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Sunday, February 7, 2016

900 In Perspective, by @_MAF29

Sidney Crosby is definitely not the most popular player in the current day NHL, outside of the Pittsburgh Penguins fan base. Some credit this to the fact he is a "crybaby", others think he's dirty, and another crowd believes he is not a complete player. Well, no matter their reason, it is rather hard to deny the skill Sidney Crosby possesses.

Throughout his career, Sid has played 677 games, missing 168 games (including playoffs) due to injury and suspension, per Josh Yohe. Over the course of his career, Crosby has 324 goals and 578 assists, for 902 points. This puts Crosby at a 1.3323 career points per game average, leading all active players in that regard. In addition, Crosby is currently sitting at 5th all-time in points per game, only behind the likes of Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Mike Bossy and Bobby Orr (pretty elite company to be with).

This is Sidney Crosby's HERO chart, depicting the underlying numbers for the Penguins Captain in recent years.

A large part of this has been impacted by former head coach Mike Johnston, but nearly all of the categories have seen a large rise since his departure, and the hiring of head coach Mike Sullivan. The new system and head coach may also be accredited for allowing Crosby to go on his recent "warpath", as Steve Dangle Glynn said.

The most recent game against the Florida Panthers was a 3-2 win, in which the Penguins were down 2-0 in the final 6 minutes of regulation but forced overtime and were able to notch the victory. Sidney Crosby figured in on all 3 of the goals, which included career points number 900 (assist), 901 (game-tying goal), and 902 (primary assist on game winning goal). This turned out to be a milestone night for Crosby, as he became the 3rd Penguin in franchise history to reach 900 points (the others being Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr).

Another interesting tidbit is that Sidney Crosby is the 11th fastest player in NHL history to reach 900 points, in only 677 games.

To put this into perspective, in what were much more high scoring eras, the legendary Jaromir Jagr took 681 games to reach 900 points, and Marcel Dionne took 678 games to reach 900 points. During what is essentially the second dead-puck era, Sidney Crosby managed to do it in 677 games. This is quite the feat for Sid, and it speaks volumes to his skill.

Love him, hate him, or just plain indifferent to him; it's hard to deny the insane skill that belongs to the Pittsburgh Penguins captain: Sidney Crosby.

It's only a matter of time before he hits 1000 points...next season, maybe the one after? Doubt it's far away!

Thanks for reading!

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