“He’s playing chess when other guys are playing checkers,” Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said of his captain Sidney Crosby. And that’s just the truth.
Crosby tortured the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night with four points, including a pair of ridiculous passes for primary assists in the Penguins 5-2 win at PPG Paints Arena. At full speed, Crosby laid a saucer across the crease directly onto Bryan Rust’s stick for the Penguins first goal.
It was as perfect as it reads.
Without Evgeni Malkin, who was a late scratch, Crosby dominated the game from the beginning and the Penguins not only won, but claimed first place in the Metro Division.
The third Penguins goal was also Crosby, as the superstar drew Toronto’s attention. Crosby again threaded the puck through the crease for Jason Zucker, who has three goals and four points in his last three games. Not coincidentally, all of those games have been with Sidney Crosby.
“I think overall we’re trying to keep gaining that chemistry. Keep playing smart, keep making plays, and do the right thing,” Zucker said. “Obviously, he’s made me some unbelievable passes, so that’s always great.”