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The N.H.L. needs a healthy Crosby on the ice, scoring goals—not in the penalty box, or unable to play—if it is to thrive. It needs him to be one of the faces of the league. Instead, he is a symbol of all that plagues it.

-Michael Guerriero of The New Yorker where you can read more.

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This is where the stupdity starts, there are no periods between the letters in NHL, then add in that the NHL does NOT need Sydney Crosby, just like it does NOT need any single player. When you pretend you are golf and NEED Tiger Woods then you are setting yourself up for failure when your hero has clay feet. Wasn’t it just last week that the NHL needed Gretzky? Get the marketing team ramped up and you can just build a new icon. Can we talk about the sport of hockey and less about the nonsense.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 04/16/12 at 06:32 PM ET

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Well said 1919. Took he words right outta my mouth..

Posted by cainer4wingsglory on 04/16/12 at 06:40 PM ET

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The Penguins, already losers of the first two games of the best-of-seven playoff series, presented a variant of hockey storico to a national television audience in Game 3—with a mixture of lawless, ugly, and conventionally unskilled play. They lost the game, 8-4. They also lost their composure, control, and perhaps worse, the sympathy of moderate fans.

April 15th, 2012, will go down in Pens history, for all the wrong reasons.

Many people saw it coming.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/16/12 at 06:47 PM ET

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The one lingering problem hockey continues to confront, and needs to overcome, to become a legitimate mainstream sport is its stigma for reckless, potentially life-destroying violence.

No.  It doesn’t.  You know what league has perhaps the largest stigma for reckless, potentially life-destroying violence?  The N.F.L.  Yes, american football.  There are currently over 1,800 former N.F.L. players suing the league for the effects they have suffered from the “potentially life-destroying violence” inflicted upon them during their playing days.  Football is a more violent sport than hockey and results in more punishment on its players, wether you’re talking wear and tear on the body throughout the course of a career or concussions. 

Oh yeah, the N.F.L. is also the most popular sport in America by far.  It’s not even close.

The idea that the reason that the N.H.L. isn’t “a legitimate mainstream” is because of fighting, cross-checking and the general goonery that can occur during the game isn’t based on any sound facts.  It’s all based on the idea that there is some mythical fan out there - probably a mother of three in some southern state in America - who would watch the N.H.L., along with all of her children, if only there was no fighting or violence at all in the sport.  This person doesn’t really exist.  They are like elves, gremlins, and eskimos.

Posted by Ajax19 on 04/16/12 at 07:30 PM ET

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The idea that the reason that the N.H.L. isn’t “a legitimate mainstream” is because of fighting, cross-checking and the general goonery that can occur during the game isn’t based on any sound facts.  It’s all based on the idea that there is some mythical fan out there - probably a mother of three in some southern state in America - who would watch the N.H.L., along with all of her children, if only there was no fighting or violence at all in the sport.  This person doesn’t really exist.  They are like elves, gremlins, and eskimos.

This. 

The NHL, and many of those who write about it, can’t seem to grasp that hockey is a niche sport because of it’s inaccessibility.  I can take my 6 year old out in the yard and throw a football around, or play basketball.

It’s a very long way to the nearest ice rink.

That’s without thinking of the financial involvement.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 04/16/12 at 09:53 PM ET

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This is the first thread on any website in I’ve ever seen where I completely agree with all of the comments.

Somehow the NHL survived the Season Without Crosby (TM) yet the media continues to act like the NHL is a deck of cards and Crosby is the glue holding it all together. It isn’t and he’s not.

And fighting and violence in the NHL is part of the game. It allows the players to police themselves. When they go too far, the league is there to police them all. What’s happening now is the players are getting out of control because the league has failed on their end.

When the players see the league NOT punishing things that ought to be punished, or not punishing them enough, they feel the line has been moved and behave accordingly. Also, when they see the league fail to police bad acts against their own, they feel the need to exact that justice themselves. Combine the two and you have real problems.

Posted by awould on 04/16/12 at 10:29 PM ET

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Where would the league be without one dimensional scoring champs who consistently take cheap shots and fail to fight their own battles?

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/16/12 at 10:29 PM ET

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This is what you get when the “mainstream” media decides to comment on hockey, especially when it is apparent that this guy hasn’t watched more than a small smattering of the game.  Once you take the time to understand and truly learn the game you realize reports like this come from the misinformed masses.

Posted by Spencer on 04/16/12 at 10:48 PM ET

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