Sidney Crosby
C PIT
1 month ago

Crosby won the Maurice Richard Trophy as the league's top goal scorer with 44 goals in 75 games, edging Toronto's Auston Matthews and Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov, who both scored 40.

EDGE Analysis

Crosby is the sixth player to win the Richard multiple times since the award was introduced in the 1998-99 season, but holds the record for the longest break between his two wins at seven years after winning his first in 2010 with 51 goals. Discounting the lockout shortened 2012-13 season, this is the first time in the cap era the winner of the Richard has scored fewer than 50 goals, which is perhaps more of a testament to how difficult it is to score in the NHL these days. In both of his Richard-winning seasons, Crosby had a shooting percentage of over 17 percent, nearly three points higher than his career average of 14.7 percent, which is an indication his efficiency may regress back to the norm. Regardless, Crosby is back at the top of the hockey world, capping off a season in which he won the World Cup and the Stanley Cup and was named MVP in both competitions.

Sidney Crosby
C PIT
1 month ago

Crosby was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs Sunday after the Penguins beat Nashville 2-0 in Game 6.

EDGE Analysis

The Penguins' captain didn't factor into the scoring in the team's Cup-clinching victory on enemy ice, but his 27 points in 24 games -- second in the postseason only to teammate Evgeni Malkin's 28 -- and whopping 19:23 of ice time were enough to lock in his second straight playoff MVP award. With three Stanley Cups, a pair of Olympic gold medals and a World Cup of Hockey championship to his name, Crosby arguably stands alone at this point as the best hockey player in the world. And he hasn't even had his 30th birthday yet.

Sidney Crosby
C PIT
1 month ago

Crosby dominated in Thursday's Game 5 win over Nashville, racking up three assists in a lopsided victory.

EDGE Analysis

Crosby certainly came to play in Game 5 after scoring the team's lone goal in Game 4 on Monday. He dominated on an early shift and carried that determination and passion with him throughout the rest of the night. Crosby now has points in three straight games and surpasses Mario Lemieux as the Penguins' all-time points leader in the Stanley Cup Final (20). With Pittsburgh one win away from the Stanley Cup, Crosby has once again turned in another performance worthy of the Conn Smythe.

Sidney Crosby
C PIT
2 months ago

Crosby was the lone scorer for the Penguins in their Game 4 loss to the Predators on Monday.

EDGE Analysis

Crosby fooled Pekka Rinne and snuck one past him for goal No. 8 of these playoffs. However, the Finnish netminder exacted revenge by stopping Crosby blocker-side twice in a row on a breakaway early in the second period. With the series suddenly knotted at two games apiece, the Penguins will look for better results at home Thursday for Game 5.

Sidney Crosby
C PIT
2 months ago

Crosby collected two first-period assists -- one on the power play -- during Monday's Game 1 win over Nashville.

EDGE Analysis

Crosby is up to seven goals and 22 points through 19 playoff games, and he's making a case for his second consecutive Conn Smythe Trophy. The Pittsburgh captain also registered three of the Penguins' 11 shots, and No. 87 will need to continue frequenting the scoresheet if he's going to hoist the Stanley Cup for a third time.

Sidney Crosby
C PIT
2 months ago

Crosby set up an even-strength goal against the Senators in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals double-overtime win Thursday, increasing his playoff point total to 20; he's accumulated seven goals and 13 assists.

EDGE Analysis

The all-world pivot was held pointless in three games of the grueling series versus Ottawa, but he'll look to expose a Nashville team that has been dampened at the center spot due to the loss of Ryan Johansen, who underwent emergency surgery on his thigh following a Game 4 loss to the Ducks. We know you'll be starting him every chance you get, and the better debate at this point is whether he'll justify a higher fantasy draft selection than Connor McDavid, who'll be wrapping his mitts around the Art Ross Trophy at the awards ceremony in June.

Sidney Crosby
C PIT
2 months ago

Crosby scored a power-play goal and added an assist in Friday's Game 4 win over Ottawa.

EDGE Analysis

This was the first multi-point showing in seven games for Crosby, and the Penguins will need their superstar to continue driving the bus to clinch a berth to the Stanley Cup finals. It's also worth noting that No. 87 registered five shots on net, which was a personal high for the series. With a goal in consecutive games, Crosby is now up to six tallies and 17 points through 15 playoff games heading into a critical Game 5 at PPG Paints Arena.

Sidney Crosby
C PIT
2 months ago

Crosby went minus-3 but scored a power-play goal in Game 3 on Wednesday -- it was the lone tally for the Penguins in a 5-1 road defeat at the hands of the surprising Senators.

EDGE Analysis

Crosby was positioned perfectly inside the crease to deflect Phil Kessel's shot, and the stud pivot went five-hole for his first goal since lighting the lamp twice in Game 1 of the conference semifinals against the Capitals. It'll be interesting to see how Crosby responds after this frustrating outcome. During the regular season, he posted 72 of his 89 points with a plus-37 rating in team wins, but had just 17 in 28 and a minus-20 spot when strapped with a loss.

Sidney Crosby
C PIT
2 months ago

Crosby has missed the scoresheet in both games of the Eastern Conference Finals and hasn't posted a multi-point showing since Game 2 against Washington on April 29.

EDGE Analysis

Crosby has continued to look dangerous, and he does have three assists during that six-games stretch without a multi-point showing. Additionally, he's been on the ice for eight high-danger scoring chances through the first two games of the series against Ottawa to lead all Pittsburgh forwards. It would be surprising to see No. 87 continue to struggle offensively much longer.

Sidney Crosby
C PIT
2 months ago

Crosby was on the ice for the start of practice Tuesday, Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

EDGE Analysis

Social media has exploded with talk of Crosby bypassing concussion protocol in Game 6, despite his crashing head first into the boards. Since the star pivot's head didn't hit the ice or another player, the NHL claims that the proper procedures were followed in this particular instance, as reported by USA TODAY. It's worth noting that Crosby logged 19:57 of ice time -- which exceeded his average during the regular season -- and he even pitched in an assist on the way to the Game 6 loss. Perhaps the only anomaly is that he only fired one shot on goal. This latest report included video of Crosby shooting pucks into an open net during practice, and there's been no indication that he'll miss Game 7 on the road Wednesday.