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Morning Line- Larry Brooks On Sidney Crosby

He is a role model, is Sidney Crosby, the captain of a Penguins team worthy of much more than a footnote in NHL history in the aftermath of the most notable achievement of the hard-cap era.

-Larry Brooks of the New York Post where you can read more on Crosby and the Penguins.

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Mario Lemieux Or Sidney Crosby

from Tal Pinchevsky at ESPN,

It has been more than a decade since Mario Lemieux played his last NHL game for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and yet no athlete -- perhaps no human being -- is a more prominent presence in the city of champions.

A simple stroll through Pittsburgh is the easiest way to discover how fully the man who arrived in town from Quebec as a lanky 18-year-old in 1984 has been embraced by Pittsburgh. Not to mention the degree to which he has embraced the city right back.

In a region that has revered its sports legends for decades, the former Penguins star and current team co-owner and chairman is seemingly everywhere. For starters, there is the statue honoring him outside the Penguins' PPG Paints Arena. The towering tribute lies mere steps from 66 Mario Lemieux Place, the address bearing the Penguins legend's name and number where the team's former home, Mellon Arena, was once located.

With current Penguins captain Sidney Crosby facing the opportunity to capture his second straight (and third overall) Stanley Cup title on Sunday night (8 ET) at Bridgestone Arena, Lemieux has established an incredibly high bar as the Penguins' reigning star establishes his own legacy around town.


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Hard To Root For Sidney Crosby And The Pittsburgh Penguins

from  Hemal Jhaveri of For The Win at USA TODAY,

Pittsburgh fans couldn’t care less about Crosby’s reputation and they shouldn’t. Crosby is the best player in the game and they have him on their team, everything short of actually maiming a guy on the ice will be justifiable in a quest to win the Cup.

But for Pittsburgh outsiders and casual fans, Crosby’s antics last night were a vivid reminder of exactly why they don’t like him in the first place.

First, there was the tussle with Subban towards the end of the first period where Subban grabbed Crosby’s legs, and Crosby tried to escape by repeatedly pushed Subban’s head into the ice, in full view of a ref.  Players push limits all the time, but this went beyond just playoff hockey, and, for the uninitiated, it’s just a bad visual.

Think about it: here’s the best player in the game punching another dude’s head into the ice, and no one is doing anything to stop it.

During NBC’s intermission, Mike Milbury stayed true to his roots and defended Crosby’s actions, noting that the star player finally got some revenge.

“It’s cagey,” Milbury said. “And Subban had it coming.”

Again, Milbury stepping up for Crosby certainly advances the narrative that the hockey establishment has gone all in on making sure the Penguins super star succeeds.  Now, Crosby has certainly had his share of taking brutal hits during the playoffs, but taking all of his frustrations out on Subban’s head was indefensible.


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Sidney Crosby Is Not Perfect

from Barry Rozner of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Sidney Crosby can do no wrong. Ever.

It's hockey blasphemy for a fan to say anything bad about the league's reigning superstar, and it's certainly unacceptable for anyone commenting about the game to question Crosby's character, style or, well, anything for that matter.

Can't be done.

Except, it should be. Crosby is a dirty player, he's a diver and he's a whiner.

He's also supremely talented and a certain Hall of Famer. The Pens are back in the Final because of him.

His ability puts him among the best of all time, but the way he behaves is utterly unbecoming of someone considered a top 20 player all time. By the time he's done, he might be top 10.

Yet, some of us think of Crosby and think of the unpleasant.

He's always been the embellishing type, and Jonathan Toews was none too pleased when Crosby was flopping around on the ice like a fish during the game at Soldier Field in 2014.


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Sidney Crosby And Evgeni Malkin Can Dominate The Series

from Tal Pinchevsy at ESPN,

For decades now, it's been the calling card for many of the most dominant teams: two all-world centers carrying their club.

Gretzky-Messier. Lemieux-Francis. Sakic-Forsberg. The Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup twice in three seasons with Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter patrolling the middle.

Beginning with the Pittsburgh Penguins meeting the Nashville Predators in Game 1 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final on Monday (8 p.m. ET) at PPG Paints Arena, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have the chance to be immortalized as part of that group. Having captured the Stanley Cup twice as teammates and accumulated two Conn Smythe trophies, three Hart Memorial trophies and four scoring titles between them, each has already secured his respective place in the Hall of Fame.

But ask either superstar what motivates him, and each will inevitably take a moment to give a nod to the other.

"When he's out there, when he's going, you want to follow that up," Crosby said of Malkin. "It gives you confidence as a player when you see someone out there with that capability, because I don't think you put as much pressure on yourself knowing that this guy is capable of changing the game with one play."


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Sidney Crosby, Top 5 All-Time?

from Andrew Bottomley of Sportsnet,

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has been one of hockey’s most prized possessions ever since his early teenage years.

