Goal Box

SIDNEY CROSBY, PENGUINS — BEST IN CLASS (ONE HAND ON STICK)

2017-03-22T16:08:19+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Goal Box|

SIDNEY CROSBY, Penguins
BEST IN CLASS (ONE HAND ON STICK)

I know. I know. It’s all been said. But I’ll try.

Did Sidney Crosby know when he picked up the puck in the middle of the Penguins zone that five seconds later he would score a goal that would add a new layer of construction to the Pyramid of Sid the Kid? Do such audacious plays occur to him in his sleep when other players wouldn’t dare dream them? When teammates go over their assignments before a game in the locker room, is he formulating how he’s going to rush the puck from one end of the ice to the other, splitting four defenders along the way, and then shovel the puck up high in the net on the backhand with one hand on his stick?

Otherwise, I got nuttin’.

3/21/2017 vs. Buffalo

SIDNEY CROSBY, PENGUINS — BEST IN CLASS (BATTED OUT OF AIR)

2017-03-15T04:15:42+00:00 March 15th, 2017|Goal Box|

SIDNEY CROSBY, Penguins
BEST IN CLASS — BATTED OUT OF AIR

Twelve years into Sidney Crosby’s career and fans who watch him day-in, day-out can still marvel that he has yet to get to the bottom of his bag of tricks.

The one he pulled out last night at a crucial moment against the Flames puts pressure on the English language to keep pace with new superlatives to describe his goals.

Crosby is of course a master of the redirect. Feed him the puck along the ice in a scoring area and he seldom has to do more than angle his stick to outwit all in charge of stopping him. But last night he took his mastery in this area to another level.

That level was above the shoulder of Flames goalie Brian Elliott and below the crossbar. Toss in the necessity of swatting a puck moving at him at the same time he was moving at it and you have the answer to the question “will his wonders never cease?”

The most mind-boggling thing about his effort is that he and Conor Sheary clearly had planned it. “Yeah Conor. Just fire the puck from the sideboards in the vicinity of my head as I move across the crease, and I’ll make sure to turn it around in mid-air and deposit it over the goaltender’s shoulder.”

It’s one thing to dream up such a preposterous scheme. It’s quite another to execute it with your team a goal down in the late stages of the third period.

Somewhere in the English language there might be a well-hidden word to do justice to this feat. But it will take the Sidney Crosby of sportswriters to know where to find it.

3/13/2017 vs. Calgary