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October, 23, 2005
10/23/05
1:33
AM ET
It's another Saturday night and I'm flipping around 11 NHL games thanks to the Center Ice package on DirecTV. Here are some highlights from a night on the couch:

Sid The Kid, Part 1: Sidney Crosby made one of the most ridiculously good plays I've seen in a long time. Thanks to the wonders of TiVo, I was able to replay it about six or seven times. What happened? Early in the third period, down 5-1, a Penguins defenseman (I think it was Ric Jackman) moved out from behind his net on his forehand. The defenseman, spying Crosby moving through the neutral zone, rifled a home run pass through the middle of the ice. The pass was about four feet off the ice. The puck seemed destined to fly past Crosby and the Bruin defender, who was hanging off the rookie's outside shoulder. Then, suddenly, on the fly, Crosby reached out with his left hand and caught the puck, dropped it forward and broke in on a clean breakaway. He ripped a low wrist shot past Bruins goalie Andrew Raycroft's stick side. Unfortunately, the story didn't have a happy ending for Crosby. His shot rang off the post.

Sid The Kid, Part 2: Later in the third period, Crosby set up goals by Ryan Malone and Brooks Orpik to cut the B's lead to 5-3. On both goals, Crosby fired bullet tape-to-tape passes. Great stuff. Also, he almost scored a behind-the-back backhand (if you can picture such a thing) on a bang-bang play in front of the net. The Penguins -- who lost to the B's 6-3 -- haven't won a game yet (0-4-4). Still, Crosby is a thing of hockey beauty to watch.


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