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Video: Crosby spears Moore, causes ruckus with Rangers

May 11, 2014, 9:15 PM EDT

Whether the New York Rangers hang on enough to force a Game 7 against the Pittsburgh Penguins or not, it’s clear that both of these teams have generated plenty of playoff bitterness through six games. It only makes sense that Game 6 featured the thematic infraction of the 2014 postseason, as a ruckus happened in the end of the second period when it appeared as if Sidney Crosby speared Dominic Moore below the belt:

The way things seem to shake out in this postseason, it’s unlikely that Crosby gets anything more than a fine … if the NHL addresses that spear at all.

Here’s a capture of the moment:


As far as the official penalties go, the Rangers ended up with a power play after all of this was settled. Chris Kunitz received a two-minute roughing penalty while Crosby and Brian Boyle were whistled for cross-checking.

The situation even drew some attention from Roberto Luongo:

Apparently Crosby wasn’t the only big name who was upset during that span, at least according to HNIC’s Elliotte Friedman:

We’ve seen plenty of signs of Crosby’s feisty side, as the Penguins star was clearly agitated at times during Game 5:

So far, a frustrated Crosby hasn’t been all that bad of a sign for the Rangers. Still, there is plenty of time for him to get the last laugh, whether it’s in Game 6 or if the Penguins are forced into a decisive Game 7.

  1. 7mantel - May 11, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    No mention of Sid punching Boris Valabik in the family jewels ?

  2. runhigh24 - May 11, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    The going rate for this is $2,500. Other than that nothing to see here. At least he got a minor for it. Unlike some others.

    • hockey412 - May 12, 2014 at 8:30 AM

      Am I crazy or am I the only one that thought Moore should be in the box? No one is innocent there, and certainly – fine Crosby – he deserves it. Get that play out of hockey. But Moore is holding his stick (uncalled)..Crosby spears him (called or uncalled…not sure where the cross-check call was) – Moore cross-checks Crosby (uncalled) and Kunitz jumps him.

      Nice to see Boyle step up though. The guy’s a tank…just seems soft at times.

      • johninpa - May 12, 2014 at 10:42 AM

        Basically, the Crosby haters would never admit there was a cause, as in Moore holding the stick. I bet the folks crying about the dirty play didn’t voice the same outrage when Staal took his stick to Crosby’s head and neck.

      • hockey412 - May 12, 2014 at 10:53 AM

        I don’t even think there was mention of the cross check to the skull….weird!

      • mgp1219 - May 12, 2014 at 12:29 PM

        Boyle is soft. He’s good at going after guys 6 inches shorter than he is.

  3. charlieconway96 - May 11, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Seriously, can we just stop using the spears to smash peoples nards. This is getting absurd.

  4. bsfan77 - May 11, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Nothing will happen to him because he doesn’t play for Boston!

    • canadiansportsfan77 - May 12, 2014 at 7:37 AM

      You can’t be seriously saying that the Bruins are punished harder in the NHL. Gregory Campbell’s daddy takes good care of his son and friends

      • thesportsjudge - May 12, 2014 at 10:42 AM

        That is just stupid. It is the same as saying the Montreal squad won’t get any penalties called on them tonight because there are French-Canadian people working for the NHL.

  5. mp1131211 - May 11, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Gee, why do people hate this guy? I mean he wacks someone’s nuts and then gets his whole team fighting while he skates away. Just can’t figure it out…

    • 1981titan - May 11, 2014 at 11:13 PM

      Bobby Clark revisited. Start the fracas and leave it to Dave Shultz to fight.

      • broadstreetsbaddest88 - May 12, 2014 at 1:16 AM

        Hahaha apparently you haven’t watched bobby Clarke. One of the toughest captains to play the game. Unlike Crosby, he battled for his team. Not hide behind a ref. Crosby wishes he was half the captain Clarke was

    • bencia823 - May 12, 2014 at 1:33 AM

      when you pinch your legs together to hang on to his stick, you’re asking for it. Moore has been playing a dirty game this entire series. He’s an agitator much like Steve, but has been lucky to this point that nobody has put him out for good as well

      • hockey412 - May 12, 2014 at 8:33 AM

        I honestly thought that I was the only one seeing that…the comments I understand, Crosby isn’t well liked yada yada, I get it. But I can’t figure how Moore wasn’t called. He was holding his stick with his hands before that, in front of the ref. Crosby was violently tugging to get his stick back. Then gave him a shot. Dirty, but yeah Moore’s been playing craftily – really getting under their skin.

      • moarjam - May 12, 2014 at 11:17 AM

        The reason he is getting so much flack is that he spears moore in the nuts, which is a basic man violation on its own but also just an outright cowardly act, and then he proceeds to skate quickly away from an angry moore and has to have kunitz “step” in by blindsiding moore. AND then he disappears from everything and happens and to show back up with a ref holding him back while he’s yelling and acting like the toughest guy on the ice!

