Crosby, Stamkos share Richard Trophy
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Sid the Kid finally scored his 50th goal, but he'll have to share the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy with someone even younger than him.
After Sidney Crosby scored Nos. 50 and 51 in the Penguins' 6-5 overtime win Sunday, Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos tied Crosby for the league lead with an empty-net goal with just 13 seconds left in the Lightning's 3-1 victory.
Crosby hit the 50-goal plateau for the first time in his five-year NHL career when he scored a power-play goal Sunday against the New York Islanders with 2:57 left in the first period to give his team a 3-0 lead.
Crosby added his 51st goal 55 seconds into the second period Sunday to push the Penguins in front 4-1.
"I put a lot of hard work in," Crosby said. "Last summer and throughout the season it was something I was trying to focus on. You're doing it to help yourself and help your team. It was a nice bonus."
Word reached Crosby on the Penguins bench that Stamkos got even. Pittsburgh was leading 5-4 with about 10 minutes left in regulation, but couldn't get Crosby another goal.
It certainly wasn't for lack of trying.
"Oh yeah, for sure," Crosby said when asked if he was pushing to score again. "There is nothing wrong with scoring a goal. There is nothing wrong with wanting to do that. I was trying not to cheat out there. The main thing was we were up 5-4 at the time. We were trying to get that goal. It wasn't like we were up 5-2."
At 20 years, 2 months and 3 days, Stamkos was the third-youngest player to reach 50 goals in a season. Only Wayne Gretzky (19 years, 2 months) and Jimmy Carson (19 years, 8 months) were younger when they had a 50-goal season.
"It's pretty surreal," Stamkos said. "To do it my second year in the league and to share it with players like Crosby is pretty special and with a guy like [Alex] Ovechkin in the mix is pretty special because he's such a dominant scorer."
Stamkos, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 NHL draft, just finished his second NHL season.
The 22-year old Crosby, who netted the Olympic gold medal-winning goal for Canada at the Vancouver Games, thought he had his 50th of the season Thursday night at home against the Islanders. He was stripped of that goal long after the game when a video replay showed it was scored by Bill Guerin.
Crosby, who also had three assists in Sunday's win, missed the Art Ross Trophy by three points. Canucks forward Henrik Sedin finished with 112 points to beat out Crosby and Alex Ovechkin (109 points) for the honor.
The New Jersey Devils, backstopped by Martin Brodeur and backup Yann Danis, took home the William M. Jennings Trophy for the fewest goals allowed in a season. The always-stingy Devils allowed just 191 goals this season. It's the fifth time Brodeur has won the award.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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