NHL Hockey

Crosby gets 700th assist, Pens top Habs

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) Sidney Crosby doesn't really have an explanation for how he does what he does. He just does it.

So if you're looking for clarity on how the Pittsburgh Penguins star managed to knock a pass from Jake Guentzel out of the air , deflect it forward to the front of his stick before tapping it by one of the best goaltenders on the planet to spark his team to a 5-3 win over Montreal, look elsewhere.

"You try to finish plays out in practice," Crosby said after the 406th goal of his career, one unlike the 405 that came before it. "Sometimes it works out that you can do it in the game and sometimes it doesn't. Fortunately, it did today."


Rank Player Pts G A
1 N. Kucherov, TB943757
2 E. Malkin, Pit914150
3 N. MacKinnon, Col913853
4 C. McDavid, Edm903456
5 C. Giroux, Phi872661
6 S. Stamkos, TB852758
7t P. Kessel, Pit822953
7t A. Kopitar, LA822953
9 J. Gaudreau, Cgy822359
10 A. Ovechkin, Was814437
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Rank Player GAA
1 C. Hutton, StL2.02
2 M. Fleury, VGK2.18
3 P. Rinne, Nsh2.21
4 D. Kuemper, Ari2.25
5 C. Crawford, Chi2.27
6 C. Hellebuyck, Wpg2.34
7 T. Rask, Bos2.35
8 P. Grubauer, Was2.37
9 A. Raanta, Ari2.37
10 J. Gibson, Anh2.41
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