Sidney Crosby scored an incredible goal by batting the puck out of the air, highlighting the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 7-0 rout of the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 1 of their Stanley Cup playoff series on Wednesday night in Pittsburgh.
That was the first of three goals on Wednesday for Crosby, but the first was by far the most memorable.
Sidney Crosby, ladies & gents. pic.twitter.com/5UjKDFUmJh— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) April 12, 2018
The reactions pretty much summed it up.
I have no words to describe what Crosby just did there. Incredible goal.— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_PGH) April 12, 2018
THAT’S FIVE, BABY!!!!!!!!! SIDNEY CROSBY’S REIGN OF TERROR ON THE FLYERS CONTINUES! ANOTHER ONE BATTED OUT OF THE AIR!!!!!!— PensBurgh (@Pensburgh) April 12, 2018
Does Sidney Crosby score any garden variety goals? For the past month, after every goal I'm like "it's his best goal ever!" It's crazy.— Andrew Fillipponi (@ThePoniExpress) April 12, 2018
That might be Crosby’s best goal ever... at least in the top 5... the skill to do something like that, on a regular basis, is flat out incredible— Rich Walsh KDKA (@RichieWalsh) April 12, 2018
Sidney Crosby's hand-eye coordination remains undefeated pic.twitter.com/hfL90DVgsj— Filipovic Forsberg (@DimFilipovic) March 22, 2018
Just a week later, Crosby batted his own rebound out of the air to beat the Devils in overtime:
This wasn’t even the first out-of-the-air playoff goal against the Flyers for Crosby, who did this way back in 2009:
On Wednesday night Crosby had a hat trick — his third career hat trick in the playoffs — but he wasn’t alone. His teammates jumped on Brian Elliott with three goals in the first period, and scored five goals on just 19 shots against the Flyers starter.
Elliott was pulled in favor of Petr Mrazek after two periods but the Penguins scored against him, too. Their 7-0 win was the largest for Pittsburgh over Philadelphia in the playoffs since beating them 10-3 in Game 4 of the first round in 2012.
If it’s any consolation to Flyers fans, Philadelphia did win that 2012 series even with the ugly defeat.