, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Congrats Sid! Keep racking up the milestones!

  4. bobhpine - Nov 29, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    The kid’s career is flying by. I went to the game where Sid recorded got his 100th G, 200th A and 300th point in the same game. Feels like just yesterday. He is a real joy to watch.

    • whammy71 - Nov 29, 2013 at 11:36 PM

      Exactly….and I got chastised in the beginning of the year when bringing up the Pens deficiencies. I mentioned that they are starting to get old. This is no longer a team loaded with young stars. Although currently open, the window for championships will start to close.

      Their saving grace may be a large increase in the salary cap with the recent Canadian TV deal.

      • c9castine - Nov 30, 2013 at 8:29 AM

        Dude these guys are still in the mid to late 20s far from getting old

      • drone501 - Nov 30, 2013 at 9:43 AM

        what concerns me is their lack of depth at the forward position or the lack of depth in the near future.

  5. pitpenguinsrulez - Nov 29, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Whammy it’s not living in the past…it’s called hypothetical questions/thoughts.

    • whammy71 - Nov 29, 2013 at 11:37 PM

      Yes it is. You sound like a Steeler Yinzer that still talks about the 70’s.

  6. steelers88 - Nov 29, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    I feel like if Crosby and Malkin were healthy that year I feel they would have won the Stanley Cup. Anyway let’s just focus on this year. Even if Crosby did miss two years he is still one of the best players in the NHL and his going to still put up big numbers in his career. Hopefully he has a long career ahead of him.

  7. blomfeld - Nov 29, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    HOPEFULLY ONE DAY HE’LL CRACK THE ‘ALL-TIME 100′ EH ?

    Bravo to Crosby, even though it’s important to keep things in perspective …

    1) 2857 … Gretzky
    2) 1887 … Messier
    3) 1850 … Howe
    4) 1798 … Francis
    5) 1771 … Dionne

    Crosby means well, as do his many supporters, Yet the fact remains that given the physics of today’s game, the odds of him ever cracking even just the “All-time 100″ are about as good as someone finding a snowman in the middle of the Gobi Desert. It simply ‘isn’t’ going to happen, which unfortunately is the sobering reality that these “700 point’ celebrators need to keep in mind.

    • mordock57 - Nov 30, 2013 at 1:46 AM

      Yes, because all-time point totals obviously mean “best” player… I notice that Mario Lemieux isn’t in that top five, but I’ve got news for you… he was better than Messier, better than Francis, better than Dionne… and reasonable arguments exist for better than both Gretzky and Howe, though I’m not making that claim here. Point being… career totals do NOT indicate a player’s quality or importance to the game. Crosby is the best player in the world, has been for several years, and is STILL improving his game. He’s also yet to even hit the prime of his career yet, having started so young.

      Sit back and enjoy the show. You don’t have to be a Pens fan to marvel at Crosby.

    • c9castine - Nov 30, 2013 at 8:48 AM

      Listen to you “crosby means well” what the hell does that even mean? Sobering reality? Listen to yourself

    • jpelle82 - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      701 in 497 games….1.41 ppg. if he plays 1000 games that puts him at 1400 pts with over 500 goals. 1.41 is 4th best all time, and he’s got plenty of time to build that up too. i doubt he will play 1700 games like messier, howe, francis…but if he does thats over 2300 points and good enough for second on your list by a lot. if he keeps his pace, he will only need 1300 games or so and he will be 35 years old or so barring long injuries when he takes over 2nd place all time at his current pace

  8. cheesesteak75 - Nov 29, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Would of, could of, should of,…injuries are part of the game. Even with injuries Sydney is a true super star. Haters can hate, but the numbers don’t lie.

  9. kingjoe1 - Nov 30, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Have you noticed that Crosby is the spitting image of Freddy Mercury, when he is sporting g a stache?

  10. arbruins - Nov 30, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Being a crowd pleaser during the season is fine, what are his numbers in the playoffs?

    • curioustraveler13 - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:21 AM

      105 points in 82 games.

    • jpelle82 - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:39 AM

      were you asking because you didnt know, or because you think 1.28 ppg in the playoffs is bad? i’d be willing to bet 1.28 is best among active players. guys like jagr and selanne who played in a better scoring era arent even ppg players in the playoffs.

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