Saturday, October 08, 2005

Crosby Scores at Home on the Powerplay

It was finally achieved at 18:32 in the second period when Sidney Crosby scored his first NHL goal. It was as exciting as it was anticipated.

Crosby poked home a rebound on the power play in the second period from Palffy and Recchi. The game was covered locally by FOX Sports Net Pittsburgh and the cameras seemed to capture the historical moment with precise timing. They had a medium shot on Crosby with arms raised leaning on the glass. He must have been feeling a whole host of emotions. But most of all, I do know that he is feeling that the monkey off his back has been removed in a big way. He handled it quite well. Didn't act flashy or showboated with some ill conceived choreographed dance. He acted like he did this all the time.

The Penguins bench were all to happy for their new star teammate, Mario was all smiles as well as hometown hero Ryan Malone showing elation for the moment.

The game was fast and high scoring. No matter how much the Penguins threw at rookie goaltender Hannu Toivonen, the Bruins found a way to strike back quickly to keep them in the game.

Mario Lemieux scored twice in the Pittsburgh season home opener, a feat that he hadn't had since 2003. He showed still some flashes of brilliance and displayed why he is still one of the greatest this game has ever seen. He capitalized on Toivonen's mistake of not covering the post with his leg, tapping home his first goal of the season.

Former Penguin Glen Murray spoiled the home opener for the Penguins by slapping a one timer past Sebastian Caron at 1:23 in the OT period.

Crosby: 1 down, 893 to go

Another Game Notable: The American national Anthem was sung a cappella by professionally dressed and Pittsburgh native Christina Aguilera.
[Via: Yahoo! Sports]

P.S. If you want to follow Crosby's career, you can check out this fan bloger journal The Sidney Crosby Show.
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