To understate things, it’s been a great summer for Sidney Crosby.
For the second time, he’s a reigning Stanley Cup champion, and he’s trying to savor it even more this time around.
As you can see from the video above, Crosby was parading through the streets of Pittsburgh with the Stanley Cup. He won the Conn Smythe and carried the Cup around during the 2016 NHL Awards.
Friday marks his day with the Cup – the more official sort – and Crosby’s making his country proud. Here are some of the best shots of Crosby doing his Canadian best to share the joy.
Like any self-respecting Canadian, that includes a trip to Tim Horton’s.
His hockey school featured more lucky kids than those onlookers at Tim Horton’s:
The highlight might be this surprise visit, actually:
He really is covering a lot of ground on this fun day:
Such a sprawling trip isn’t keeping Crosby from protecting the sacred trophy, mind you:
Sidney Crosby now has two Stanley Cups, two Olympic gold medals and a Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. And now the idea to rename a street after Crosby in his hometown of Cole Harbour, N.S., is gaining further interest.
According to The Canadian Press, the idea originated from Crosby’s former minor hockey coach Paul Mason, who suggested in the article the name Sidney Crosby Parkway as one idea.
From The Canadian Press:
Lorelei Nicoll, the councillor for Cole Harbour, said Tuesday that she will put forward a motion to look into naming a street after Crosby. Wearing a T-shirt bearing both Crosby’s and the community’s name — along with Cole Harbour’s other famous hockey progeny, Nathan MacKinnon — Nicoll said she would ask for a staff report on a possible renaming.
“Cole Harbour’s very proud,” she said during a city council meeting. “So I ask for council support when that comes up.”
The process could be stymied by administrative orders in Halifax Regional Municipality that suggest renaming a street could only be done when the person being honoured is retired or has fulfilled “25 years or more of volunteer service.” Nicoll said she would see if council would consider making an exception.
During these playoffs, Crosby was a force for the Penguins in their second Stanley Cup championship since his highly anticipated first overall draft selection in 2005. He wasn’t their leading scorer during the post-season, but he led by example, determined for victory.
“[Crosby’s] the consummate leader,” said Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan after his team won the Stanley Cup. “He took this team, and this team evolved because of his leadership.”
SAN JOSE — Sidney Crosby is the MVP of the playoffs. The Penguins captain hoisted the Conn Smythe Trophy after a two-assist performance in the deciding game of the Stanley Cup Final, a 3-1 Pittsburgh victory over the Sharks tonight at SAP Center.
Crosby finished the postseason with 19 points in 24 games. He was consistently superb throughout the playoffs. But this wasn’t a slam dunk like last year when Duncan Keith won MVP honors with the Blackhawks.
Phil Kessel led the Penguins with 22 points. Rookie Matt Murray was excellent in goal, save for a couple of shaky performances. Kris Letang and even Nick Bonino made strong cases as well.
That multiple Penguins could be considered for the award is testament to their evolution into a team that didn’t always need its two superstars, Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, to hit the scoresheet every night.
Malkin was awarded the Conn Smythe when the Penguins last won in 2009.
Mario Lemieux received it both times in 1991 and 1992.
The San Jose Sharks were clearly outplayed for most of Game 2 on Wednesday night, but they managed to force overtime when Justin Braun scored late in regulation.
Unfortunately for San Jose, the extra frame didn’t last very long. Conor Sheary beat Martin Jones at the 2:35 mark of overtime (top) to give Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead in the series. Sheary’s game-winner came just seconds after Sidney Crosby won an important offensive zone faceoff.
Why does Sharks forward Logan Couture think Crosby is able to win those offensive faceoffs so cleanly?
“He cheats,” said Couture after Game 2, per the Mercury News. “He gets away with that. He’s Sidney Crosby.
“He times them, and yet they don’t kick him out for some reason; probably because of who he is.”
Marc-Edouard Vlasic, who was on the ice for the game-winning goal, also believes Crosby could have been kicked out of the dot prior to Sheary’s goal.
“Maybe he should have been kicked out (on the winning goal),” Vlasic said, per Sportsnet. “It took a while to get into the faceoff. But what do I know.”
Crosby’s won just over 52 percent of his faceoffs in the postseason, but there’s no denying that he’s been dominant in that aspect of the game in this series. The Pens captain won 56 percent of his draws in Game 1 and an incredible 71 percent in Game 2.
“I’ve said it on a number of occasions: He’s not as good as he is by accident,” said Pens head coach Mike Sullivan. “He works extremely hard at it. He prides himself in the details of the game, like faceoffs. Because of that, I don’t think it surprises anyone that he’s able to dominate in the faceoff circle or in some of the other aspects of his game.”
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Bob McKenzie shares his memories of Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie, who apparently was a big hockey fan. (TSN)
Don Cherry discusses John Brophy’s toughness after the former Leafs coach recently passed away. (Sportsnet)
A look at Vincent Lecavalier‘s career. (Greatest Hockey Legends)
The perils of flip-flopping goalies in the playoffs … although it worked out for the Penguins at least last night. (The Hockey News)
Speaking of which, will the Blues get burned for switching back to Brian Elliott in Game 6 tonight? Here’s a preview:
Sidney Crosby has a chance to join a very rare club of clutch goal-scorers if he can win it for Pittsburgh in Game 7: