Sidney Crosby: Still Douchebaggin’ It
Day after day, it becomes harder and harder not to despise that petulant turd Sidney Crosby more and more.
Above is video of yet another example, despite the erroneous belief that Crosby is one of the NHL’s “Good Guys” who plays the game the “right way,’ of how Sidney Crosby is just a little bitch when it comes to the way in which he goes about his business.
With 12.5 seconds remaining in the game and the Penguins down two goals, Crosby repeatedly cross checks Henrik Zetterberg time and time again until the Red Wings center decided he had enough of that bullshit and begins to mix it up with the Golden Child. Oh dear! Perhaps Crosby was upset at the fact Zetterberg outplayed him last night, as he contributed on every Red Wings goal, scoring two and adding an assist in Detroit’s 3-1 victory.
Even better was the fact that Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard got into the fracas, giving Crosby an epic face wash as Zetterberg and Crosby were going after each other.
Interesting comments from all three participants in the melee after the game, especially from Zetterberg, who had a pretty good idea who was cross checking him without even looking:
“I knew it was him without turning around,” Zetterberg said.
“It was just a little scrum at the end of the game,” he said. “Lot of feelings, emotions. It was a battle in front of the net, and we were battling, and after the whistle, Howie came and rescued me. (Crosby) plays with a lot of emotion, a lot of heart, and sometimes it comes out the wrong way. He wants to win. I might be doing the same thing if it was the other way.
Certainly a dignified way of putting it from a classy player. Jimmy Howard wasn’t quite as diplomatic:
“Just helping a teammate, that’s all,” Howard aw-shucks-ed later. “It’s become quite a rivalry and we have to stick together out there.”
As for Crosby’s crosscheck to Zetterberg, Howard said, “He does that all the time and somehow he gets away with it.”
Indeed he does, Mr. Howard. Just to be clear, I have no problem with Crosby playing with intensity and a high degree of competitiveness, but the whole idea that he is the epitome of sportsmanship and all that is right with the NHL has got to stop. If another player pulled shit like this time and time again, they would be labeled a pest, an instigator, but not Hockey Jesus. Nope. That’s fire, passion, grit.
On the other hand, Crosby doesn’t appear to appreciate it when other players display that same level of passion and intensity. He was particularly perturbed by Howard getting involved in it.
“I don’t know what he was doing,’’ Crosby said. “It was one of those things, a couple guys battling at the end. I knew the linesman was in there. I don’t know whether (Howard) wanted a free shot, but I don’t think it was any place for him to be.’’
He was coming to the assistance of one of his teammates. The same short of shit Crosby pulls all the time – sneaking in cheap shots and face washes when an opposing player is otherwise engaged with one of his teammates. Of course, Crosby never has to fight his own battles. He takes a shot and lets one of his enforcers step in. Not saying that’s wrong, but enough with the double standards with Crosby.
Someone Want To Count The Crosschecks? [KuklasKorner]
Central: Win over Penguins proves Wings are back [NHL.com]
Going gets rough between Wings, Pens [Detroit Free-Press]
Red Wings get a kick out of Jimmy Howard retailiating against Penguins’ Sidney Crosby [mlive.com]
Red Wings, Henrik Zetterberg, Jimmy Howard renew acquaintances with Sidney Crosby [mlive.com]