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Moving up -2-26-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Petr Sykora's goal last night moved him into some fairly elite company. He now has eight game-winning goals this season which his one of the highest totals in franchise history:

Player, Season Games Played Game-Winning
Goals
Jaromir Jagr, 1995-96 82 12
Jaromir Jagr, 2000-01 81 10
Mario Lemieux, 1992-93 69 10
Jaromir Jagr, 1992-93 81 9
Alex Kovalev, 2000-01 79 9
Joe Mullen, 1993-94 84 9
Jean Pronovost, 1974-75 78 9
Mark Recchi, 1990-91 78 9
Jaromir Jagr, 1997-98 77 8
Mario Lemieux, 1988-89 76 8
Mario Lemieux, 1995-96 70 8
Petr Sykora, 2008-09 59 8

Two things we take from this list:

-First off, how valuable was Jaromir Jagr to this franchise?

-Second, forget a scoring winger for Sidney Crosby or a rugged power forward. Ray Shero's very first priority this offseason sould be to re-sign Petr Sykora to a two- or three-year deal. He's done nothing but score goals, including some pretty important ones like last night's and a few here and there in the postseason. And if you look at the Penguins' totals the past two seasons, he's far and away their top player in terms of game-winning goals:

Player Games Played Game-Winning
Goals
Petr Sykora 140 12
Evgeni Malkin 144 7
Sidney Crosby 113 6
Tyler Kennedy 101 6
Ryan Malone 77 6
Jordan Staal 144 6
Kris Letang 117 4
Ruslan Fedotenko 45 3
Sergei Gonchar 84 3
Colby Armstrong 54 2
Georges Laraque 71 2
Miroslav Satan 62 2
Matt Cooke 56 1
Pascal Dupuis 67 1
Chris Minard 35 1
Jarkko Ruutu 71 1
Jeff Taffe 53 1
Maxime Talbot 120 1
Ryan Whitney 104 1

(Photo: Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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