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Sid's point streak hits 20

Wednesday, 12.15.2010 / 7:51 PM / News

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Sid's point streak hits 20
Sidney Crosby set a career high by extending his point streak to 20 games with a first-period assist in Pittsburgh's game against the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.

Crosby worked a brilliant give-and-go with Evgeni Malkin, taking a feed in the Rangers' zone and then returning the puck to the Russian star behind the ' defense. Malkin easily beat goaltender Henrik Lundqvist with 13 seconds left in the period to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead.

The 20-game streak surpassed Crosby's previous best, a 19-gamer in the early part of the 2007-08 season. Crosby had 30 points during that streak; he now has 39 points (20 goals, 19 assists) during his current streak.

Crosby tied Colorado's Paul Stastny for the second-longest scoring streak since 2005 -- Stastny scored in 20 consecutive games in 2006-07. The longest streak in the last five years belongs to Dany Heatley, who had at least one point in 22 consecutive games while playing for Ottawa in 2005-06.

Single-season point streaks of 20+ games since 1990-91
20 Crosby, Sidney, PIT 11/05/2010 12/15/2010 (active)
20 Stastny, Paul, COL 02/03/2007 03/17/2007
22 Heatley, Dany, OTT 10/05/2005 11/29/2005
20 Oates, Adam, BOS 01/07/1997 02/20/1997
21 Oates, Adam, BOS 03/04/1993 04/14/1993
30 Sundin, Mats, QUE 10/08/1992 12/10/1992
25 Hull, Brett, STL 11/28/1991 01/23/1992
25 Gretzky, Wayne, LAK 02/08/1991 03/28/1991
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