Sidney Crosby isn’t leading the NHL in points this post-season. In fact, he’s gone the last two games — both in San Jose, where the Sharks may have been able to get the match-up they wanted — without a point.
Nonetheless, the Penguins have surged ahead to within one win of the Stanley Cup, and Crosby, with 17 points in 22 playoff games this year, has been a catalyst for their drive.
His play in this series, and throughout the post-season, has garnered plenty of attention, from the opposition to the media. At times, he’s been faced with criticism, particularly his leadership during the conference final, and accused of cheating in faceoffs — that has quickly went away — but his supporters, like Pittsburgh’s head coach Mike Sullivan, have also let their opinions be heard.
Count Wayne Gretzky among the supporters Crosby has based on his play late in the regular season and into the playoffs.
“Personally I don’t worry if a guy goes two or three games without a goal – it’s how he’s performing and how he’s playing to help his team be successful and he’s definitely done that,” Gretzky told Sportsnet.
“He just took his play to another level.”
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