Sunday, April 15, 2007 Updated: April 19, 9:50 PM ET
The Crosby File: How Sid fared in the playoffs
Sidney Crosby played in his first career playoffs. He and the Pittsburgh Penguins couldn't make it past the first round, but we still monitored his progress every step of the way.
Here is a game-by-game report on Crosby's playoff performances:
First Round -- vs. Ottawa Senators GAME 5
• G: 0; A: 0; PTS: 0; +/-: 0; PIM: 2; SOG: 6; TOI: 23:44.
• Summary: With the Penguins' postseason on the line, Crosby had his most ice time and shots on goal of the entire series and he continued to drive the net. He even went 10-for-14 in faceoffs. Still, the Senators held Sid the Kid pointless for the second straight game. Trend: Yes, Crosby and Co. were eliminated, but the kid went down fighting.
• G: 0; A: 0; PTS: 0; +/-: 0; PIM: 0; SOG: 4; TOI: 22:22.
• Summary: For the first time in the series, Crosby was held without a point, a big reason for the Senators' success Tuesday night in Pittsburgh. Ottawa continued to play Sid the Kid tough deep in the zone and he even got a mouthful from Senators goalie Ray Emery. Crosby also struggled for the second straight game on faceoffs -- after going 8-for-23 in Game 3, he went 13-26 in Game 4. Trend: As Crosby goes, so does the Penguins. No points, no win.
• G: 1; A: 1; PTS: 2; +/-: 2; PIM: 0; SOG: 5; TOI: 21:44.
• Summary: Crosby and the Penguins struck quickly. Sid the Kid set up Gary Roberts 52 seconds into the game to give Pittsburgh a quick 1-0 lead. But there wasn't much after that. Crosby had his highest shots total of the playoffs and scored, but his goal didn't come until the Senators had the game in hand (14:40 of the third). Trend: Yes, Crosby had a hand in both Penguins goals, but he was roughed up all game long by the Senators, especially down low.
• G: 1; A: 1; PTS: 2; +/-: -1; PIM: 0; SOG: 2; TOI: 17:47.
• Summary: It seemed to be more of the same for Crosby and the Penguins for the first two periods, but they came alive in the third after some creative line changes from coach Michel Therrien. Crosby started on a line with Mark Recchi and Colby Armstrong. He then played with Recchi and Gary Roberts. Later in the game, Therrien tried one more pairing, Crosby, Recchi and Evgeni Malkin. The trio connected for the game-winner, Crosby's goal at 11:44 of the third. Trend: Crosby helped the Pens finish strong on the road, skating up the right wing to knock home Recchi's beautiful pass for the winner. The series is even at 1.
• G: 1; A: 0; PTS: 1; +/-: -1; PIM: 2; SOG: 3; TOI: 22:43.
• Summary: The Senators outplayed the Penguins in a 6-3 opening win. Crosby had three shots, but none in the first period when the Senators outshot the Penguins 16-4. Overall, Ottawa outshot Pittsburgh 37-26.
Crosby showed some frustration late in the game, when his goal was disallowed 23 seconds in the third period. Replay officials ruled Crosby had kicked the puck into the net. The goal would have made the score 4-2 and came just 14 seconds after Dany Heatley had opened the frame with the Senators' fourth goal. Crosby's leg didn't appear to be moving in any kind of kicking motion. "I don't know how it went in. I thought it hit my shin pad," Crosby said. Sid's power-play goal in the last minute of the game seemed anticlimactic. Trend: Crosby and Co. looked tight and disorganized in their playoffs opener. If they can't shake things up soon, this is going to be a short series.