Your Pittsburgh Penguins, heading to San Jose for games three and four, find themselves just two wins from Cup Glory thanks to consistent disciplined play of their Captain Sidney Crosby.
One of the biggest issues with the Penguins over the past few seasons has been their lack of discipline. Opposing teams always found a way to get under the skin of star players like Crosby, Malkin, Letang and others.
Well in-game two against the Sharks Crosby displayed true leadership by staying calm and composed when San Jose’s, future hall-of-famer, Joe Thornton mauled and abused him along the boards.
This is EXACTLY the type of reaction the Penguins need to have in these instances. Thornton is getting aggravated, he is closer than he has ever been to a Stanley Cup ring but the Penguins are, more often than not, causing the Sharks all sorts of problems.
It’s to be expected that San Jose will continue these antics if they continue to struggle and everyone on the Penguins needs to just stay in line and follow their Captain.
After game two Sharks center Logan Couture had this to say about Sidney Crosby.
“He cheats and he gets away with it. He’s Sidney Crosby,” Couture told reporters after Game 2. “He times them and the linesmen don’t kick him out for some reason. Probably because of who he is.”
While the story is Couture calling out Crosby, no one has realized that in Game 1, in the third period, Couture’s coach realized how poorly he was doing in the face-off circle and pulled him out of the game during a BIG defensive zone face-off.
The in-game commentary even talked about it and how Bonino was beating him as well as Crosby.
Obviously he is just allowing his emotions get the best of him, but maybe he is onto something?
Penguins coach Mike Sullivan was asked about his “cheating” center and he had this to say.
“All centres that go in and take faceoffs are trying to get an edge,” Sullivan said.
“They’re doing the same things that our guys are doing. The way I look at it, that’s all part of being a center-iceman and trying to figure out ways to get an edge and be successful. Sid’s not doing anything that their guys aren’t doing. Quite honestly, it really isn’t worthy of a response.”
Speaking of Crosby, the game winning goal wasn’t just luck, it wasn’t a broken play that saw Connor Sheary win the game. It was all set up by #87 prior to the faceoff.
“Sid came out to me before the draw and told me to line up on the wall,” said Connor Sheary. “It worked out pretty perfectly.”
Crosby is on another level right now. Since game one he has been dominate in all aspects of the game. He isn’t allowing this rare opportunity pass him by and you can see that in the way he is not only carrying himself but the way he is leading his team.
Again Coach Sullivan was asked about Crosby and his performance.
“He’s a great leader,” Sullivan said. “He takes charge of his line, he takes charge of situations on the ice. He’s leading in the true sense of the word and that was just an indication of it in the overtime.”
We are seeing something special everyone, don’t take this lightly. It was seven years ago we all believed the Penguins were on the verge of becoming a dynasty. But now, nearly a decade later, we all realize how difficult it is for our Penguins to get back to this point.
Soak it up everyone, enjoy the moment and remember no matter what happens this season was truly a success.