CRANBERRY, Pa. — Sidney Crosby is two online games from passing Mario Lemieux for the most played for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Just you should not inform Crosby.
“I am not there nonetheless so I am not heading to talk about it,” Crosby reported Monday. “I am not heading there.”
By means of his 914 online games, all with the Penguins, Crosby has received a reputation for getting extremely superstitious. So it can make sense that he would stay so on the verge of matching Lemieux.
The 31-calendar year-outdated heart will tie Pittsburgh’s Corridor of Fame heart turned co-operator when the Penguins go to the Florida Panthers at BB&T Centre on Thursday (7 p.m. ET SNE, SNO, FS-F, ATTSN-PT, NHL.Television). He could move Lemieux when the Penguins go to the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Saturday.
Crosby’s teammates were not as hesitant to talk about the document.
“You check out him engage in, he is an unbelievable player out there,” ahead Phil Kessel reported.
Reaching this milestone never ever was guaranteed for Crosby.
Like Lemieux, who had Hodgkin lymphoma and back again problems through his 17-year NHL job, Crosby has dealt with health challenges, notably a concussion sustained through the 2011 NHL Winter season Basic against the Washington Capitals at Heinz Subject in Pittsburgh. He played nine of the Penguins’ up coming 110 online games.
Crosby returned to the lineup comprehensive time March 15, 2012, and scored 37 factors (8 ambitions, 29 helps) in the remaining 22 online games of the 2011-12 year.
Because the start off of 2012-13, Crosby has played 480 of 511 online games. He won the Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe Trophy as Stanley Cup Playoff MVP in each 2016 and 2017 the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP and the Art Ross Trophy for his League-substantial 104 factors (36 ambitions, 68 helps) in 80 online games in the 2013-14 year and the Maurice Richard Trophy for top NHL with 44 ambitions in 2016-17.
Bryan Rust, who has played on the to start with line with Crosby at several times given that entering the NHL in 2014-15, reported remaining with a single team as extensive as Crosby has is unusual.
“There usually are not way too numerous fellas who can do that and say they’ve accomplished that,” Rust reported. “To say that he is about to tie Mario is just a testament to just what he is accomplished and what he is meant to this franchise.”
Fourteen seasons into his NHL job, Crosby has won the Stanley Cup 3 times (a single additional than Lemieux did as a player). His 1,177 factors and 743 helps with the Penguins are every second to Lemieux (1,723 factors 1,033 helps).
Crosby’s 434 ambitions are third in Penguins historical past driving Lemieux (690) and Jaromir Jagr (439).
In 50 online games this year, Crosby leads the Penguins with 61 factors (23 ambitions, 38 helps).
Patric Hornqvist has been the appropriate wing on Crosby’s line at times all through his 5 seasons in Pittsburgh, and routinely has played on the top rated energy-engage in device with Crosby. He reported he hasn’t observed any sign of Crosby slowing down.
“He’s the captain of this franchise for so numerous several years,” Hornqvist reported. “He will always be a Penguin. He’s heading to be in the Corridor of Fame and be a single of the most effective at any time. It is exciting to see him every solitary working day. I respect all he does for his teammates and this firm.”
The Penguins seemed to enjoy wanting back again on their captain’s job to this position.
As for when Crosby will be all set to do that, he reported with a laugh, “We’ll talk about it when I get there.”