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Sidney Soars

May 25, 2009
May 25, 2009

Table of Contents
May 25, 2009

LEADING OFF
GOLF PLUS
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
BASEBALL
PREAKNESS
  • Rachel Alexandra proved her jockey right by wiring the boys at the Preakness, but not without a scare from Mine That Bird, who validated his Derby victory

INDIANAPOLIS 500
SWIMMING
  • Putting behind him his out-of-the-pool controversies, his three-month suspension and his thoughts of leaving the sport for good, a motivated Michael Phelps returned to competition eager to test himself and build upon his legacy

NBA PLAYOFFS
  • It's been a rough few decades for Clevelanders—no mistake (by the lake) about it. But with LeBron James and the Cavaliers playing otherworldly basketball, long-suffering fans dare to imagine their first victory celebration since 1964

  • The Magic's outside touch gives them a shot at spoiling Cleveland's party

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Sidney Soars

Entering Monday's Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against Carolina, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby had 53 points in 38 career playoff games for an average of 1.39 points—highest among active players with at least 35 games played. The sample size is small (then again, Crosby is 21), but the pace is exceptional: When compared with those of the alltime top 62 career playoff scorers, Crosby's average trails only Wayne Gretzky's 1.84 and Mario Lemieux's 1.61. (Alexander Ovechkin has averaged 1.43 points but in just 21 games.) This year Crosby has finished as much as he has created: His 12 goals through two rounds exceeded the nine he had scored in 25 games over the past two playoffs.

This is an article from the May 25, 2009 issue

PHOTOJASON REED/REUTERS (CROSBY)