After his recent Eastern Conference Final win earned him a ticket to a second straight Stanley Cup, the question begs: Where does Crosby rank among the NHL’s greats?

“Crosby could be the leader of the first team to win back-to-back Cups in the cap era and it would be his third Stanley Cup overall,” said Dan Riccio, on Sportsnet’s Hot Stove. “He is, at least, starting to chisel his face into the Mount Rushmore of NHL Players.

“On that Mount Rushmore would be Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr, Mario Lemieux and probably Gordie Howe. Is Crosby there yet?”

Crosby, who is still only 29 years old, has already compiled an outstanding NHL career.

In just 782 career regular-season games, he has recorded 1,027 points composed of 382 goals and 645 assists, good enough for 77th all-time. His points-per-game is off the charts -- especially considering that he is doing it in an era when scoring is generally down -- at 1.31, good enough for sixth most in the history of the league.


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Marketing Sidney

from Dan Robson of Sportsnet,

Sidney Crosby was only five years old when he posed for the photograph that would become Tim Hortons’ most powerful marketing tool. He was three-foot-11 and 54 pounds, and he wore big blue-and-red gloves, holding them close together as he gripped a wooden stick. The company’s name was written across the chest of his yellow hockey sweater. The photo was printed on a novelty card Crosby received for participating in the Timbits minor-hockey program. He gave it to his uncle, Rob Forbes, as a gift.

A few years later, Forbes showed the card to a group of Tim Hortons executives. At the time, he was in charge of the company’s regional marketing in Atlantic Canada. Using the card as a prop, Forbes told the gathered executives that one day a young player from the Timbits program — a player just like the boy in the picture — would grow up to play in the NHL. That player would create a unique marketing opportunity: a direct link between the company’s grassroots initiatives and NHL stardom.

Forbes didn’t assume it would literally be the kid on the card who grew into the best and most influential hockey player of a generation. The photo was meant to stand in for any and every Timbits player. It was meant to stand in for all the photos just like it that live on mantels and in trophy cases and albums in homes across Canada. Photos that are familiar and nostalgic — and in Crosby’s case, evidence of a childhood dream come true.


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Afternoon Line- Renaud Lavoie On Sidney Crosby

“There’s a little bit of the ‘Rocket,’ the way he was playing. Always going in, never scared of anything on the ice. This is obviously Maurice Richard, and you have now Sidney Crosby.”

"When you’re talking to his teammates in Pittsburgh, what they’re going to say about Sidney Crosby is he’s the ultimate grinder, the best grinder that ever played the game."

-Renaud Lavoie, TVA hockey analyst.  Sportsnet has more....

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Sidney Crosby Participated In Practice And Alex Ovechkin Moved To The Third Line

Sidney Crosby participated in practice today.



And Alex Ovechkin has been moved to the third line...

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Morning Line- Joe O’Connor On Sidney Crosby

One of hockey’s dark secrets is that the player known as the Kid is a hated man, in some corners. One of life’s dark truths is that the Twitter-verse is one of those corners. Twitter is our Roman Coliseum, a place where we, the palookas of sport, drinking beer and watching the game at home, get to be participants in the action, and where the sight of blood elicits cries for more blood — and where the image of the best hockey player on the planet lying face down on the ice is met with snickering Tweets, and worse.

-Joe O'Connor of the National Post.  Read more on this topic.

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Another Concussion For Sidney Crosby

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added 12:50pm, Yes old news, followed an old tweet from the Penguins, sorry for the issue.

via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has been diagnosed with a concussion, it was announced by Executive Vice President and General Manager Jim Rutherford.

Crosby sat out Saturday's preseason game vs. Columbus because he was not feeling well, and missed practice today to undergo concussion testing.

Crosby's status will be updated when more information is available. The Penguins open the regular season Thursday night against Washington at PPG Paints Arena.

Below, Nick Kypreos talks about the hit with multiple angles of it...

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Regular Season Individual Award Winners

NEW YORK (April 10, 2017) – The 2016-17 National Hockey League regular season concluded on Sunday with Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid capturing his first career Art Ross Trophy as the League’s scoring champion, Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby claiming his second career Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the NHL’s goal-scoring leader and Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals winning his first career William M. Jennings Trophy as the goaltender who plays at least 25 games for the club allowing the fewest goals. 

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Sidney Crosby The Topic For Saturday Hockey Talk

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Imagine if the opposite had occurred?

Imagine if it had been Sidney Crosby’s finger dangling, dripping blood, part of it crushed, the result of a slash, intentional or not?

Imagine the noise the hockey world would make?

Instead, the usual voices say the usual things. You can’t penalize the kind of slash that happens so often in every game. You can’t suspend Crosby for maiming Ottawa’s Marc Methot and ending his regular season — and possibly his playoff run — while probably damaging his hand forever.

That’s their view. The NHL shrugs and looks the other way. The game goes on.

