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Crosby's Woeful Finish

By May 13, 2010

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Crosby against Canadiens

He's had a great year. But the last two weeks won't make any Sidney Crosby highlight reels.

A non-factor for much of the series against Montreal, Crosby was flat-out lousy in game seven, as the Penguins' season came to an early and unexpected end.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Ron Cook is among those taking aim at the home team with both barrels:

I wrote the other day that I was betting on Crosby in Game 7. Good thing I didn't do it in the literal sense. I would be broke. As it is, I'm merely embarrassed for being so wrong. If Crosby were a racehorse, he would have finished well up the track.

Frustration in Pittsburgh is to be expected.

It will be more interesting to see how the rest of the hockey world responds in the days to come.

To this point, the media has taken it easy on Canada's golden boy.

As he struggled to produce early in the Montreal series, there was speculation that Crosby might be running out of gas. Some blamed the referees.

But not everyone was quite so supportive. And now that the Pens have been kicked to the curb by a team they were supposed to beat, you have to wonder how much blame the captain will take.

Just a couple of weeks ago, Crosby's chief rival took a tongue-lashing for failing to drag his team past Montreal.

Despite scoring ten points in seven games in Washington's stunning loss to the Canadiens, Alex Ovechkin was called out as a flawed player who needs to develop, and compared unfavorably to Crosby, who now stood "Alone at the Top."

Now those same Canadiens have sent the NHL's poster boy packing - and Crosby managed half as many points as Ovechkin.

So will he get a similar scolding?

Or will the media coddle its favorite, as Crosby-haters have so often claimed?

(Photo: Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)


May 13, 2010 at 9:35 am
(1) Bill. B says:

Don’t hold your breath. The media, particularly in Canada, is so in the bag for Crosby they’ll keep coming up with excuses for his play. Ovechkin will have to win three Cups before they’ll ever admit he’s not the God they’ve made him out to be.

May 13, 2010 at 12:45 pm
(2) IRockTheRed says:

Even if Ovechkin wins the next seventeen Stanley Cups, the Canadian media will still portray him as Snidely Whiplash to Crosby’s Dudley Do-Right.

May 16, 2010 at 1:14 pm
(3) Thom says:

I highly doubt it. Ovechkin was the best player for the Caps every year they have made the play-offs and has carried the team on his back. He has shown up in the clutch while others(Semin, Green, Fleischmann,Laich), all disapeared. Yet that still isnt acceptable. Until he wins an Olympic gold, a conn symthe or the Stanley Cup, then the media will start giving him a break.

May 16, 2010 at 1:18 pm
(4) Thom Mason says:

I doubt it. He has been Washingtons’ best player in the play-offs and has shown up in the clutch while others (Green, Semin et al) have dissapeared. Unless Ovie wins an olympic gold, a conn symthe or the stanley cup, the media will not cup him any slack.

May 19, 2010 at 12:24 pm
(5) AJ says:

Ovechkin has yet to even make it to the Cup Finals. A lot of people have claimed one person is not a team. This year, his team was the #1 in all of hockey, and still, he failed to make it to the Finals, prompting questions of perhaps him not being playoff-focused yet in his career.

Crosby, 2 years Ovechkin’s junior, has been to two cup finals, and won one already, not to mention a gold medal. There is no question as to whether he can produce in clutch final games.

Those articles had more to do with the above, than with their performance’s vs Halak this year.

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