Crosby 'Not OK' With Goal Slump, Calls Scoring 'Part Of My Job'
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Crosby ‘Not OK’ With Goal Slump, Calls Scoring ‘Part Of My Job’

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MONTREAL, QC - MARCH 02: Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) skates in control of the puck during the Pittsburgh Penguins versus the Montreal Canadiens game on March 02, 2019, at Bell Centre in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire)

Penguins center and captain Sidney Crosby needs five points over the team’s final two games to reach 100 points for the fifth time and the first since 2013-14. But points, and especially goals, have been difficult to come by lately.

Crosby has three points, all assists, over the past eight games. His last goal – two of them, actually – came March 12 against Washington. That’s 10 games without one

Even for the most jaded hockey follower, it would be difficult to say that’s because Crosby is playing poorly. He’s still doing a lot of the things that have compelled Penguins coach Mike Sullivan to repeatedly call Crosby the best 200-foot player in the game.

But there is that goal drought.

“I don’t know,” Crosby said Wednesday when asked about whether his approach to busting a goal drought has changed over the years. “I think you try to evaluate your game as a whole, but (scoring) is part of it.

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“Part of my job is putting the puck in the net, so I’ve got to find a way to do that. I don’t think that I’m OK with it, but I also know there’s other parts I need to be good at if it’s not going in.

“So I wouldn’t say I accept it, but I think I try to go out there and get one every night. I think sometimes it goes in easier than others, but this time of year you want to find ways to score.”

If it seems as if Crosby’s slump has come quietly, perhaps that’s because his two-points-in-eight-games stretch has come on the heels of a stretch of 10 goals, 31 points in 17 games.

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Shelly is the newest columnist and reporter for Pittsburgh Hockey Now. She was a Penguins beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and remains a contributor to The Hockey News. Catch her on Twitter @_shellyanderson

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3 Comments

  1. Eric Bouchard

    April 3, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    big difference between this year and last year is that Sid this year tries EVERYTHING to PASS first to Guentzel. Last year he was taking the shots when he had one. SAw so many times he was Center of the slot and decided to go for the pass and the picture goal. He has to break this bad habit. And its not going to be easy . Its mental.

  2. Luke

    April 3, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    Lots of mistakes in this article. First off, Sid has 95 points and therefore only needs 5 points (not 6) to reach 100 and second, he hasn’t gone 2 games without a point since he just had his 62nd assist last night on Kessel’s goal. Which also means that he has 3 assists in the last 8 games (not 2). I know this stuff doesn’t change the point of the article, but if you are going to report numbers they should be correct.

    • Shelly Anderson

      April 3, 2019 at 4:13 pm

      My apologies. As I addressed on Twitter, I used a game log as a reference that had not been updated. The numbers have been corrected.

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