That’s their view, not mine....

- What you need to remember about Eugene Melnyk: When last we saw his Ottawa Senators in the Stanley Cup final, there was Melnyk in the dressing room after losing the Cup, calling out players, questioning their character and basically embarrassing himself.

- Really, Gary Bettman cares nothing about you. He took away a hockey season. If he thinks it’s good business to not have NHL players in the Olympic Games, he won’t lose a minute of sleep over it. That said, Bettman hasn’t officially ruled out NHL participation in the Olympics, which makes it still possible.

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Eugene Melnyk On Marc Methot Incident

via Bruce Garrioch tweets,

Melnyk says he is sure the Methot issue is being taken up with the league this AM on TSN 1200 

"You hammer these guys, you take away their money, and you say you know what you are done for 10 games," says Melnyk on incidents.

Melnyk doesn't name Crosby but "we all know who he is. The guy is a whiner beyond belief." Says no matter who it is he should be suspended

Missed the incident last night?  Watch here.

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Videos- Rasmus Ristolainen Hit On Jake Guentzel And Crosby’s Sneaky Stick

Rasmus Ristolainen five for interference and a game.



Below, Sidney Crosby with a sneaky stick to the groin...

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Crosby vs. McDavid derby lived up to the hype

The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 in a shootout last night, and the game came down to a pair of shootout goals traded by Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid--and a winner potted by Phil Kessel:

According to Sportsnet's Mark Spector, the Crosby-vs-McDavid game lived up to its massive hype:

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Crosby vs. McDavid tonight

NHL.com's Tim Campbell reports that tonight's marquee match-up involves Sidney Crosby battling Connor McDavid:

The NHL scoring race will be a certain headline when two of the League's marquee centers, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, play against each other at Rogers Place on Friday (9 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, SNW, ROOT, NHL.TV).

McDavid leads the NHL with 74 points (22 goals, 52 assists). Crosby is tied for second with 70 points (League-leading 34 goals, 36 assists).

The game also creates a focus on what's to come.

Crosby, 29, is looking to add to an impressive resume that includes 137 points in 124 Stanley Cup Playoff games and two Cup wins. The defending champion Penguins are tied for second with the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Metropolitan Division with 90 points.

The Oilers have 78 points, two behind the Anaheim Ducks for second in the Pacific Division, and are on course to make the playoffs for the first time since 2006.


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Is Brent Burns ‘all Hart?’

TSN's Scott Cullen issues "Three Quarter NHL Awards," and his Hart Trophy pick is...intiguging...

: Brent Burns, D, San Jose
Runners-Up: Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh; Connor McDavid, C, Edmonton

This is a difficult decision. Crosby has been my pick through the first two installments, but as his goal-scoring pace has slowed, it gets more reasonable to consider Burns, a defenceman who is leading the league in shots on goal and has more than a point per game. Furthermore, Burns is on pace for 34 goals, and the last time a defenceman scored that many goals, had better than a point per game and four shots on goal per game was Doug Wilson in 1981-1982 (The only other defenceman to meet those thresholds in a season was some guy by the name of Orr, three times).

This isn’t to take away from Crosby, who is having a great season, and McDavid, who is leading the league in scoring in his second season, but Burns’ season is extraordinary, and we’re far enough down the road that I’ve shifted into Burns’ corner, though it’s admittedly a close race.

Some others to consider: Chicago right winger Patrick Kane, who is suddenly second in the league with 70 points, is probably the best candidate outside the top three. Evgeni Malkin, Nikita Kucherov and Jeff Carter have all been really good, too, but not quite at the same level.

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Crosby still wows at 1,000

From USA Today's Kevin Allen:

The most impressive aspect of Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby approaching 1,000 career points is that we may not have seen his best work.

Pittsburgh general manager Jim Rutherford said he believes Crosby, with 998 points in 753 games going into Thursday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche, is still finding ways to refine his game.

“I don’t know if there is any other athlete in the world who is more prepared to be successful,” Rutherford said. “It started at a young age, and it has never dropped off. And it never will.”

At 29 years, 185 days through Wednesday, Crosby is in position to become the 12th youngest to reach 1,000 points. He would also rank 12th fastest with 753 games entering Thursday's meeting.

Nobody has done it faster since Jaromir Jagr reached 1,000 points in 2000, not long before Jagr’s 29th birthday.

“(Crosby's) at a level all by himself right now,” Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “Can he take it to another level? I wouldn’t put it past him.”


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Sidney Crosby Dominating Again

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Tis the season, all right; the season of Sidney Crosby, who not only is dominating the NHL, but is doing so while re-ascending to hockey’s pedestal, a feat far more difficult than mounting it in the first place.

Few players have been knocked off the top rung the way Crosby had only to re-emerge as master of his domain. And this season, in which he had recorded 26 goals in 31 games entering Saturday after having been named MVP of both the 2016 Stanley Cup and World Cup, is one for the comparative ages.

