Yohe’s 10 observations: The 500th goal by Sidney Crosby, the kid, and the Penguins’ comeback

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA - FEBRUARY 15: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates after scoring his 500th NHL goal during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at PPG PAINTS Arena on February 15, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
By Josh Yohe Feb 16, 2022 94
The hockey gods put this one on a platter for one of the greatest players in history.

There was no way he’d miss.

Sidney Crosby was playing in the city that adores him against the team he loathes. He entered the game with 499 goals. It was meant to be.

Crosby scored the 500th goal of his storied career at 16:34 of the first period Tuesday against the Flyers in a game the Penguins won in overtime, 5-4, before a raucous sellout crowd at PPG Paints Arena.

The Penguins actually trailed the lowly Flyers 4-2 in the latter stages of the third period before Jake Guentzel and Chad Ruhwedel scored to dramatically even the score.

Kris Letang did the rest, scoring on a two-on-one with Crosby in overtime, beating Carter Hart five-hole.

“He looked me off,” Crosby said with a laugh of Letang’s decision to look at Crosby before taking the shot.

But make no mistake, the night belonged to the captain.

After Crosby scored the goal, the entire Penguins bench jumped onto the ice to celebrate. It was a scene generally reserved for playoff overtime goals, but on this occasion, it felt absolutely perfect.

“It was an organic reaction,” Letang said with a smile.

The game was briefly delayed while Crosby received a lengthy standing ovation.