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Sidney Crosby: puck magnet?

May 9, 2013, 10:42 PM EDT

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Usually, when a commentator says that the puck “seems to find” a player, it’s high praise. Considering Sidney Crosby‘s recent luck, it might not be such a good thing.

Crosby suffered a “stinger” when a puck him hit in the foot and also pointed out that a Kris Letang shot missed his face “by a few inches” in Game 5, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Josh Yohe.

Add Thursday’s two close calls to a substantial list of questionable “puck luck” for Crosby. A puck caught him in the throat during Game 4 (prompting some to wonder if he wasn’t quite right tonight) and an ill-fated shot broke his jaw earlier this season, making for a flinch-heavy couple of months.

Really, one cannot totally blame the 25-year-old star if he wonders if it’s really worth it to go into the more dangerous areas of the ice. Then again, when you consider the fact that Crosby is still scoring highlight reel goals, it’s probably best to let him do his thing.

Considering all the close calls and scary moments, he might want to keep that gawky helmet on for as long as he can stand it, though.

  1. cheesesteak75 - May 9, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    87= MVP

    • wingsdjy - May 10, 2013 at 9:38 AM

      He’s most outstanding in my book, but the Penguins do fine without him. He’s not most valuable.

  2. JoeAvg - May 9, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Perhaps it’s all part of the hex the Isles have had on the Pens for as long as I can remember (and forget about about how long that’s been – I try to) but I could swear I saw a witchdoctor in the crowd tonight.

    • drone501 - May 10, 2013 at 7:35 AM

      what you saw was that boner with all the yellow swag on. a real goofus never saw him before 2005 like all the other youngsters in their daddys front row seats while guys like me and my buddies who used to be in the crowd when there were only 8,000 in attendance, can’t get a ticket. sorry to much coffee this morning.

      • crosberries - May 10, 2013 at 11:35 AM

        No one cares ^^^^ the I was a fan when you weren’t is old

  3. modellforprez - May 9, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    soon his hit by puck average will catch up with his point per game average. and it gives every team more reason to Hate the Great… but what what..

  4. bobhpine - May 9, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Seems like Sid is cursed sometimes.

    Then you realize that #87 is the player of his generation, has the most incredible hand eye coordination, speed for days, and uncanny vision. Those are his God give abilities. Add an astounding personal work ethic and you have a truly special player.

    Sid is catching pucks in bad spots because he always goes to the places where he might get hit. He blocks shots, goes to the net, goes to the corner. I cringe when he keeps taking pucks to his face and feet and even neck, but that’s the player he is. He wants to get in front of the puck. If he plays with any fear I certainly can’t see it.

    “Hating” Crosby because you are a fan of another team is fine. But hating him for being a crybaby or a whiner or whatever is just wrong. Crosby is tough and plays the game with courage. One month ago he lost seven teeth and broke his jaw in so many places he got a titanium plate and four screws put in. They’re still there. Some of those teeth still haven’t been replaced.

    Oh and as for the “diving” claims…his next diving penalty will be his FIRST.

    This spate of bad luck won’t deter Sid. He’s got a Cup to win.

    • drone501 - May 10, 2013 at 7:31 AM

      sid is the best thing that has happened to hockey since lemieux retired. if he played for the flyers id like em.

  5. colossal87 - May 9, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Listen, its impossible to stop or harness the can. This guy is the gamechanger of all gamechangers who stops at nothing but winning. FEAR THE SHIELD

  6. ashtongronholz8 - May 9, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Nah ill stick to laughing at it when their losing to Ottawa

    • drone501 - May 10, 2013 at 7:36 AM

      we own ottawa book it baby.

  7. girouxed - May 9, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Sidney Crosby: gets all the calls?

  8. chanceoffleury1 - May 10, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    He takes Gretzky’s famous quote of “…great players go where the puck is going to be.” to a whole new level.

  9. bobhpine - May 10, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    …their losing to Ottawa.

    I think your right they’re with you’re analysis.

  10. rushledger - May 10, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    Sid is good at not getting hit as much avoiding turn overs and what not, smart skills to get rid of the puck while drawing people into his area.

  11. blomfeld - May 10, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    No, I’d say more like a ‘guy” magnet …

    • handsofsweed - May 10, 2013 at 6:52 AM

      Well, he does draw defenders like flies on poo, so maybe you’re on to something there, skippy.

  12. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 10, 2013 at 5:37 AM

    And he’s not a defensive liability like some other player who prefers the limelight that comes with scoring goals as opposed to buying into the team concept. Funny how all the 87 haters are quiet today.

  13. nicknyhc - May 10, 2013 at 6:36 AM

    The Pens regain a series lead over the 8th seed Islanders and the arrogance of their fans comes RIGHT back. Amazing.

    • drone501 - May 10, 2013 at 7:38 AM

      new york is arrogance especially the dik head ranger fans. pens won and still didn’t play as good as they can.

    • hockeywithdrawal - May 10, 2013 at 8:09 AM

      gad…I hope, IF the Pens can win this series, that we don’t play the NYR…I can’t take any more New Yorkers and their pompous comments.

      Because we ALL know how people RAVE about the great, non-arrogant, and oh-so-friendly attitudes of New Yorkers…RIGHT?

