It was another milestone night for Sidney Crosby last night in Denver.
Crosby scored a vintage backhand goal against the Avalanche, helping lead the Penguins to a 5-2 win, ending the team’s four-game losing streak and getting two points at a pivotal point of the season.
With the 2nd period goal last night, Crosby hit the 30-goal mark for the 11th time in his career, tying Mario Lemieux for the most in franchise history.
Sidney Crosby has hit the 30-goal plateau for the 11th time in his career, tying Mario Lemieux for the most in @penguins history.— Penguins PR (@PenguinsPR) March 23, 2023
He is just the 10th player in NHL history to record 11-plus 30-goal seasons with one team. pic.twitter.com/40K6LTpwxJ
However, in typical Sidney Crosby fashion, one milestone wasn’t enough.
In addition to tying the Penguins franchise record, Crosby has a new achievement all to himself, having become the first player in NHL history to have a 30-goal season both at age 18 and at age 35+.
Given how rare it is for players to break into the NHL at age 18, that end of the achievement alone is impressive, let alone to have the goal-scoring prowess at 35 that Crosby had at 18.
What a player.