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Sidney Crosby Is Off His Game

from Mike Brophy of CBC,

Crosby once again has been the target of abuse, first by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round and now by the New York Rangers. Typically, he isn't putting up with any of the nonsense.

The only problem is, Crosby has been thrown off his game. One goal and nine points in 12 games might be decent numbers for many NHLers. But not for Crosby. His production is off and his eye has been taken off the prize. Rather than being the leader the Pittsburgh Penguins have grown accustomed to seeing, he has become a problem for a team now facing a Game 7 after having held a 3-1 series lead.

It certainly isn't all Crosby's fault. But his lack of composure has not helped Pittsburgh's cause. It can be argued that as his team's best player, Crosby should not be fighting his own battles at this stage of the season. He should be receiving the same type of protection afforded Wayne Gretzky in his prime.

The Penguins have done a lousy job protecting their leader. And now out of sheer frustration, Crosby is off his game. That was obvious when he speared Dominic Moore in the groin after a whistle and when he cross-checked Brian Boyle at the conclusion of Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Rangers.

On the one hand, it is admirable that Crosby stands up for himself. However, when it becomes a distraction and interferes with his team's ability to win, it must stop.

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awould's avatar

....Crosby is off his game. That was obvious when he speared Dominic Moore in the groin after a whistle and when he cross-checked Brian Boyle at the conclusion of Sunday’s 3-1 loss to the Rangers.

Spearing, end-of-game cross-check…. when Crosby does these things, he’s just “off his game.”

Posted by awould on 05/12/14 at 12:54 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

... And now out of sheer frustration, Crosby is off his game. That was obvious when he speared Dominic Moore in the groin after a whistle and when he cross-checked Brian Boyle at the conclusion of Sunday’s 3-1 loss to the Rangers.

right ... no penalty, no fine, no nada

rosby is such an ass

LOL

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/12/14 at 01:28 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

Crysby did get 2 mins for the cross check. As far as a fine, I guess the league says it’s fine for the face of the sport to do such things, because “passion”?

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/12/14 at 01:39 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

It certainly isn’t all Crosby’s fault.

Is this guy for real? Because it’s the Cup.(Dominik Moore’s to be precise)

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 05/12/14 at 01:58 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Dominic=Dominik.

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 05/12/14 at 02:01 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

He repeatedly would start slapping Lundquist’s pads after he had made the save, and the NYR Dmen would come in looking like they were going to give him a good shove but then realize who is was and stop.  Then the linesmen chew out the Dmen for touching him. 

It’s comical how his name changes standards of officiating.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/12/14 at 03:48 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

On the one hand, it is admirable that Crosby stands up for himself.


Spearing in the “junk”. Any other player does it and it’s called “dirty”.(it is) Crosby does it and it’s considered “self defense”

Double standard, indeed.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 05/12/14 at 04:06 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Off His Game…............

                                                                      Whining to the officials = check

                                                Slashing/cross checking after the whistle = check

Scurrying away to the safety of the officials after cross checking after whistle = check.       
   
                  Spearing a guy in the nuts after an official is between him and the spear-ee = check


.......All seems about par for the course to me….... hmmm

Posted by Down River Dan on 05/12/14 at 06:12 PM ET

topshelf14's avatar

Haven’t seen this Crosby since the last time he was losing in the playoffs and every year before it. 9 years unsportsmanlike conduct.

Posted by topshelf14 from Detroit, MI on 05/12/14 at 07:37 PM ET

Primis's avatar

I’d say Crosby is on his game, because this stuff *IS* his game, much as people don’t want to admit it.

Posted by Primis on 05/12/14 at 07:46 PM ET

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