Amazing. Beautiful. Wow.
Those were just a few of the words uttered by the Penguins regarding a filthy goal by their captain, Sidney Crosby.
And on Wednesday night he reminded the world of how spectacular he is in a 3-2 overtime win against Colorado at PPG Paints Arena.
Crosby scored a goal in the first period that was, well, Crosby-esque. The play displayed Crosby's drive, hustle, hand-eye coordination, smarts, hands, patience and finish.
The Penguins were breaking out of their zone during 4-on-4 play. Justin Schultz's pass was a little too far. Crosby reached out and knocked the puck ahead. Crosby raced (hustle) after the puck and both he and Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson sticked at the puck, knocking it into the air.
Crosby grabbed the puck (hand-eye coordination) and had the presence of mind to throw it ahead of himself to maintain his stride (smarts) and get around Johnson. The Avs blueliner gave chase as Crosby cut to the goal.
Crosby anticipated a stick check from Samuel Girard, who was between the Penguins' captain and the net. Once Girard committed, Crosby dragged (hands) the puck behind the defenseman and cut across the crease.
And then there was one: goaltender Phlipp Grubauer. Instead of shooting immediately, Crosby waited (patience) for Grubauer to commit. The goaltender dropped to his knees. Crosby then pulled the puck around Grubauer as he tried to sprawl out and tapped it into the net from the backhand of a harsh angle (finish) for his fourth goal of the season.
Video: COL@PIT: Crosby scores on backhand after nifty move
"I had a small 2-on-1. I was thinking shoot, then I just tried to hold onto it and wait for something to open up," Crosby said. "I was waiting to get into an area to get a shot off. I tried to use my momentum to get to the other side of the net."
Crosby has scored a number of marvelous goals throughout his career, including a similar goal against Edmonton.
Video: PIT@EDM: Crosby scores spectacular goal in OT
Crosby's teammates were also impressed by the feat, especially those on the ice to see it up close.
Sam Lafferty: "So many things went into that goal. He wins the battle, then protects it, then makes that play. And, wow, just amazing."
Marcus Pettersson: "That's a signature move, how patient he is in tight like that, and can pull it all the way over and score. It was beautiful."
Head coach Mike Sullivan: "We have the privilege of watching him night in and night out. Sometimes we marvel at what he does out there, and tonight that goal was one of them."
So where does this latest edition stand in his archives?
"They all only count as one, it doesn't matter how pretty they are," Crosby said. "Those are fun. When you get them you have fun with it."