Sidney Crosby scored a late third-period goal Sunday night against Ottawa to extend his point-scoring streak to 24 games, the longest in the NHL in 18 years.
Crosby jumped off the bench, raced into the Senators’ zone and took a 15-foot backhander that goaltender Brian Elliott got a piece of but couldn’t hold. The puck trickled just over the goal line inside the left post with 3:22 remaining for the Penguins’ only goal in a 3-1 loss.
Crosby had come close to preserving his streak just over three minutes earlier when he drilled a shot from just above the left faceoff dot that beat Elliott but clanged off the far post, just under the crossbar.
Crosby has 24 goals and 46 points in 24 games since being held scoreless in Pittsburgh’s 5-2 loss at Dallas on Nov. 3. The streak is the longest in the NHL since Mats Sundin, then a member of the Quebec Nordiques, had points in 30 consecutive games in 1992-93.
No. 87 finished the night with four of Pittsburgh’s 45 shots, four penalty minutes and an even rating -– he was on the ice for the first of two goals by Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson, a slap shot that beat Marc-Andre Fleury at 13:42 of the first period and gave Ottawa a 2-0 lead.
Crosby leads the NHL with 30 goals and 61 points.