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Crosby climbs back to mountain top with trick

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

Sidney Crosby was stuck at 34 goals.

The Pens captain went seven straight games without a goal and watched as Brad Marchand overtook him for the NHL's goal scoring lead. 

Crosby's goal-scoring drought has ended with a Biblical flood. He scored six goals in his past four games, including his 10th career hat trick in Pittsburgh's 4-0 win against the Florida Panthers at PPG Paints Arena on Sunday afternoon.

"It's great. Sometimes those chances go in, sometimes they don't," Crosby said. "Today I got some nice passes. Guys created and I just happened to be in the right spot."

Crosby's 40 goals on the season top the NHL - three more than second-place Marchand - and mark the second time in his career that he's broken the 40-goal barrier.

Crosby also has 10 points (3G-7A) in his last five games to climb back to the top of the NHL's scoring race - currently tied with Edmonton's Connor McDavid with 80 points.

"We've created a lot of chances as a line and as a team we have the mindset of finding ways to win with guys out," Crosby said. "We've created for a good number of games. It's good to see it go in."

That line of which Crosby is speaking consists of himself and linemates Conor Sheary and Jake Guentzel, both of whom set career highs with three-assist games.

"(Crosby) is leading the league in goals and that's not by accident," Sheary said. "So getting the puck in his hands is never a bad thing."

"It's pretty unique to see," rookie Guentzel said. "To be a part of, it's pretty special. Growing up, you watch him. To be on his line right now is pretty special. Just making the most of it."

Crosby appreciates the efforts of his linemates, although he wasn't willing to give his full endorsement of naming the line "Sid and the Kids."

"I never got into the lines or nicknames," Crosby said with a smile. "I'm not going to start now. I'll leave that you guys."

The line of Guentzel-Crosby-Sheary has produced 25 total points (10G-15A) in 5 games together.

"We're consistently getting chances. It doesn't matter who gets them, they'll go in," Crosby said. "Those guys have a ton of speed and they're strong on pucks and they're making plays."

While Guentzel and Sheary are making plays, it is Crosby who is finishing the plays.

"It just depends on who has the lucky night of being in the right place," Crosby said.

St. Patrick's Day may be over, but today luck was on Crosby's side. 

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