This is Crosby’s 12th year. Gordie Howe, who had some staying power, won the 1957-58 Hart Trophy in his 12th season with Detroit. Bobby Hull had a statistical career year in his 12th season with Chicago, recording NHL career bests 58 goals, 49 assists and 107 points. Mario Lemieux had a 122-point season in 1996-97 and Wayne Gretzky led the NHL with 163 points and 122 assists in his 12th season, and third with LA, in 1990-91. Rocket Richard probably would have won the only Art Ross of his career in his 12th season if he hadn’t been suspended at the end of 1954-55 by NHL President Clarence Campbell for his stick-swinging rampage that presaged the Richard Riots in Montreal.

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Video- Sidney Crosby Leaves Game After Hit Along The Boards

The first period is over and Crosby has not returned.


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Video- Crosby And Ovechkin Meet Again Tonight

via the YouTube channel of Sportsnet,

For the 39th time in their careers, heavyweights Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin will face off as the Pens take on the Capitals on Wednesday Night Hockey.



And the Penguins with a reminder...

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Looking forward to McDavid vs. Crosby on Tuesday night

From NHL.com's Nicholas J. Cotsonika:

The way he plays, the way he handles himself, the way he elevates the Edmonton Oilers, it's easy to forget that Connor McDavid is 19 years old. He has played 58 NHL games, because he missed three months because of a broken clavicle as a rookie last season. As good as he is, one of the top players in the NHL already, he's still experiencing new things, still learning, still growing.

McDavid will play against Sidney Crosby for the first time when the Oilers visit the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; ROOT, SNW, NHL.TV). It's No. 97 vs. No. 87, the Next One vs. Sid the Kid, the No. 1 pick of the 2015 NHL Draft vs. the No. 1 pick of the 2005 NHL Draft. And McDavid talks about it like, well, a teenager. He doesn't call him Mr. Crosby, like he did the first time he met him three years ago, according to USA Today, but makes him sound like an old man at age 29.

"It's exciting for me," McDavid said. "He's someone I grew up idolizing, and for me it's going to be pretty cool."

McDavid said he continues to follow Crosby most nights he plays.

"He's the best player in the world, and if you can take anything from his game, obviously that'll help," McDavid said. "Definitely don't pattern yourself after him or anything like that, but you try and learn from things that gave him success."


added 4:28 PM: Here's the other side, from NHL.com's Wes Crosby:

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Crosby, McDavid ‘cross over’ to success

From TSN's Frank Seravalli:

The hockey world’s eyes will be focused on Pittsburgh on Tuesday night, watching intently as Connor McDavid faces off against Sidney Crosby for the first time.

The matchup will be billed as the second coming of Gretzky versus Lemieux - and the parallels are certainly there, both with the teams represented and the fact that perhaps the game’s best two players will compete on the same ice.

The pure skill and skating from Crosby and McDavid is easy enough to see. But what may be under appreciated is how McDavid and Crosby generate the speed that clearly sets them apart from the rest of the NHL.

McDavid, now 19, has been compared to Crosby in just about every way imaginable: hockey sense and timing, hand-eye coordination, playmaking ability, and even his deferential off-ice demeanor.

In a league full of elite skaters, though, McDavid is maybe the best since Crosby.

How do McDavid and Crosby literally break away from the pack?

According to Crosby’s skills coach, Darryl Belfry, it is with the use of linear crossovers.


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Sidney Crosby Expected Back Tonight

from Wes Crosby at NHL.com,

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will be a game-time decision and may make his season debut against the Florida Panthers at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; ROOT, FS-F, NHL.TV).

Crosby participated in a full-contact practice Monday for the first time since sustaining a concussion during an Oct. 7 practice at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. The concussion, Crosby's third in six years, forced him to miss Pittsburgh's first six games.

"[Crosby] had a strong practice this morning," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said after the morning skate Tuesday. "Everything is pointing in the right direction. If he's comfortable, he could play."


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Sidney Crosby And His Concussions

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Crosby’s latest concussion happened on Friday at practice. It wasn’t a big open-ice hit — those observers who were there noticed nothing — but of course we realize that it doesn’t have to be a Scott Stevens hit anymore. When two NHL players collide in a battle drill, or even during line rushes, the impact can be enough to bounce one’s brain off the inside of one’s skull.

So we are left to wonder: Did whatever happened to Crosby in that Friday practice have a worse effect because of his concussion history? And will the next one require incrementally less force, and less force, until contact sports are no longer an option for Sid?

Is it possible that Crosby and concussions become in 2016 what Bobby Orr and bad knees were in the 1970s? We surely hope not.

“They happen, in a lot of different sports,” Crosby said Tuesday, having skated alone and shot some pucks before the Penguins practiced as a team. “Guys have multiple concussions and they’re fine. You just have to treat them the right way, and make sure that they handle it right and that you’re honest.


