PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) – Being on a list with your name equal to hockey legend Gordie Howe speaks to the greatness of Pens captain Sidney Crosby. His goal Monday night not only tied him with Howe on the all-time playoff list, but led to his team trying the series with Montreal.
“It’s huge, said Pens defenseman and 14-year teammate Kris Letang. “Obviously, everybody is watching Sid on our team. Even the older guys are going to follow him.”
“When Sid is leading your team, you know you are in good hands. If that was not the case right now, we would be in trouble.”
Crosby scored his 68th playoff goal in the first period Monday night and has scored the first goal in each game of the series.
Pens head coach Mike Sullivan said he’s not surprised that Crosby, again, led through his actions.
“There is no more powerful way to lead than through example and playing the game the right way and elevating your intensity and compete level,” Sullivan said. “I think Sid personifies that.”
“He plays his best when the stakes are high. He knows what’s at stake. He knows what’s on the line. He sees the opportunity in front of us and he gets excited about it. And he elevates his game and he has a long history of that.”
“That’s what makes him the player that he is, that is what makes him the leader that he is. That’s why he’s so important to our hockey team. His leadership abilities stand alone.”
On Friday, Crosby will turn 33 and is close to the point where he has spent nearly half his life as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“When you have a guy that is ready and is hungry like he is right now, I think its easy to follow him and be on the same page,” Letang said.
Game three is Wednesday night in Toronto, what are the odds Crosby scores first?