Whatever that was between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins, it died the way it lived: messily, physically, while blurring the lines of legality.
But if you rewind just a few moments, you’ll find a play that everyone can agree on: Sidney Crosby tripped the living hell out of Alex Ovechkin.
Last week, the NHL released a fancy commercial promoting the 2017 NHL All-Star Game (which you probably saw 15 times during Caps-Penguins). Because this year’s edition of the game is being held in Los Angeles, California, the NHL went with a Hollywood theme and had several of its stars recite movie lines. Poorly.
Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby both make cameos, but the magic of their 2007 ASG ad is never quite achieved.
Alex Ovechkin is the most exciting player in the National Hockey League, according to a recent Yahoo Sports/YouGov survey of hockey fans in the United States. Twenty-six percent of respondents said the Russian dynamo is a “must-see” player, the poll reports, which outranks his peers.
Ovechkin beat out Sidney Crosby, who fans selected 24 percent of the time in the survey, and Patrick Kane, who was checked off 19 percent of the time.
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is suffering from post-concussion syndrome after an incident at practice last Friday. Wednesday morning, in his second straight day of skating, Crosby participated in some non-contact drills with Bryan Rust ahead of the Penguins’ full practice.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have announced that Sidney Crosby has been diagnosed with a concussion. The captain of the league’s championship team and the 2015-16 Conn Smythe winner may miss Thursday’s season opener against the Washington Capitals.
On Thursday night in Toronto, Team Canada captain Sidney Crosby lifted the World Cup of Hockey trophy just after being awarded the tournament MVP. Less than four months earlier, he won Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe Trophy after the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the San Jose Sharks in the finals. Despite winning the Presidents’ Trophy in 2015-16, Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz was unable to capture his franchise’s first NHL championship after a nail biting and stinging loss to the Penguins in the second round of the playoffs. While his Capitals players were still being asked about that loss to Pittsburgh, Trotz was joining in the revelry as an assistant coach for Canada.
Saturday morning, Trotz was back at his day job. Asked about his experience with the Canadian national team, Trotz said he “wouldn’t trade it for the world.”
“It was exceptional,” Trotz said. “I mean you get to work with guys that you try to stop night in and night out. There’s a reason that Sidney Crosby is considered the best player on the planet. He showed that in this tournament, that he was the best player.”
Team Russia was ousted by Team Canada in the semi-finals of the World Cup of Hockey this past weekend. Hockey players Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin both played in that game. Several sporting news outlets noticed this fact and, deciding that the world hasn’t had enough of this particular story, rained down the takes.
One such story comes from Pierre LeBrun, ESPN’s NHL columnist and TSN Hockey insider. LeBrun beats this dead horse into glue while also getting some nifty anonymous quotes from some GMs and coaches who do not like Ovechkin one bit.
Late this past week, Sports Illustrated published an article written by Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby. Crosby opens up about his early season struggles last year, “just playing”, team identity, offseason workouts, and not resting on his laurels.
If this were any other human, it would be a fascinating read. Instead, it’s Sidney Crosby and it’s so boring that I zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
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