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Sidney Crosby Will Be Missed

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

There are lots of other storylines — P.K. Subban in Nashville, Carey Price’s return, Taylor Hall in Newark — but nothing earthshaking. Indeed, the Subban for Shea Weber off-season deal was enormous, but now the flamboyant Subban will be tucked away in Nashville, rarely to be seen on national broadcasts in either country. Ditto for Hall.

Having all seven Canadian teams miss post-season play last spring delivered a punishing blow to NHL interest in the Great White North as illustrated by television ratings, and right now you’d be hard-pressed to guarantee a playoff berth for any of the seven this season. Certainly none go into the season appearing to be challengers for the Cup.

Six of the seven acquired a top young player in the entry draft last June, which bodes well for the future. Toronto got Auston Matthews, Winnipeg got Patrik Laine, Edmonton took Jesse Puljujarvi, Calgary landed Matthew Tkachuk and Montreal selected Russian blue-liner Mikhail Sergachev, who will start the season with the Habs.

But it will take time for these players to establish themselves and become fan favourites, and all the Canadian teams, to different degrees, are still paying the price for questionable management over the past decade. As an example, look at the Oilers, forced to dump former No. 1 pick Nail Yakupov to the Blues for 20 cents on the dollar last week just to be rid of him.

A healthy Crosby can’t be expected to compensate for all of this, of course. Indeed, last year he started the season in terrible fashion, making “What’s Wrong With Sidney?” a popular game to play at home with friends and loved ones, and the NHL didn’t all come tumbling down.

But the way the season finished re-established him, without a doubt, as the best player on the planet, as did the World Cup. He is in his absolute prime, able to drive attention to the league, not by force of personality but by sheer drive and ability.


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Sidney Crosby Out With A Concussion

via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has been diagnosed with a concussion, it was announced by Executive Vice President and General Manager Jim Rutherford.

Crosby sat out Saturday's preseason game vs. Columbus because he was not feeling well, and missed practice today to undergo concussion testing.

Crosby's status will be updated when more information is available. The Penguins open the regular season Thursday night against Washington at PPG Paints Arena.

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Video- Seven Minutes Of Sidney Crosby At Game 1 Of The World Cup Final

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Crosby Over Ovechkin Again

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

It is on nights like these, fair or not, that superstar players either add to their mystique or ... the complete opposite.

And on this World Cup of Hockey semifinal night, No. 87 rose above everyone else yet again, while No. 8 struggled mightily.

"It's like the five-tool guy vs. the home-run hitter: The five-tool guy finds more ways to win all the time," said a Western Conference head coach not involved in the tourney, via text message after Canada's 5-3 semifinal win Saturday.

"Full-court player vs. half-court player," added an Eastern Conference GM not involved in the World Cup, via text message during the third period.

World juniors, NHL playoffs, men's world championships, Olympics and now World Cup: Crosby owns Ovechkin by any definition.

No question, if you had Crosby and Ovechkin swap uniforms Saturday night, Ovechkin might have had a better chance of scoring with Team Canada boasting a deeper squad.


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Sidney Crosby On Last Season

from Sidney Crosby at Sports Illustrated,

I can’t say there weren’t some doubts starting to creep in.

When you’re in your late 20s with 10 NHL seasons on your legs, and suddenly you’re not scoring and your team isn’t winning, the little voice inside your head can tell you things you don’t want to hear. That was the voice that started talking to me in December.

And my lack of production on the ice made it feel like the voice had a point.

Almost a quarter of the way through the 2015–16 season, I only had a handful of points and wherever I was on the list of NHL scoring leaders, it wasn’t high. I wasn’t playing up to my expectations, but even worse, my failures meant that the team wasn’t winning. Nothing we did seemed to work. Offensively we struggled and with each frustrating loss, we fell further and further behind the competition.

Forget being in the conversation as Stanley Cup favorites, we weren’t even in position to qualify for the postseason. As it turned out, I wasn’t the only one with doubts, either.


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Sidney Crosby With The Cup In Cole Harbour

from NHL.com,

After a day with the Stanley Cup on Friday that included a trip to Tim Hortons, Sidney Crosby enjoyed a hero's welcome at a parade through his hometown of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, on Saturday.

An estimated crowd of 30,000 lined the 1.1-mile parade route on Forest Hills Parkway to see the Cup and show support for the Pittsburgh Penguins captain and 2016 Conn Smythe Trophy winner as MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Sidney Crosby earns the Conn Smythe Trophy

Here's Sidney Crosby being awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs:

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“One More Win” For Sidney Crosby

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

One more win …

Crosby wants it for a number of reasons. For Lemieux. For his teammates. For hockey-mad Pittsburgh. For his family. And, of course, for himself.