        There’s no denying that he’s the best player in the world but that doesn’t automatically make him a stand up guy. He’s a bit of a punk..

  6. bmoreredfury311 - May 11, 2014 at 9:45 PM


  7. sabatimus - May 11, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Defend that, pitpenguinsrulez.

    • infectorman - May 12, 2014 at 8:17 AM

      The self-righteous PITT fans seem to have lost their internet connection on this one.
      Funny, they and just about every other major metropolitan area in the country had oodles to offer about this very subject when Lucic did it….both times

      • hockey412 - May 12, 2014 at 8:34 AM

        There are about 40 PITT fans commenting on this – and you just posted this, so did you not read them, or just jump in to aggitate?

  8. comeonnowguys - May 11, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Oddly enough, Crosby snapped his own head violently back after doing it.

  9. drewsylvania - May 11, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    I expect fines for Lucic & Thornton tomorrow.

    The league should consider a hearing for Kunitz’s cheapshot after this incident…

    • steelcity333 - May 11, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      Lucic is a repeat, repeat offender. He should have been suspended for doing it three times.

      • gallyhatch - May 11, 2014 at 9:54 PM

        Get off your high horse, this isn’t the first time Crosby has targeted an opponent’s privates.

        I’m sure you know the incident to which I’m referring. . . . unless you just started watching hockey last week.

  10. steelcity333 - May 11, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    So when Crosby does it other players tweet and joke about it but when Lucic does it, it just “happens all the time, no big deal”. That being said the Penguins look done. Rangers will win game 7 and it will be a LONG off season here in Pittsburgh.

    • mangoman1966 - May 11, 2014 at 10:36 PM

      With a helluva lot of changes.

  11. kantnockdahustle89 - May 11, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Girardi just made that Penguin fly! Too bad the replay cut off Golden Boy going for a tumble.

  12. jucam1 - May 11, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    That little coward Cindy is despicable. I hate that the league aloes him to be such a little b*tch punk while punishes guys that go after him while he runs after he’s committed another cowardly act. He’s own teammates must hate him

    • johndoe701 - May 11, 2014 at 10:34 PM

      What’s despicable is your grammar and spelling.

  13. pastabelly - May 11, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Henrik gave Crosby a “Thornton”. I guess he felt Crosby needed a shower.

  14. sjtorpitt - May 11, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    He didn’t get a penalty for the spear

    • 7mantel - May 11, 2014 at 10:06 PM

      Not because it’s not a penalty ,it’s the player doing the spearing.

  15. stakex - May 11, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Crosby might be the best player in the world during the regular season…. but he goes to hell in the playoffs. Teams know he loses it very easily, and they just keep messing with him. Instead of scoring goals, he ends up getting in scrums and whining to the refs all game.

    • hockey412 - May 12, 2014 at 8:37 AM

      Take a look at the reason for this spear. You’ll see why he’s challenged. The spear was dirty, and should be fined. But holding a guys stick with your hands first while he’s tugging violently to get it back, then holding it with your legs, is not legal. It doesn’t get called. Surprises me what fourth liners can get away with in the playoffs.

  16. imgoingtowichita - May 11, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Oh the Germans, the Germans …… what was I laughing about? Oh yes, ….. That silly little …..

  17. sabatimus - May 11, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Oh wait. Thornton’s water splash on Subban was much worse than this, right?

  18. mysonzdad - May 11, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    The Rangers were done after game 4…oh to be a bookie…Pens take Game 7 without a doubt…

    • 19to77 - May 11, 2014 at 11:54 PM

      If they were done after game four, this wouldn’t be going to a game seven. Typical Pens fan. So delusionally arrogant you honestly don’t even get how stupid you sound.

  19. bleedrangerblue - May 11, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    It’s hockey people move on. Let’s go Rangers!! I’m feeling it game 7…

    • hockey412 - May 12, 2014 at 8:41 AM

      Hank (and others) have them completely flabbergasted trying to figure him out. Lost in all of this “Crosby sucks” and “Pens fans suck and you’re arrogant” talk from 19to77, is that this has actually been quite a series.

      People took the Rangers to start with, Pens made it a series to say the least. Then the Rangers put the brakes on and look like they are better than the Pens in every way (hate to say that)…I am glad it comes down to one more game, I can’t take much more. Rangers are playing great – GO PENS.

  20. redwing26 - May 11, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    No mention of the slew foot he took down Girardi with.
    He’s a good player but a gutless guy!

  21. mrd5c - May 11, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    All the skills with no class.

