Dec 19, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) handles the puck as Minnesota Wild center Kyle Brodziak (21) defends during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Video: Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby makes ridiculous behind-the-back pass for Chris Kunitz goal

Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins had every excuse to play a sluggish game Thursday night against the Minnesota Wild.

It was the second of back-to-back games for the Penguins, and Wednesday’s shootout win over the Rangers in New York was especially taxing. Beyond that, the Pens dressed seven AHL call-ups for the second straight night, while the mostly healthy Wild arrived in Pittsburgh the previous evening.

However, it was Minnesota that looked like the tired team, as the Penguins scored in the first minute and made it 3-0 by the 3:33 mark of the second period. With the score the same just past the halfway point of the game, Crosby earned his second assist of the game in spectacular fashion.

Taking an indirect Matt Niskanen pass in the left corner, Crosby wheeled on his backhand and rifled a behind-the-back dish to Chris Kunitz, who was open in front for the ridiculous tally:

The goal against helpless Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom was Kunitz’ 19th of the season, tying him with Crosby for the team lead. Crosby earned his league-leading 51st point of the season on the play, which ranks up there with the most mind-boggling moves of his NHL career.

Pittsburgh led 4-1 after two periods, well on its way to a sixth straight win and its 11th in the past 12 games.


GIF courtesy of The Pensblog

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