17 Jan 2010
Using a Reebok 10K has propelled his stats!
Sid's turned into a shooter -- and a faceoff whiz
Getting 30 goals in a season is nothing new for Sidney Crosby -- but getting them this fast is.
Crosby reached the 30-goal mark for the fourth time in his five NHL seasons when he connected in the first period of Pittsburgh's 3-1 victory at Calgary on Wednesday. He did it in the Penguins' 47th game, far faster than in any of his previous 30-goal seasons. Crosby needed 63 games to reach 30 goals in 2005-06, his rookie season; 68 games in 2006-07 and 72 last season. He was the second player in the League (following San Jose's Patrick Marleau) to reach the 30-goal mark.
One reason for Crosby's greater goal production is that he's shooting more. He's taken 185 shots through 48 games, a pace that would give him a career-high 316 -- far more than his career-best of 278 in 2005-06. He's also shooting more accurately; his 16.5 percentage is a career best.
And why is he taking more shots? Because he can now shoot as far away as the blue line with his Reebok 10K one-piece-stick. Since making the change from wood to composite over the summer, Crosby’s stats have soared and its all thanks to more confidence in his shot.
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