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Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel all scoring in same game a rarity

It’s only happened three times.

New York Islanders v Pittsburgh Penguins Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images

Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby’s goals got the Pittsburgh Penguins back the lead, while Phil Kessel’s goal gave them the insurance they needed to prevent any surprise last-minute comeback attempts by the Islanders.

Malkin and Kessel lead the Penguins in goal scoring, along with Patric Hornqvist, with three each. Sidney Crosby, who’s been back for two games now, has two, himself.

In 2015-16, it was Crosby, Malkin, and Kessel who were 1-2-3 in Pens goal scoring, too.

And yet, that game against the Islanders was a rarity - because all three scored in the same game. Via the Elias Sports Bureau:

Crosby (36), Malkin (27) and Kessel (26) were Pittsburgh's top three goal scorers in 2015-16, but they scored goals in the same game only twice in the regular season (Oct. 20 vs. Florida and March 3 vs. Rangers) and never during the playoffs in which the Penguins captured their fourth Stanley Cup.

And yep, they won both of those games: 3-2 and then 4-1 (Hornqvist got the other goal in that Rangers win, too). So when all three of Pittsburgh’s big forward stars come together, the night is pretty much guaranteed to go well.

It just so happens to be it’s only happened three times, now!