Before we go any further, it’s important to note that this post will cover Sidney Crosby and his frustration with the lack of penalty calls in yesterday’s loss the Montreal Canadiens. I know what kind of response this might bring. It’s also important to note that while I don’t completely agree with his actions or responses, I do agree that there were some holds and interference that went uncalled.
One thing that stood out from yesterday’s loss by the Penguins was seeing a frustrated and unhappy Sidney Crosby repeatedly barking at the officials while skating off the ice, at one point snapping his stick on the goal post before tossing it away in anger.
Not exactly the response you’d expect from the captain of the defending Stanley Cup champions, and it certainly shows that Crosby has a ways to go before he’s as great a leader as he’s sometimes made out to be. It also meant that the Canadiens were doing one hell of a job defending him and that perhaps the officials decided to let just a little too much go.
Still, with Crosby held pointless and limited to just one shot on net you can bargain that Montreal will go right back to the strategy that worked so well. They key, says Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, is to just fight through it.
“You’ve got to fight through those situations and we know that and expect that having watched this team, scouted this team and we expect that to be how the games play out.”