The NHL season is back in full swing and the Pittsburgh Penguins are poised for another run at the Stanley Cup.
Pittsburgh Penguins star player, Sidney Crosby scored his seventh goal of the season, and had two assists to lead his club to victory over the Vancouver Canucks yesterday.
In the victory, Crosby extended his point scoring streak to eight games, his longest stretch with at least one point per game to start a season. Crosby, who now leads the NHL with 16 points, is also tied for the top spot in the NHL with seven goals. Crosby has recorded multiple points in each of his last four games. He also has a 16-game point scoring streak against Canadian teams.
After a long run of difficult injuries, Sid the Kid is finally back on top.
Crosby has endured some challenging times. He has had some highly publicized concussion problems that led to him missing 107 games from his career. Last year Crosby was able to come back from his injuries but the Pens were swept in the in the Eastern Conference final by the Boston Bruins.
Crosby has taken the loss to the Bruins personally. It took him weeks to get over the setback. He did not score in the series. He did not set up a goal. He wishes that he had done more.
“Pretty much until I started to work out again,” Crosby said at the Canadian Olympic team’s orientation camp in Calgary, when asked how long the defeat lingered. “It was a few weeks. That one was probably one of the longer ones to get over. The last time I felt like that was the year we lost to Detroit in the  final. That sting stuck with me because we were so close.
“But having the team we had and getting swept, that hurt. It wasn’t a 4-0 series by means of how close the games were and the way they went, but they still beat us 4-0 and that’s not something you’re real happy with or accept. It definitely took a while to get over.”
Crosby took his time off this summer and focused on burying more of his offensive opportunities and playing some better defense.
“Looking back to the playoffs, you realize as you go deeper and deeper, things get tighter and tighter,” Crosby said. “The fact of executing and making sure you’re taking advantage of your chances. If you look at the amount of chances you’re going to get at that point in the playoffs, you’re really looking at two to three quality chances maybe. That’s a pretty good night. You have to make sure you take advantage of those.
“I look back at the chances I had in that series and I’m disappointed I wasn’t able to convert. Sure, [Bruins goalie Tuukka] Rask played great, but as a forward you always want to find a way to beat the goalie and not surrender the fact that he beat you.
“That and defensively, too. Knowing that you’re going to be part of all these close games, you want to be good defensively. I have kept that in mind all summer and that’s something I want to focus on.”
Crosby trained extremely hard this offseason. You can tell that, after two months of hard work in the gym and his start on the ice this season, he is as fit and focused as he has ever been.
Crosby has come out on fire this year and he will prove that he is the best player in the game today.
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