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Video- Was Holtby Worried About A Collision With Crosby?

You decide.

 

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Still The Best Player In The World

from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

...while NHL scoring leader Nikita Kucherov and a few others could probably qualify as the current “best player,” I’m going to narrow it to McDavid and Sidney Crosby, and I’m going to start with a question of my own:

Do you value all 200 feet of ice?

If you do — if you value the defensive side of the sport — then Crosby’s your guy. He followed the path of his childhood idol, Steve Yzerman, by radically expanding his game in the 30s phase of his career.

Crosby is killing penalties these days. He has makes a significant difference on the Penguins’ kill. He also is a legitimate candidate for the Selke Trophy as the NHL’s best defensive forward. And he’s not exactly slacking on the offensive end. Going into Wednesday’s game, he had 24 goals and 65 points in 53 games. He’s a hot two weeks away from vaulting himself into the top 10.

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Sidney Crosby Out Tonight, Could Miss A Week

The Pens called it an upper-body injury yesterday.

 

 

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Sidney Crosby Being Evaluated For An Upper-Body Injury

from Wes Crosby at NHL.com,

Sidney Crosby could be sidelined with an upper-body injury when the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Tampa Bay Lightning at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; TVAS, ATTSN-PT, SUN, NHL.TV).

The 31-year-old center missed practice Wednesday when he was being evaluated for the injury, coach Mike Sullivan said. When asked if Crosby could miss the game against the Lightning, Sullivan repeated the Pittsburgh captain was being evaluated for an upper-body injury.

Sullivan did not disclose when Crosby sustained the injury. Crosby had two assists in 21:32 of ice time in a 4-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.

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Video- A Special After Hours Last Night

How about 18 1/2 minutes of Bob Cole and Sidney Crosby this morning.

via Sportsnet,

 

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Sidney Crosby Considers Connor McDavid The Best Player In The NHL

from Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com,

Sidney Crosby considers Connor McDavid to be the top player in the National Hockey League.

"I think McDavid has set himself apart just based on the awards and the accolades he's gotten and the consistency he's had," the Pittsburgh Penguins captain told NHL.com on Wednesday. "I think it's fair to say it's an easy pick just because of that."...

Crosby, 31, said the influx of young talent in the League has produced highlight-reel moments from young skilled players like centers Auston Matthews (21) of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Nathan MacKinnon (23) of the Colorado Avalanche. But it's McDavid's resume in his first three-plus seasons in the NHL that has allowed the Oilers forward to separate himself from the pack.

"There are so many different guys," Crosby said. "Matthews has emerged this year and it really looks like he's taken even another step. I think there's a lot of guys in the conversation. But it's hard to argue (McDavid). He's been really consistent. He's won scoring titles, MVPs. So yeah, that's an easy one to pick."

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Afternoon Line- Sidney Crosby On Tom Wilson

“We’ve talked about it a lot with him. He still chooses to make those hits. I’m sure the league’s well aware of tha. I just don’t know how many opportunities you need. Obviously the point hasn’t been made yet.”

“I think this is kind of a unique situation where you got someone who continues to do it, I’m just pointing out the obvious. That’s all I’m doing.”

“He’s a good player. He’s got speed. He goes hard to the net. He’s a tough guy to play against. There’s really no reason to continue to hit like that.”

-Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tom Wilson.  Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has more from Crosby.

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Late Evening Line- Sidney Crosby

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Sidney Crosby Not Included On A ‘Dominant’ List From ESPN The Magazine

from Rob Rossi at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

A hockey player isn't among the 20 athletes designated as dominant during ESPN The Magazine's 20-year run . This should surprise nobody....

To be fair, were there more fans of the NHL in America, ESPN probably wouldn't mostly treat the NHL as simply a league to which it is obligated to pay a smattering of attention. Of course, if ESPN did pay more attention to the NHL, the league probably would draw in a bigger American audience.

Who cares, right?

Well, you should care. If you're a fan of the Penguins or Sidney Crosby or a Penguins fan because of Crosby, you should care at least a little.

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Video- 400 Goals For Sidney Crosby

Crosby is the 42nd player to reach 400 goals with one team.

 

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Video- You Make The Call Penguins/Blue Jackets

Pens thought they had won the game early in OT.

They did win in the shootout.

 

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The Decline Of Sidney Crosby?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Of the 29 NHL forwards who had played as least 500 minutes at five-on-five entering Saturday’s final pre-Christmas matches, just four had scored fewer than four goals at full and equal strength.

Arizona’s Max Domi had one. Kings rookie winger Alex Iafallo had two. Florida’s Aleksander Barkov had scored three.

And so had Sidney Crosby.

The generation’s greatest player scored 26 goals in 1,111:18 of five-on-five last year in leading the Penguins to their second consecutive Stanley Cup — one for every 42:45. But this year, No. 87 has three goals in 526:42, equating to one every 175:34.

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Memo to Mr. Eugene Melnyk: Your Senators play the most boring style of hockey in the NHL. It is tolerable only when you win, and, more to the point, only when you win in the playoffs. Winning 11 of 33 games doesn’t quite qualify, and wouldn’t even if the team had a new arena in, say, Barbados.

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Video- Sidney Crosby Meets Jordan Eberle’s Shoulder

Looks like an unfortunate collision.  Crosby remained in the game.

 

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Afternoon Line- Sidney Crosby On Visiting The White House On Tuesday

“From my side of things, there’s absolutely no politics involved, hopefully it stays that way.

“It’s a visit that we’ve done in the past and it’s been a good experience but it’s not about politics that’s for sure.”

-Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins on their visit to The White House on Tuesday.  Sportsnet has more.

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How Great Is Sidney Crosby?

from Matt Larkin of The Hockey News,

Kid no more, Sid is 30. He already has one of hockey’s all-time greatest lists of accomplishments. What had the other legends of the game done by their 30th birthdays?

We knew Sidney Crosby’s resume was Hall-of-Fame-caliber by the time he reached his mid-20s. But who knew Crosby at 30 would differ so much from Crosby at, say, 28? He’s really ratcheted up his accomplishments over the past couple seasons, adding two Stanley Cups, two Conn Smythe trophies, a Rocket Richard, a World Cup and a World Cup MVP.

“Top 10” no longer feels like the tier Crosby will settle into by the time his illustrious career ends. Now we’re talking top-five. And if we accept the other all-timer contenders as Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr, Mario Lemieux, Gordie Howe and Maurice Richard…where does Sid’s resume rank compared to what each man had accomplished by his 30th birthday?

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Video- Sidney Crosby Turns 30 Today

The NHL put together a video package of the best of Sidney Crosby on his 30th birthday.

 

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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

added 1:20pm,

 

 

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...

HART
Winner
: 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."

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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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