The Pittsburgh Penguins misplaced to the New York Rangers on Thursday, however Sidney Crosby nonetheless managed to achieve a private milestone that has him inching nearer to a Wayne Gretzky report.
Together with his two assists within the Penguins’ 4-2 loss, he reached 83 factors for the 2022-23 season. Meaning he’s assured to complete the season with not less than a one-point per recreation common. It’s the 18th consecutive season he has carried out so, reaching that mark in each single considered one of his seasons within the NHL.
That is only one season wanting the all-time report set by Wayne Gretzky, who averaged not less than one level per recreation in 19 consecutive seasons.
Gordie Howe (17 consecutive seasons) is the one different participant apart from Crosby and Gretzky to achieve that mark in additional than 16 consecutive seasons.
It’s a testomony not solely to Crosby’s greatness, but additionally his sturdiness to nonetheless be such a top-tier participant even into his late 30s. Whereas Gretzky performed the majority of his profession within the highest-scoring period of all-time (the Nineteen Eighties and early Nineties), Crosby entered the NHL and performed the early a part of his profession in one of many lowest-scoring eras with a number of the greatest goaltending the league has ever seen. He additionally misplaced a good portion of his prime years between 2010-11 and 2012-13 to move and neck accidents.
Regardless of all of that, he has remained probably the most productive gamers in league historical past. Additionally probably the most constant.
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