Shave That Stache Sid! The Sensational Streak Is Over

December 29th, 2010 by Erik Paul Leave a reply »
Just when it was starting to feel comfortable, like it was something that could last forever, the lowly New York Islanders shut down Sidney Crosby, ending his 25 game point streak.

Crosby's streak started November 5, with two goals against the Anaheim Ducks. Since then, Sid has 26 goals and 24 assists, while putting up the longest point streak in the NHL since Mats Sundin had a 30-gamer back in 1992-93.

Sid had seven games with three or more points (including two hat tricks) and had goals in 18 of the 25 games—vaulting himself to the top of the NHL scoring race with 32 goals and 65 points.

Perhaps the most surprising part of the entire streak is the way it ended—against the long-time doormats of the NHL, the Islanders, who currently sit 29th in the league. Coming into the game, Crosby had 62 points in 32 career games and was seemingly the only thing in Islanders' minds.

Jack Cappuono, the Isles interm coach, tried something that no one else had tried against Sid—he had Frans Neilsen shadow Crosby every inch of the ice, and Nielsen played a phenomenal game, effectively limiting all of Crosby's chances.

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