Sidney Crosby passed Hockey Hall of Famers Bryan Trottier and Nicklas Lidstrom to move into 11th place on the NHL's all-time playoff points list when he scored a goal in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 6-3 loss to the Washington Capitals in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round on Saturday.
Crosby has 184 points (66 goals, 118 assists); Trottier (71 goals, 112 assists) and Lidstrom (54 goals, 129 assists) finished their NHL careers with 183. He would tie Steve Yzerman for 10th place with a point in Game 6 at PPG Paints Arena on Monday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS). Joe Sakic and Doug Gilmour are tied for eighth place with 188.
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Crosby also tied two other Hall of Famers, Denis Savard and Joe Nieuwendyk, for 19th place on the League's all-time playoff goals list when he scored at 4:43 of the second period in Game 5. He needs two more goals to tie Gordie Howe (68) for 18th place. Crosby's goal in Game 5 moved him past Jaromir Jagr into second place in Penguins history behind Mario Lemieux (76).
With nine goals and 11 assists in 11 games, Crosby has reached the 20-point mark in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the fourth time in his NHL career, the most in Penguins history. Wayne Gretzky (nine times), Mark Messier (seven), Jari Kurri (six) and Glenn Anderson (five) are the only players in NHL history to have at least 20 points in a playoff year more often than Crosby, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
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Crosby is the third player in the 2018 playoffs to reach the 20-point mark. He joined linemate Jake Guentzel (21 points) and Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak (20).
The 2018 playoffs are the fourth NHL history, and the first in 29 years, when at least three players reached the 20-point mark by the conclusion of the second round. It also happened in 1981 (Mike Bossy, Gretzky, Ken Linseman), 1983 (Gretzky, Rick Middleton, Barry Pederson) and 1989 (Gretzky, Tim Kerr, Brian Propp).
Crosby (27 points; eight goals, 19 assists) was one of four players with at least 20 points in the 2017 postseason. The others were teammates Evgeni Malkin (28 points; 10 goals, 18 assists), Phil Kessel (23 points; eight goals, 15 assists) and Guentzel (21 points; 13 goals, eight assists).
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