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|