  22. thesportsjudge - May 11, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Oh the irony! I’m looking straight at you c9 and pitpenguinsrulez.

    • bsfan77 - May 11, 2014 at 10:31 PM

      Notice they don’t come around because they are to busy cursing their team and coach and wearing their bandwagon, bedazzled, pink hats.

      • 19to77 - May 11, 2014 at 11:59 PM

        Doubtless shrieking and squealing about this is somehow all Fleury and/or Blysma’s fault (or maybe it’s the “biased refs” excuse tonight?), since apparently these people would actually sooner die than admit Crosby’s anything less than utterly perfect.

    • laxman1944 - May 12, 2014 at 8:48 AM

      c9 has been VERY vocal when Pitt wins……….c9………where are you?????……Hello c9!!!


      Freaking pathetic excuse for fans.

  23. Moop - May 11, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Is Lundqvist going to be fined for spraying water on Crosby, or is it only unsportsmanlike if one player is on the bench? Or does Crosby need to make a big deal about it for the league to care? Or do they have to be on the Bruins so we can further the idea that they are the only team that “resorts” to these antics?

    If we’re going to be stupid about this stuff, I’d at least like consistency.

    • arrow43050 - May 11, 2014 at 11:36 PM

      There’s a HUGE difference. In this case, both players were ON the ice (OK, so Crosby was far more on the ice than Lundqvist was.) and play was stopped. There was nothing dangerous about this whereas when a player is skating full speed and sees something coming at his head he will duck and can crash and have an injury. Stuff, both legal, illegal and gray area, happens between players on the ice all the time–stick whacks, shoves, pushes, punches. Players expect and know to look out for this but never expect something to come off the bench at them.

    • arrow43050 - May 11, 2014 at 11:38 PM

      It’s also part of the reason fighting is a 5 minute penalty if you’re on the ice and a 10 game suspension if you came from off the ice to do it. The punishment is also more severe even if the game is stopped and you do something from on the bench to a player that is on the ice. That’s always a suspension for what would be a minor penalty, if even called if it were to occur on the ice.

      • Moop - May 11, 2014 at 11:49 PM

        I agree; no player or coach on the bench should be doing anything to disrupt those who are actually “in” the game. The point I was making was more about poking fun at how worked up some people got about something that really shouldn’t be such a big deal.

  24. westof1club - May 11, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Bruins’ fans whine on Pens articles, Pens whine on Bruins’ articles, must be something about yellow and black that brings out the worst NHL fans. So predictable…

    • thesportsjudge - May 11, 2014 at 10:44 PM

      So what does your comment bring to the table? NOTHING!

      YOU are whining about whiners.

      Go troll elsewhere.

    • sabatimus - May 11, 2014 at 11:03 PM

      Perhaps you don’t realize you just incriminated yourself here?

  25. dboldave - May 11, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Curious to see what Mr. 412 has to say about this spearing spree that Crosby has been on since he was so up in arms when Lucic did it.

  26. soj83 - May 11, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    The spear and water bottle incidents are secondary, in my opinion, to Kunitz sucker-punching Moore and continuing to punch him while he was on the ice and defenseless (or as everyone’s favorite commentator, Pierre McGuire puts it: “defending Crosby”) I thought Thornton deserved a suspension even if Orpik wasn’t hurt and the league should try for a change to be consistent.

    • sabatimus - May 11, 2014 at 11:02 PM

      To Pierre’s credit (barf, I know I hate to say this), he indicted the Penguins on the Kreider breakaway, saying “What’s he supposed to do?” when he hit Fleury after being checked from behind.

      Otherwise, Pierre is obviously a massive Pens homer.

      • hockey412 - May 12, 2014 at 9:09 AM

        Did you see how far Kreider’s elbow came up he shouldered Fleury’s head?

        I’m all for the call – would be if it were the Pens on the other side too. To answer the question, what he’s supposed to do is NOT take a line that will put him in contact with the goalie. He’s supposed to shoot the puck from somewhere other than the blue paint. No clutching and grabbing for these speed guys does NOT mean they can rush in on a line straight at the goalie and make contact IN the blue paint. Push or no push. How many goalies were damn near knocked out from this EXACT play this year?

    • hockey412 - May 12, 2014 at 8:54 AM

      I think the whole play should have been whistled long before all of that (I think Moore should have been called for the original hold on Crosby’s stick…went on for long enough). These things can’t continue to escalate. Whether the league wants a game 7, or whether the refs just don’t want to call minor infractions, they can’t let it build). I agree that there should be a closer look at Kunitz’ actions – can’t wait for someone to get concussed.

  27. flyboystransport - May 11, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    What a goon…….:b

    • thesportsjudge - May 12, 2014 at 12:00 AM

      You bring up a good(albeit sarcastic point.) Lucic was called a goon for spearing. One can now call Crosby a goon now, correct?

