We will have a story in the Tuesday Post-Gazette looking at the question of whether Penguins center Sidney Crosby has reached, or surpassed, his level of play from just before he got hurt in the 2011 Winter Classic.
We can't definitively answer the question in the story; that's a matter of opinion. And either way, Crosby was spectacular then, and he's spectacular now.
Crosby, coach Dan Bylsma and some of Crosby's teammates get asked about the comparison all the time now. Crosby said that, hey, those questions beat the heck out of trying to answer questions about the concussion and neck injury that forced him to miss so many games. Crosby and Bylsma generally dodge outright answering the comparison question.
In 41 games in 2010-11 before he got hurt, Crosby had 66 points to lead the NHL. That included a 25-game points streak when he had 26 goals, 50 points. This season, he is leading the league with 48 points in 30 games.
Please tell us in the comments section below how you think Crosby's game now compares with the way he was playing the first half of '10-11.
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