Sid Versus: MacKinnon’s ready, but how did other NHL stars do in 1st Crosby matchup?

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When the Colorado Avalanche face the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night, top overall pick Nathan MacKinnon battles Sidney Crosby for the first time. This might be an under-the-radar facet of this battle, but didja know they’re both from Cole Harbour

It’ll also mark the first time Gabriel Landeskog will face Crosby, as the Penguins captain was injured for the Avs' previous games vs. the Penguins while Landeskog has been in the NHL. In fact, Crosby has yet to play against some of the NHL’s top stars because of those injuries: Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews being the most prominent. (A little game at Soldier Field this season will remedy that.)

Since coming into the NHL in 2005, Crosby’s been the measuring stick for other stars, many of whom were in MacKinnon’s spot earlier in their careers.

Here’s a look back at some of the first meetings between Crosby and players that were stars, became stars or were simply hot prospects drafted high by their teams.

Zach Parise, New Jersey Devils (Oct. 5, 2005 – @NJD 5, PIT 1; Crosby’s NHL debut, too)

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

PPG

Shots

TOI

Crosby

0

1

1

-2

0

0

3

15:50

Parise

1

1

2

1

4

0

4

15:48

Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (Nov. 22, 2005 - @PIT 5, WASH 4)

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

PPG

Shots

TOI

Crosby

1

1

2

1

0

0

4

19:16

Ovechkin

0

1

1

1

0

0

4

23:54

Phil Kessel, Boston Bruins (Jan. 18. 2007 - @BOS 5, PIT 4 SO)

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

PPG

Shots

TOI

Crosby

0

1

1

0

0

0

4

23:00

Kessel

0

1

1

0

0

0

3

14:30

Sam Gagner, Edmonton Oilers (Dec. 5, 2007 – PIT 4, @EDM 2)

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

PPG

Shots

TOI

Crosby

0

3

3

2

0

0

1

20:24

Gagner

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

14:36

Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning (Dec. 23, 2008 – @TBL 2, PIT 0; Stamkos skated under 10 min for the second time in three games)

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

PPG

Shots

TOI

Crosby

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

24:28

Stamkos

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

7:47

John Tavares, New York Islanders (Oct. 3, 2009 – PIT 4, @NYI 3 SO; Crosby had a goal and assist to reach 400 career points, and then netted the shootout winner)

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

PPG

Shots

TOI

Crosby

1

1

2

1

0

0

6

22:23

Tavares

1

1

2

0

0

1

2

22:05

Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche (Dec. 3, 2009 - @PIT 4, COL 1)

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

PPG

Shots

TOI

Crosby

2

1

3

2

0

0

2

21:11

Duchene

0

0

0

-3

0

0

2

18:50

Evander Kane, Atlanta Thrashers (Nov. 22, 2009 – PIT 3, @ATL 2)

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

PPG

Shots

TOI

Crosby

0

1

1

-2

0

0

2

20:48

Kane

0

0

0

-1

5

0

1

12:46

Taylor Hall, Edmonton Oilers (Oct. 15, 2013 - @PIT 3, EDM 2)

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

PPG

Shots

TOI

Crosby

0

3

3

0

0

0

5

22:49

Hall

0

1

1

0

0

0

4

21:15

Tyler Seguin, Boston Bruins (Nov. 10, 2010 – BOS 7, @PIT 4)

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

PPG

Shots

TOI

Crosby

1

2

3

-1

0

1

2

24:53

Seguin

0

1

1

0

0

0

2

12:32

Jeff Skinner, Carolina Hurricanes (Oct. 30, 2010 – PIT 3, @CAR 0)

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

PPG

Shots

TOI

Crosby

0

2

2

2

0

0

5

17:45

Skinner

0

0

0

-2

0

0

3

18:27

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton Oilers (Oct. 15, 2013 - @PIT 3, EDM 2)

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

PPG

Shots

TOI

Crosby

0

3

3

0

0

0

5

22:49

RNH

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

19:20

Jonathan Huberdeau, Florida Panthers (Feb. 22, 2013 - @PIT 3, FLA 1)

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

PPG

Shots

TOI

Crosby

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

22:54

Huberdeau

0

0

0

0

2

0

6

16:24