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Sidney Crosby makes similar assists 7 years to the day apart

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Last night's overtime assist by Sidney Crosby looked mighty familiar.

Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

April 16, 2010 -- Sidney Crosby spins Ottawa Senators player Jason Spezza like a top behind the net; grind, grind grind then passes back to Kris Letang for what ends up being the eventual game-winning goal.

April 16, 2017 --Sidney Crosby spins Columbus Blue Jackets player David Savard like a top behind the net; grind, grind grind then passes out to Jake Guentzel for what ends up being the game-winning goal in overtime.

The times may change but Crosby's play helping the Penguins win a playoff game has been scarily consistent.

Also look at the NHL's All-time leading scorer list from Hockey Reference:


Last night with 3 assists, Evgeni Malkin surpassed legends like Brendan Shanahan and Guy Lafleur in all-time NHL scoring, up to 38th place overall.

Crosby's just a few points up on Geno, and Sid will match Ron Francis's NHL playoff total with one more point. Kind of crazy to think about in that light, huh?

Other than Marian Hossa listed above (149 points), and of course the ageless Jaromir Jagr (201 points in 208 playoff games), Crosby and Malkin are the highest scoring active players in playoff scoring.