Sidney Crosby and Co. still piling up points despite injury woes

Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Pascal Dupuis and center Sidney Crosby and defenseman Matt Niskanen ...

Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Pascal Dupuis and center Sidney Crosby and defenseman Matt Niskanen celebrate a goal by left wing Chris Kunitz against the Minnesota Wild during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center on Dec 19, 2013 in Pittsburgh, PA, USA. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:17 PM ET

 It’s hard — damn near impossible, actually — to believe that Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby is still only 26.

Take Joe Colborne’s word for it.

A young whipper-snapper himself at 23, the Calgary Flames centre feels like he’s been watching Crosby for ... well ... forever.

At the Mac’s Midget AAA Tournament.

At the world junior championship.

In the National Hockey League.

“He’s been in the spotlight for so long, since he was 14 or 15. You’ve been hearing about this Sidney Crosby kid for so long,” Colborne said after Friday’s optional skate in Pittsburgh.

“And then he comes along, and he’s just as good as advertised. There’s so many kids that are supposed to be the next big thing and they never really reach those lofty goals ... But every level he’s gone to, he’s hit those unbelievably high expectations. It’s unbelievable to watch.”


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