“He can go down the entire Penguins lineup,” Armstrong said, “and tell you five good things about every guy and how much he means to the team, even the guy who isn’t playing. He has a large amount of respect for what everyone brings to the team. I hate to use a cliché term like down-to-earth, but when you have a guy like him being that inclusive, it bleeds through your whole locker room.”
Crosby finished the regular season tied for second behind Connor McDavid (100 points) with 89 points, and finished second behind Malkin with 27 playoff points. But Crosby’s ability to steal the show when playoff series are on the line most impresses even his most scrutinous critics.
In Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, with the Predators having stolen the series momentum with consecutive lopsided victories in Nashville, Crosby drew a penalty on his opening shift, the Penguins scored on the ensuing power play, and he set up three more goals in a 6-0 rout that swung the series back into the Penguins’ favor.
“When you can elevate your game when the stakes are higher and when you’re needed the most, that’s the mark of greatness,” Boucher said. “After drawing that penalty, Malkin joins the party, Kessel [Phil Kessel] joins the party, and when you have that, they’re a team that’s tough to beat. And it’s all because Crosby started it.
“The thing that stands out to me is this guy is so driven and so tenacious. I told my son this: ‘If you’re going to watch one guy play hockey and model your game after, it’s Sidney Crosby. He doesn’t give up on plays, he gets his nose in there and he works. He’s driven.'”
Performing at the highest level in games that mean the most ultimately will serve as Crosby’s legacy and cement his place in hockey history, Armstrong said.
“Everyone wants to count Stanley Cups, and obviously, Mario was the Sidney Crosby of his time, bringing Cups to Pittsburgh and saving the team from moving post-career,” Armstrong said. “With the Penguins drafting Crosby and winning three Stanley Cups under his captaincy, I think he’s got to be right up there with all those greats in the game that have given so much. He’s in a special group with those guys — in a bubble all by themselves at the top — and there’s a gap to everyone else.”
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