Now, the streak is over. Pittsburgh Penguinshad the longest winning streak in the entire National Hockey League before they ran into the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers. The Penguins lost in overtime 2-3 to in-state rival Philadelphia Flyers on March 18 snapping the third longest winning streak for the franchise. With the next two games set at home, the team looks to get back on the winning track especially with the support of the owners of Pittsburgh Penguins tickets at a really high level right now. They are also itching to see their captain, Sidney Crosby, play for the first time in Consol Energy Center since December of 2011.
Crosby, a Hart Memorial Trophy awardee in 2007, returned for the first time in more than three months against the New York Rangers on the road on March 15. In that game, Crosby was slated to play at least 15 minutes for his return against the Rangers. In that game, Crosby played 16 minutes and dished out two assists in their 5-2 win over the division rival. That helped the Penguins extend their winning streak to 10. The win over the East-leading Rangers also featured the return of defenseman Kris Letang, who missed the past five games due to concussion symptoms, the same ailment that caused Crosby to be sidelined for a long time. It was the first time that the Penguins had their most complete lineup in months.
In the next game, Crosby once again set up his teammates for goals dishing out three assists against the New Jersey Devils. During the 5-2 win over their division foe, Crosby felt more comfortable since he returned. He came through with a very solid effort in this game and it showed in the team’s win. Since returning, Crosby already now has five assists. Even though he has not scored a goal since coming back, it won’t be long before he begins to torch once again the goal of opposing teams. Due to their win over the Devils, it helped them win their 11th game in a row which was the longest for this season.
Speaking of Crosby’s assist numbers, this is the sixth time this season that he had multiple-assist games. In the 41 games that he played last season, Crosby only had seven games with multiple assists. He has played only 11 games so far. Since he made his season debut on November 21 against the New York Islanders and scored two goals, Crosby has not made a single goal. This was the longest goal drought of his NHL career.
The Penguins certainly had a very high momentum when they faced the Flyers but their opponent had other things in mind. Flyers rallied from a 0-2 deficit and stunned the Penguins in overtime. Scott Hartnell scored his second goal of the game with less than a second left to beat the red-hot Penguins. A win for the Penguins could’ve tied them with conference leading Rangers for the first place in the East.
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