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“Pittsburgh should have been dead and buried.” Crosby on the verge of his greatest achievement

Date: July 13, 2024 Time: 20:31:57

“Pittsburgh” can become, perhaps, the main sensation of the current NHL season. The Penguins did something unimaginable, going from a desperate outsider to a top contender for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Despite the change of leader Jake Guentzel, a series of problems during the championship, the age of the main players and the weak play of the reserves, the Penguins held on to what was probably their last chance. And all of this happened thanks to Pittsburgh’s main man. Thanks to Sidney Crosby.

The Canadian had an incredible run, scoring points in the biggest games and helping the team to nine (!) straight wins towards the end of the regular season.

Athletic journalist Josh Yohe paid tribute to Crosby and dedicated an article to him, explaining why making the playoffs would be one of the most important achievements of Sid’s career. “Championship” provides a translation of the material “Sidney Crosby , the Penguins’ leader in the NHL playoffs, could have accomplished an all-time feat.”

Sidney Crosby

Photo: AP/TASS

“This is not a Stanley Cup, much less three championships. This is not a “golden” goal or two Olympic gold medals.

Not 590 goals, 1,000 assists, 1,590 points or a legacy off the ice that probably surpasses anything Sid did on it. Nor the construction of PG Paints Arena, which would not have happened without it, ensuring the safety of generations of professional hockey in Pittsburgh.

Sidney Crosby has accomplished so much in his 36 years, including 19 seasons as the face of the Pittsburgh Penguins franchise, that it seems foolish to even suggest such a thing. But I’m leaving anyway.

If Crosby leads these Penguins to the promised land of the Stanley Cup, it will be remembered as one of his greatest accomplishments. He won’t make it to number 1. And he won’t even make it to the top 5. But he deserves special recognition, a badge on his considerable belt.

Look around you and tell me I’m wrong.

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The Penguins are in a transition phase, and while Kyle Dubas had not yet lost the season at the March 8 deadline, he did trade Jake Guentzel. This is what happened just a month ago:

In 24 games in 44 days, they played against 13 teams that are currently in the playoff zone, the Penguins played 24 games in 44 days: 14 on the road, six in different time zones and five in Canada; Reminder: This is still the second-oldest team in the NHL; the special teams have regressed a bit and number one goaltender Tristan Gerry has fallen out of favor after being pulled from the game against Dallas.

The penguins should have been dead and buried. For the sake of this entire discussion, spare me any comments about how bad the Eastern Conference is and how bad the Central Conference teams in particular are. This is true. I understand.

However, there is absolutely no logical basis for the conclusion that the Penguins could have won six of nine games in the end and scored points in the remaining three, six of those games against current playoff teams. It defies all conventional wisdom. This team isn’t all that impressive on paper, and the psychological blow of trading Guentzel was profound.

And then you dig a little deeper and feel even more overwhelmed.

Sidney Crosby

Photo: AP/TASS

Check out the bottom of the Penguins’ top 6 forwards right now if you dare. Lars Eller has been a great two-way player all season, but he looks to others.

Valterri Puustinen is talented and a positive influence, but he hasn’t scored in 11 games at the end of the league and has just four goals in 49 games this season. Jesse Puljujarvi has been good enough since joining the Penguins, but just four points in 21 outings. Jeff Carter has been better in a different role, but his offensive productivity remains limited these days, as evidenced by his failure to score. in nine consecutive games. Emil Bämström has scored two goals in 21 outings since he arrived in Pittsburgh. and in general his performance has been disappointing. Reilly Smith has six goals in his last 62 games and no goals in his last 11 games. To say it was a huge disappointment is an understatement.

That’s all. This is the bottom top 6.

Maybe Pittsburgh should give up their superstar after all?

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The top six shows that Rickard Rakell has had a disappointing season and Brian Rust has been excellent despite his injuries. Dubas deserves a lot of credit for bringing in Michael Bunting, who rejuvenated Evgeni Malkin. And yes, Drew O’Connor is really starting to be that game-changing hockey player.

Still, imagine this team without Crosby. If you try it, it’s easy to do and the image is disturbing.

Goalie Alex Nedeljkovic has been something of a revelation over the past two weeks, and Malkin’s resurgence can’t be ignored, but if the Penguins make the playoffs, it will go down as Crosby’s masterpiece.

In the 21 games this season in which Crosby didn’t score a point, the Penguins won just six. And without it there aren’t that many.

Watching it go back in time has been very exciting, especially in the last few weeks. You’ll remember that maybe last year Crosby hit the wall at the end of the regular season for the first time in his career. He experienced problems in March and April. Even in the season-defining game against the Chicago Blackhawks, which ended in an embarrassing loss and ended Pittsburgh’s legendary run of making the playoffs, Crosby disappeared. That night, in the first half, he took seven shots on goal, which ultimately turned out to be his last breath. He only pitched once until the end of the game.

Sidney Crosby

Photo: AP/TASS

Another brilliant season seemed on the verge of fading after Guentzel was traded this year. At the time of the trade, Crosby hit a rough patch and recorded just two assists in eight games. It would be fair to at least wonder if Father Time has finally struck a blow against the untamable. To make matters worse, there seemed to be nothing to play for. Crosby doesn’t tend to chase statistics. Sid doesn’t care about her. As Mike Babcock once said, he’s a “serial winner,” and when winning seemed impossible, Crosby had no source of motivation.

Or so it seemed.

It turns out that his hunger for victory means he never stopped believing. In February and March, he looked you right in the eye and told you that he was just trying to get his team to the playoffs.

Then, for reasons only he could understand, Crosby exploded. He has 22 points in his last 14 games and the Penguins have become the NHL’s biggest story, pushing the team to the playoffs in nine straight games.

“Well,” Rust said with a smile the other day in Toronto, “I think what we have now is an opportunity. And he is our leader, that’s why we follow him.”

Sounds like a good idea.

Maybe it’s a second wind, or maybe the great players (I mean the greatest players of all time, the ones the hockey gods created differently) just play like that. But it gives a slightly different feeling. Feel that there is a real goal. The legacy of this performance, so to speak.

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If the Penguins make the playoffs, they will likely play either Carolina or the Rangers. Crosby was so upset when Guentzel was traded that I think he would have taken a series with the Hurricanes very seriously. And then there are the Rangers. Remember what happened when these teams met two playoff games ago? He didn’t forget it either.

A lot has to happen before the Penguins can book flights to New York or Raleigh. Maybe they’ll make it, maybe they won’t. But if they do, it will be largely thanks to one man.

And you should respect someone who is so determined to contribute to an already established legacy.”

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