On his second shift of the game, Crosby took the puck at his own blue line and skated through the neutral zone along the left-side boards. At the attacking blue line, he faked out defenseman Erik Karlsson, who was caught a bit on his heels, and got free in the circle to snap off a low shot that beat Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson to the far side to give Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead at 3:16 of the first.
Crosby's 100th postseason point came in his 75th playoff game. Four players have reached 100 points faster: Wayne Gretzky (46 games), Mario Lemieux (50), Jari Kurri (67) and Mike Bossy (74).
Crosby's first 100 playoff points included 37 goals and 63 assists. The goal Friday was his fourth of this postseason and gave him 10 points in seven games.
He scored again later in the first period, moving him past Ron Francis into fourth place on Pittsburgh's all-time scoring list for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and completed his second career playoff hat trick 1:15 into the second period.
Lemieux (172 points in 107 games), Jaromir Jagr (147 points in 140 games) and Kevin Stevens (106 points in 103 games) are the top three playoff scorers in franchise history.