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.
Ever since Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby entered the league in 2005-06, they have been saddled with comparisons. The Crosby/Ovechkin rivalry is somewhat an NHL invention, eagerly marketed though the players have been friendly off the ice. It seems every few months, one player is asked about the other.
On Wednesday, CSN Washington’s Chuck Gormley had a simple question for Ovechkin: who’s better right now? Ovechkin’s answer is literal fire.
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