used by sidney crosby during the 2014-15 season as the penguins captured their fourth stanley cup in franchise history.
Sidney Crosby scored 36 goals and assisted on 49 others for 85 points in being named to the NHL All-Star First Team in 2015-16. After scoring just six goals and 13 assists in his first 28 games, Crosby welcomed new Head Coach Mike Sullivan who was hired on December 12, 2015 to replace Mike Johnston. Over the next 52 games, he racked up 30 goals and 36 assists for 66 points, an average of 1.27 points-per-game. Crosby continued his elite play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs recording 19 points (6G, 13A) in 24 games while capturing the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the tournament and leading the Penguins to their fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history.
The Penguins met the New York Rangers in the 2016 Eastern Conference First Round. After splitting the first two games of the series in Pittsburgh, the Rangers took control in Game 3 with Rick Nash's power-play goal 29 seconds into the second period. Late in the second period, with Marc Staal in the penalty box for hooking Carl Hagelin at 19:00, the Penguins power-play went to work. Just 18 seconds after the penalty, the Penguins regained the momentum of the game and series as Evgeni Malkin, who was set up at the left point, found Phil Kessel at the left circle faceoff dot who rifled a cross-crease pass to Sidney Crosby who deflected the puck past Rangers' goalie Henrik Lundqvist. The goal tied the game at 1-1 heading into the third period. Matt Cullen scored 4:16 into the third period to give the Penguins a 2-1 lead before Kris Letang scored an empty net goal with 13 seconds to play to seal the win. The Penguins took a 2-1 series lead and never looked back winning the next two games to advance to the Eastern Conference Second Round against Washington.
This stick was used by Sidney Crosby during the 2015-16 regular season.
April 4, 2015 Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins Game Used Stick
Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates in warm-ups prior to the game against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on October 24, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)
Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against the Nashville Predators during an NHL game at Bridgestone Arena on October 24, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)
Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against Mattias Ekholm #14 of the Nashville Predators during the second period at Bridgestone Arena on October 24, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
Mike Fisher #12 of the Nashville Predators skates against Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at Bridgestone Arena on October 24, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
The stick was acquired by PenguinsChronicles.com from a private collector on March 3, 2017. The stick was originally acquired from a acquaintance of Nashville Predators left wing Eric Nystrom. The Penguins played at Nashville on October 24, 2015, a 2-1 Penguins win. Crosby switched to a different model of CCM stick on November 7, 2015. The provenance of when and how the stick was acquired matches the historical timeline of actual style usage by Crosby during the 2015-16 season.