  28. ironyisadeadscene - May 11, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Classless team shows it once again. Once they aren’t winning , it’s temper tantrum time…we saw it last year too during the bruins series. Just a team and fan base (that post on here) full of complete douche bags.

  29. ndrick731 - May 11, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Next time Kunitz decides he needs to protect the princess somebody needs to retaliate against him. Crybaby is one of the dirtiest players in the league but he has no balls to back it up. Same with Malkin.

  30. blomfeld - May 11, 2014 at 11:36 PM


    Even though I’ve little ‘time or interest’ for east coast affairs, that doesn’t preclude me from saying that Crosby is now fast becoming a ‘disgrace’ to both Nova Scotia and Canadian hockey in general … and that’s a shame.


  31. McFaddensPulledHammy - May 11, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Did Moore suffer “an injury”? If not, no suspension. That’s the new criteria from the “NHL Department of Player Safety”.

  32. nightfireop - May 12, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    the “crosby sucks” chant is music to my ears.

    • evilushun13 - May 12, 2014 at 12:48 AM

      I was the game tonight. Loud as heck at the garden tonight. The “Crosby sucks!” chants were so loud, my ears were ringing.

  33. crushed49 - May 12, 2014 at 2:55 AM

    Just a thought…why don’t ALL the players on ALL the teams just grow the hell up and play the GAME like they are there to do?!?!?! Seriously, water fights and hitting each other in the junk…..are we watching middle school/junior high school or professional level hockey?

  34. sw19womble - May 12, 2014 at 3:04 AM

    Crosby being Crosby

  35. bbk1000 - May 12, 2014 at 5:40 AM

    No wonder Syndey is upset….she doesn’t like the fact that the playoff beard looks to be around 4 – 6 hours growth for most men….so she hits someone in the makes sense now.

    The league will ignore as they allow her to do whatever she pleases.

  36. Hockeyfan - May 12, 2014 at 5:47 AM

    Let’s all ignore the Crosby’s stick was being held through the play and even when he shoved it towards Moore. No way Crosby can injure him when Moore is clearly holding the stick

  37. 101starmymedic - May 12, 2014 at 6:11 AM

    After I saw this video all I could picture was Emperor Palpatine tapping his fingers together saying, “Good, good, let the hate flow through you.”

  38. icrew29 - May 12, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    If Pittsburg wins this series the next series could be one for the ages. The Boston and Pittsburg both enjoy using their sticks, someone’s going to get castrated!

    • thesportsjudge - May 12, 2014 at 10:47 AM

      No team has made it to the ECF yet. All four squads remaining have a great shot to be there.

  39. jaybaileys - May 12, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    Are people really getting on Lundquist for squirting water on someone, oooohhhhhh? Crosby should not have speared the dude in the Jewels, but Lucic has done it twice and gotten nothing but a fine right, so there you go. The big problem for me is Sid normally makes the people around him better or whatever. Well with the exception of the shutout games he has been nearly invisible. Dubinski beat on him the first round, Stall has been using his head and neck as a punching bag. Ok the refs aren’t calling so, fight through it dude! You are the best, nobody wants excuses, they want results. Score a big goal or set up some others for tap ins and this is a moot point. Look at what JT did last night, tight game, goes and scores a dirty goal and leads his team to a BIG victory. I don’t care who comes into the locker room and gives a pep talk, Mario, Dupuis, it doesn’t matter. He needs to look in the mirror and realize his team needs a huge effort from him Tues. night and that’s pretty much it. NO excuses, no we didn’t battle etc. Just shut up and play, that’s what he’s payed a gazillion dollars for. Play like you deserve the C on your chest, that’s what I want to see. We will see what they look like about 5 minutes into the game, Crosby should set the tone though, Game 7 man, the stage doesn’t get any bigger does it?

    • hockey412 - May 12, 2014 at 8:56 AM

      Agreed. The spear was a good example – Moore was holding his stick for a LONG time. But he finally got it back. Don’t spear the guy with it now that you got it, GET BACK IN FRONT OF THE NET. They need to pull it together. It’s hockey. They know the game. Go play it.

  40. 7mantel - May 12, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Malkin takes a shot at Moore also while Kunitz is on top of him and Pen fans have the b….lls to talk about the Flyers !

  41. philafly - May 12, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Let’s not forget his slew foot on Girardi.

  42. jayt123123 - May 13, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    The spear is not nearly as bad as the SLEW FOOT Crosby did on Girardi that was NOT fined during that same game! The SLEW FOOT can seriously injure players and Crosby needs to be held accountable for his childish antics BEFORE somebody really gets hurt.

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