Sidney Crosby knows the Penguins can play better.
Of course, they do not always need to because of performances like the one he provided Monday night.
In a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center, Crosby was the sure-shooting goal scorer and the sharp-passing playmaker and the forechecking penalty killer and the defender below his own goal line.
He also won 14 of 19 faceoffs.
Every example of his value was on display in front of the Capitals fans that loathe him and the captain of their team, Alex Ovechkin, Crosby's chief rival of nine NHL seasons and a three-time — and reigning — MVP.
“It was a very good game,” coach Dan Bylsma said, smiling as he searched in vain for a more fitting description of Crosby's work against Washington.
Good did not do justice to the one-time shot Crosby whipped past Capitals goalie Jaroslav Halak about three minutes after setting up left winger Chris Kunitz's opening goal in the first period. Crosby eyed the open side of the net...