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Crosby does his best to comfort struggling Fleury

Mar 4, 2010, 8:55 PM EDT

Crosby.jpgView imageIt’s been a tough night for Marc-Andre Fleury against the New York Rangers. In his first game back after the two-week Olympic break (where he spent two weeks with his hands in his pockets, watched his teammates play and then won an Olympic gold medal), he allowed four goals on twelve shots and was pulled just 12:49 into the second period.

Immediately after taking Fleury too his spot at the end of the bench, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby — you may have heard of him — joined his goaltender and had a lengthy conversation with the struggling netminder.

Say what you will — love him or hate him — but Crosby has done nothing but prove time and again that he is the unquestioned leader on the Penguins, and he deserves that “C” on his chest. You don’t normally see a captain have a talk like that with a goaltender in the middle of the game, but it was needed at the time and Crosby did what he had to get his goaltender’s mind back in the right place. We won’t know if that helped Fleury tonight, but that’s the sort of gesture that is noticed by teammates and raises their respect level just a bit more.

Two minutes later, the Penguins scored to get back with 4-3 and make it a game again. Crosby had the primary assist.

  1. schtimpy27 - Mar 4, 2010 at 10:39 PM

    Man, do I ever hate hype. I pretty much reject all those that are hyped. I did so with Crosby those first two years. But I couldn’t do that anymore. Danged if that kid hasn’t lived up to every ounce of that hype. At this point, any “haters” are either stupid or jealous and it is just silly and they look ridiculous. He’s proved time and time again that he’s something special. And he’s only 22 years old. Pretty remarkable.

  2. Leaky - Mar 5, 2010 at 12:08 AM

    Best to come along since Lemieux, and now, 22 and already with a cup, his olympic winner in OT, he has actually, in my opinion, has actually trancends Lemieux or Gretzky

  3. pr9000 - Mar 5, 2010 at 7:55 AM

    Yeah, but why is he wearing that “A” in the photo?

  4. Disappointed - Mar 5, 2010 at 8:09 AM

    You’re kidding pr9000?
    Ever hear of outdated photos? Come on….

  5. Nick - Mar 5, 2010 at 8:44 AM

    Great player but a bit of a whiner. I’ve never seen a hockey player complain to the refs as much as Crosby does. On top of that, he embelishes (dives) many calls and the refs buy his BS since he’s a star in the league. I hated that with Gretzky and I hate it with this guy. His name is officially Cindy Crosby because he’s such a girl.

  6. Brian - Mar 5, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    Oh no! Crosby dived to sell a penalty.
    What player in the NHL doesn’t? Jeez.

  7. Scott - Mar 5, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    Leaky, you obviously have not watched hockey very long. I’m a huge fan of Crosby, but he hasn’t yet approached Lemieux’s (or Gretzky’s) status. He is nowhere close to the goal scoring talent that Mario was. Crosby’s playmaking ability is the best in the league, but still a step behind Mario as well. Give Crosby more time and we’ll see.

  8. Bob - Mar 5, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    You haven’t been watching him lately, Scott. He rarely says a word to the refs on his own account. He may stick up for a teammate that got a bad call, but that’s what team captains are supposed to do.

  9. Todd - Mar 5, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    You perceive it as whining because you obviously do not like him. He does what all captains do (and are expected to do as a captain). He talks to the refs, questions calls, gets explanations, etc. All captains do this. You see this as whining since you for some reason do not like the young man. And “Cindy” Crosby? Really? That’s 2nd grade playground stuff there. You can do better.

  10. Anonymous - Mar 5, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    Please……his head seems to snap back everytime another player touches him. He plays like a whoos. A player like Ovechkin on the other hand will not do that, get it? Ovechkin plays like a man not a little cry baby. If you watch a player like Ovechkin, he’ll take hits like a man (and give big hits back) and will not embelish anything or snap his head back like Cindy does. Watch the game and Crosby very closely and you will see. You’re obviously a fan of Cindy or else you would not have said anything about my “Cindy” reference. Unless you’re hiding ubderneath a rock, the “Cindy” reference is all over the internet. And no, not every player takes dives, that’s ridiculous. No, I’m not a Penguins fan, I’m a Rangers fan and don’t even compare Crosby to Messier as a captain. Go ahead, I’m waiting to what you have to say now that you know I’m a Rangers fan.

