Crosby makes MVP case with 5th 100-point season
Sidney Crosby wants all the trophies.
Those are his words.
Disappointed after a broken jaw last season prevented him from winning the MVP and scoring title — and perhaps the Stanley Cup — Crosby told friends last summer of his objectives during his ninth season:
• Olympic gold medal
• Art Ross Trophy (top NHL scorer)
• Hart Trophy (MVP)
• Conn Smythe (playoff MVP)
• Stanley Cup
Oh, and Crosby wanted to play every possible game — six at the Olympic tournament, and 82 for the first time in the NHL.
All that Crosby has done since declaring he would “win all the trophies” is go about doing it.
He captained Canada to gold (again) at the Olympics in February. He hit the 100-point mark Tuesday night and held a 17-point lead in the scoring race with two weeks remaining in the regular season. He has played in every game for a Penguins team that is in first place despite losing 479 man-games to injury — the most in the NHL by 100.
Crosby entered the league as “The Next One,” a title bestowed upon him by Wayne “The Great One” Gretzky when Crosby was a teenager. Mario Lemieux predicted Crosby would break most, if not all, of his Penguins scoring records.
Injuries — notably an ankle sprain in 2008, a concussion from 2011-12 and the broken jaw last year — have prevented Crosby from racking up individual honors. He has won only one scoring title and one MVP.
He also has his name on the Cup only once.
Crosby is asking a lot of himself this season. He wants everything.
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