If you forgot how damn good Sidney Crosby is at hockey, Tuesday he reminded you.
The Pittsburgh Penguins star scored a highlight-reel goal by racing through the middle of four Buffalo Sabres players and roofing the puck past goalie Robin Lehner with, get this ONE HAND.
Leave it to Crosby, arguably the best player on the planet, to walk through an entire defense and score an unreal backhander with just his right hand.
He now leads the NHL with 41 goals and is second in points (81) to only Connor McDavid (82).
After reaching the Stanley Cup Final in consecutive years in 2008 and 2009, the Penguins and Crosby didn’t make the championship series again until 2016. Matched up against the Sharks, the two teams played an entertaining, back-and-forth series that featured three one-goal games and two overtime games. Two games that were decided by two goals each featured an empty-net goal.
And in Game 6, a 3-1 Penguins victory at SAP Center, Crosby helped set up the Stanley Cup-winning goal. Pittsburgh led 1-0 in the second period before the Sharks tied the game. But 79 seconds after Logan Couture scored, Crosby found defenseman Kris Letang who beat Martin Jones, making it 2-1, to help Pittsburgh end its seven-year Cup drought.
Crosby’s rise to the NHL was meteoric. Along with Evgeni Malkin, he instantly helped the Penguins get back to the playoffs. A year after both players made their NHL debut, the Penguins qualified for the 2007 postseason. In 2008, the Penguins made it all the way to the Stanley Cup, where they ran into the Red Wings and lost in six games.