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Strange but true, Crosby hurting Pens

Star's penalties, lack of power-play production are holding Pittsburgh back

Originally Published: November 23, 2009
By Tom Awad | Puck Prospectus
Sidney CrosbySteve Babineau/NHLI/Getty ImagesSidney Crosby has not been all he can be for the Pens this season.

He's been called the best player in the NHL. He's the youngest captain to ever win a Stanley Cup. He's won the Art Ross, Pearson and Hart trophies. And this season his team is again perched near the top of the Eastern Conference despite a plethora of injuries to stars like Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar.

Given all of that evidence, this question is going to come as a shock, but some recent evidence has prompted us to ask: Is Sidney Crosby pulling his weight?

Crosby leads the team in goals and points, and supporters would argue that were it not for him, the Penguins might be languishing outside the playoff race instead of atop the Atlantic.

Well, maybe. It's true that Sid's traditional stats (10 G, 12 A) are pretty good and lead his team. But let's delve a little deeper.

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