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Pens' Crosby Ties For NHL Goal-Scoring Title, Earns Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
Sidney Crosby scored his 50th and 51st goals of the season Sunday against the New York Islanders, earning a share of the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy that goes to the NHL's goal-scoring champion.

Crosby and Steve Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning tied for the NHL lead with 51 goals each. There is no tiebreaker for the Richard Trophy, so both Crosby and Stamkos are considered co-winners.

Crosby is the first Penguins player to win the Richard Trophy since the inception of the award in 1998-99.

He becomes only the second Penguin ever to lead the NHL in goals - joining Mario Lemieux, who was the league goal-scoring champion three times, in 1987-88, 1988-89 and 1995-96.

Crosby is the eighth Penguin in history to hit the 50-goal mark, along with Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, Kevin Stevens, Rick Kehoe, Pierre Larouche, Jean Pronovost and Mike Bullard.

Crosby's five points Sunday gave him 109 for the season, tied for second in the league behind Art Ross Trophy winner Henrik Sedin of Vancouver (112).
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