Sidney Crosby is a killer. The NHL’s version of the Scranton Strangler. When the game is on the line, No. 87 turns into a puck magnet and he almost always cashes in on his chances to finish the opposition off if he’s given even a second of time and an inch of space. That was the case last night, as the Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs had played an incredibly entertaining game to a 1-all tie with less than 10 minutes to go in the third.
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The play is started by Crosby, who “wins” a faceoff by batting it into the corner. It seems to be a set stance with Chris Kunitz, who immediately takes off after the puck is dropped. The pressure from Kunitz forces Toronto’s defenseman to make a rushed play, and the Penguins maintain the zone.
Crosby had been drifting toward the middle of the slot since batting the puck deeper into Toronto’s zone on the faceoff, and he’s left all alone to fire a shot by Jonathan Bernier. Nikolai Kulemin struggled to keep pace with Crosby all night, and he was burned badly on this goal by allowing the best forward in the world to get a few feet of space on him.