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Sidney Crosby might get Shanahan’s attention for cross-check

Mar 27, 2012, 10:20 PM EDT

It’s easy to feel bad for Sidney Crosby after his year-plus issues with concussions, but the thing that makes him different from many other stars – that driven, take everything seriously nature – doesn’t always manifest itself in the best ways. When Crosby loses his cool, he sometimes bends or even breaks the rules, with this cross-check being his latest regrettable moment:

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It falls into a category of infractions that have been getting the league’s attention (checks from behind) and with Duncan Keith getting a five-game suspension, stars aren’t totally off limits.

So let me ask the obvious question: should Sid the Kid receive a suspension for this hit? Let us know if this is suspension-worthy (and if so, for how long) in the comments.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 27, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    No way. That’s just a cross-check, hardly a check from behind. Throw in the fact that this is Crosby we’re talking about and the suggestion of a suspension is more hilarious than it is ridiculous.

    • bcisleman - Mar 27, 2012 at 10:44 PM

      Looked like a cross check from behind to me. Suspension? Borderline. Fact that its Sid shouldn’t matter. Gets away with far too much. Suspension on top of Isles beating him at home would be sweet but likely not. Maybe a fine.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 27, 2012 at 11:01 PM

        Why does this deserve any kind of supplemental discipline? Not every player that breaks the rules deserves that. People need to remember there are still in-game penalties and sometimes those are enough. That’s the case here.
        People just want to see Crosby punished because they don’t like Crosby, plain and simple.

      • bcisleman - Mar 28, 2012 at 2:50 AM

        Like I said, it’s borderline. I’ve seen supplemental discipline for less. I think a lot of people don’t like Sid because he’s forever whining about this and that to the ref…as he was in this game…but he is also forever taking cheapshots like that one.

    • stakex - Mar 27, 2012 at 11:46 PM

      Suggesting that this wasn’t a cross check from behind is whats laughable. Crosby’s stick is strait across the numbers during the hit… so I really have no idea how you think thats not from behind.

      And the fact that its Crosby shouldn’t matter one way or the other either. Now I’m not saying this actually is a suspendable play, but its certainly a dirty play, and the type of play Crosby shouldn’t be making.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 27, 2012 at 11:56 PM

        There is no such thing as “cross-checking from behind” in the rule book. It’s either cross-checking or checking from behind…and this wasn’t the latter. I’m not saying it’s a clean play but he got a penalty on the play so it’s been dealt with.

        The fact that’s it’s Crosby shouldn’t matter but the reality is it probably would if there was actually the possibility of supplemental discipline.

  2. bmscalise - Mar 27, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Wow – that desperate for a Sid article that you post this? He barely touched him: about as obvious a dive as it gets. Sid’s no angel, but this barely warrants a penalty, given what they were calling (or refusing to call) in this game.

    • speedstickmusk - Mar 27, 2012 at 11:07 PM

      Agree with bmscalise on this one… officiating was very uneven on both sides… whistles were practically put away after the 2nd period…. no chance of anything on Sid… if you saw the shift before, Sid and Parenteau were going back and forth… if the NHL hadn’t become a garage league, Parenteau would have went to the box with his dive along with Sid’s crosscheck…. not sure what’s happened to the officiating in this league but Dupuis was pulled down with an obvious hook by Streit and a wide open net.. no call….

      • bmscalise - Mar 27, 2012 at 11:23 PM

        Not only was Dupuis deprived of a sure goal on a blatant penalty, Malkin got tripped, leading directly to a goal by the Isles because he couldn’t get back into the play.

        Officials are determining the outcome of games through their deliberate, conscious refusal to call the game as it’s in the books. I don’t care if its for or against my team – call the stinking penalty if its a penalty. Maybe guys will stop hooking, holding, tripping, interfering, and every other infraction that isn’t an infraction any more (except in random, unpredictable instances when for some reason they decide to actually call it).

    • bcisleman - Mar 28, 2012 at 2:58 AM

      You Pen fans crack me up. Your guys were conducting an Olympic diving competition all over the ice. Went down every time they were touched and cried for penalties. Refs obviously got tired of it and maybe let a few things go. But your own homer announcers were saying that Sid deserved a penalty on this one and should have known better.

      Fact is that the Islanders were simply the better team tonight. Whining about the officiating won’t change that.

      • bobhpine - Mar 28, 2012 at 11:53 AM

        seizing that opportunity to talk smack as an Isles fan, eh? enjoy it. also enjoy rooting for that team when they are playing in Quebec

  3. bensawesomeness - Mar 27, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    I’m more frustrated that the ad was 3 times as long as the freaking video

    didnt look suspendable to me, maybe a tiny fine

  4. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Mar 27, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    WOW, great video LOL.

