On Apr.13, 2014, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby locked up the second Art Ross Trophy of his career. Here is a look back at how he did it.
Following a phenomenal 2013-14 season, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby locked up his second Art Ross, and Hart trophies, and the third Pearson trophy of his career.
Here is a look back at how he did it.
First Half Frenzy
Crosby started the season with an 8 game point streak which began in the Penguins opening game of the season vs. Boston on Oct. 3 and lasted until Oct. 19, vs. Vancouver.
During the stretch, Crosby scored 7 goals and 10 assists, which would be his longest point streak of the season.
Crosby’s best game from the first three months on the season was a four-point game on Oct. 12, vs. Tampa Bay in which he scored three goals and added one assist.
By the conclusion of Dec. Crosby scored 59 points in 42 games played (GP).
- Oct. – 8 goals and 21 points in 13 GP
- Nov. – 5 goals and 15 points in 15 GP
- Dec. – 9 goals and 23 points in 14 GP
Crosby had a consistent Jan. and Feb. leading into the Olympic break.
Crosby had two, three-point games in Jan. and two, two-point games in Feb. leading up to the pause in season. By the conclusion of Feb. Crosby had scored 80 points in 59 GP.
- Jan. – 5 goals and 16 points in 12 GP
- Feb. – 2 goals and 5 points in 5 GP
Chris Kunitz joined “Captain” Crosby’s pursuit of winning another gold medal at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi.
Canada earned a 5-0-1-0 record and took 1st place in the tournament.
Although the gold medal game vs. Sweden lacked the same dramatics from the 2010 championship, Crosby scored his only goal of the tournament against Henrik Lundqvist.
Crosby finished with one goal and three points.
Back to Business
With a gold medal secured, Crosby picked up right where he left off before the break.
Crosby had four three-point games in Mar. and put some serious space between himself and second place Ryan Getzlaf in the scoring race.
Crosby was held scoreless in the 5 games Pittsburgh played in Apr. but did have one,two-point game, before sitting out the final regular-season game, to rest an upper-body-injury in preparation for the playoffs
- Mar. – 7 goals and 19 points in 16 GP
- Apr. – 0 goals and 5 points in 5 GP
With 51 goals and 104 points, Crosby held a 17 point advantage over Getzlaf, who finished the season, ironically with 87 points.
Crosby led the league in assists (68), goals created (37.3), points per game (1.30, goals created per game (.47), and total goals on ice (137).
Crosby appeared in 80 games, which was just the third time in 9 seasons that he appeared in 80 or more games, which is not surprising, given the concussion issues and other injuries that have plagued the perennial all-star.
With a record of 51-24-7 and 109 points, Crosby helped the Penguins earn their best record since 1992-93 (119 points), and capture their third division title in four seasons.
Pittsburgh was eliminated in the second round of the playoffs, following a game 7 loss to the New York Rangers.
The Penguins squandered a 3-1 series lead, and in the days following the collapse head coach Dan Bylsma and general manager Ray Shero were relieved of their duties.
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