  11. Drew - Mar 5, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    Really, a player like Ovechkin will never dive?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htQ08UDeX4A

  12. Anonymous - Mar 5, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    Ovechkin, really? He’s probably the most ref pampered player in the league. Big hits yes, but dirty, knee on knee, jumping into his checks leaving the ice, no penalties or fines and he deserves both. Crosby is not yet a Messier, but neither was he at 22. Crosby is still learning the game and faster than most, he improved his goal scoring and face-offs this year. As a Ranger fan, you must admit that is no greater whiner in hockey than your own Tortorella.

  13. Anonymous - Mar 5, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    “Go ahead, I’m waiting to what you have to say now that you know I’m a Rangers fan.” Seriously? Being called out on the internet? That takes a lot of balls (that’s sarcasm for the intellectually challenged…).
    And the “Cindy” stuff – yes, we all know it is all over the internet. So in that context, and by your own admission, you are just regurgitating what you have heard and read elsewhere. You are either too stupid, or not creative enough to come up with something unique and original. Now when nap and juice time is over, come back to the classroom computer center and try again. And while you are at it, please explain what the hell is a whoos? Is that a Dr. Seuss character you heard in story time today?

  14. Todd - Mar 5, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    Great video there! Best answer to Ovie not being a diver, ever! This just shows that EVERYBODY dives if they think they can get away with it and draw a penalty. EVERYBODY! (And when was this segment filmed? St. Patrick’s day? Damn Cherry looked like a leprechaun!)

  15. Anonymous - Mar 5, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    Very enlightening comments, Nick. If I only had a nickel for every time I’ve heard a Caps fan rattle off the exact same talking points. Bravo.

  16. Anonymous - Mar 6, 2010 at 2:31 AM

    Ovechkin’s a back-jumping knee-hitting puke. He’s an absolute dirtbag who exemplifies the me-first mentality of the narcissistic twits walking the earth nowadays. And Messier was one of the most overrated captains in history.

  17. Anonymous - Mar 6, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    Crosby is way better than ovechkin and ovechkin is a dirty player diving at peoples knees crosby plays fair and still owns

  18. Anonymous - Mar 8, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    Watch what you say. I don’t think you calling someone ‘stupid’ is very clever my friend. Be mature and a gentleman, unless you are actually under 10 which would explain your immaturity. Bottom line, Crosby is a whimp and a cry baby and can’t take a hit like a man.
    By the way, Matt Cooke is a dirty player who has a history of cheap shots. That blind-sided dirty cheap shot he gave to Savard shows that he has absolutely no respect for other players. He could have possibly ended his career with that cheap shot. He should be suspended for the rest of the season AND the playoffs. I can’t stand players like that. He’s a POS and he gives hockey a bad name. Of course the league will probably only suspend him for a meaningless couple of games.

  19. The Burgh - Mar 8, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    I am sure glad that whining wimp is on my team…RANGERS SUCK!!!

  20. Anonymous - Mar 8, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    Feel better?

  21. pensmichele - Mar 8, 2010 at 3:23 PM

    I’ll tell you exactly what Ovie’s good at: Standing in Crosby’s shadow. He lost to Crosby in the playoffs last year and had to watch a better player carry the Cup around on the ice (oh, yeah, the Pens crushed the Caps in game 7) and then had to watch Crosby win the gold metal in the Olympics (oh, yeah, team Canada crushed the Russians in that game).
    All Ovie is good for is shaking Croaby’s hand after getting beat and saying “go get the Cup” or “Go get the gold.”

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