Hit me stupid, Sidney! | NHL.com

Sidney Crosby has such a history of rising to the occasion and delivering memorable moments, which he did for his first NHL goal.

After making his long-awaited debut on October 5, 2005 in New Jersey, the 18-year-old phenom has picked up an assist in each of his first two games, both on the road. The Penguins then returned to Pittsburgh for the city’s highly anticipated first look at their new franchise center on October 8 against Boston, and Crosby did not disappoint, saving his first goal for the home crowd.

After recording a pair of assists late in the first period and early in the second, the Penguins were on the power play late in the middle of the period. The streak began with Crosby carrying the puck out of the corner and sweeping a shot towards the net that hit a Bruins stick and bounced off a crashing Ziggy Palffy.

The rebound then went to Mark Recchi, who quickly slid it to Crosby on the doorstep – and ‘Sid the Kid’ buried it in front of Bruins goaltender Hannu Toivonen for the first of what’s on the point of being 500 NHL goals.

“It was kind of a scramble, and I waved at him,” Recchi, now an assistant coach for New Jersey, said before Pittsburgh’s 4-2 win over the Devils on Sunday at the Prudential Center. “He knocked home. I remember his first goal.”

Crosby leapt into the glass behind the net with his arms raised triumphantly, with Recchi, Palffy, Sergei Gonchar and Ric Jackman all skating to congratulate him as Hall of Fame broadcaster Mike Lange cried, “Sidney Crosby scored his first baseman in a Pittsburgh Penguins uniform! Oh, slap me silly, Sidney!”

The Penguins faithful present to witness the story were all on their feet, giving the teenager a long standing ovation as Crosby walked to the bench and received punches, hugs and slaps on the helmet from his teammates who were absolutely thrilled for him.

“It’s a great feeling to be a teammate who’s been part of it,” Recchi said. “Especially since he’s the first overall pick, there’s a lot of pressure and everything that goes with being first overall. You want him to get off to a good start. And make it go away pretty early on was great. away everyone knew he was a great person. You could tell right away. So you always push for these guys.

And being part of the true stat line — Crosby, his NHL first, of Recchi and Palffy — is a pretty awesome feeling, too.

“It’s special. It really is,” Recchi said. “He’s going to go down to the top five, top 10, whatever he ends up being. He’s going to be up there. And being part of something like that is really cool for somebody.”

While that tally is always special, for Recchi, Crosby’s most memorable goal came the following season when the Penguins hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning on January 7, 2007.

“I remember the one I made a shitty pass on and he dove in,” Recchi said with a laugh. “It was just at the end of a period. He dipped, but that’s just typical. They always say you can never give a great player a bad pass. He was a perfect example, because it was not a good pass.”

Yevgeny Malkinwho has had the most assists on Crosby’s goals over the years, didn’t pick up a point on that one – but also named him his favorite because of the determination Sid showed on the game.

“I was behind and saw it all. I’m not just talking about his jump; I’m talking about the fact that he tried so hard to score,” Malkin said. “He started in the D zone and he saw Mark Recchi a bit ahead of him. And he just started skating so hard and going straight, and I just knew he was going to score because he went so hard He was so hungry to score and I remember he dove and just a little poke in the puck It’s an incredible goal.

Coincidentally, Crosby ended up helping on Recchi’s own 500and goal, scored later that month, on January 26, 2007. Recchi knows from experience how difficult it is to reach that milestone, as he is currently one of only 45 players in NHL history to do so. to arrive at. And when Crosby, who enters Tuesday’s game against Philadelphia with 499 goals, gets there, he will become the 46and and just the second active player behind Alex Ovechkin.

“He’s just over 1,000 games now. Scoring every other game is tough,” Recchi said. “To be this consistent over the past 17 years is just amazing.”

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