At 34-years-old and an all-time great, Sidney Crosby has begun to pile on the records and accomplishments. Mario Lemieux could not boast 16 consecutive playoff appearances, and Wayne Gretzky couldn’t touch Crosby’s performance this season.
Tell me again why Crosby barely gets a whisper for Hart Trophy consideration?
On Thursday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins clinched their 16th consecutive playoff berth with a 6-3 win over the New York Islanders. It is the longest such streak in professional North American sports. Jake Guentzel had four points, including his 36th and 37th goals of the season. The Penguins slipped in the second period, but Crosby set up Guentzel’s first goal on a two-on-one.
Crosby also roughed up a few Islanders and drew a roughing penalty when he was throwing gloves at the Islanders’ bench to serve notice to both teams the Penguins would not slip any further.
With a few more points on Thursday, Crosby set more records and put himself even deeper into the conversation with the greatest ever to play the game, including Lemieux and Gretzky.
2nd Most Points Active players–Crosby tied Alex Ovechkin with 1405 points, second among active players behind only Joe Thornton of the Florida Panthers (1538). Crosby has 1405 points in only 1102 games. Ovechkin has played 1269 games. Thornton 1710.
Crosby has 80 points (29-51-80) in just 63 games this season. He is now the NHL leader among active players with 11 seasons of 80 or more points. Ovechkin is second with 10. Joe Thornton is third with seven. Connor McDavid is fourth with six.
Sidney Crosby has one of the best seasons in NHL history for players 34 or over. Before the victory on Thursday, his 1.24 point-per-game was the ninth-best ever. Mario Lemieux (2000-01) set the record with 1.77 points per game. With three points against the Islanders, Crosby lept ahead Frank Mahovlich (1.26) of the 1971-72 Montreal Canadiens and tied Daniel Alfredsson of the 2007-08 Ottawa Senators (1.27) for seventh-best ever.
Lemieux appears on the list twice. In 2002-03, he had 91 points (1.36 per game). Gordie Howe is fourth on the list with 103 points (1.36) in 1968-69. Gretzky, the NHL’s all-time leading scorer, did not have a season that ranked in the top nine.
Fifteen times, a Pittsburgh Penguins player has won the Art Ross Trophy. From Lemiuex to Jaromir Jagr, Evgeni Malkin, and Sidney Crosby. With one more goal this season, Crosby will have his 10th 30-goal season, which will tie Jagr for second in franchise history, one behind Lemieux.
Among active players, only Ovechkin has more 30-goal seasons (16).
Crosby is 11th in points-per-game this season. McDavid leads the NHL with 1.48 points per game.
Crosby’s 51 assists in 63 games rank 12th in helpers per game (.81) among players who have played at least 20 games. He’s ahead of Cale Makar (.80) and Adam Fox (.79).
Not bad for a guy who had to recover from a significant wrist surgery performed on the eve of training camp and a lineup that did not have second-line center Evgeni Malkin for most of the season.