Thoughts, musings and observations from the Pens' 6-3 loss against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center.
* The Pens wasted a brilliant effort by their captain, Sidney Crosby. Pittsburgh lost the contest despite Crosby recording his 11th career hat trick, which included two goals in the final minute of the second period 42-seconds apart.
When the Pens desperately needed their leader to step up, he did. But in the end, he had little help. It was a fantastic performance from Crosby, but it went all for naught.
* This entire piece should have been in praise of Crosby and his effort to lead the Pens to a win. Though the result wasn't what the team wanted, Crosby's contributions cannot be ignored.
His goals aside, it was Crosby's fight and battle even though the Pens trailed 3-0 with less than a minute to play in the second period. He didn't give up or coast. He didn't pack it in and quit. He went to work. Slowly, methodically and patiently chipping away at the Avalanche lead.
Crosby showed why he is the team's captain. He led by example. And he led by production. Unfortunately tonight, it just wasn't enough.
* Crosby's goals were sweet though. He scored on a second-effort breakaway, pushing his own rebound into the net along with Philipp Grubauer's pad. He scored his second from a bad angle by finding a sliver of room on the post. His hat trick goal came from driving to the net, finding his own rebound (again) and popping it top shelf.
Just another day in the life of Sidney Crosby.
* The turning point in this contest came in the third period with the score tied at 3-3. Pittsburgh had a power play halfway through the frame, but failed to score. Less than 30 seconds after the penalty expired Gabriel Landeskog scored to give Colorado a lead it would never lose.