Crosby collected two goals in a 4-3 overtime victory against the Blues on Wednesday. The two-goal game -- which included a power-play marker -- was his first since Feb. 12. His nine shots on goal tied a career high. Crosby now has five goals and 10 points in his last 12 games.
Crosby tallied a power-play assist but finished with a minus-2 rating in a 3-1 loss to San Jose on Saturday. He registered only one shot and played uneven hockey for the most part Saturday. Crosby went 18-13 on draws, but that's likely scant consolation to fantasy owners. He now has three goals and eight points in his last 11 contests.
Crosby scored his third goal of the year Thursday, and it ended up being the game-winner against the Avs. This goal was vintage Crosby, as he showed long-absent burst, splitting two defenders while receiving a pass from Pascal Dupuis and beating Avs goalie Reto Berra between the legs. At the time, the tally gave the Pens a 4-2 lead, but Matt Duchene's late goal made it the game-winner. There have been a lot of false starts this year en route to his Sid's stunningly mediocre (or by Crosby standards, garbage) 10 points and minus-7 rating, so it's too soon to say that this is the start of his resurgence, but this is still one of the stars of the game we're talking about -- he'll find his stride.
Crosby was held pointless despite a four-goal night by the Penguins on Tuesday. He came close on a power-play shot that trickled past goalie Devan Dubnyk but was swept away before crossing the goal line. Coach Mike Johnston called Crosby's performance "outstanding" Tuesday but fantasy owners are looking for more than nine points in 18 games.
Crosby's offensive struggles continued Saturday against New Jersey. He fired three shots on net and finished minus-2 in a 4-0 loss to the Devils. The overall team effort Saturday night was less than competitive -- the Pens just didn't do anything to help starter Jeff Zatkoff. Crosby has just two goals and nine points total in 17 games, but he does have that delicious ability to go off at any time. Unfortunately, the whole squad seems to be skating in quicksand and few of them are clicking. The points will come, but man, we feel for your suffering.
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