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Penguins' Crosby stuck in scoring rut

by Dan Rosen

NEW YORK -- Sidney Crosby is in a scoring slump.

Those are seven words you don't write, read, say or hear together very often. But it's true. Crosby has no goals in seven consecutive games and in 17 of the past 19. He has two goals since opening the season with seven in his first eight games.

Sidney Crosby
Center - PIT
GOALS: 9 | ASST: 26 | PTS: 35
SOG: 78 | +/-: 9
If you take it back to last season, Crosby has 10 goals in his past 44 games, including one in 13 games in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Granted it's not all bad. Crosby has 19 assists in the past 19 games, he's tied for the League lead with 35 points, and the Pittsburgh Penguins lead the Metropolitan Division with 39 points.

But make no mistake, the lack of goal production bothers Crosby.

"You still want to score," he said. "You look at the chances. It's more frustrating when the chances aren't there, and there have been times where the chances haven't been there. That's frustrating. When you're getting them, you believe and you trust that they're going to go in."

Crosby said he feels he has been getting better chances of late. He had four shots on goal in a 3-2 win against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday, then two shots and five attempts in a 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Rangers on Monday.

"I feel like if I get those opportunities every night, they're going to go in," Crosby said, "but maybe I can put the odd empty-netter once in a while when I get the opportunity."

Crosby joking about padding his stats -- six more words you don't write, read, say or hear together very often.


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