Crosby was announced as a finalist for the 2018-19 Hart Memorial Trophy on Sunday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports. This is Crosby's seventh top-3 finish in Hart Trophy voting, as he looks for his third win. He scored 35 goals and 100 points in 79 games this season, his first 100-point campaign since the 2013-14 season. The 31-year-old continues building his Hall of Fame resume.
Crosby will not attend the 2019 IIHF World Championship with Canada, instead spending the offseason recovering and preparing for next year, Sam Kasan of Pens Inside Scoop reports. After a disappointing four-game exit from the playoffs in which Crosby logged a lone assist, it shouldn't come as a surprise to see the world-class competitor anxious to get started on his preparation for the 2019-20 campaign. While the season may have ended sooner than the veteran center was hoping, he is coming off one of his best years after racking up 100 points for the first time since 2013-14. While changes might be coming for the entire Pens roster, Sid the Kid is probably one of only two untouchable players along with Evgeni Malkin.
Crosby had a goal and an assist in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Rangers. Crosby hit 100 points (35 goals, 65 assists) for the first time since he had 104 in 2013-14. It was the sixth time he hit the century mark in 14 NHL seasons. Crosby becomes the sixth guy to hit that height this season.
Crosby had a goal and two assists in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Red Wings. He's tied with Johnny Gaudreau for sixth in NHL scoring with 98 points. It was a big game for Crosby, who had been struggling with just three assists in his previous nine games. He could still hit 100 points with a solid performance Saturday. It would be Crosby's sixth 100-point season if he does.
Crosby picked up an assist in Tuesday's shootout loss to Carolina. Crosby is stuck in a four-game goal drought and has just one point in his previous three contests, which doesn't bode well for the Pens considering Evgeni Malkin (upper body) is currently out of action. The 31-year-old Crosby needs just seven more points to reach the 100-mark for the first time since 2013-14, but has just eight more games to get there.
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