If you’re worried Sidney Crosby’s going to be a different player once he finally returns from a concussion, don’t be. Crosby spoke with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review yesterday and promised he won’t be changing his game whatsoever.
“It’s going to take a little bit to get my timing, but my approach is going to be the same,” Crosby said. “I’m going to be the player I’ve always been. That’s my goal. That’s why it’s important that I’m 100 percent when I do come back. I’m going to get hit again. I know that. That’s part of how I play. And hopefully, I’m going to give hits more than I take.”
Crosby’s been hit before. Like here:
But to his credit, he hasn’t made a habit of putting himself in vulnerable positions (unless you consider skating within five feet of David Steckel to be vulnerable.)
“Knock on wood, I’ve been OK at that to this point in my career,” Crosby said. “If I ever get caught with my head down in the middle of the ice, I’m going to pay for it. And that’s true whether I had a concussion prior to that or not. If I’m in a dangerous area like that, that’s my fault. Hopefully, that will be second nature for me, like it’s always been.”
Still no word on when Crosby will suit up for the Penguins again. The following Friday (Nov. 11) at home to Dallas is everyone’s best bet. Once we find out for sure, you’ll be the first to know.
Video: Phil Kessel displays incredible hand-eye coordination on goal
This has been a tough postseason for Phil Kessel haters.
The supposed “choker” is on a team that’s in the Eastern Conference Final, but Kessel obviously isn’t just in for the ride with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He scored his 18th point in 17 postseason games by scoring the 1-0 goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6.
At some point, it will probably be kind of boring to hear members of the Tampa Bay Lightning organization praise Jonathan Drouin.
At least if Drouin re-signs with the Bolts after quite the affirming postseason and his ascension amid injuries.
These days? It’s still sort of entertaining.
In the latest case, Jon Cooper was asked to compare the development paths for Nikita Kucherov vs. Drouin. After empathizing with the pressure Drouin carries as a high-end pick (vs. Kucherov’s ability to come in under the radar), Cooper had some very positive things to say about No. 27.
” … So many people think, well, you’re just going to step in the league at 18 and be dominant,” Cooper said. “I truly believe Jonathan is going to be dominant in this league, but it’s hard to do at 18. He had to work through it, and that’s it.”
Drouin, now at 21, has 12 points in 15 playoff games.
In other Lightning news, it sounds like the team will roll with 11 forwards and seven defensemen, an alignment that has been working well lately and also came through at times during the 2015 postseason.
Considering success Lightning had with 11F/7D in last two games, guess is they'll stay with that & Marchessault will be the forward to sit.
Tonight could be the final game of the Eastern Conference Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning. You can catch Game 6 via the NBC Sports Group’s television and digital platforms.
Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay (8:00 p.m. ET)
The television broadcast of Game 6 is on NBCSN. To stream the game using the NBC Sports Live Extra app, click here. The Bolts lead the series 3-2.
Here’s some relevant reading material to get you ready for tonight’s game: