Posts tagged “Sidney Crosby”

Quote of the Day

“I knew it was him without turning around.”
— Henrik Zetterberg on Sidney Crosby’s tantrum last night.

On the one hand, of course he knew. Crosby was his man and all that. But that should tell you all you need to know about their professional relationship. If that’s not enough, here’s my pick for quote of the day runner-up:

“A lot of guys play you tough, and a lot of guys don’t have Rafalski and Lidstrom back there.”
— Crosby on Zetterberg.

True statement, but there’s no respect for Zetterberg there.

Pens fans claim Crosby’s gotten under our skin. Maybe. But isn’t the more important issue how much Zetterberg’s gotten under his skin?

Leadership

Update (10:49 AM, 23. Mar): Replaced original video with a higher-quality one (via Kukla). - Matt

That’s leadership. You’re behind with seconds left in the game and your teammates are trying to get within one with enough time to make a go at tying it. And you’re too busy cross-checking and hitting a guy in the head to notice the puck at your feet.

I’m no fan of you, Sid, but I can respect your competitiveness. You can be a worthy opponent for the Wings. But on that play? You slid into selfish childishness. I’ll take Henrik Zetterberg over you any day of the week, with no qualifications, without a second’s thought. That should go without saying, but if it were possible, it’s even more true after tonight. Two goals and one of his best games of the year over that? Easy.

And Jimmy Howard? I haven’t been easy on you this year, but your stock shot up about 1000% in my estimation for that.

Huge win for the Wings tonight, by the way. More tomorrow. For now, I’m going to go to bed feeling great in the knowledge that they extended their lead in the 8th slot with a strong effort against that team.

MacLeod on Handshakegate

Bruce MacLeod’s got some good thoughts on the Crosby/Lidstrom thing. Some of his points echo my own views on the matter.

Basically, I feel like for Crosby it’s too much success, too soon, and that winning the Cup now after just four years really messes up any chances the guy has of ever reaching real maturity in this League. It’s not about him winnning a Cup at all, it’s the timing. I could have stood to see him go through a few more years of adversity and hardening before reaching the pinnacle of the sport.

If nothing else, I think it would have made a more compelling storyline than what happened: 1 year of not making the playoffs, 1 year of early elimination and 1 year of Finals disappointment before finally overcoming all that “adversity.” As Kyle wrote the other day, that”s “like a movie ending in its third scene.” Or a SparkNotes version of the standard “young punk to HHoF material” story.

He’s still very immature, and this handshake controversy is just another piece of evidence in the case aganist him having such a high-profile leadership role. What he should have done is to make a point of leading his team through the line shaking all the Wings’ hands (Fixed.), and when he didn’t, he should have had the decency to apologize to one of the League’s few truly great players still suiting up.

It’s not the end of the world, but it does offer a view of the problem behind putting the guy on such a high pedestal so early in his career. So what if he’s made good on the hype if he can’t honor to a “t” one of the few aspects of hockey that are respected across the sports world.

I don’t want to dislike Crosby, but it’s hard not to when he’s becoming bigger than the game.

4/16 Links

Update (3:57 PM): “Is the President’s Daughter Dating a Ranger?” asks Eric McErlain. - Matt

Update (3:49 PM): Tom Benjamin has more thoughts on the firing of Dave Nonis. Meanwhile, Nonis defends his actions as Vancouver’s GM. - Matt

Update (12:13 PM): According to the Washington Post’s Tarik El-Bashir, former Red Wing Sergei Fedorov will play between Alexander Ovechkin and Viktor Kozlov tomorrow night in Philadelphia.

Rookie Niklas Backstrom has been moved down to the second line. - Matt

Update (8:31 AM): George Malik has the latest on the Brunnstrom saga. - Matt

… The Sidney Crosby Beard Watch: Day 8.

… The Sharks avoided going down 3-1 in their series with Calgary last night with a 3-2 comeback win.

… And San Jose’s Evgeni Nabokov continued his excellent post-season by … allowing two goals on ten shots. Maybe playing him in 77 games was a mistake, Ron Wilson.

… The Avalanche took apart the Wild 5-1 last night. It was the first time in the series that the game did not go to overtime. It’s now tied up 2-2.

… Anaheim staved off a Dallas sweep last night with a 4-2 win on the road. Ah well.

… The Caps are having trouble carrying through on their impressive regular season finish. They dropped another game to Philadelphia last night, falling behind 2-1 in their series. They must now win on the road and display some defensive ability in the process.

… Montreal did what we hope the Wings will do tonight: go up 3-1 in their series.

The new NHL ad

Update (4:05 PM): The Globe and Mail’s Allan Maki has more on the NHL’s current marketing campaign, including the interesting bit that Brendan Shanahan had a hand in its creation. Shanny is really getting involved in everything these days, isn’t he? Maybe Maki’s suggestion at the end of the article won’t seem so far-fetched in 10 years. - Matt

This is great:

Pretty funny, eh? Nice to see the NHL continue to make great commercials (the last batch, with the Ovechkin/Leonsis spot, in particular, was great too). (via Kukla’s and Japer’s Rink.)