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Video- Sidney Crosby The Recepient Of A Few Crosschecks

from Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

There's a raging temptation to push for the NHL to punish Marc Staal with the same ferocity, the same lack of remorse that the New York defenseman displayed in hacking the back of Sidney Crosby's head not once but twice Monday night.

Both were committed with the stick, essentially a weapon.

Both were aimed at the most dangerous part of the body to strike.

Both were blindside.

Both were cowardly.

And you guessed it: Both were missed by both referees, meaning a suspension is the only remaining recourse.

“Hey, what's the difference?” as Matt Niskanen was telling me after the Penguins' 2-0 shutout of the Rangers in Game 3 of their Stanley Cup playoff series. “You do it, and you know all you'll get is a fine.”

Sad to say the man is right. That's Gary Bettman's NHL. Never mind protecting the stars. Not even the rabble among the game's players are safe from head assaults like Staal's.

continued and watch the stick work from Staal below...

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WingFanFormerlyInLA's avatar

Pittsburgh complaining about cheap shots….oh the delicious irony.

Posted by WingFanFormerlyInLA on 05/06/14 at 08:34 AM ET

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I think the NHL has to do more against stickwork.  The rule should be any use of stick beyond incidental other than to control or shoot the puck is a penalty.  There is no need to hack a guy at any time, so if you intentionally hit a guy carrying the puck or away from the play-penalty.  Your body is the only means of checking another body.  Now lets clean up the front of the net, obviously the term interference does not apply in front of net these days, it is a double standard.  Interference should be called anywhere so if you touch the player or the goalie in front of the net - penalty. interference.
There would be more goals and less injury, but if owners think that the balance is tipped in favour of offense then I suggest that the blue lines be moved 5 feet closer to the goal line to lessen the operating space of the offense.
So lets start calling stick interference and interference in front of the net and that will cut down a lot of injuries.  Lots of mutual interference going on as well, double minors.

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 05/06/14 at 08:52 AM ET

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Staal is a d-bag

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 05/06/14 at 09:17 AM ET

Primis's avatar

I don’t recall the Pens or PIT media having a problem with this stuff when it was their players doing it.

Posted by Primis on 05/06/14 at 09:37 AM ET

Savage Henry's avatar

To Crosby’s credit, he isn’t the one complaining.  At least not publicly.  That said, if PIT want’s to eliminate this from the game, starting at home is a good idea.

Posted by Savage Henry on 05/06/14 at 09:53 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Still, Crosby kept playing. Didn’t dive. Didn’t whine.

I think it’s hilarious that Kovacevic feels he has to point out that Crysbaby didn’t dive or whine. I guess it surprised him as much as it surprised the rest of us.  LOL

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/06/14 at 09:57 AM ET

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This headline could have easily read: “Crosby’s Tactics Used Against Him”

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 05/06/14 at 10:01 AM ET

WingFanFormerlyInLA's avatar

I think the NHL has to do more against stickwork.  The rule should be any use of stick beyond incidental other than to control or shoot the puck is a penalty.  There is no need to hack a guy at any time, so if you intentionally hit a guy carrying the puck or away from the play-penalty.  Your body is the only means of checking another body.  Now lets clean up the front of the net, obviously the term interference does not apply in front of net these days, it is a double standard.  Interference should be called anywhere so if you touch the player or the goalie in front of the net - penalty. interference.
There would be more goals and less injury, but if owners think that the balance is tipped in favour of offense then I suggest that the blue lines be moved 5 feet closer to the goal line to lessen the operating space of the offense.
So lets start calling stick interference and interference in front of the net and that will cut down a lot of injuries.  Lots of mutual interference going on as well, double minors.

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 05/06/14 at 09:52 AM ET

Yeah, about that….they aren’t changing the entire game to appease Crosby, especially since Pittsburgh would be one of the worst offenders.

Posted by WingFanFormerlyInLA on 05/06/14 at 10:09 AM ET

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Isn’t this garbage from Staal just the “passion” Pittsburgh often attributes to players? I love how the NBCsn replay cut short of showing Crosby’s legitimate retaliatory crosscheck that precipitated Staal’s further goonery.

As far as the no-call, Crosby has earned such a reputation as a petulant diving whiner that it’s not something the officials on the ice take seriously when he’s slashed to the ice. We see this when Burrows or Kessler in Vancouver take abuse as well.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/06/14 at 10:15 AM ET

awould's avatar

Should’ve been a penalty. 2 minutes. Not enough to whine about, missed calls happen 12x a game.

Posted by awould on 05/06/14 at 10:28 AM ET

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If that’s Z or Pavs getting cross-checked in the back of the neck and then slashed by say… Cory Perry then all the posts here would be about stopping ugly stick work.

Bottom line is thats a dangerous play and needs to be eliminated from the game.  Even as much as people despise the Burrows, Cookes and Marchands, that’s a cross check to the back of the neck is potential career ender and it shouldn’t be tolerated, regardless of who its done to.

Posted by callmedrw on 05/06/14 at 10:29 AM ET

WingFanFormerlyInLA's avatar

To Crosby’s credit, he isn’t the one complaining.  At least not publicly.  That said, if PIT want’s to eliminate this from the game, starting at home is a good idea.

Posted by Savage Henry on 05/06/14 at 10:53 AM ET

I agree, and it’s very hard for me to give Cindy any credit, but yes, he wasn’t the one whining.

Posted by WingFanFormerlyInLA on 05/06/14 at 10:38 AM ET

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Bottom line is thats a dangerous play and needs to be eliminated from the game.

Couldn’t agree more. It was disturbing to hear the disembodied voice (sounded like Pierre) arguing that they need to let it go all night at both ends. It should have been penalized. The NHL seems to evaluate penalties based on player’s past behaviors/performances in addition to just not seeing things.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/06/14 at 10:43 AM ET

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If that’s Z or Pavs getting cross-checked in the back of the neck and then slashed by say… Cory Perry then all the posts here would be about stopping ugly stick work.

IF?  It’s happened more than a couple of times and fans complain, of course, but I can’t remember it ever warranting a full length article in the paper.

It was a definite penalty and should’ve been called. End of story.

Posted by awould on 05/06/14 at 11:11 AM ET

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I really dont care WHO is doing/has done this kind of sh*t! No room in the league whatsoever for this kind of crap. Suspensions are whats needed, period

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 05/06/14 at 11:17 AM ET

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To Crosby’s credit, he isn’t the one complaining.  At least not publicly.  That said, if PIT want’s to eliminate this from the game, starting at home is a good idea.

I watched Columbus players stick working Crosby also in the previous series. Not a Crosby fan at all, but the stick work must be punished whether it’s a stiff fine, suspension or both.

Posted by bigfrog on 05/06/14 at 03:10 PM ET

Lindas1st's avatar

hahahahhahahaa

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 05/06/14 at 04:40 PM ET

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