When Sidney Crosby scored early in the second period last night, his reaction was noteworthy. Here was the best player in the world celebrating a breakaway goal like someone who hadn't done this in the playoffs 40 previous times.
The reason for Crosby's joy was simple and extraordinarily well-publicized: He had gone 13-plus games without a goal, and 14 straight in the playoffs over this postseason and last. The fretting in Pittsburgh was getting to be a bit much, and so to finally unburden himself with that wrist shot that flew through Henrik Lundqvist's five-hole must have been a great feeling. That the goal stood up as the game-winner was fitting. It was, after all, his only shot on goal on a night where he was clearly the best player on the ice.