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Video: Crosby becomes this season’s first 100-point scorer

Apr 1, 2014, 8:04 PM EDT

With an assist on a Chris Kunitz goal, Sidney Crosby broke the 100-point barrier for the fifth time in his NHL career and the first since the 2009-10 season (injuries and work stoppages have conspired against the star hitting the century mark in between).

Here’s the assist:

As of this writing, Crosby has 36 goals and 64 assist for those 100 points.

Not only is Crosby, 26, the first NHL player to hit 100 points in 2013-14 … he’s likely to be the only one to do so this season. Ryan Getzlaf is currently the only other player with more than 80 points at the moment (83 points in 71 games), and his Ducks only have six games left this season.

Ignoring the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, here’s a look at some recent years’ 100-point producers.

2011-12: Evgeni Malkin (109)
2010-11: Daniel Sedin (104)
2009-10: Henrik Sedin (112), Crosby (109), Alex Ovechkin (109) and Nicklas Backstrom (101)

As you can see, 100-point producers are an increasingly rare sight, but the bigger concern for league scoring might be that most aren’t even getting very close. In 2011-12, Steven Stamkos had 97 points and Claude Giroux hit 93; Getzlaf might be the only other playing to eclipse 90 points, and that’s assuming the Ducks don’t give him a breather. (That’s not to say someone like Giroux couldn’t jump to 90; but most players are at a point-per-game or less.)

If you look at top scorers as a barometer for a league, then things are pretty dry for the NHL right now. But at least there’s Crosby.

  1. pens87 - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Good for him. Now please keep it going into the playoffs!

    • blomfeld - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:38 AM

      The Penguins, Crosby and such as …

  2. hallforpresident - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Crosby is probably 20% better than the next best player in the NHL… It’s almost sad.

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 1, 2014 at 9:35 PM

      its sad that you would think that

      • pastabelly - Apr 1, 2014 at 10:29 PM

        In a world where plus/minus doesn’t matter and players are only valued on how they play on 50% of the ice, Crosby is the best player. All advanced metrics indicate Bergeron and Toews are better all around players and more valuable. Crosby is better in the same way Miguel Cabrera is “better” than Mike Trout.

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 1, 2014 at 10:48 PM

        How much percentage would GRETZKY be better than crosby ? GRETZKY>crosby

      • hallforpresident - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:49 AM

        Sad I would think that? Considering how it’s very possible that 2nd place in the NHL (Getzlaf) might not reach 90 points, while Crosby has already hit 100? Crosby is EASILY the best player in the NHL, and I don’t even like the guy. Enough with your bias and admit the facts.

      • c9castine - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:12 PM

        pastabelly, thats ridiculous.

        unless you watch him play game in game out you have no room to comment like that…hes +16. its not like hes rolling around out there around EVEN.

        the pens system actually reguires the center to play low in front of the net or behind the net in defensive situations. half the time the center breaks to the wings with support from the far side wing. the other half the center digs to defense, and the center drives the middle of the ice from there.

        same deal with malkin, they both spend a lot of time down low in the zone working in order to break out as a unit. this is not atypical. your talking about a center and saying he only plays half the ice. its ridiculous.

        there is a reason why nobody ever lined alex ovechkin up in the faceoff circle.

    • newyorkrangers35 - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:15 AM

      I actually believe that there are more valuble goalies, defenseman, and two way fowards in the league. Getzlaf is a more complete player this year as well.

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:53 PM

        I honestly believe New Yawk City is the sphincter of the Universe.

  3. chanceoffleury - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Words can’t describe how awesome it’d be to see a season where Crosby, Malkin, Stamkos, Giroux, Tavares, Ovi, Getzlaf, Perry, and Kane all play 82 healthy games. It would create great back stories for the playoffs and games toward the end of the season with all of them going head to head against each other. I know that’s probably asking more than a little too much, but I’ll never stop hoping that it happens one of these years. It’d be so great for the sport!

    • steelpenbucs87 - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      Add Duchene to that list too. I have really loved watching the Avs and Duchene play this year. Really unfortunate that depending on the first round match-up we might not see him again this year.

  4. bricktop02 - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Almost as sad as your post.

  5. gallyhatch - Apr 1, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    Hey James, you have something on your chin.

    • Professor Fate - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:15 PM

      Your mom?

  6. pitpenguinsrulez - Apr 1, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    It’s sad to see how far scoring has gone down since post 05-06 lockout play

  7. pensman29 - Apr 1, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    So is he just making up the fact Crosby has 100 points? Is that why u think he’s brown nosing? It’s all an April fools joke

  8. shwatson - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    Add the fact that he’s putting up 100 points playing with guys like Kunitz and Stempniak for part of the season, no Letang and a forward group that’s not that deep beyond the top 2 lines. Makes you wonder what he’d do with a pure goal scorer on his wing and a little more forward depth on the team. I have nothing against Kunitz and Stempniak but C’mon.

  9. Professor Fate - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    This must be the “only Pens highlight of the night” post, because Carolina pasted them in Pittsburgh 4-Crosby.

