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Crosby recording assists in 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs

Sidney Crosby
Sidney Crosby
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According to TSN on Wednesday, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Sidney Crosby of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia recorded two assists as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the New York Rangers 4-2. With the victory, the Penguins have now taken a 3-1 lead in the Metropolitan Division Final.

Despite only scoring once in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs, Crosby now has a team high eight assists for nine points in ten games. Crosby had a National Hockey League high of 68 assists during the regular season.

Crosby's first assist in Wednesday night's victory came on a goal by Evgeni Malkin in the first period and then he recorded his second assist on a goal by Canadian Olympic gold medalist Chris Kunitz with 5:56 left in the third period. Crosby won a gold medal for Canada in men's ice hockey at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, and then joined Kunitz on the Canadian roster to win a gold medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

A major reason why the Penguins are 7-3 in the postseason to date is because of their balanced scoring throughout their lineup. A total of 13 different Penguins have registered goals in the Stanley Cup playoffs, while American Olympic defenseman Paul Martin has a team high eight assists.

Brandon Sutter, son of former Calgary Flames head coach Brent Sutter, scored a key shorthanded goal in Wednesday's win. Sutter also leads all players in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a +10.

According to Canadian Olympic gold medalist Cassie Campbell of CBC Sports, another interesting statistic is that Crosby has scored 17 career goals on New York Rangers' goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. He has scored more goals on Lundqvist than any other NHL goalie.

Game five of the series will be back in Pittsburgh on Friday evening. With a win, the Penguins will advance to their fourth Eastern Conference Final in seven years.