Crosby knows exactly what a second Cup will bring.

It will mean matching the great Lemieux’s total as a player.

It will mean never being called an underachiever again.

Maybe most of all, it will mean never having to say he’s sorry.


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Classic Crosby

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

The voice was familiar - loud enough to overcome the nervous buzz of 18,534 nail-biting souls, but not startling.

Bryan Rust hopped over the boards and jetted across the blue line with a perfectly placed Brian Dumoulin pass when he heard it.

“I didn’t think ‘Rusty’ saw me,” Sidney Crosby said. “I just kind of let him know I was there.”

No thought required. It was the easiest, if not the biggest, assist of Rust’s career.

The puck slid to Crosby on the freshly shaved overtime ice smoother than a new stick of deodorant.

“When one of the best players in the world is wide open,” Rust explained, “you definitely look for him.”

Crosby dropped to one knee to put the maximum amount of muscle on the disc, which was still bouncing after it dropped from the shelf behind Andrei Vasilevskiy. Neither Vasilevskiy, nor a frozen Victor Hedman had a prayer to stop it.

In a highlight-reel lens, it was a vintage Crosby image.


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Video- Sidney Crosby Scores In Overtime

Penguins win 3-2, on to Tampa for game 3 on Wednesday.


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Evening Line- Scott Burnside On The Legacy Of Sidney Crosby And Alex Ovechkin

It is a testament to the greatness of Ovechkin and to the greatness of his rival with the Penguins, Crosby, that we can debate the notion of legacy in these rare head-to-head confrontations.

And even though the scorecard historically has been dominated by Crosby, what makes Saturday so compelling is that Ovechkin has it within his grasp to draft a new script, to defy the past.

Just as he has had those opportunities in the past but could not change the narrative.

-Scott Burnside of ESPN where you can read more on Crosby/Ovechkin.

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Ovechkin hacks Crosby, who reacts angrily

Sidney Crosby took s nasty slash to the right hand from Alexander Ovechkin and angrily exited the Capials-Penguins game. Crosby would return:

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The ‘Old’ Sidney Crosby Is Back

from Michael Traikos at the Toronto Sun,

After a slow start, where Crosby managed five points in October, had a minus-11 rating in November and even had some questioning whether he belonged on Canada’s World Cup roster, the two-time league MVP has returned to his old self.

On Monday morning, Crosby was named the NHL's first star of the week after scoring five goals and eight points in three games. Following Monday night's game, he is now on an 11-game point streak, with 12 goals and 22 points during that stretch. And with 53 points in 51 games, he is once again amongst the top-10 in league scoring.

Simply put: Crosby is back. And the rest of the league is on notice.

“A lot of people will judge him just on his points,” said Rutherford. “But the last month or two, I really think he’s been the best complete player in the league, which is not a big statement because he is the best player in the league. He has been the best player for a while and he will be for quite a while going forward.

“He can just put the team on his back and take it.”

This no longer looks like the same team that couldn’t score on the power play, couldn’t string together more than two wins in a row and ended up firing the head coach in early December after stumbling out of the gate with a 15-10-2 record. With Mike Sullivan behind the bench and Crosby leading the offence, the Penguins have two regulation losses in their last 11 games.


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Day To Day Status For Sidney Crosby

via Jenn Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

“Sid has a lower body injury. Right now his status is day to day. We’ll see how he is tomorrow,” said Sullivan.

He said he believes the injury occurred in the third period of the team’s 2-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes last night.

If Crosby is cleared to play tomorrow there will be no temptation of giving him a week off with the upcoming break.

“I don’t think there’s any temptation. If Sid can play, he’ll play,” said Sullivan. “That’s the type of guy that he is. We’ll make that decision tomorrow. We’ll see how he is.”

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Gare Joyce On Sidney Crosby

from Gare Joyce of Sportsnet,

Even if his drive for excellence remained full bore, you couldn’t blame him if the state of the Penguins organization has dragged him down. He was sighted as an unhappy camper first when he chirped at Dan Bylsma on the bench during the playoffs a couple of years ago, a complete break from his image as the game’s ultimate Boy Scout (or, at least, a title he shared with Jonathan Toews). And since the firing of GM Ray Shero and Bylsma in the wake of the 2014 playoffs, the Pens organization has been one to rouse curiosity more than instill confidence, what with a GM, Jim Rutherford, who effectively signed on as something of a long-term interim, and Mike Johnston, previously the coach of the Portland Winter Hawks, who went straight from riding a bus with teenagers to working with Crosby, Evgeni Malkin et al. Crosby can say the right things about the team and the organization. He might even mean most of them. But somewhere deep down in his sub-conscious he has to question those running the organization.

