In wake of No. 400, relive Sidney Crosby's milestone goals
Many hockey players would rather have a tooth pulled than talk about a scoring slump they're in.
Sidney Crosby isn't one of them.
Crosby superstitiously believes that once reporters start asking questions about a goal drought, said drought is about to end.
He sure was right about that Sunday afternoon.
After Saturday's practice in St. Louis, Crosby dutifully answered a series of questions about the 10-game goalless streak he was carrying. About 21 hours later, he scored career goal No. 400 in a 4-1 Penguins victory, adding an empty-netter for goal No. 401 a little while later.
Here's a look at five milestone goals in Crosby's career.
Goal No. 1
Date: Oct. 8, 2005
Result: 7-6 OTL
Assists: Mark Recchi, Ziggy Palffy
Goalie: Hannu Toivonen
How it happened: After starting his rookie season with a pair of road games, Crosby scored in his first game at Mellon Arena. Mark Recchi jammed a puck across the goal mouth during a power-play net-front scramble and Crosby finished it off. Teammate Mario Lemieux stood on the bench and slapped the boards in appreciation. Mike Lange roared, "Slap me silly, Sidney."
Goal No. 100
Date: Oct. 18, 2008
Result: 4-1 W
Assists: Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang
Goalie: Curtis Joseph
How it happened: After Crosby scored his 400th career goal Sunday afternoon, coach Mike Sullivan said he'd never seen anyone score as many goals from below the goal line. No. 100 was one of them, as Crosby raced into the right-wing corner and banked a backhand shot off sliding Leaf Mikhail Grabovski. Earlier in the game, Crosby picked up point No. 300 and assist No. 200.
Goal No. 200
Date: Nov. 27, 2010
Result: 4-1 W
Assists: Paul Martin, Kris Letang
Goalie: Miikka Kiprusoff
How it happened: Like Lemieux's 600th, Crosby's 200th was shot into an empty net. It came from a step inside his defensive blue line and completed his seventh career hat trick.
Goal No. 300
Date: April 1, 2015
Result: 4-1 L
Assists: Patric Hornqvist, Ian Cole
Goalie: Steve Mason
How it happened: Career goal No. 300 came against the team's fiercest rival. Ian Cole took a shot from the right wall, Patric Hornqvist nudged the rebound back toward the right post and Crosby buried it.
Goal No. 400
Date: Feb. 11, 2018
Opponent: St. Louis
Result: 4-1 L
Assists: Conor Sheary
Goalie: Jake Allen
How it happened: Career goal No. 400 was classic Crosby. He took a shot from the goal line in the left-wing corner that trickled in behind goalie Jake Allen. The way Crosby explained it, there's sometimes a little bit of space between the goalie and the post in that situation, and you never know if a puck will squeak through until you try.