OTTAWA -- Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said he surprised even himself with his highlight-reel goal against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.
Crosby raced into the Sabres zone, splitting the defense, and raised a one-handed backhand shot over the glove of goaltender Robin Lehner for his NHL-leading 41st goal of the season.
Asked Thursday if he was surprised he scored, Crosby said, "Yeah, I mean usually you're not able to get [the puck] up. I think that one for whatever reason it worked out well, maybe because I had more speed or whatever the case was. It was a fun one to score.
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"It wasn't really much thought, just kind of reacting. It's rare that kind of happens, so it just worked out, but there really wasn't much thought behind it, to be honest with you."
Crosby and the Penguins play the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; NHLN, RDS2, TSN5, ROOT). Pittsburgh trails the Washington Capitals by one point for first place in the Metropolitan Division and NHL with 10 games remaining.
Senators coach Guy Boucher said he got used to seeing incredible things from Crosby when he coached him as assistant with Rimouski of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Crosby had eight points with Rimouski in his first junior exhibition game. Boucher said Crosby's teammates nicknamed him "Darryl" in reference to the NHL-record 10-point game by former Toronto Maple Leafs captain Darryl Sittler on Feb. 7, 1976.
"People don't know that, that's his nickname," Boucher said. "That's where it started. I've seen some sick stuff, even stuff he hasn't done yet. I've seen him twist the puck between his legs and around and flip it. He hasn't done that in a game yet, but I'm pretty sure by the time his career ends, you'll see that.
"There's no end to what that guy can do. That one-hand thing, I've seen him do that in junior too. It's impressive, but am I surprised? Absolutely not. I just hope I'm not surprised tonight by anything. I think he's done enough now. He can wait for the next game."