Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Penguins Preview Turning Ten It Has Been Wild Nine-Year Ride, with a Stanley Cup High Injury Lows, but, as the Penguins Open Their Nhl Season Tonight, Superstar Sidney Crosby's Passion for the Game and Winning Remain as Strong as Ever

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Penguins Preview Turning Ten It Has Been Wild Nine-Year Ride, with a Stanley Cup High Injury Lows, but, as the Penguins Open Their Nhl Season Tonight, Superstar Sidney Crosby's Passion for the Game and Winning Remain as Strong as Ever

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It's kind of funny that some people persist in calling him The Kid.

Sure, the alliteration still is there, but Sidney Crosby hasn't been a kid for a long, long time.

He's 27 years old, and, when the Penguins open the 2014-15 season against Anaheim at 7:08 p.m. today at Consol Energy Center, Crosby will enter his 10th year in the NHL.

Yeah, his 10th. No Kidding.

"It's crazy," Crosby said. "It flies by. It is hard to believe."

It has been an eventful run so far, and the highlights are many.

A Stanley Cup. Two NHL scoring championships. A couple of league MVP awards. A pair of Olympic gold medals.

Crosby says he has no real regrets, but admits to a few scalding disappointments. Mostly rooted in playoff opportunities that were squandered in recent springs.

"The year against Boston [2013] was tough," he said. "Being that close to getting back [to a Cup final] ... Boston's a good team, but to get swept ... it would have been nice to make more of a series of it, give ourselves a better chance.

"And, obviously, last season, being up 3-1 [against the New York Rangers], with a chance to go to the conference final, that was pretty disappointing. Personally, I would have liked to have had a better run in the playoffs, too."

Crosby managed only one goal and eight assists in 13 playoff games in 2014, although he had a pretty good excuse -- a wrist injury that nearly required surgical repair -- for his relatively modest production.

The wrist problem, though, doesn't come close to cracking the short list of his most significant injuries. Not when he has had a concussion that sidelined him for nearly 11 months and his jaw shattered by a puck.

Lost-time injuries notwithstanding, Crosby has put up 274 goals and 495 assists in 550 regular-season games. That's an average of 1.398 points per game, more than anyone in NHL history except Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Mike Bossy. …

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