Sidney Crosby may want to consider a second career as a butcher, because he carved up the New York Islanders' defence with precision on Thursday night.
Sidney Crosby may want to consider a second career as a butcher, after cutting through the New York Islanders' defence with precision on Thursday night.
With six minutes remaining in the second period of Pittsburgh's 4-0 win, the captain did his best Mario Lemieux impression with an incredible individual effort to extend the Penguins' lead to 3-0.
Crosby took a neutral-zone feed from Jarome Iginla and split a pair of Islanders defenders with some nifty stickhandling, outmuscling Lubomir Visnovsky and Thomas Hickey before unleashing a wrist shot that beat New York goalie Evgeni Nabokov for a spectacular goal.
It wasn't the best night for the New York defence overall, as Penguins Norris Trophy candidate defenceman Kris Letang threaded the needle with a pass up the middle of the ice from the hash marks in the Pittsburgh zone to Tyler Kennedy, who stood just outside the Islanders blue-line and was sent in all alone for a nifty finish.
Rod PerryRod grew up in the west end of Toronto and did his undergraduate degree at Wilfrid Laurier University, majoring in English and minoring in Psychology. He's always had an infatuation with anything sports-related and took his passion to Centennial College's sports journalism program for a post-graduate education. He's also still miffed about the Kelly Gruber botched triple play call in the 1992 World Series.