Sidney Crosby keeps finding new ways to make our eyeballs protrude from our heads.
Crosby's latest masterpiece, and maybe his most brilliant piece of work yet, came with time winding down in a scoreless first period between the Penguins and Sabres on Tuesday. After gearing up behind his own net and picking the puck up just inside his own blueline, the Penguins captain effortlessly gained speed as he entered the Sabres zone, proceeding to casually split the team's defense before putting a crazy one-handed backhand over the glove of Buffalo goaltender Robin Lehner.
The tally was Crosby's 41st of the year, putting him four ahead of Bruins forward Brad Marchand for the NHL lead and vaulting him into sole possession for second in points with 81, one behind fellow Hart Trophy candidate and league leader Connor McDavid. Including his natural hat trick on Sunday, Crosby has four goals in his last two games and has put up 14 points (seven goals) in his last 10 as he leads the surging Penguins toward another run at the Cup.
The 3-1 Pittsburgh victory secured the club its 11th consecutive playoff appearance. The Pens broke the 100-point mark for the eighth time in 11 seasons, and sit only one point behind the Washington Capitals for top spot in the NHL.
His nickname might still be The Kid, but Crosby is a straight-up savage.