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Video: Crosby shows plenty of frustration in Game 5

May 9, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

Few would doubt Sidney Crosby‘s status as one of the NHL’s brightest stars, but that doesn’t mean that he’s universally beloved.

The Pittsburgh Penguins center can be polarizing because he plays with a feisty edge. Many are impressed by that passion for the game, yet just as many people find his competitiveness (and other words that aren’t as kind) off-putting.

We’ve seen the elite scorer lose his cool in the playoffs before – just study his battles with Claude Giroux – and No. 87 looked awfully irritated at times during Pittsburgh’s 5-1 Game 5 loss to the New York Rangers on Friday:

Is it best to try to get him “off his game” or are the Rangers possibly playing with fire by making him angry? Either way, it seems like this series is starting to heat up. It will be interesting to see how Crosby responds in Game 6 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

  1. President Charles Logan - May 9, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    quit your damn whining and score some goals. he was acting like a little bytch tonight

    • whammy71 - May 10, 2014 at 9:10 AM

      Sid is upset Geno has a bunch more goals. Has his vag all inflamed.

  2. canucks30 - May 9, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    • mp1131211 - May 10, 2014 at 1:13 AM

      What? A grown man in competitive sports swears? Woes me! I’m certain he’s the only one!

      • canucks30 - May 10, 2014 at 1:55 AM

      • mp1131211 - May 10, 2014 at 1:57 AM

        TLDC(are)

  3. dkelley1186 - May 9, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Such a little cry baby. And a weasel.

  4. jaybaileys - May 9, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Pens fan here, boggles my mind how emotionally fragile the Guins are, in an elimination game no less, wtf was that barf laden vomit of a game tonight. Crosby just needs to skate away or knock someone’s (Staal) teeth out.

    • theskinsman - May 10, 2014 at 4:32 AM

      Cindy isn’t going to knock anyone’s teeth out.He needs a pacifier and a time out. Such a baby!

  5. drewsylvania - May 9, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    And whining. So much whining.

  6. bmoreredfury311 - May 9, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Typical

  7. mangoman1966 - May 9, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    They bettershow up Sunday. No matter how bad rangers are you can t take them.for granted. Pens got to forget about this one. Or can they.

    • President Charles Logan - May 9, 2014 at 11:21 PM

      how bad the rangers are??? that made no sense .. i dont like that team anymore then the next guy but to call them bad? ..

      • mangoman1966 - May 10, 2014 at 6:39 PM

        Before friday the rangers were 0 for a lifetime on the power play. Had 15 shots on goal. Look bad the previous game. We knew who they were and we let them off the hook. Pens in 6. Hope Crosby grows the hell up.

  8. chanceoffleury - May 9, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Crosby has drawn one penalty the entire playoffs. And it took him 10 games to get that one call. He needs to be a leader and skate away, and even more so rise above it and just fight through it. But when you look at how physical both the rangers and jackets have played him you have to acknowledge the refs are calling a loose game against him this playoffs. I don’t want it to come across as complaining either; I mean the penalties are what they are and Crosby should fight through it because he is good enough to.

  9. imnotyourbuddyguy - May 9, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    Not a Pens fan but I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Gretzky, Lemieux and even Messier were “whinners”. They chased refs around the ice every shift trying to make their point known in hopes of getting a call later in the game.

    Just the truth, sorry Crosby haters.

    • dkelley1186 - May 9, 2014 at 11:23 PM

      Lemieux was the worst of them all. Don’t think messier or the great one were even a quarter as bad as mario. Probably taught Cindy all his tricks.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 9, 2014 at 11:28 PM

        Messier was worse the Gretzky, I LOVE Messier, and don’t blame him for one second to do the things that good captains do, but Messier was constantly in the refs ear.

        And I have NO doubt that it made a difference for his team.

        Hell I know that Yzerman did it as well, and I’m a massive Yzerman fanboy.

        It’s just what good captains do, they don’t give a damn if it looks whinny, they want to be talking to that ref.

        Pens still suck though

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 9, 2014 at 11:37 PM

        I mean I’m sure anyone who’s followed hockey long enough has heard the term or something along the lines of “The ref evening things up”.

        It not because the ref feels bad or wants to give even PP chances. many times it’s because you have a captain b@tching and complaining about a call, and saying what about the call you missed, etc etc.

        Again, this is how hockey is, it’s what good captains do, maybe if Phaneuf and Ovechkin spent more time politician their teams would be better off.

  10. westof1club - May 9, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    Geez. Pretty obtuse definition of a “good” captain. Seems to change depending on the popularity/nationality of the player. God forbid someone not from North America chirping at the refs. They’d get crucified by these commenters.

  11. muckleflugga - May 9, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    i see nothing wrong with crosby holding his ground, retaliating against cheap shots, barking at referees and being annoying generally

    what, he should be hounded and hacked and beaten without any means of recourse … what i can’t figure out is why no one on penguins consistently rallies to their captain

    being sidney he is going to draw flack, but much of the negative attention attacks a reputation nurtured in hockey media as carried into a fan base, as much as his specific behaviour during games

    the overkill is a major turn-off, but we tend to attack sidney’s on-ice foibles when it’s the myth built around a relatively young career that’s offensive

    start calling a guy the best player in the world, in a league populated with players on every team who on any given night could be called the best, you’re going to make sidney crosby a target

    i can report the best player in the world has his well-tanned, sandals shod feet up on a straw hassock, sipping vodka martinis from the comfort of his dacha, watching a superior russian air force buzz a lonely u.s. frigate bobbling in the black sea, sent to slap our mother russia haa haaaa ha ah aaah clink

    those foolz still, playink hokkey, hwhen will they learn haa haaaa ha wodka anyone clink clink

    • canucks30 - May 10, 2014 at 1:58 AM

    • Hockeyfan - May 10, 2014 at 6:25 AM

      Let’s be clear here that it is not just the media calling Crosby “the best”. The nhl players themselves have called Crosby the best That said, agree there are others in the league who at times look like the “best” but not the player you refer to.

