Sidney Crosby may be persona non grata in Washington, but he is Canada's favorite son as one of if not the best player in the NHL and especially after bringing two Olympic gold medals to Canada in the 2010 Vancouver and 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Not all Canadians, however, seem to hold Crosby in such high regard.
In a game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators on Thursday, Crosby delivered a slash to Marc Methot that shattered the Senators forward's finger.
And when I say shattered, I mean shattered. You can see the play here, but it's not for those of you who are particularly squeamish.
Eugene Melnyk, owner of the Ottawa Senators, blasted Crosby on Friday on TSN 1200 radio.
"You hammer these guys, you take away their money, and you say you know what you are done for 10 games," says Melnyk on incidents. #Sens— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) March 24, 2017
Melnyk doesn't name Crosby but "we all know who he is. The guy is a whiner beyond belief." Says no matter who it is he should be suspended— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) March 24, 2017
Thursday's incident looks particularly bad considering it comes just two nights after he delivered a spear to the groin of Buffalo Sabres forward Ryan O'Reilly. Crosby did not receive a penalty on either play. He was not given any supplemental discipline for Tuesday's spear to O'Reilly and, according to Pierre LeBrun, he will not be getting any discipline for the slash to Methot either.
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says the league is NOT looking into this matter further. https://t.co/DiJ3AACLuG— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) March 24, 2017
Whether either play is worthy of suspension is clearly a matter of debate, but for those rushing to defense of the Penguins captain, just imagine what would happen if Alex Ovechkin had been guilty of either incident. Don Cherry would be foaming at the mouth with rage. Just a thought.
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