      • hockeywithdrawal - May 10, 2013 at 9:23 AM

        Apologies for the generalizations. I’ve enjoyed the series so far with the Islanders and the banter with several of the NYI fans.

      • JoeAvg - May 10, 2013 at 1:22 PM

        I, for one, would like to see the Pens and Rangers. They usually seem to bring out the best in the Pens (unlike the other NY team where it’s feast or famine) and they know it too:

        As for the comments, why let someone with a chromosomal imbalance bother you? Just ignore them. It doesn’t take long to learn who speaks from the proper orifice and who doesn’t.

  14. thehighcountrybear - May 10, 2013 at 7:49 AM


    The so-called Crosby hate is brought on by his own on-ice behaviour, nothing more…underlining that particular failing is need for his apologists to strike out at anyone or anything calling him out? What, his play isn’t sufficient on its own to quiet detractors?

    I only managed to catch highlights tonight, but I never saw Sid impersonating a Zamboni in any of them: no dive no hate; wrap your brain around the concept!

    The fact of the matter is, your man has credibility issues with anyone who actually plays competitive contact hockey. Those who play know just how difficult it can be to knock a player on his arse; cross check or shoulder check, simple laws of physics and properties of matching strength prevail. So, when some poofter like Sid hits the ice off a whiffed straight arm, everyone calls him for what he is…a phoney diving cheat!

    Sid’s own coach betrayed him on the recent overtime flop by acknowledging the cheating effort as somehow being ‘good’ for the team in the moment…Penguin family values, wot?

    Granted, Sidney Crosby is an exceptional player, but he never actually owns a game like Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, Bobby Orr and Wayne Gretzky owned the games in which they played. These four were not deemed to be ‘the best in the world’ in sports media frantic to define everything in their moment as the ‘best’. They were simply the best by definition in play and manner before their opponents; being accepted as the best was implicit rather than formally defined; an important distinction, that’s for damned sure!

    And none of the four managed to garner anything in the way of negative press and sneering dislike from opponent and teammate alike as does your Sid. Why is that do you suppose…

    In the present, there is only one player moving in the same universe as Howe, Hull, Orr and Gretzky moved. Pavel Datsyuk, in the mood for it, owns every game he plays. Like the big four, the game unfolds for Pavel at his pace alone. A maestro, he controls tempo at whim, going from a complete stall to break-neck speed with blinding fast stick work and Houdini-like body maneuvers while leaving a trail of bodies in his wake. Pavel can sit them on their pants with nothing more than an out in out dip…just ask Logan splatter pants Couture?

    Our Pasha is breathtaking, awe inspiring, and wholly capable of drawing utter fascination and respect from his opponents, in-game, either on the ice or on the benches where all are left grinning and shaking heads at his magic!

    Sid is pretty much a North south speedster with quick hands closing on the net finishing with a deadly accurate snap shot, but wholly dependent upon teammates to produce a show. Rarely does Sid own a game outright and rarely does he draw undying admiration from his opponent?

    Sidney Crosby, like Johnny Rogers, is simply an ordinary superstar…

    • hockeywithdrawal - May 10, 2013 at 8:18 AM

      “The fact of the matter is, your man has credibility issues with anyone who actually plays competitive contact hockey.”

      Sid was just nominated as a finalist, by his peers, for the Lindsay Award. Your credibility ends there, and you really do sound high.

      The problem ISN’T with Sid and his on-ice performances, it is with you, within you. Some seed of hate, or jealousy, that was planted on it’s own and nurtured by the manure spread by others that feel the same, and have ever since Sid won the cup.

      You should get over it – so that you can appreciate what he brings. Same as Tavares, Kane, Datsyuk….these are some of the greatest athletes our sport of hockey has to offer…it’s a shame to waste those years because of some putrid grudge. If you truly don’t like him, that’s fine…but the fact that you ramble on about the reasons he’s not as great as they say means he’s at least good enough to send you into a 10 paragraph tirade about it.

      When the congregation is gone, it’s time to leave the pulpit – but you just keep going on hoping to find a follower. It’s sad, really, Mr. Koresh.

    • pens5829 - May 10, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      “your man has credibility issues”? Didn’t even read any further. Look in the mirror before making dumb@ss statements.

    • theageofquarrel - May 10, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      So what you are telling us is that Datsyuk only plays when he feels like it? Ok got it.

  15. steelcity412 - May 10, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    nicknyhc, don’t mistake confidence with arrogance. A lot of people thought this wouldn’t be much of series and it has been just the opposite . I love how you keep saying 8th seed about your team as if its never been done before , so your lack of confidence my friend Bout your team is a sign of arrogance to me .. B¡tch

  16. csilojohnson - May 10, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Highcountrybear, your Wild have just been eliminated. Sooo can we count on not seeing your mindless rants anymore? Save it for your memoirs.

    • theageofquarrel - May 10, 2013 at 9:45 AM

      He is Red Wing/Datsyuk ballwasher

  17. colossal87 - May 10, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Sid is also obviously a chick magnet, thats what this title shuld be. I saw this guy at a local hotspot and he was rollin 8 broads deep with VS models/supermodels. Soo manly!

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