Crosby escapes scare, crafts another comeback

Sidney Crosby put on a show against the Lightning. — GETTY

TAMPA, Fla. -- Mike Sullivan has spent much of the past two months praising Sidney Crosby. It's a daily occurrence.

Following Crosby's latest masterpiece — a two-goal performance that saw him overcome an injury before putting on a show in a 4-3 victory against the Lightning at Amalie Arena on Saturday — I asked Sullivan if, during all his years in the NHL, he'd ever witnessed anyone playing at this level.

"No," Sullivan said. "No, I haven't."

The rest of Crosby's team isn't so bad, either. Evgeni Malkin also scored two goals as the Penguins roared back, once again, for another comeback win. They've won five straight games. The Penguins are now 6-6-1 when they trail at the end of two periods and have now won six games this season when they've trailed by two or more goals.

In the Penguins' past nine games, they've out-scored the opposition in the third period by a 20-6 margin. In December, they're out-scoring teams by a 14-1 margin in the third period.

As he has been all season, Crosby was the catalyst.