Sidney Crosby knew he had a major legacy to live up to when he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Mario Lemieux is the undisputed hockey God of the Steel City. Mario even became the face of the team when he put together an ownership group to save the franchise from relocation.
Crosby offered the Penguins that same kind of generational talent when he arrived in the league. Since then, he has been a menace to teams around the NHL, particularly the rival Philadelphia Flyers. It was poetic justice that Crosby reached a major career milestone against those same Flyers.
With the game tied 1-1 early in the first period, Evgeni Malkin found Crosby for a power play goal. It was the 500th of his career. Only Mario Lemieux ever achieved the feat entirely in black and gold. Crosby said it was the perfect way to notch #500, according to ESPN.
“You look back at different things over the last 17 years, and that’s a memory I’ll always hold close. With Geno assisting, with it being at home against Philadelphia, knowing the history of those two teams — and getting the win at the end — changes the whole dynamic.”
Defenseman Kris Letang said he’s happy Crosby scored his 500th in such a storybook way. The Penguins went on to win the game in overtime, 5-4. The Penguins tweeted out a video of Mario Lemieux congratulating Sid the Kid on the achievement.
The goal was Sidney Crosby’s 50th against the Philadelphia Flyers. Sidney has long been a thorn in the side, and the two teams have had some legendary clashes during his career. In a career filled with injury, bad luck, and constant challenge. it couldn’t have been a more perfect setting for Crosby to net this milestone goal.
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