Look, I’m not here to bury Crosby. I don’t imagine that it’s over for him. Still, it does seem like he’s moving into a different stage of his career. Something like an athlete’s mid-life. Whether this is the proverbial crisis or not is another thing. It might turn out that he wins more Stanley Cups on the back nine than on the front. It might turn out that he can reinvent himself as a player, becoming less spectacular but more effective overall than at his physical peak. That’s exactly the career path of his favourite player growing up, Steve Yzerman. There’s no doubt that Crosby understands the game well enough to find a different game to play. But will he prove too proud to do anything but be carried out on his shield?

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Dubinsky cross-checks Crosby in the back of the head

From Sportsnet: Brandon Dubinsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets cross-checked Sidney Crosby in the back of the head, and Dubinsky got 2 minutes for cross-checking:


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The Biggest Early Season Disappointment Is Sidney Crosby

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

For six consecutive years, Sidney Crosby has been ranked the No. 1 NHL player on TSN’s Top 50 list, but the Pittsburgh Penguins star is not even among the NHL’s Top 125 scorers through the first quarter.

Crosby’s sudden plunge in productivity makes him the NHL’s biggest individual disappointment at the quarter pole of the season. The second quarter officially begins Monday night with game No. 308 of 1,230 when Buffalo hosts St. Louis.

Crosby, 28, has been held pointless in 13 of 20 games and is on pace for just 41 points. For perspective: Crosby netted 37 points in just 22 games in 2011-12 while battling post-concussion symptoms. In his last 61 games under Mike Johnston, Crosby has been kept off the scoresheet in nearly half (27) the games.

There has been no shortage of theories on what ails Crosby, ranging from a poor fit with Johnston’s system, to Crosby playing more of a perimeter game, to age suddenly catching up with Crosby’s once tireless legs. There was even a focus on Crosby breaking sticks in key moments of games with open nets – it has been that perplexing.

His struggles may well be a combination of all those distinctions. One fact is undeniable: Crosby does not seem happy.

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Afternoon Line- Pierre McGuire On Sidney Crosby

“He’s got to start dominating the puck. The strength of Sidney Crosby has always been his ability to dominate the puck, and when he dominates the puck, he forces defensemen off the line, he creates time and space for not only himself, but for players that play on his line.”

“Sid’s not dominating the puck like I’m used to seeing him dominate. I go back to watching him when he was 14, 15 years old, so I have a pretty good sample size on the guy. When he dominates the puck, he is as elite a player as there is anywhere in the world. The problem is he’s not dominating the puck right now.”

-Pierre McGuire on Sidney Crosby.  More from McGuire at CBSPittsburgh.

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The Slumping Sidney Crosby

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Sidney Crosby does not have a point in eight of nine games this season, the first time that has ever happened at any point in his career - not just to start a campaign. His run with long-awaited supporting cast member Phil Kessel lasted just seven games.

Crosby, 28, has three points this season. They all came against the Panthers on Oct. 20.

So, what’s going on with Crosby?

“He’s got to be a little more selfish,” Penguins assistant coach Rick Tocchet diagnosed. “The one game when he had three points, he had nine shots. He’s got to attack the net more. I think he’s looking to pass the puck. He’s got to attack the net more. For me, you can’t play a perimeter game in the NHL.”

Under the surface, it seems like Crosby’s struggles aren’t tied to any lack of effort or desire, but rather he's limited in production by what his environment allows. Johnston, now into his second season, is preaching structure - not the freewheeling Penguins that struck the fear of God into opposing defencemen as they wheeled through the neutral zone. These aren’t your father’s Penguins - or your grandfather’s.

They are less creative, more militant. Given the way the Penguins are assembled, spending the second-most money on offence ($50.2 million) this season, it would be akin to taking a Ferrari and driving it like a Model T.

Take the Penguins’ power play for instance. On Wednesday at Verizon Center, this divisional game probably could’ve been won in the first 10 minutes if the Penguins broke through. They had a 5-on-3 advantage for 105 seconds, followed quickly by another 5-on-4 opportunity.


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Crosby vs. Ovechkin Again Tonight

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Ten years ago, the NHL banked on the star power of Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin to bring hockey back from the brink of a year-long lockout. Hard to believe it’s been that long.

The hype and the shine have worn off the rivalry, but the debate rages on. And after 10 years, it’s appropriate to once again raise the question: Which player is better?

“Are you kidding me right now?” Ovechkin answered on Wednesday, laughing. 

It wasn’t clear whether Ovechkin’s rhetorical answer was a dig at the ridiculously nuanced and polarizing question, or whether that was his way of saying he is the answer.

But for the first time in a long time, Ovechkin can be the answer to that question. Three or four years ago, it was one not even worth asking. Crosby was the clear-cut and runaway winner.

More interesting than any hate that exists between the Penguins and Capitals is the ebb-and-flow of the stock prices of Crosby and Ovechkin on the NHL market since they first clashed on Nov. 22, 2005 at the old Igloo.


