Crosby still going

Sidney Crosby was special, scoring two goals and two assists, and the Pittsburgh Penguins doubled up the Atlanta Thrashers 6-3. Crosby extended his career-high points streak to 25 games, and will have one more game before the highly anticipated matchup between the Penguins and the Washington Capitals on New Year’s Day in the Winter Classic. The Penguins face the lowly New York Islanders Wednesday night. Crosby extended his lead over Steven Stamkos for the scoring lead in the NHL, with 65 points compared to Stamkos’ 52 for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Crosby is now almost halfway to the NHL record, set by “The Great One”, Wayne Gretzky, with 51 straight games. Sidney is also 21 games from Mario Lemieux’s team record, with 46. Defenseman Dustin Byfuglien added to his already career high points total, with a power-play goal to make his scoring total 38 points on the year. His previous high was 36 in 2007-2008 with the Chicago Blackhawks. Byfuglien was traded to the Thrashers alongside Andrew Ladd, Ben Eager, Brent Sopel, and John Torchetti from the ‘Hawks before the season.

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