UNIONDALE, N.Y. – It had to happen at some point, and that point occurred Wednesday night on Long Island.
’s remarkable scoring streak came to an end at 25 games after the Penguins captain was held pointless for the first time in two months by the New York Islanders in a 2-1 shootout setback at Nassau Coliseum Wednesday night.
“It would have been nice to keep it going,” Crosby said. “It was one of those games. It was low scoring and both goalies played well. There were chances to be had. It didn’t go in.”
Crosby’s 25-game point streak was the longest in the NHL since Mats Sundin’s 30-game run in 1992-93. Crosby’s 25-game mark was the 11th longest (tied) in NHL history. He totaled 26 goals and 50 points over those 25 games.
Crosby certainly had his opportunities to keep the streak going. In the first period he beat Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro with a nice wrist shot, but the puck smacked off the crossbar.
Crosby set up teammate Evgeni Malkin
in the slot with a beautiful pass. However, DiPietro was there to make the save. RELATED: Aftermath: Islanders 2, Penguins 1 (SO) >>
Perhaps the best chance occurred in the opening minutes in overtime when Crosby helped set up a pinching Paul Martin
right atop the crease. Martin’s shot was stopped by DiPietro, and Crosby’s streak ended as the clocked ticked to zero.
“It’s always easy to look back,” Crosby said of his chances in the game. “There were times over the span (of the streak) where I got points when I didn’t have as many chances as I had (Wednesday). It’s a funny thing the way it works sometime.”
“There were a few chances out there for himself and his linemates to get a goal,” head coach Dan Bylsma said. “It’s a big deal to get points in that many games in our game today. That was extremely good hockey and great plays. It comes to an end (Wednesday), but it didn’t diminish the way he still had those opportunities.”
As the game entered the final minutes, Crosby’s linemates were encouraging him to get a point and keep the streak alive. Crosby said that was the only time when the streak entered his mind.
“Late (in the game) guys were cheering me on and hoping that I’d get it,” Crosby said. “They were looking for me. Over the course of the game and the last few weeks especially, you just try to go out and do the same things and rely on your habits and practice.”
Those habits helped Crosby record a point in 25 straight games. And now that the streak is over, it’s time to start a new one.
“The streak was incredible,” Bylsma said. “I’m sure we’ll see another one from him if he keeps playing the way he is.”
THE STREAK BY THE NUMBERSGames
: 50Earliest He’s Recorded a Point:
3:21 into the 1st period at Washington Dec. 23Latest He’s Recorded a Point:
17:29 into the 3rd period vs. NY Rangers Nov. 152-Point Games: