TribLIVE

| Sports


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Crosby's goal reminiscent of Lemieux's 'statue' goal

Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
The Penguins' Sidney Crosby sbreaks away from the Islanders' Thomas Hickey and Lubomir Visnovsky to score during the second period Thursday, May 9, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.

Penguins/NHL Videos

Thursday, May 9, 2013, 10:30 p.m.
 

Sidney Crosby already has a golden goal.

Now, the Penguins captain has one that belongs in bronze.

When Crosby split New York Islanders defensemen Lubomir Visnovsky and Thomas Hickey at the blue line and beat Evgeni Nabokov in the Penguins' 4-0 Game 5 victory Thursday night, it was reminiscent of the Mario Lemieux goal immortalized in a statue outside the Trib Total Media gate at Consol Energy Center.

The statue, sculpted by Bruce Wolfe and unveiled in March 2012, depicts Lemieux in a moment captured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. He split Islanders defensemen Rich Pilon and Jeff Norton before beating goaltender Kelly Hrudey in a 5-3 victory Dec. 20, 1988.

Crosby downplayed comparisons of his goal to that of Le Magnifique.

“Not one bit,” said Crosby, whose “golden goal” came when he scored the game-winner against Team USA in overtime to lead Canada to the gold medal at the Vancouver Olympics. “His was much nicer than mine. He went through guys, stick-handled through them and stick-handled around the goalie, too. I had a few less moves and a pretty basic shot. I'll take the goal no matter how it goes in.”

Immediately after Crosby's goal, “#statue” was trending on Twitter, and the Penguins tweeted video of both of them.

“I think everyone has seen that,” Crosby said of Lemieux's goal. “That didn't even cross my mind to be honest with you.”

— Kevin Gorman

 

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Penguins

  1. Finding balance between toughness, excessiveness key for Penguins’ Downie
  2. Mears savors success, credits legendary Lange for guidance, inspiration
  3. Penguins minor league notebook: Pouliot impresses early in season
  4. Islanders outwork Penguins to sweep back-to-back meetings
  5. Penguins notebook: Dupuis’ absence will alter roles on penalty kill
  6. Penguins’ Dupuis diagnosed with blood clot in lung
  7. Penguins notebook: Penguins getting fewer power-play opportunities
  8. Rossi: For Penguins’ Dupuis, family must come first
  9. Penguins notebook: Dupuis to miss Penguins game in Montreal
  10. Starkey: Pens move on with, without Dupuis
  11. Replacing versatile Dupuis could prove difficult for Penguins
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.