May 10, 2013
Sidney Crosby scores Mario Lemieux-like goal
By CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

Penguins forward Sidney Crosby takes a shot against the Islanders during Game 5 of their NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinal at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, May 9, 2013. (JUSTIN J. ALLER/Getty Images/AFP)

PITTSBURGH - Sidney Crosby has seen the video a couple of times.

Like the Pittsburgh Penguins captain said, who hasn’t?

Thursday night in Game 5 of the Penguins’ opening round series against the New York Islanders, Crosby pulled off a fair imitation of the famous goal scored by former Penguins captain turned owner Mario Lemieux in the 1991 Stanley Cup final.

Lemieux dangled past a couple of Minnesota North Stars defencemen before undressing goaltender Jon Casey.

Thursday night, Crosby took a pass from Penguins forward linemate Jarome Iginla at the Islanders blueline and cut between New York defencemen Lubomir Visnovsky and Thomas Hickey, brushing Hickey aside. He then bore down on Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, snapping a shot to the stick side to make it 3-0 at the 14-minute mark of the second period.

“(Lemieux)’s was much nicer than mine. He went through guys, stickhandled through them and stickhandled around the goalie, too. I had a few less moves and a pretty basic shot. I’ll take the goal no matter how it goes in,” said Crosby when asked to compare the goals.

“It was a pretty amazing goal, pretty spectacular,” said Penguins coach Dan Bylsma. “Not only did he display the speed you can see from him, the move going through, underneath the stick then breaking in and still coming out on the other side for a big goal for us.

“I thought that goal really propelled our team in dramatic fashion.”

CROSBY'S GOAL



LEMIEUX'S GOAL





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