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The Goal-den Boys

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, good at hockey!

Pittsburgh Penguins v Los Angeles Kings Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Today’s stat of the day (from the always fun hockey-reference) - those with 50+ goals in the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, career, since 2005-06.

By virtue of his hat trick last night Sidney Crosby pushed in front of teammate Evgeni Malkin who scored a goal himself against the Flyers in Game 1.

The list of 100+ playoff points since 2005-06 has those same two names from the Penguins at the top-

Crosby currently sits 19th all-time on the playoff scoring list, 4 points behind Peter Forsberg. And, believe it or not, 5 points behind Mario Lemieux who is currently 17th. Lemieux played 107 career playoff games (to Crosby’s 149 and counting). If Crosby could get 21 more points he would be 8th overall. Maybe it doesn’t happen this year but there is a very good chance that with a few more playoff appearances Crosby will be closing in on the very, very peak of NHL playoff scoring for all time.

Malkin isn’t far behind, Geno tied the venomous Claude Lemieux for 25th place in playoff scoring last night. He’s 2 points back of a trio of legendary hall of famers who all have 160 points (Al MacInnis, Mike Bossy and no less than Mr. Hockey Gordie Howe himself). With 18 more points, Malkin would be tied for 14th all-time in playoff scoring.

It’s amazing to think of how much these modern day greats have accomplished. And as we saw in Game 1 last night, they’re not exactly thinking about slowing down any time soon. This time of year is all about the team over individuals but Crosby and Malkin have put on a career of highlights in clutch times worth celebrating and now we sit back and witness just how far they can climb.