Sidney Crosby’s record of profession accolades is a mile and a half lengthy. He’s received the Stanley Cup 3 times, the Hart Trophy and Conn Smythe Trophy twice every, and he’s a member of the Triple Gold Membership (to call just a few).
On Tuesday night time, when the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Washington Capitals (7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT, SN NOW), Crosby can add one other mesmerizing milestone to his tally: aim No. 500. He’s at 498 proper now, and with two extra he’ll turn out to be simply the forty sixth participant to perform the feat. The one energetic participant with 500-plus targets is Capitals ahead Alex Ovechkin.
Having damaged into the league collectively in 2005-06 — and since dealing with one another dozens of instances within the common season and playoffs — Crosby and Ovechkin will at all times be linked. However proper now, we’re targeted on “Sid the Child,” and the street he’s taken to achieve 500 targets.
Crosby’s Most Tortured ‘Tenders
The draft lottery that netted the Penguins the highest decide — and thus, Crosby — in 2005 was as a lot a dream for Pittsburgh because it was a nightmare for the remainder of the league. Goalies employed within the Atlantic Division, and later the Metropolitan Division, had drawn notably brief straws.
Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers, not too long ago retired and shortly to be headed to the Hockey Corridor of Fame, spent his complete profession in the identical division as Crosby. With 24 targets allowed, Lundqvist is definitely Crosby’s most victimized goalie.
Solely two different goalies have allowed even half as many Crosby targets as Lundqvist. Then there’s Ryan Miller (11), who allowed essentially the most well-known aim of all on the 2010 Olympic Winter Video games. The golden aim doesn’t depend for this tally, however how may we not point out it?
High 5 Goalies Victimized by Sidney Crosby
High Serving to Palms
Crosby’s eventual Corridor of Fame speech is sure to incorporate thank-yous to a lot of people. Two names we’ve obtained our cash on are Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang.
Each gamers have been teammates with Crosby since his sophomore season, and since then they’ve racked up 100-plus assists apiece on his targets. Relaxation assured, Crosby has returned the favour his justifiable share of instances, too.
To be taught extra concerning the wonders of skating with Crosby, both on NHL ice or at a decrease stage, take a look at what a number of of his linemates needed to say in Sonny Sachdeva’s oral historical past.
High 5 Assists on Sidney Crosby Targets
Clock Is Ticking For Historical past
Crosby may rating aim No. 500 as quickly as Tuesday night time, cementing his place as a top-25 participant in each the “youngest to” and “quickest to” classes for the half-millennium mark.
He’s projected for twenty third on the record of youngest gamers (34 years, 178 days). If he doesn’t rating within the subsequent three video games, he’ll both tie or fall behind Jarome Iginla (34 years, 190 days).
The three-game deadline would additionally maintain him in twenty fifth for fewest video games (he’s at 1,073 video games), as Joe Nieuwendyk is slightly below at 1,077 video games.
Extra importantly, Crosby is nestled in elite firm. And he’s nonetheless acting at an elite stage, averaging greater than some extent per recreation for the seventeenth straight season.
He’ll want two targets on Tuesday to hit the magic variety of 500. No small process, however we positive aren’t doubting him.
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