  12. bencia823 - May 10, 2014 at 3:03 AM

    I can’t help but laugh at people trying to call him a cheap whiner. All of the rough stuff was just returning the favor after a Ranger initiated contact, and after 2 series’ filled with missed calls on him, he has the right to give the ref a quick chirp after being slew footed and hooked. That video is never even made if he didn’t have that stupid reputation that he has done nothing to earn during this decade. Name a player, and I guarantee that they have retaliated at times and chirped at the refs after no calls. Hell, even Lady Byng winner Martin St. Louis took a retaliatory penalty against Robert Bortuzzo during this series

  13. Hockeyfan - May 10, 2014 at 6:18 AM

    You could spotlight a dozen players and find the same frustration. Nothing unique to Crosby. He has to fight off more during a game then the average player.

  14. arbruins - May 10, 2014 at 7:47 AM

    Cindy sucks! Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.

    • jaybaileys - May 10, 2014 at 8:02 AM

      yea cause when i think of youngest capt. to hoist a cup and 2 gold medals i always think of a guy who just can’t reach the top

  15. 101starmymedic - May 10, 2014 at 7:53 AM

    I wish I could bottle his tears and bathe in them. Maybe then I could replicate that sweet SWEET mustache thing of his.

    Cindy Crysby…he should be a spokesperson for bullying.

    • killerpgh - May 10, 2014 at 8:52 AM

      You want to bathe in a guy tears. The Army really has changed since I got out. Don’t ask . Don’t tell.

  16. sizzle299 - May 10, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    “but that doesn’t mean that he’s universally beloved.”

    Poor choice of words. More like, “but that doesn’t mean people don’t hate him”. The only place Crosby is “beloved” is in the eyes of the media and the year 2009+ penguins fans (about 90%). Everyone else, across all markets and demographics, see this pos for what he is- a waste of talent immature t-double you-a-t

    • 6superbowls - May 10, 2014 at 9:05 AM

      Wait??? Did you really just type “see this pos for what he is- a waste of talent” when speaking about Crosby? LOL. Wow! You might just be biggest rock-head on PHT.

      • sizzle299 - May 10, 2014 at 2:41 PM

        I guess you’d rather have a whiney baby like Crosby blessed with such talent than a stand up guy? You’d be alone in that one, or group in with similarly minded fools. Most actual Penguin fans (unlike you, with the tags still on your 87 jersey) agree he is a poor face for the franchise. Before your 8pm bedtime go look at some clips of Crosby’s own teammates his first couple years in the league, you know, the ones who wouldn’t get his back and hated his guts. Save posting on here the adults…

  17. mellard1121 - May 10, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Crosby is the best player in the world no doubt but in the playoffs he isn’t the same player , even the year they won the cup he wasn’t all that malkin kicked ass while crosby barely played in 3rd period of the game 7

    • michael91148 - May 10, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      Crosby is a very good hockey player, but it would take a certain kind of imagination to call him the best player in the world. One that would require an absolute lack of knowledge of the game of hockey. Just one item to think about… doesnt play defence. But that doesnt mean he is awful…… doesn’t have what it takes to be the best. Disappears too often… i.e. 2010 Olympics till o/t goal, 2014 Olympics till final game, this series, etc

  18. stakex - May 10, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    You know, so many people talk about Crosby as this great leader. That, despite his young age, he is an amazing captain that has done wonders in leading the Pens over the years.

    …and then you see stuff like this almost every time things get the slightest bit rocky for the Pens. If Ovechkin acted like this during such an important game, the critics would be screaming for him to “Take off the C!”, yet there is hardly ever a peep about the terrible leadership Crosby shows on the ice when the heat is on and things aren’t going well. You would never in a million years see this kind of crap from Messier when the heat was on because its just a terrible way to lead a team. Instead you step the hell up, play like a man, and try to inspire your team to shake it off and get back on track… something Crosby has a real hard time doing at times.

    • chanceoffleury - May 10, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      Crosby’s last 5 playoff appearances include:

      – a stanley cup win
      – a stanley cup appearance
      – an eastern conference finals
      – a second round
      – one first round exit against their biggest rivals
      (he, nor Malkin, played in 2011)

      And this year’s appearance could very well end up just as successful as one of the first 3 if the Pens play with the drive and passion we saw in periods 2 through 12 of this series. The only 2 teams who can even compete with that competitive consistency within the last few years are Boston and Chicago. Nobody ever doubts Toews or Chara, so why is Crosby’s leadership ability under some relentless microscope of doubt. It’s not like the Penguins are alone put in some magical category where they don’t have to follow certain rules. They have the same exact cap as every other team in the league. They’ve drafted well and traded even better. Save for Paul Martin, their entire d core is homegrown talent. It’s not like Niskanen was some fiercely in-demand asset when he came over as free candy in the Neal trade. Over the past 2.5 years the Pens have turned him into a top-4 defenseman. And Toews lost his crap last year in the 2nd round to the point where Seabrook had to physically go into the penalty box and calm him down. These are guys that were thrown entire organizations worth hundreds of millions of dollars, with storied histories and legendary alumni to constantly be compared to, on their backs before they could even legally buy themselves a beer in the states. You can put whatever label you want on them, but it will never change the biological fact that they’re still just young guys in their mid-20s. They’re gonna do the wrong thing sometimes.

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