by Tony on 12/30/08 at 02:32 PM ET
From the Penguins:
Sidney Crosby to Play 250th Game Tonight
Penguins center ranks among top all-time NHL scorers at 250-game mark
Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby will play his 250th career NHL regular season game tonight when the Penguins take on the Boston Bruins at Mellon Arena.
The 21-year-old Crosby ranks among the top scorers in NHL history at this juncture of his career, with 343 points through 249 games. If he scores two points tonight, he will tie New York Islanders Hall of Famer Mike Bossy for the fifth-highest total in NHL history after 250 games.
The top all-time scorers through 250 games, as compiled by the Elias Sports Bureau:
Wayne Gretzky 537
Mario Lemieux 423
Peter Stastny 403
Eric Lindros 360
Mike Bossy 345
SIDNEY CROSBY 343 (total through 249 games)
Crosby became the youngest NHL player to score 100 points as an 18-year-old rookie in 2005-06. He became the youngest NHL scoring champion as a 19-year-old in 2006-2007.
Excuse the abbreviated preview, wrapping up my holiday excursion today and heading down I-79 later this afternoon for tonight’s game.
Tough matchup tonight for the Penguins, as the red-hot Boston Bruins are in town tonight at the Igloo. Eventually, these comments like “we put forth a good effort” and “we deserved to win” must start translating into wins. If you haven’t noticed, nearly all the teams ahead of the Pens in the Eastern Conference standing just keep on winning.
It will no doubt be a very physical affair, led by Milan Lucic and Scott Thornton. It most likely won’t be enough simply to have Eric Godard, if he is even in the lineup, to square off with a Bruin. There will definitely be major hitting all over the place, and the Pens will have to match those.
Looking forward to re-visiting the Igloo tonight. Probably won’t have a recap up until sometime tomorrow night, when I get back home in Va Beach.
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