Paying attention, Derrick Rose? This is how superstars do.
After a puck completely shattered his jaw, Sidney Crosby hit the surgery table, waited a month, and then came back on Friday night to blow the New York Islanders away — blowing up the sports world in the process.
Only three minutes and 19 seconds into his return to the ice, in the Penguins’ playoff game against the Islanders, Sid the Kid hammered home a power play goal following assists from Evgeni Malkin and Jerome Iginla. When the Pittsburgh brass traded for Iginla at the deadline, this all-world line is exactly what the front office envisioned dominating teams in the postseason.
Thus, for Penguins management and of course its fans, that goal was a beautiful thing, but it did not end there. Only a few minutes later, Crosby scored yet again.
Already a superstar, the man in the massive face mask added another chapter to his legacy, and Twitter responded in kind.
Face smashed into multiple pieces, held together by metal. That’s ok , just take a month off, come back and get 2 in the first. #crosby
— Andrew Jolly (@IamAndrewJolly) May 3, 2013
Already two goals in the first?! Crosby is having a stellar, jaw-dropping first game back. No? Too soon? Sorry.
— Kaitlyn McGrath (@KaitAtGazette) May 3, 2013
*BREAKING* Sidney Crosby is good at hockey! In other news, water is wet #StanleyCup
— Jessica Canales (@JessicaECanales) May 3, 2013
I know NOTHING about hockey. But I’m smart enough to know that what Sidney Crosby is doing right now is flippin’ amazing
— Jack Jorgensen (@FSUYankee14) May 3, 2013
Called out.. @sportsnation: Crosby broke his jaw a month ago, has 2 goals in 1st game back. See D. Rose, even hockey players are doing it!”
— Alexia Boyarsky (@alexia_boyarsky) May 3, 2013
If you don’t think Crosby is the best hockey player in the world, you need a swift kick in the nuts
— Cody #GSW (@CodyLutz182) May 3, 2013
Said it before and ill say it again… Marry me Sidney Crosby
— sarah sinnott (@sarahsinnott2) May 3, 2013
When they build a statue of Sidney Crosby outside of Consol Energy Center, I really hope they don’t put two Islanders in it.
— RJ Sepich (@RJSepich_H2P) May 3, 2013
After coming home from margaritas after work to see your team up 3-1 and two Crosby goals is pretty awesome!!!
— Caitlin McAtee (@caitlinmcatee) May 3, 2013
#Isles reaction to Crosby reminds me of SNL skit in which liberal reporters are asking Obama how they can make him more comfortable.
— Nick Hirshon (@nickhirshon) May 3, 2013
Crosby always either dominates against the Islanders, or gets hit in the face with pucks against the Islanders…
— Shane Bickerton (@shanebickerton) May 3, 2013
Sidney crosby is tied for the playoff lead in goals with only playing 7 minutes.. #hesgood
— Brett Lewchuk (@brettlewchuk) May 3, 2013
Beer, pizza, shots, playoffs, Crosby, beards, lord Stanley, Wild. Is this heaven? #IThinkYes!
— Mara Mayasich (@MaracleWHIP10) May 3, 2013
If we’ve learned anything tonight, it’s that Sidney Crosby is not a human. #nochanceNYI
— Julie Stewart-Binks (@JSB_CTV) May 3, 2013
So… That Sidney Crosby guy is ok at hockey huh?
— Art Middleton (@GameTimeArt) May 3, 2013
Crosby with 2 binos and I’m in a restaurant with NO TV WTF
— DYL (@DylanLee_) May 3, 2013
Well crosby hasn’t missed a beat , 20 mins in the books since his return only 2 goals nbd #unreal
— CoreyDelvecchio (@Bbbiiigggddd) May 3, 2013
After 20 minutes of play, Sidney Crosby scores 2 goals and goes 7 for 7 on faceoffs. Oh Crosby, I’m glad you’re back! @penguins
— TS13!(@WeTheCTFxCKings) May 3, 2013
crosby missed the last month of the season and finished 3rd in scoring by a few pts and it only took 7 mins to tie the playoff scoring lead.
— Scott Williams (@Scott_PanterA) May 3, 2013
— Michael De Palma (@depalmzz99) May 3, 2013
— Jake Rainer (@lahockeyman88) May 3, 2013
I understand if you don’t like crosby, but you have to realize that he is one of if not the best hockey player in the world.
— Andrew Currie (@GunnedHeem28) May 3, 2013
— Kat (@Guinastasia) May 3, 2013
I hate Crosby but I can’t deny how good he is
— Ryan Stobnicki (@RyanStubs) May 3, 2013