The Pittsburgh Penguins took a commanding 3-2 lead in the Stanley Cup Finals over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night thanks in part to the effort of one Sidney Crosby.
But it wasn't just his fine play that helped the Penguins destroy Nashville by a final of 6-0. Crosby used his hands and roughed up P.K. Subban in what looked like a pretty dirty play. Oh, and he threw some stuff.
Here's how the AP described Crosby's night:
The two-time MVP's eventful night included becoming the franchise's all-time leading scorer in the Stanley Cup Final, a two-minute roughing penalty for trying to dribble Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban's head on the ice near the end of the first period and what he said was an inadvertent flip of a water bottle onto the ice during play.
I don't know about you, but "dribbling" a guys head on the ice does not sound like it would feel very good.
The dirty move brought all of the Crosby (and ref) haters out of the woodwork. I mean, just look at the play:
Both players received minor penalties.
Nashville coach Peter Laviolette was pretty unhappy about it following the game.
"I don’t understand it. I really don’t understand the call,” he said. “I saw my guy get his head cross-checked into the ice 10 times. I don’t even know what he did, P.K. I’m not sure. I disagree with the call."
Crosby wasn't done being a bad guy there. He was also caught throwing a water bottle onto the ice in the second period after a call he didn't like.
Then he tried to explain how he didn't throw it LOL:
"I made a gesture and it came flying out of my hand," Crosby said. "I didn’t try to throw it. I know it ends up on the ice, but I wouldn’t start throwing bottles at this point. I haven’t done it yet ... To be honest, I can’t even tell you the specific play, but I remember being surprised when it comes out of my hand."
So Sidney Crosby may be a Stanley Cup champion once again but he's also demonstrated exactly why entire cities of hockey fans despise him.