It’s the quote that everyone will be talking about, so let’s get it out of the way:
“People kept throwing hats. I was just asking if he could make an announcement to ask them to stop. The first wave came, and then I think they were all pretty much picked up, and more started coming,” Crosby said after the game. “I just wanted to make sure that we kept kind of moving, kept the game going while we tried to get back into it. Wasn’t complaining about anything.”
To be honest, I really don’t have a problem with this. It looks really, really bad for Crosby and only makes his reputation as a whiner worse; but there are much bigger things going on with the Penguins and this series.
– First of all, what an awful coaching job by Dan Bylsma. The delay for the hat trick should have been used for settling his team down. Instead of letting his captain complain about hats, he should have gotten his team together and organized them for the last 4:30.
Instead, he lets his team skate around in shock. Even after a penalty he didn’t get his team organized with a timeout until there was less than a minute one the clock. Sure Crosby scored with 30 seconds left, but that was it. The Pens needed two goals, and Bylsma played it like they needed one to force overtime in November. Not a good show for an AHL hockey coach.
– If you want to get a good grasp on how much fun this series has been, try this quote:
“Sick game. Sick three goals by me and Crosby,” said Ovechkin, who celebrated by bouncing his body high off the glass after both of his third-period goals. “It’s unbelievable to see how fans react, how fans go crazy. The atmosphere right now, it’s unbelievable in town. You see all the red, and — probably I’m afraid to go home right now.”
You have to admit that Ovechkin and Crosby have put on a heck of a show so far. If I were him, I’d be afraid to go home as well.
– I’m pretty sure Sergei Gonchar is dead after that goal.
– Also, how far into Marc Andre Fleury’s head is Ovechkin at this point? He’s proven he can score from anywhere in the zone and in front of any sort of defense. I mean, how do you defend that?
– I think it’s pretty clear that this series is far from over, and the crowd at Mellon will be just as excited for Game Three as Washington was for the first two. Still, Crosby can’t be the only guy with his head in the game. Malkin needs to wake up, the defense has to recover, and Fleury needs to match the rookie at the other end. The Penguins need to do this matchup justice and make it last longer than five games.