Even the best players have off nights.
It’s a comforting thought for normal folks, although sometimes it means that those same people have to watch their sports teams fall flat.
Sidney Crosby’s had such a rough Game 2 against the Boston Bruins on Monday that some are wondering if it’s the worst they’ve seen of the Pittsburgh Penguins in years. PHT will leave the historic talk to the comments, but this video should illuminate the 25-year-old’s tough evening quite well:
Usually, when a commentator says that the puck “seems to find” a player, it’s high praise. Considering Sidney Crosby’s recent luck, it might not be such a good thing.
Crosby suffered a “stinger” when a puck him hit in the foot and also pointed out that a Kris Letang shot missed his face “by a few inches” in Game 5, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Josh Yohe.
Add Thursday’s two close calls to a substantial list of questionable “puck luck” for Crosby. A puck caught him in the throat during Game 4 (prompting some to wonder if he wasn’t quite right tonight) and an ill-fated shot broke his jaw earlier this season, making for a flinch-heavy couple of months.
Really, one cannot totally blame the 25-year-old star if he wonders if it’s really worth it to go into the more dangerous areas of the ice. Then again, when you consider the fact that Crosby is still scoring highlight reel goals, it’s probably best to let him do his thing.
Considering all the close calls and scary moments, he might want to keep that gawky helmet on for as long as he can stand it, though.
The Pittsburgh Penguins provided an official update on Sidney Crosby: Saturday’s puck to the face prompted oral surgery. He lost a “few teeth,” according to head coach Dan Bylsma.
“Sidney Crosby took a puck to the teeth, and lost a few of those,” Bylsma said. “He lost a few of those. He had to have oral surgery. We’ll continue to evaluate and monitor that. That’s the report on ‘Sid’ going to the hospital and losing teeth.”
It’s hard not to worry about a concussion when any player takes a puck to the general face area, but there’s no word on that. The Penguins didn’t provide specifics about whether he’d miss any time, either.
Here are their next few games to allow you time to consider when he might sit … and who might threaten their 15-game winning streak:
Tuesday: home against Buffalo
Wednesday: at the New York Rangers
Friday: home versus the New York Rangers
Tuesday, April 9: at Carolina
Much like Crosby’s unlucky mouth, the team has some gaps in its schedule, so maybe they’ll decide to give him a little extra time to heal.
Jarome Iginla was traded Wednesday night.
The end of an era in Calgary did take place. But Iginla was not traded to the Boston Bruins, as was initially reported and supposedly confirmed.
Calgary Flames general manager Jay Feaster dropped hockey’s equivalent to a bombshell, when he announced during a press conference that Iginla was actually traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he will be re-united with his 2010 Olympic teammate Sidney Crosby.
You may remember that Iginla set up Crosby for the gold medal winning goal for Team Canada in the 2010 Olympics.
Penguins general manager Ray Shero has certainly been busy these past few days building his team that is now the clear favorite to take the Eastern Conference.
Not only do the Penguins possess Crosby, the league leader in points with 54 in 34 games, but they picked up veteran forward Brenden Morrow from the Dallas Stars and defenseman Douglas Murray from the San Jose Sharks.
The Penguins also lead the East with a 26-8-0 record and 52 points, which is five ahead of the Montreal Canadiens.
Iginla will speak to the media in Calgary tomorrow morning.
Granted, it’s super cold today in Winnipeg (-7 F at last glance). But if there’s any better indication how much hype is surrounding Sidney Crosby’s first game against the Jets at the MTS Centre, we haven’t found it.
As reported by the Canadian Press, Crosby said he braved the sub-zero temperatures because he misses Canadian winters.
As for tonight’s game, Crosby’s Penguins (2-1-0) are hoping to bounce back from a 5-2 home loss to the Maple Leafs on Wednesday.
When asked about the reception he expects from the raucous (and creative) Winnipeg crowd, Crosby says he’s ready for anything.
“I’ve played in Philadelphia for a long time now and if I can get through that, hopefully I’m somewhat prepared for what happens tonight,” he said, per the Winnipeg Free Press.
“It’s all in good fun.”