Sidney Crosby passes Mario Lemieux to become Pens’ leader in games played
The accolades keep mounting for Sidney Crosby.
A surefire Hall of Famer, the Penguins’ captain surpassed legend Mario Lemieux as the franchise’s all-time leader in games played (916) on Saturday night in Tampa Bay.
916 photos for 916 career games. Sidney Crosby is the new @penguins franchise leader for games played. Congratulations, Sid! pic.twitter.com/fn1llX2sGM
When Crosby was selected first overall by Pittsburgh in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, he was expected to take the torch from Super Mario. As expected, the two-time Hart Trophy winner, seven-time All-Star and two-time Conn Smythe winner has led the team to three Stanley Cups over the course of his 15-year career.
“I’m happy that I’ve been in Pittsburgh this long,” Crosby said prior to the game. “You never know. You’re drafted by a team, there’s high expectations and you want to be part of it for your career, but you never know how it’s going to work out. The fact that I went to Pittsburgh, I just appreciate that.”
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Games played is the lone major statistical category that Crosby is ahead of Lemieux in the regular season franchise record books. Lemieux is the franchise leader in categories such as goals, assists, points and power-play and shorthanded goals.
Lemieux, who is now a part owner of the Penguins, netted 1,033 points in his 915 games. He did miss games over the course of his career due to back surgeries, Hodgkin’s Disease and a three-year retirement.
Teammate Evengi Malkin sits third all-time in franchise history in games played (834).
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