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Sidney Crosby’s latest highlight goal keys hat trick & Penguins rout of Flyers

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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.

The reactions pretty much summed it up.

These “baseball goals” are becoming almost routine for Crosby, who has a knack for the unexpected. For example he somehow did this to the Canadiens last season:

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.