Crosby is youngest to reach 100 points twice
Penguins teenager Sidney Crosby became the youngest player in NHL history to record two 100-point seasons when he scored a goalin Pittsburgh's 3-2 overtime home winoverthe New York Rangers on Saturday afternoon.
Crosby, who turns 20 on Aug. 7, notched a power-play goal 6:56 into the third period to tie the game at 2-2 beforeteammateColby Armstrongscored the overtime winner.
Crosby missed the overtime due to equipment problems.
"It sucks," Crosby said of having to missthe extra frame."I have a lot of trust in the guys, but I want to be out there, especially in overtime … and I'm just sitting there. It's hard just watching."
Crosbyhas 28 goals and 72 assists in 65 games this season after posting 39 goals and 63 assists for 102 points last year as a rookie.
"It's never something I think about," said Crosby of reaching100 points. "It's nice, for sure, but there's a lot of games left — important ones — and that's where my mind has been."
Though his Penguins have been on a tear since the All-Star break, surging into fifth place in the Eastern Conference heading into Saturday's action, Crosby has been slumping, managing just one goal in his last 10 games and two in his last 19.
He has, however, scored three shootout winners for the Penguins in the last two weeks.
Crosby leads the NHL scoring race by nine points over Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis, whose Tampa Bay Lightning visit Calgary on Saturday night (CBC, 10 p.m. ET).
Shouldthe Cole Harbour, N.S., nativehold on to his point lead, he would become the youngest ever winner of the Art Ross Trophy.
Wayne Gretzky was younger than Crosby when he tied Marcel Dionne with 137 points in the 1979-80 season, but Dionne was awarded the trophy based on a 53 to 51 advantage in goals scored.
With files from the Associated Press