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Sidney Crosby’s 5 Biggest Moments with the Pittsburgh Penguins

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Sidney Crosby's Biggest Moments with the Penguins

Why the Pittsburgh Penguins will win the Stanley Cup
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Nine years ago today, the Pittsburgh Penguins drafted Sidney Crosby, who would end up being the savior of the franchise. He has more than lived up to the hype and even set off conspiracy theories on how the 2003 draft lottery was rigged so the Penguins could draft him.

5. His First Fight

Sidney Crosby came into the league with many critics, and the biggest aspect of his game that was questioned on a daily basis was his toughness. On Dec. 20, 2007, Crosby answered his critics and squared off with Andrew Ference. There were some good punches both ways, and while Ference got the takedown, I'd argue that Crosby won the fight.

4. Crosby Named Youngest Captain in NHL History

Sidney Crosby
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4. Crosby Named Youngest Captain in NHL History

Sidney Crosby (Russell LaBounty)
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In 2007, Crosby, who was already the youngest player in NHL history to score 100 points in a season and win a scoring title, was named the youngest captain in NHL history. It was just one of many records that he broke during his early years in the league. Crosby was only 19 years, 297 days old when he was given the "C." The feat has since been broken by Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche, who was named captain at 19 years, 286 days old.

3. Sid Scores in Shootout to Win the First Winter Classic

As the snow fell hard on Orchard Park in New York, Crosby was simply writing another chapter of his legacy. With the opportunity to win the first Winter Classic, which has now became an NHL tradition, Crosby slid the puck through Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller's five-hole for the victory.

2. Crosby Scores Insane Goal in Return from Concussion

It was Sidney Crosby's first game in 320 days after suffering a severe concussion, and Penguins fans weren't sure if he would be up to speed when he returned. Well, it took him only three shifts to answer his critics.

1. Crosby Brings the Stanley Cup Back to Pittsburgh

They had to sweat it out until the very last second, but in 2009, the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Detroit Red Wings and brought the Stanley Cup back to Pittsburgh for the first time since 1992. It's amazing that the Penguins went from almost being sold to winning the Stanley Cup in half a decade. It can almost all be attributed to Sidney Crosby, who has done more for the Pittsburgh Penguins than anyone on this planet not named Mario Lemieux.