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from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Crosby is a terrific player. He is also capable of some hit-and-run behavior of his own. He tripped up Flyers goaltender Martin Biron from behind in the third period, then hid behind teammate Georges Laraque, who took a dive into Biron’s legs a few minutes later.
When things really got out of hand, Crosby was on the bench.
There’s no way to defend all the fighting and foolishness to a non-hockey fan. The NHL has worked hard to steer the game away from the professional wrestling atmosphere and emphasize the skill and the speed that really make the sport fun to watch.
But a night like this has a certain, hard-to-justify appeal to those of us who grew up watching Bobby Clarke and Dave Schultz and Bob Kelly throw their bodies around and their gloves on the ice.
from George Johnson at ESPN,
Nobody’s the next anybody,” Gretzky had contended last week on the night his Phoenix Coyotes visited the Igloo in Pittsburgh. “Sidney’s Sidney. Wayne’s Wayne. Mario’s Mario. And that should be good enough. Comparing is part of the fun of sports. I understand that. I do it myself. But I don’t know how relevant it is.”
At the moment, not very.
Crosby only needs four Stanley Cups, eight more Hart Trophies, nine more miniature Art Ross statuettes, three Canada Cups (or the equivalent of), five Lady Byng Trophies, 17 more All-Star Game appearances and nearly 2,600 more points to catch up to Gretzky. Come back in a decade or so and we’ll talk discuss the matter further.
From the CP via TSN,
Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby is the winner of the Lou Marsh Award.
The honour, decided by a panel of sports editors and broadcasters, is given annually to Canada’s outstanding athlete by the Toronto Star. Other finalists in a close vote were Steve Nash, Erik Guay, Adam van Koeverden and Steve Molitor.
The Lou Marsh Award is named after a former Toronto Star sports editor.
from Empty Netters,
We’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge Mark Recchi’s three tenures here in Pittsburgh. As his play declined this season, people got restless with him and actually cheered when he was out of the line-up. In situations like that, you tend to forget about someone’s entire body of work and focus on their immediate contributions.
Among the Penguins career leaders, Recchi is:
-11th in points (376)
-9th in goals (154)
-7th in power-play goals (61)
continued plus other NHL bits…
from the Vancouver Province,
Forget the game, it was a head-to-head that people will be talking about for days, maybe years.
It was two of the best players in hockey, Vancouver’s stalwart netminder against Pittsburgh’s wunderkind forward in two head-to-head battles.
With the spotlight all to themselves, it was Sidney Crosby versus Roberto Luongo in overtime. And then again in a shootout.
I stayed up late last night and caught the whole game and I must say, one of the better games of the year.
Did anyone else catch the stare-down Luongo gave Crosby after stopping his shootout attempt? Watch for yourself (game highlights)...
via the Pittsburgh Penguins,
The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled goaltender Ty Conklin from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL) on an emergency basis, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
added 7:59pm, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Penguins coach Michel Therrien today characterized starting goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury’s injury as a mild ankle sprain.
He is listed as day to day because the injury is not severe enough to warrant placing him on injured reserve.
from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Late in the third period, Fleury moved out of the crease to his right and found himself with the puck and a clear path to the Coyotes’ vacant net.
He smelled a goal.
“That was the first time I got to try to shoot,” Fleury said. “And we were two goals ahead. You don’t want try it with one goal. It was the perfect time.”
He didn’t get the chance.
“Then [defenseman Darryl] Sydor came back and he took it,” Fleury said.
more including Recchi may be on recall waivers very soon. I am sure a team or two will put a claim in for him.
Update12:50pm ET: TSN now reports, “The Pittsburgh Penguins have placed veteran winger Mark Recchi on re-entry waivers.”
from Loose Change at the Hockey News,
He’s come bearing gifts.
He can be quite jovial.
He has the initials S.C.
I’ll assume your answer is Santa Claus simply because you’re predictably idealistic and frankly you don’t really try too hard at things like this. I will give you half credit, but no, there will be no bonus round for you.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
“I think he does fly under the radar,” said Penguins general manager Ray Shero. “Sid’s the one who has to do all the press conferences. Yeah, we’re pretty fortunate to have two guys like them.”
Malkin is a massive man, just like Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks. But he’s faster. He’s also a better shooter, but not as a silky smooth a set-up man as Jumbo Joe, but still very clever.
“Very creative. He could make plays in a phone booth,” said Penguins winger Gary Roberts.
“Gino (Malkin) doesn’t get as much attention as Sid,” said former Oilers forward Petr Sykora, his linemate. “But on any other team he’d be the guy.”
from the Globe and Mail,
Roberts, who signed with the Penguins last season after getting a call from Recchi, let his feelings be known on the release of his friend. Recchi cleared waivers Wednesday and the Penguins now have the option to send him to the AHL or negotiate a buyout of his $1.75-million (U.S.) contract.
“He brought this team together last year,” Roberts said. “I think he’s still a top-six forward on any team. Unfortunately, they [the Penguins’ management] didn’t think so.”
more on the Crosby show in Edmonton…
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