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The night the Pens' season almost died

Mar 15, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

Crosby1.jpgIt was almost the worst scenario imaginable for Penguins fans, and
it’s still far from good. In the same game, the Pittsburgh Penguins
almost lost both Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby to potentially serious
injury, and we’re still not certain what the extent of Malkin’s injury
might be.

Crosby looked to have injured his knee just minutes into
the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, when his right leg was caught
underneath him when Steve Downie appeared to attempt to slew foot the
NHL’s leading scorer. Crosby returned, and says it wasn’t as bad as some
have made it out to be.

“I saw the replay between periods,” he said. “He kind of got his leg
underneath me and was trying to catch up with me there. He got me in a
pretty bad position.

“I don’t think there’s a need for his leg to be behind my knee like
that, but after we both fall, I guess anything can happen. But when you
put your leg behind a guy like that, it’s a little questionable. But
those things happen. It’s part of the game sometimes.”

We’ll have more on Crosby’s potential injury once we learn something
today, but it appears that he’ll be fine. Malkin, on the other hand,
might not be. Malkin took a shot of his right leg and didn’t return to
the game, and there’s no news on the severity of the injury. It could be
nothing and he’ll be back for the next game.

Imagine if both Crosby and Malkin were seriously injured in the same
game? I shudder at the roar that would come from Pittsburgh — the
heartbreak, the anger and the confusion.

  1. Joh Moore - Mar 15, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    Winy little baby

  2. Jay - Mar 15, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    If both malkin and Crosby were out for an extended period of time, how long would it be until pens fans revert to their true form and stop attending the games?

  3. Cymbeline - Mar 15, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    Be worse if Gonchar got injured. When Gonchar’s out, the Penguins lose. When Crosby’s out, not much changes.

  4. Mike - Mar 15, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    Hey Sidney, would like a little cheese with that whine!

  5. AWB - Mar 15, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    Joh and Jay, thanks for the baseless comments.

  6. Rob Selby - Mar 15, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    You Penguin haters are losers.
    And, Ovechkin is a thug.

  7. TK - Mar 15, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    Don’t you just love how Crosby in a very diplomatic way says that that Downie’s actions were questionable, but that’s just part of the game, is interpreted by some as being whining.
    “it’s a little questionable. But those things happen. It’s part of the game sometimes.”
    How in the hell is this whining? I suppose to some who don’t like him, anything he says will be interpreted as whining. “Hey Sid, how was the pizza?” “It was good”. Guess that would be whining since he didn’t exclaim it to be fantastic.
    And Jay… moron… the only time the fans stopped going to games was when the team was both in last place and on the verge of leaving town. Put your favorite team (who is that, by the way? We’d love to know where your bias lies) in that position, and lets see how long it takes their fans to show their frustration by staying home and not investing their emotions in a cause that looks like it is on the verge of being gone forever.

  8. Rob Selby - Mar 15, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Yep. Downie’s hit was dirty. The Lightning suck anyway. So who cares?

  9. Jay - Mar 15, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    In 1975, the Penguins were locked out of their offices by the IRS because they were bankrupt and couldn’t pay the interest on their taxes( let alone the taxes themselves). The IRS famously padlocked the Penguins headquarters.
    In 1998 the Penguins were on the verge of bankruptcy until the half season lockout allowed them to save on expenses, and again in 2006 when Mario had to save the team from bankruptcy. Mario was able to buy the team because the team owed him so much in deferred compensation that he was able to negotiate a lower price, by law, than any other potential ownership group.
    Yes, I’m a Flyers fan. The same team that was 5th in attendance when our team was the worst in the NHL by 10 points. Sorry Pens fans, when you have three bankruptcies on your record, you can’t claim it’s “baseless.” Now I’ve heard the argument that “Maybe because our city’s steel mills have failed” is the reasoning for the bankruptcy. That argument would work, except now in the worst economy in decades your steel mills have not returned to prominence, yet you are selling out again because you are winning. Just as soon as the team is bad, a fourth bankruptcy will follow.
    Remember Pens’ fans…Your savior, Mario Lemieux, REFUSED to wear your jersey on draft day because you so famously tanked to get him and he did not want to go to a team with a history (and a future) of bankruptcy.
    You can’t argue you’ve let your team go bankrupt three times. Saying “The only time we didn’t show up was when we were losing and about to leave the city” is another way of saying “We’re bandwagon fans who only show up when our team is winning. Once they’re losing, we couldn’t care less.”
    Look no further than the Pirates to see the true passion and loyalty Pitt fans show.

  10. Rob Selby - Mar 15, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    Philadelphia is a $hithole. You fans are as fickle as crap. There isn’t a city in the country that turns on its team like Philly fans. The same scum that actually pelted a guy dressed as Santa with snowballs during a football game.
    So, don’t give Pittsburgh fans a lecture on loyalty, you sack of pus. Philadelphia might be the most corrupt city in the country.
    The Flyers suck!

  11. TK - Mar 15, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    Thanks for the (irrelevant) history lesson. I’ll say again, put your team and its fans in the same position and see how long it takes before your fans show their frustration by staying home…

  12. Colonel - Mar 15, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Judging by the constant crying of Philly fans, it must really suck to be in a big market and be bested by a small market like Pittsburgh. Any other small market has trouble selling tickets when their team struggles. It’s simple numbers. Lombardis: Pitt-6, Philly-0….Lord Stanley: Pitt-3, Philly-2.

