I AM SIDNEY CROSBY… AND YOU’RE NOT

Still king of the hockey world until Ovechkin’s next big night, Sidney Crosby added another milestone in Toronto on Saturday: his 100th career NHL goal and 200th assist to surpass 300 points while leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a familiar 4-1 scenario over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Playing on a line with “prospect” Evgeni Malkin, 21-year-old Crosby had a goal and three assists to give him 302 points in 219 career games. “Milestones are commonplace for me,” Crosby said, “and a great way to show others how good you are and how much they suck.” Although Crosby had no goals and only four assists through five games coming into the contest, he was sure his luck would change. “I’ve come to expect four-point nights—especially in Toronto—but I definitely wanted to score,” he said. “I was doing some amazing things, as usual, and finally the puck went in.” Malkin assisted on all four Penguins goals but that’s not important to the Crosby show. “I am the best player in the league,” said Crosby. “So the rest of the guys just have to get over it.” Crosby’s first of the season came 12:15 into the third period. He skated in with the puck and eluded a diving Curtis Joseph, who was trying to poke it away. “I was just throwing it out front,” Crosby said. “Throw it at the net, and good things happen. I taught Don Cherry that.” The Penguins’ first goal came when Dupuis took a rebound off Crosby’s shot and sent it between Joseph’s legs for his second goal in three games. That was Crosby’s 200th assist, but his 300th point really showed off his playmaking. During a Pens power play in the second period, Crosby sent a pass between the legs of rookie defenseman Luke Schenn onto the tape of Satan’s stick. Wide open to the left of Joseph, Satan redirected the puck in for his third goal. Crosby’s next assist on a goal by Sykora came in similar fashion and closed the scoring with 6:24 to play. “I was on tonight and kind of sunk the Leafs,” Crosby said. “I’ve got great speed, and obviously my slap-passes are pretty accurate. I’m always in a good spot. Usually the best players keep you guessing, and I certainly do that.”

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