The Stat Line of the Night – 2/1/10 – Sidney Crosby
If you were watching last night’s Sabres-Penguins game, I hope you didn’t take your eyes off the TV for more than a second. Because if you did, you probably missed the highlight of the night. In an 8-minute span in the 2nd period, Sid the Kid did the unthinkable: he scored 3 goals. His feat, along with Jordan Staal’s goal, turned a 2-goal lead for the Sabres into a 2-goal lead for the Penguins. The Penguins never surrendered the momentum again and ended up winning 5-4.
Crosby’s goal puts him in a tie with San Jose’s Patrick Marleau for the league lead in goals at 37. His first goal was on a power play. Then after Staahl’s goal tied it up, he put another one in off a Buffalo turnover. After he hit his 3rd goal near the end of the 2nd, the hats came flying down onto the ice.
Sid the Kid may be the most exciting rising star in hockey, but performances like this are what make the “rising star” label seem almost silly. He already is a superstar as he proved by leading his team to a Stanley Cup Championship last season. Clearly it was no fluke, as he his team in the hunt for home ice during the playoffs. For Sid, it was just another night, but for us it was “The Stat Line of the Night”.