Why the Pittsburgh Penguins Can’t Succeed If Sidney Crosby Doesn’t Score

January 10th, 2015 by Carol Schram Leave a reply »

In the 2014-15 season, the Pittsburgh Penguins are seeing key players like Evgeni Malkin and Marc-Andre Fleury play some of the best hockey of their careers. But it won't mean much at playoff time if Sidney Crosby can't rediscover his scoring touch.

After four goals in Pittsburgh's first three games and seven in the first eight, last season's Hart and Art Ross Trophy winner has scored just four more times in his subsequent 29 games.

That's troubling. Time and time again over the years, the Penguins have seen their fortunes fade when Sid's not successfully pulling the trigger.

Last season was a clear example. Crosby was leading the scoring race with 34 goals and 60 assists when the Penguins dropped a 1-0 decision to the St. Louis Blues in their 71st game of the season on March 23. We learned later that Crosby also injured his wrist that night on a hit from Ryan Reaves. 

The Penguins captain still finished the season at the top of the scoring race with 104 points, but he missed two games in the late going and put up just two goals and eight assists in the nine games that he did play—below ...

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