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Sidney Crosby's legacy in Pittsburgh goes beyond Cup

Two-time champion has 'saved' Penguins, sparked surge in area youth hockey

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

PITTSBURGH -- Standing onstage at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles last month, a proud Mario Lemieux was surrounded by fellow members of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian and talking about how one of them, Sidney Crosby, had changed the fortunes of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"He saved our franchise again," Lemieux said, repeating a phrase he's uttered frequently during the 12 seasons since that fateful day when the Penguins won the 2005 NHL Draft Lottery and the right to select Crosby at No. 1.

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Trade Coverage

NHL Trade Buzz: Penguins eye more help on defense

After acquiring Ron Hainsey from Hurricanes, Pittsburgh seeking additional depth

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

Welcome to the NHL Trade Buzz. There are six days remaining until the 2017 NHL Trade Deadline (3 p.m. ET., March 1), and the Pittsburgh Penguins might try to add another defenseman after acquiring Ron Hainsey on Thursday. Also, the Washington Capitals and Minnesota Wild are looking for insurance but are unlikely to mess with chemistry that has been working.

Here's a look around the League at the latest deadline doings:

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Matt Murray of Penguins, Nicklas Backstrom of Capitals quietly in running for individual awards

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Sometimes it's easy to forget that Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray is a rookie.

Murray, 22, already has his name on the Stanley Cup after playing in 21 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season and has looked a lot like a veteran this season, going 21-7-3 with a 2.32 goals-against average, a .924 save percentage and three shutouts.

By reaching 30 career wins in his first 44 NHL appearances (Murray was 9-2-0 in 13 games during the regular season in 2015-16), Murray tied Pete Peeters (1979-80) as the fourth-fastest goalie to that mark. But he qualifies as a rookie and for the Calder Trophy because his 13 regular-season games last season were below the 25-game cutoff.

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NHL Trade Buzz: Tough decisions loom for Lightning

Whether to keep goalie Ben Bishop, forward Brian Boyle presents challenge for GM Steve Yzerman

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Welcome to the NHL Trade Buzz. There are 10 days remaining until the 2017 NHL Trade Deadline (3 p.m. ET, March 1), and the Toronto Maple Leafs are showing they remain committed to their long-term rebuilding plan. Also, the Tampa Bay Lightning will soon have to make tough decisions on what to do with potential unrestricted free agents Ben Bishop and Brian Boyle.

Here's a look around the League at the latest deadline doings:

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Marc-Andre Fleury unsure of future with Penguins

Pittsburgh could move goalie before NHL Trade Deadline, prior to Expansion Draft

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

PITTSBURGH -- Marc-Andre Fleury doesn't know where he'll be after the 2017 NHL Trade Deadline, which comes at 3 p.m. ET on March 1, so he could not be sure if his 44 saves in a 4-3 overtime win against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday might be his last with the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena.

If it was, he has a great memory to take with him.

Although the headline star of the night was Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who got his 1,000th NHL point with a first-period assist and scored the winning goal with 22 seconds remaining in overtime, Fleury had the sellout crowd of 18,638 chanting his name after several highlight-reel saves.

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Sidney Crosby makes sure 1,000th point comes in win

Penguins captain sets up tying goal, scores in overtime for Nos. 1,001, 1,002

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby had already gotten his 1,000th NHL point and another after that. But for this to be the kind of milestone night he wanted, he had to work overtime.

So it was no surprise when Crosby scored with 21.1 seconds remaining in sudden death to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-3 victory against the Winnipeg Jets at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday.

That completed a three-point game for Crosby, giving him 1,002 for his NHL career.

"It's nice to win the game," Crosby said. "When you have a memorable night like this, you want to finish the right way."

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Braden Holtby's mask to support You Can Play Project

Capitals goalie will auction off helmet at Hockey Is For Everyone game Feb. 24

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

As part of the Washington Capitals' Hockey Is For Everyone Night game against the Edmonton Oilers at Verizon Center on Feb. 24, goaltender Braden Holtby will wear an equality-themed mask to support the You Can Play Project.

Holtby has long been an advocate of the LGBTQ community and the You Can Play Project's message of equality and inclusion in sports regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Last June, Holtby and his wife, Brandi, marched in the Capital Pride Parade in Washington after attending the Capital Pride Festival in 2015.

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Red-hot Capitals face challenge after five days off

Coach Barry Trotz says NHL's top team must 'rebuild our game' to keep momentum going

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals headed their separate ways to various warm weather destinations Sunday looking forward to a few days of rest and relaxation during their bye week.

Some of them appeared to already be there in their minds midway through their 6-4 victory against the Anaheim Ducks at Verizon Center on Saturday. There were visions of sandy beaches and frozen drinks dancing in their heads after they led 3-0 and 4-1.

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Jonathan Ericsson of Red Wings out until May

Detroit defenseman will have surgery to repair fractured wrist

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson will require surgery next week to repair his fractured right wrist and is expected to miss 12 weeks, general manager Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press on Friday.

The Red Wings placed Ericsson on long-term injured reserve.

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Andre Burakovsky of Capitals to miss 4-6 weeks

Washington forward sidelined with injury to right hand, out until at least mid-March

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Washington Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky will be out until at least mid-March with a right hand injury, coach Barry Trotz said Friday.

Burakovsky was injured blocking a shot from Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith in the first period of a 6-3 win Thursday. Burakovsky, who turned 22 Thursday, left Verizon Center with his right hand and wrist wrapped.

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