It's not as if the young man's resume needs to be fleshed out. At age 26, Penguins center Sidney Crosby already has managed to cross winning a Stanley Cup, earning an NHL scoring championship, receiving a league MVP award and claiming a couple of Olympic gold medals off his to-do list. Among many other things. But there is at least one feat that has eluded Crosby since he broke into the NHL in 2005. One that he might just manage to do this season. Crosby, you see, never has played an entire season as a pro. He came close a few times, appearing in 81 games in his rookie season and again in 2009-10, but always has had at least one lost-time injury. But he has dressed for each of the Penguins' first 66 games -- including a 4-0 loss to Philadelphia Saturday at Wells Fargo Center -- and has a realistic shot at playing in all 82. What's more, he played in all six of Canada's games at the Olympics in Sochi, Russia. That means Crosby, who averaged just 33 games the past three seasons because of injuries, could appear in 88 before the playoffs begin in mid-April. "Once you get out there [on the ice], it's good," he said. "You've got adrenaline and you're going. But away from the rink, you definitely feel it a little bit." Crosby is highly superstitious, so his reaction to the very mention of his games-played streak was predictable -- he rapped his knuckles on his locker-room stall in the classic "knock on wood" response. Perhaps in part because he's such a creature of habit, Crosby said he hasn't made any major changes to his conditioning routine because of the workload he has carried in 2013-14. "There are some things you can't really avoid," he said. "As far as taking care of my body, with a group of [Penguins teammates] having gone [to the Olympics], I think it helps.
Full 82-game slate this year would be a first for Crosby
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Mar 16