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Crosby makes MVP case with 5th 100-point season

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Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
The Penguins' Sidney Crosby celebrates his first-period goal against the Stars on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.

From ‘The Kid' to ‘The Man'

Crosby's regular seasons:

Season GM G A PPG/rank

2005-06 81 39 63 1.26/6th

2006-07 79 36 84 1.52/1st

2007-08 53 24 48 1.36/2nd

2008-09 77 33 70 1.34/2nd

2009-10 81 51 58 1.35/4th

2010-11 41 32 34 1.61/1st

2011-12 22 8 29 1.68/1st

2013 36 15 41 1.56/1st

2013-14 76 36 64 1.31/1st

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Roll with it

Crosby's point runs

6 — Scoring streaks of at least 5 games

10 — Longest scoring streak (Dec. 3-21: 7 goals, 11 assists)

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Road scoring

Crosby's production when coach Dan Bylsma does not have the last change:

Goals: 17 (T-4th NHL)

Assists: 29 (T-1st NHL)

Points: 46 (1st NHL)

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In the box

Crosby's ‘sin bin' time:

Penalty minutes: 44

Major penalties: 0

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Most value

Crosby's impact on the Penguins

61.1 — Pct. of tying or go-ahead goals (22 of 36)

3-15-1 — Record when Crosby does not score a point

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Weekend warrior

Crosby's Saturday/Sunday production:

Games: 31

Goals: 14

Assists: 23

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Break it down

Crosby's work against selective competition:

47 — Points against potential Eastern Conference playoff teams (35 games)

15 — Goals against Metropolitan Division opponents (29 games)

24 — Assists against Western Conference opponents (25 games)

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Top draw

Crosby's NHL-best faceoff success:

23.4 — Faceoffs per game

46 — Pct. of faceoffs taken

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Need to know

Crosby's other measurable stats:

21:58 — Avg. ice time among forwards (2nd NHL)

44.9 — Pct. of team's goals factored into (1st NHL)

26 — Points scored in 16 games missed by Evgeni Malkin

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 11:30 a.m.
 

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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