    • hockey412 - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:19 AM

      haha agreed….nice of PHT to mention that the Pens did not have a championship caliber team on the ice last night.

      Two nights ago, they did (maybe), against Columbus, sure….but motivation appears to be a factor at this point. 13 giveaways for the Pens vs. 3 for Carloina…yikes.

      Two things for Carolina – Lindholm played like a BEAST. And Lokitionov was very noticeable….which makes me scratch my head about that trade with the Devils, can’t figure why they did that.

      • steelpenbucs87 - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:00 AM

        Honestly I wonder how much of this gets fixed by adding Letang, Martin, and Geno as well as actually having something to play for. The Pens have had the Metro locked up since Christmas, and have had a wealth of injuries which has made it hard for them to keep pace with the B’s. I wonder if everyone is on auto-pilot.

        This is not an excuse obviously – they’re professionals and they need to bring it EVERY game because as much as they may not realize it, its not just a switch you can turn on or off.

  10. rushledger - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    Happy for Sid.

  11. muckleflugga - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:49 AM

    we interrupt tonight’s game and sidney crosby’s remarkable achievement with breaking news from brett bartholomew at our network affiliate … yesss thank you drake

    it appears the stalemate in the ukraine may be easing after-all … in a stunning bipartisan agreement reached over the weekend in congress, the united states has secretly moved its own version of a weapon of mass destruction onto the ukranian border where russian troops had been gathering for what russian leader vladimir putin had called an simple military-wide boris spassky commemorative chess tournament …?

    reports out of the situation room at the white house indicate dick cheney and several cronies primed with wild turkey and armed with shotguns were dropped into the heart of the russian camp on pretext of a pheasant hunt … the carnage was immediate

    a fine stand of white russian pine was mowed-down and an auto wrecker full of rusting seventies vintage ladas and yugos was obliterated in a fusillade of twelve gauge birdshot and empty wild turkey bottles …

    when the smoke cleared nothing was seen of any russian military presence beyond a few muddy half-track tracks and several thousand plywood tank decoys and a well thumbed copy of doyle brunston’s super system II

    it is expected walter reed national military medical center will have a right foot prosthesis ready for mr. cheney when he sobers up enough to be airlifted home … his otherwise heroic companions will enjoy a ramp ceremony with full military honours after dna proofing helps in completing their reassembly

    and cnn is about to break news its breaking news has not broken any breaking news in three weeks … it is however expected to clean-up at comic con … wait wait who … over to julie with news out of pittsburgh … thanks bartt

    yessss snifff i’m sorry … hand me that klee waatch the bloody camera you oaf … sorry again where were we oh yessss

    it would seem hundreds of people including women and children may have been hurt when several giant hot air wheels fell off the pittsburgh penguins playoff bandwagon earlier tonight … after deep rumbles and groans of rending aluminum and tinfoil and broken hearts, consol energy center ground earthward with axles twisted and bent while

    errant wheels were left to careen crazily through a sullen and muttering throng leaving tonight’s loss to hurricanes …

    with heads bent and grumbling about sidney crosby’s century the disgruntled fans were still able to wield bic lighters and effigies of one evelghetti no abergavenni ooooh some russian and one dan bylsma …

    bystanders reported the wheels were last seen bobbling among ice floes while sliding merrily down the ohio … all strangely reminiscent of last year’s bandwagon collapse bartt and wait wait … enos at the desk

    we now know using satellite imagery our team at the desk has predicted the giant wheels will join similar wheels due-in from st louis in a few week’s time … just sath a kayro by all indications nippl errr my whoops joooolie … backatcha … thanks enos

    though numbers are still sketchy … beyond a general moaning and wailing and communal caterwauling among scorched eyebrows ducktails mullets and beehives … damage and injuries are expected to be mino what … oooh say excuse me … over to trixie at the pittsburgh city-county hall

    thaaaanks julie … isn’t that the blouse you had on last night and why is the label oooh never mind ‘kaaay

    there was a fiery debate in council chambers tonight over usage of city property by interests in private enterprise … the pittsburgh port authority is concerned it’s effort at controlling traffic on its bridges during high volume periods is being impeded by lack of important traffic control pylons …

    taken without having followed due process including the one hundred and nine forms required in typical civic requisition, it would seem the pittsburgh penguins have taken their lead from new jersey and simply appropriated the bridge pylons

    interim penguins coach dan bylsma has by all accounts been using the pylons while passing them off as nhl defensemen … sufficiently evident in recent games that even the port authority were able to track-down the missing equipment … back to you drake

    drake drake … drake oh ooooh

    apparently the post-game analyses are unavailable with electrics in the truck having been put to fire and rolled over … more later but in the meantime it’s back to you brett … thanks trixie

    more on the situation in the ukraine … the auto wrecker destroyed by dick cheney was rather a fully functioning dealership with late model ladas and yugos in stock … hah ha they’ll have to walk to buy their potatoes next winter those commie bas … ahemmm pardon me