    I don’t think this is Shanny material, it would have been if it happened one foot closer to the boards tho.

    2 minutes, time to move on.

  5. stakex - Mar 27, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    A couple points:

    1. The hits not really THAT bad, but even if it was the league won’t touch Crosby. Sure they threw the book at Duncan Keith, but not only is he not a super star…. he hurt a much bigger star then he is.

    2. While the hit isn’t awful, it was a dangerous play. Crosby’s stick goes right across the numbers, so don’t even try to say it wasn’t from behind… and it was away from the boards enough that a serious injury could have happened. Is it suspension worthy? I doubt it since there was no injury, but again it doesn’t matter because of #1

    3. Its this crap Don Cherry is always syaing Crosby has to stop doing. It might not be a suspendable play, but its certainly a dirty play… and its this kinda crap that will make people take runs at you. is Crosby really a guy who wants to give people a reason to take a run at him?

    • bmscalise - Mar 28, 2012 at 12:15 AM

      You lost all credibility when you cited Don Cherry as some sort of an authority.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 28, 2012 at 1:03 AM

        Don Cherry might be a loudmouth who seems to be completely losing it but he still makes some good points about hockey. In this case he’s right, a guy like Crosby can’t be doing this stuff.

  6. barcthespark - Mar 27, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Shanahan doesn’t have the balls (or authority) to suspend Crosby.

  7. hockinj25 - Mar 27, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Does the first sentence really say we should feel bad for Sidney Crosby? Not a chance.

    Its definitely borderline but he won’t get suspended and its not because he is Sidney Crosby. It just wasn’t bad enough to warrant a suspension.

  8. RoseTintedVisor - Mar 27, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    For the record partisan fan-ism aside, the boarding call tonight on Cizikias was one of the worst NHL calls Ive ever seen. You know its a bad penalty when Steigerwald says Isles got raw deal.

    That aside, these officials were lazy and reckless. Got in way of play constantly, and in one 6 minute stretch both goalies were injured, each team cleared the puck and neither time was a whistle blown. Both ultimately left with injuries, but the officials wouldn’t blow it dead with the puck 200 feet away.


    Player safety my tucas.

  9. paledevil - Mar 28, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    suspension or not the guy only knows 100% Heart of a lion…

  10. taytay099 - Mar 28, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    I don’t think he will get a fine for this hit. Clearly a check from behind, but he didn’t hit him hard enough to injure him. Hits like this happen in almost every game and don’t always get called.

    Not a smart hit, though.

  11. lsxphotog - Mar 28, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    Cindy Hypocrite Crysby

    “That’s the kinda hits we have to take out of the game.”

    Yes, but sometimes a brief lapse in judgement means it can happen…by anyone.

    • kitshky - Mar 28, 2012 at 3:01 AM

      Glad to see you watched the hit without any pre-determined opinions and kept an open mind…

      That hit wouldnt even make a highlight reel if it wasnt Sidney, after a 2 minutes penalty the absolute max it might deserve would be a fine but I’d be shocked. Not every infraction is worthy of supplement discipline, doesnt mean it’s not an infraction, it just means that the punishment within the game fits the crime.

  12. bergeronforselke - Mar 28, 2012 at 7:50 AM

    It was a light hit and an obvious attempt to get a power play.

  13. itspartofthegame - Mar 28, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    He candy-assed a cross check like a little punk that slaps at you when they think no one else is watching – 2 minute minor. Does everything have to go to the Veep’s office? Hells, lets see if Roger Goodell wants to weigh in.

  14. RoseTintedVisor - Mar 28, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    My problem with Sid is he has no aversion to ‘cheap’ plays that make him a target for retribution, and when you mention that it’s like you’re condoning head injuries. How often do you see someone going that extra mile after Stamkos, Iginla, Selanne? You can be a legendary player, not take advantage of your ‘favored nation’ status and thus not get run.

  15. pepper2011 - Mar 28, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    dive. you looked over his shoulder, knew the contact was coming and embellished the heck out of it, and I hate Pittsburgh

  16. Buffalo Grumblings - Mar 28, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    The Islanders??

  17. epictron1 - Mar 28, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    From a Flyers fan how hates Crosby, I say no suspension.

    There’ve been many unpunished hits that were worse than that cross-check.

  18. fokneh - Mar 29, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    I thought the 2:00 minute minor he recieved was kinda harsh.

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