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Crosby's surge reminiscent of Gretzky, Lemieux @NHL

PITTSBURGH (AP) - At age 23, Sidney Crosby has won a Stanley Cup, the NHL MVP award and a scoring title. He's a cultural icon in his native Canada, where he was chosen as a national magazine's man of the year for his Olympic gold medal-winning goal.

So what's left for Crosby to accomplish in a career that would be complete for most players? Apparently, plenty.

In a league where blanketing defenses, lineman-sized defensemen and excellent goaltending make goal-scoring increasingly difficult, Crosby is accumulating statistics rarely seen since Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux were in their prime. Crosby has at least one point - and usually a lot more - in 17 consecutive games while leading the Penguins on an 11-game winning streak.

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