Sidney Crosby didn’t dazzle last night at Carolina. He didn’t dangle his way through traffic en route to a 4- or 5-point night.
All Crosby did was win the game.
Crosby made a great pass to Chris Kunitz, who executed a great finish. Crosby banked another pass into the net off Jayson Megna’s skate, manufacturing Megna’s first NHL goal. Crosby won a draw to trigger a set play that ultimately saw Tanner Glass net the Penguins’ first tally. Sid finished with two assists and was plus-3. Penguins 3, Hurricanes 1.
Sid won the game.
It didn’t matter who he was out there with. That’s why Crosby is out there so often, and with so many different people. He can elevate anyone.
That’s what truly great players do. They win games.
What a magic moment for Megna. He went to the net, got rewarded with his first NHL goal - and it was set up by hockey’s greatest player. What a memory.
Boston visits Pittsburgh tomorrow. You can’t exact revenge for an Eastern Conference semifinal sweep by winning a regular-season game. But get two points anyway.
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