Student Advisory Board Member
At the beginning of the season people were saying Sidney Crosby was having the “worst season of his career”, that he was no longer the best player in the world, and that he was playing far from extraordinary. Today he stands in front of those same people tied for 5th in the NHL scoring race, riding a 11 game point streak and a seven game goal streak.
There is no doubt that Crosby struggled in the beginning of this season, he was held pointless for the Penguins first five games and scored a mere two goals in 18 games. By the Christmas break he only had 27 points.
But in the past two months, he has nearly equaled that production. Since January 1st Crosby has 26 points (15G, 11A) and now has a season total of 53 points. He has tied Patrick Kane for the longest goal-scoring streak in the NHL this season and is on a career high goal-scoring streak.
Just this past Monday Crosby recorded two goals and two assists in a 6-2 win over Anaheim. Both of those goals were on breakaways, and one of them was scored while he was being hooked multiple times by Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler.
The game before that he finished with one goal and two assists against the Florida Panthers, helping the Pens overcome a two-goal deficit in the final six minutes to win in overtime. His first point of that game, an assist on defenseman Kris Letang’s goal, would be his 900th point of his career. He is the 10th fastest player to reach that milestone, accomplishing the feat in 677 games.
It was inevitable that Crosby would eventually break out of this slump, but no one imagined he would be doing what we are seeing now. He has scored 22 points in 11 games, is leading the league in goals since Christmas, and is leading the league in scoring since the beginning of the year. He didn’t just overcome his slump. He destroyed it.
There is no question he is playing some of the best hockey has ever played. He has been extraordinary in every aspect. And if he keeps it up, he may just be the NHL’s 2016 scoring champion.