  13. Colonel - Mar 15, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Judging by the constant crying of Philly fans, it must really stink to be in a big market and be bested by a small market like Pittsburgh. Any other small market has trouble selling tickets when their team struggles. It’s simple numbers.
    Lombardis: Pitt-6, Philly-0….Lord Stanley: Pitt-3, Philly-2.

  14. Rob Selby - Mar 15, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    Jay probably wasn’t even born yet when the Flyers last won the cup.

  15. hjc - Mar 15, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    Im a rangers fan till death do us part we r looking 4 a new coach like mike keneen bring him back.

  16. mike - Mar 15, 2010 at 11:35 PM

    Some of the Crosby haters on here clearly prefer Tulips on my organ.

  17. misha - Mar 15, 2010 at 11:40 PM

    Some of the Crosby haters on here clearly prefer Tulips on my organ.

  18. A-Train - Mar 16, 2010 at 2:29 AM

    Ric Flair said that was a nice figure four

  19. Wangedwing - Mar 16, 2010 at 2:54 AM

    wow, the amount of crap between pittsburgh and philly is…silly. You want to see a non-bandwagon fan..talk to a detroit lions fan..yeah, thats me..I”m a wings fan too of course. I don’t think Sydney whined, I don’t even think he complained about the hit…however, after reading the above posts, I can understand why it is that pittsburgh fans, and philly fans give each other so much crap…You both suck..LOL! Whats gonna be great, is to see the Wings come back from not being in the playoff race nearly all year, basically because of injuries, to have them come back and win it all will be very sweet indeed. As we all are well aware, the cup was given to Pittsburgh last year, served up on a silver platter by Gary Bettmen and the refs that worked the series…30 whole seconds 6 men on the ice, no call, penalty after penalty, no call. Sydney losing his cool and hitting with the intent to injure. (thats when he gets called a baby…when he whines to the ref about the clutching and grabbing, when he does exactly the same thing…thats whining) Malkin and several other penguins gooning it up when tehy couldn’t keep up talent wise. But, whatever, the penguins are the stanley cup champions…btw..3 for Pitt, 2 for Philly..how many again for Detroit?? how long has that team been around? how long were they bad for, and still brought in fans? never got close to bankruptcy, Not even when Detroit itself is Bankrupt because of the economy, The wings are still selling tickets. granted, they are not selling out right now, but, with the economy as depressed as it is…they are talking abourt a new arena for the wings tho..so, that’ll be nice.

  20. JP - Mar 16, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    I really love how people tell us that Philadelphia fans are the worst fans.
    Yeah we threw snow balls at Santa clause. He deserved it. Yeah, we boo our teams like their are our mortal enemy. They deserve it. When your team goes out there and can’t put the ball in the end zone against a vastly inferior defense. When your entire team looks like they are skating in mud, with barely enough energy to put themselves in at least the right position. They Deserve it.
    I know fans of other cities don’t understand us. Its ok. You don’t understand what it means to bleed Orange. to bleed Green. We forgive you really. Theres nothing I, or any other Phildelphia fan, can say to you that will help you to understand how much we love our teams. We’re raised on it. You have to live here. There is no end to the season in Philadelphia. There is no down time. There is no night where we say, yeah they lost, We’ll try again harder next time. Its hey you won. But you let in a couple of really horrible goals. We don’t accept defeat on any level, no matter how many times it happens, and it does a lot.
    Did you ever wonder why in most polls, even when you include the Canadian cities, Philadelphia still comes up…2 or 3 in the top hockey cities, and most intimidating places to play? Usually Toronto beats Philly. Its no coincidence.
    You have your Stanely Cup. We wish we did. We’re simply stuck with a team which proves to us every year, that no matter what happens, it will be exciting and competative. And a bad year is not acceptable. And when we scream Crosby Sucks. It has nothing to do with his skill.

  21. Hoochiemama - Mar 17, 2010 at 9:41 PM

    I smell a sore Detroit loser.

  22. Whaaaaaa - Mar 30, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    What is funny about Detroit fans is that they say look how many cups. It was a lot easier to win cups when you play the same 5 teams over and over in the Original 6. La De Frickin’ Da!!!!

  23. Matt - Apr 2, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    “But, whatever, the penguins are the stanley cup champions…btw..3 for Pitt, 2 for Philly..how many again for Detroit?? how long has that team been around? how long were they bad for, and still brought in fans? never got close to bankruptcy, Not even when Detroit itself is Bankrupt because of the economy…”
    Maybe it’s because the Wings are the only team (including, ironically, the auto industry) in Detroit that can consistently produce a quality product?

  24. Matt - Apr 2, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    “But, whatever, the penguins are the stanley cup champions…btw..3 for Pitt, 2 for Philly..how many again for Detroit?? how long has that team been around? how long were they bad for, and still brought in fans? never got close to bankruptcy, Not even when Detroit itself is Bankrupt because of the economy…”
    Maybe it’s because the Wings are the only team (including, ironically, the auto industry) in Detroit that can consistently produce a quality product?

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