The top five performances from Sidney Crosby’s MVP season


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Sidney Crosby was rewarded for his great season by being voted as the league’s most valuable player.

The Pittsburgh Penguins center won his second Hart Trophy on Tuesday night, beating out Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks and Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers. Crosby had 36 goals and a league-leading 68 assists to run away with the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer.

The vote was expected to be a landslide and it was, with Crosby getting 128 of 137 first-place votes cast by members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

Here are the top five performances from his MVP season:

October 12, 2013: Penguins 5 at Lightning 4

Crosby tallied his eighth career hat trick as the Penguins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning on the road.

He would score three goals on four shots and add an assist for his second multi-point game of the young season. Crosby would also be on the ice for just four shots against in more than 22 minutes of ice time.

October 15, 2013: Oilers 2 at Penguins 3

Crosby had three assists on the night and matched his longest point streak to begin a season at 12.

The first assist was Gretzky-like, making a nifty pass from behind the net to Pascal Dupuis early in the first period.

December 3, 2013: Penguins 3 at Islanders 2 (OT)

Crosby scored two goals on five shots, including the game winner in overtime after stealing the puck from Thomas Vanek at the Islanders’ blue line, then navigating through a 1-on-3 disadvantage before hitting a wrister past goalie Anders Nilsson.

“Their D were pretty flat-footed because I had to come gap-up, so I just tried to get through there and get a shot off,” said Crosby after the game.

March 18, 2014: Stars 1 at Penguins 5

The Penguins would win this game going away thanks to two goals and an assist from Crosby, but ignoring special teams and lead-protecting situations, Sid the Kid took five of the Penguins’ 10 shots with him on the ice and allowed only three against.

March 30, 2014: Blackhawks 1 at Penguins 4

Sidney Crosby put eight shots on net and scored his 35th goal and 36th goals of the season, including this 2-on-1 with Lee Stempniak to give Pittsburgh a 3-1 lead late in the third period.

Neil Greenberg analyzes advanced sports statistics for the Fancy Stats blog and prefers to be called a geek rather than a nerd.
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