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Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are just one win away from consecutive Stanley Cup championships thanks to a 6-0 thrashing of the Nashville Predators in Game 5 on Thursday night. 

The game got away from the Predators in a hurry, but not before it got out of hand, too.

Late in the first period, a scrum formed behind the Predators net. Crosby got tied up with P.K. Subban, and the two fell to the ice mid-tussle.

That's when Crosby grabbed a hold of Subban and attempted to Subban's head off the ice like a basketball.

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Both Crosby and Subban were issued minor penalties, which is odd, considering Subban was on the receiving end of a good head pummeling. 

Oh, Crosby also decided to randomly toss a water bottle on the ice mid-game. That's a thing that happened in Game 5, too.

Crosby's 2016-17 season has been littered with questionable to borderline dirty plays. He delivered a gruesome slash to Ottawa's Mark Methot that resulted in Methot losing part of his finger.

 

Then there was the low blow incident against Buffalo in which he unnecessarily hit Sabres' center Ryan O'Reilly in the groin.

No one is denying that Crosby is the best hockey player on the planet.  

But if you look at all the awards that litter his ever-growing trophy case, the one you won't find is the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, the NHL's top award for sportsmanship.

Crosby is 60 minutes away from hoisting another Stanley Cup.

He's also multiple universes away from ever winning an award for his on-ice behavior.