The first goal, the even strength tally, came on an odd-man rush that was set up by Chris Kunitz, while the power play goal came on a slight deflection from in the slot off of a Paul Martin slap shot from the point. He completed the hat trick late in the third period when the Penguins were in a 6-on-4 situation (shorthanded combined with the Flames pulling their goalie for the extra attacker) allowing Crosby to score from his own end of the ice.
It would have been interesting had he been able to score on the penalty shot, as it would have brought back some memories of Mario Lemieux's New Years Eve performance in 1988 when he scored five goals, five different ways; still one of the best -- if not the best -- single game performances in the history of the league.
With his three-point effort on Saturday, Crosby managed to jump over Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos for the top spot in the scoring race with 40 points. Stamkos, currently with 38, will be in action Saturday night when the Lightning host their in-state rivals from Florida. Stamkos still has a three-goal advantage in the goal-scoring race.