Penguin’s Captain Sidney Crosby is Full of Hart

June 22nd, 2010 by John White Leave a reply »
There's little doubt that Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby deserves the title "Most Valuable." The Penguins' captain tied for the league lead with a career-high 51 goals, marking only the second time in franchise history that a Penguin led the NHL in that category—Mario Lemieux had 69 goals in 1995-96. 

Crosby also led the League in hat tricks (three), was the most proficient player in the shootout (8 for 10) and took (1,791) and won (1,001) the most faceoffs of anyone in the league. While one could argue the three finalists had similar offensive numbers, what makes Crosby's season all the more remarkable is the fact he didn't really have the supporting cast that Ovechkin or Sedin had. Backstrom finished fourth in the League with 101 points, and Daniel Sedin was 12th with 85 points. Crosby also played a bigger role in his team's offense—he was involved in 42.4 percent of his team's scoring, compared to Sedin (41.1 percent) and Ovechkin (34 percent).

Crosby took on an even greater load this season when Evgeni Malkin missed significant time to injury. Let's not forget, While Ovechkin missed 10 games this past season ...

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