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Sidney Crosby’s Slow Start

The hockey guys at ESPN discuss the slow start by Sidney Crosby, who is without a point through five games.

Pierre LeBrun- Remember last year when people were questioning New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady early in the NFL season? Remember how that turned out? I feel like that's the kind of karma we're toying with here by even pretending to think to something wrong with Crosby.

I will say, though, that Craig Simpson of Hockey Night in Canada made an excellent point Saturday night in saying that it didn't seem like No. 87 was darting through lanes and creases with the speed we're used to seeing. I agree with you guys that a lot of this has to do with Crosby trying to find chemistry with Kessel. Still, I think we're all going to have a good chuckle in April when Crosby wins another scoring title and we remember we actually had this chat.

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Allen offers ‘overreactions’ to early-season trends

Among the items that USA Today's Kevin Allen believes are overreactions levied far too early in the 2015-16 NHL season:

Coach Bruce Boudreau is on the hot seat in Anaheim C’mon folks. This is a parity league, and even quality teams struggle on occasion. You wouldn’t even pay attention to their 0-2-1 stretch if this was the middle of January. The Ducks are in a scoring slump, probably caused by players trying to find chemistry with new teammates. Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry don’t have a point. Do you think the NHL has magically discovered how to stop that duo after a decade of domination? The Ducks are a contender. They have the necessary ingredients to make it happen. Boudreau will be judged by what happens next spring, not what happens in the first three games of the season.

The 1-3 Penguins are already in a world of hurt Let’s take a step back here and remember that the three teams that have defeated the Penguins are a combined 11-1, including the white-hot Canadiens. We know that Crosby is eventually going to score plenty, and the Pittsburgh power play will likely end up as one of the league’s best. The Penguins have given up an average of two goals per game in the four games. They would be thrilled with that goals-against average  for an entire season. This is another team that is trying to figure out how to best use new personnel. It’s too early to assess where the Penguins are going this season.

Connor McDavid has been slow to adjust Now you understand why general manager Peter Chiarelli tried to tamp down the hype over this future superstar. Although McDavid has an overflowing amount of skill, he’s still an 18-year-old trying to find his way against the world’s best players. The lack of points (one goal) is not a shock to the Oilers. They understood that even budding superstars need time to sort out what works and what doesn’t. His point total will grow significantly as he gains experience. Don’t forget that he is not playing with a Stanley Cup contender. He is surrounded by players still exploring their own games. If you have watched McDavid in his first four games, you can see his potential dominance bubbling just below the surface. He always seems like he’s a half-second from a breakaway.

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Kessel fitting in well with Penguins

Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports that all is going well for Phil Kessel in Pittsburgh thus far, and Kessel's teammates certainly vouch for the ever-guarded #81:

"He’s pretty funny," said Crosby. "You know what, he’s just comfortable. He seems like he’s been here a lot longer than a month or whatever."

"We have fun with him — that's one part I'm a little bit surprised [about]," said David Perron, who met Kessel for the first time at training camp and now occupies the locker stall beside him.

"You never know what kind of guy you're going to get. He's been awesome, he's been pretty funny. Guys keep him loose."

These are the early days of what should be a long marriage. Kessel is under contract through 2020-21 and carries a cap hit of $6.8-million (the Leafs are covering the other $1.2-million) to go with a limited no-trade clause.

Often a change of scenery has a positive impact on a player, especially one coming from a team that missed the playoffs five of the last six years and is being promised more freedom.

"It's a tough market in Toronto," said Perron. "I think he was loving it there, but maybe it was time to move on. I don't know all that happened there. We're really happy to have him."


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Being Sidney Crosby

from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Troy and Trina Crosby sat side-by-side on the same blue couch they've owned for more than a decade. Cards celebrating their son's recent birthday were displayed on the mantle. Photos of their hockey-playing children framed the room.

Now an empty nester and looking every bit the part in capri lounge pants, bare feet and a pair of glasses pushed above her forehead, Trina Crosby seemed genuinely surprised she has spent about one-fifth of her life as the mother of an NHL superstar.

“I think for some people it will always be ‘Sid the Kid,' ” she said. “But it doesn't really stick as much as it used to.”

Ten years into his career, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is no longer a kid. He's a mature 28, celebrating his birthday on the final day of his first hockey camp for kids held to much acclaim in his hometown, at his home rink.

Crosby also is the proud owner of college credits for a World War II history course he completed online last season. He's a philanthropist and has started thinking about his legacy outside of hockey, something he hopes to shape through charity and his foundation.

No longer Mario Lemieux's tenant, Crosby is a homeowner twice over, including lakefront property in rural Nova Scotia that he showed off recently to a Trib Total Media reporter and photographer.

Yet Crosby, the NHL's top earner who pulled in about $17 million last season in salary, endorsements and memorabilia, remains most comfortable in sandals or sneakers, athletic gear and a cap.

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