by Patrick Hoffman on 11/22/11 at 11:00 AM ET
This simply describes the play of Pittsburgh Penguins’ captain Sidney Crosby.
In his first game since January 5, 2011, Crosby picked up two goals and two assists for four points in just over 15 minutes played in a 5-0 whitewash of the lowly New York Islanders. Yes folks, you read that right - four points in 15-minutes. Imagine if he got his usual ice time.
I know that I am a New York Rangers’ fan and should not like the enemy. However, I am a hockey fan first and have really come to appreciate what Crosby does for the game of hockey.
Last night, Sid “the Kid” showed his amazing offensive talent, an ability to put the puck wherever he wants and the power and accuracy to shoot the puck from anywhere (8 shots on goal), whether it is on the forehand or backhand. Simply put, he was a hockey specimen last night.
Crosby was also terrific in the face-off circle for his club. He won over 60 percent of the draws he took and team head coach Dan Bylsma was confident in Crosby enough to send him out there for draws in the team’s defensive zone.
Obviously, his offensive outburst did not come against a top tier team in the National Hockey League. Nevertheless, it was great to see the best player in the NHL back on the ice and doing what he loves to do.
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