    there is a growing feeling the russian move on the crimea and ukraine was an orchestrated effort to garner much needed funds from the west … with guaranteed loans from the united states and from other g seven countries, a crumbling crimean and ukranian infrastructure is expected to be brought to twenty first century standards in short order and

    new reports out of moscow indicate vladimir putin feels a few rubles spent on paint and plywood and diesel are more than offset by the billions expected to pour into the crimean peninsula and the ukraine … before each hold referenda in anticipation of a glorious reunion with mother russia in 2018

    insiders claim putin happily declared the whole gambit a success … ho ho why should we build freeways and railroads and sewer systems when american taxpayers are so willing to carry the tab ho hoo hoooo … clink … clink clink

    wodka anyone … ho ho … america land of the free with emphasis on free ho ho

    Давайте выпьем за здоровье!

    • patthehockeyfan - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:17 AM

      Though I sometimes think you’re high when you write this stuff, muckle, this was one of your better pieces. Funny stuff.


  12. 19inarow - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:15 AM

    I miss Gretzky, Bossy, and Lemieux.

  13. csilojohnson - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    forget to take your meds again muck?

  14. tripps3 - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:19 AM

    Guess it doesn’t matter if the Pens lost as long as Sid got his points.

    • miketoasty - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      Considering the Pens already locked up a playoff spot and are almost guaranteed a number 2 seed, and also the fact that this is probably going to be the only 100 point player this season, yes it is kind of a big deal.

  15. cofran2004 - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    Congrats to crosby and all that junk… did anyone else see him get slapped by the official by mistake, and drop to the ice like he’d been shot? I had to laugh at that….

    • hockey412 - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:22 AM

      Haha what? Are you talking about after that faceoff? It wasn’t a slap, he took a stick to the nuts.

      • cofran2004 - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:26 AM

        No, MSG showed the highlight between periods. Crosby was crossing the blueline awaiting a pass, the only person near him was the linesman. Crosby crossed the blueline, and the official was in the middle of lowering his arm because everyone had gotten back on-sides. As he was lowering his arm, he clipped crosby, and not very gently. Crosby dropped like a sack of potatoes. He got right back up afterwards, so obviously he’s okay, but it was pretty funny.

      • hockey412 - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:43 AM

        Nice….completely missed that…I’m sure a close up would have revealed the ref to be a snickering Mike Milbury in a fake mustache…

      • cofran2004 - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:56 AM

        I can almost see Milbury doing that. Don’t get me wrong… I don’t like crosby either (as my past posts will show). I do, however, respect his talent, and wouldn’t wish ill on him (injury wise. I hope he never scores again every night. and then he does). For better or worse, talented players like him are definitely drawing attention back to the NHL, and that can only be a good thing.

      • jpelle82 - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:30 AM

        he got popped in the mouth by a linesman who was washing out icing or offsides at the line…it was his whistle hand, got crosby right in the mouth with the whistle. for a guy who has had major face/jaw/teeth reconstruction he probably freaked out because it came out of nowhere

      • cofran2004 - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:41 AM

        theres a link to a gif of it at the bottom of this thread now, if you wanna take a look

  16. bobc74 - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Now if only the rest of the Pens had actually played the game last night.

    • hockey412 - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:53 AM

      Wouldn’t NOW be a good time to call up some kids from WBS on the 3rd and 4th lines that have shown they want to play, just to see if they can spark the team? Sill, Harry Z, hell even give a new kid like Zlobin a game. Why not…in 11 minutes of ice time Glass had all of 1 hit (and zero of anything else)…Pyatt had all of 1 giveaway (and zero of anything else). Compared to a guy like Gibbons who had no production but did have 3 shots, 2 blocked, and 2 blocked shots, it’s clear there’s going to be some issues, especially in the playoffs. They need the 3rd and 4th lines to do SOMETHING.

      • hockey412 - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:55 AM

        2 HITS, and 2 blocked shots, rather…sorry – was in a rant.

      • jpelle82 - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:55 AM

        i dont know if that fixes anything…it was the same old story bi-polar penguins again last night. crosby was sending a message to his teammates i think by going all WWE and body slamming jay harrison at the end there. maybe the rest of the guys see him fighting for every inch and they pull their heads out of their asses.

  17. montrealbbr - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    I hope Crosby is alright after that wicked high stick he took. That ref really should have been given a penalty for that vicious hit. Let us pray for Sid!

    • cofran2004 - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:01 AM

      AH! Someone else DID see it! Good!

  18. dboldave - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Love it.

    • hockey412 - Apr 2, 2014 at 11:00 AM

      Proof that the refs do, occassionally, use their whistles on him.

  19. mjdkid100 - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    What a Warrior…

    • jpelle82 - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      looked like the ultimate warrior here….

  20. pats2001 - Apr 2, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    has cindy been hanging out with Lebron lately? flop city last night when the ref bumped into him

    • hockey412 - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      (…sigh)…so you’re saying that Crosby dove in an attempt to get the ref to blow the whistle on himself and put himself in the box for 2 minutes…is that right?

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