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GIF: Sidney Crosby of Penguins smacked in the face by linesman

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Sidney Crosby

By Amy Lilek

Though the number of injured players keeps piling up for the Pittsburgh Penguins this season, captain Sidney Crosby has fortunately not been one of them.

Crosby has taken his lumps, notably on Tuesday night when he was accidentally hit in the face by a linesman during a game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

The slap clearly took Crosby by surprise as he fell toward the ice, but it didn’t seem to affect his play at all. Shortly afterward, he  recorded an assist on a Chris Kuntiz goal that gave Crosby 100 points for the season, the fifth time he has reached that mark during his NHL career.


  • Published On Apr 01, 2014
  • Sidney Crosby on Ryan Miller: “It’s not something we talk about.”

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    Ryan Miller and Sidney Crosby

    Friends and rivals Ryan Miller and Sidney Crosby are linked by history. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    They’re linked together by two of the most iconic sporting moments of the past 10 years, but Sidney Crosby and Ryan Miller have never discussed Canada’s 2010 Golden Goal or the shootout winner in the inaugural Winter Classic … even though the two men have become unlikely offseason training partners.

    “It’s not something I’ve ever really talked about with him,” Crosby said ahead of Wednesday night’s meeting between the Penguins and Sabres in Buffalo. “I’ve skated with him for a couple of summers now. He’s a good guy, works hard. He loves to play and loves to compete. As far as the situations we’ve been in, it’s not a hot discussion topic, but everybody tries to link those situations together.”

    Don’t expect the topics to arise if the two happen to bump into each other in the hallways of the First Niagara Center tonight, either.

    “It’s in the past,” Crosby said. “We’re days away from the Olympics in Russia. Maybe after our careers, it’s something we talk about. There are other things we both want to accomplish.”

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  • Published On Feb 05, 2014
  • Sidney Crosby named captain for Team Canada at Sochi Olympics

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    Sidney Crosby will try and lead Team Canada to its second consecutive gold medal. (Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

    Sidney Crosby will try and lead Team Canada to its second consecutive gold medal. (Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Hockey Canada confirmed Sunday morning what hockey fans had suspected for months: Sidney Crosby wear the C in Sochi.

    The Pittsburgh Penguins star was the obvious choice for the honor. Crosby scored the overtime goal against the United States to clinch the gold medal in Vancouver in 2010, cementing his status as one of Canada’s greatest hockey heroes. He currently leads the NHL in scoring and is the most recognizable face in the game.

    Jonathan Toews and Shea Weber will wear the alternate’s A.

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  • Published On Jan 19, 2014
  • MacKinnon’s first glimpse of Crosby, Penguins comes on Monday night

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    Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon's freshman season is off to an excellent start, and he'll get a chance to learn from Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night.

    Nathan MacKinnon’s freshman season is off to a fast start, and he’ll soon learn more from Sidney Crosby. (Icon SMI)

    By Michael Blinn

    It’s already been a whirlwind of a season for Avalanche rookie Nathan MacKinnon: the 18-year-old forward was selected first overall in the 2013 Draft, notched his first NHL goal, and is a leader in Colorado’s resurgence among the NHL’s tops teams.

    All this and it’s just eight games into the season.

    There’s plenty of hubbub and hoopla surround his ninth game on Monday night, when he’ll face off against Sidney Crosby and the Penguins in in Pittsburgh. Crosby is pretty familiar with MacKinnon’s situation this season, as the fellow Nova Scotia native joined the Pens as the first overall pick in 2005 after a lockout season, expected to revitalize an ailing franchise.
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  • Published On Oct 21, 2013
  • Sports Illustrated cover story previews the 2013-14 NHL season

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    Patrick Kane and SIdney Crosby on covers of Sports Illustrated's September 30, 2013 issue.

    SI’s NHL covers this week. (Photos by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images :: Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty)

    A new NHL season is here and the operative word is new. This week’s Sports Illustrated devotes 20 pages to previewing the realigned, revamped league with its new divisions, playoff format, rivalries, salary structure and host of outdoor games, six in all. Coming off a thrilling Stanley Cup Final that generated the best TV numbers in the league’s history, the outlook is certainly far brighter than it was at this time last year when the NHL was in the throes of its third lockout since 1995.

    “The NHL is practically all rainbows and unicorns at the start of 2013-14,” Michael Farber writes in his cover story. But there is one problem that has defied solution. Teams scored an average of 5.31 goals per game in 2013, the fewest since ’03-’04, the dreaded days of the dead puck era. “While the flow of the game has improved since the crackdown on hooking and holding, hockey’s red light district (the red goal light flashing, the siren, the roar, the celebration) is not the fun place it was in the not so distant past.”

    The NHL’s solution? Unleash goal scorers, like Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, who graces our regional cover. (The national cover features Patrick Kane of the Blackhawks, the team that SI expects will become the first since 1998 to win back-to-back Stanley Cups. You can see both full covers in full below.)

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  • Published On Sep 25, 2013
  • Hopeful Sidney Crosby says he’s free of concussion symptoms

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    Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins

    The broken jaw that Sidney Crosby suffered last season had an important upside. (Gene J. Puskar/AP Photos)

    By Allan Muir

    Despite dealing with multiple instances of head trauma over the past few seasons, Sidney Crosby says he’s entering this season symptom-free and is ready to build on the promise of his abridged 2013 campaign.

    Crosby, appearing on CBC’s The National, told host Peter Mansbridge that he’s feeling good now, but admitted to past thoughts that his Hall of Fame-worthy career might be cut short.

    “It crosses your mind,” Crosby said. “I think when you’re not able to do your everyday things, let alone be a professional athlete, be at that level you need to be at — I mean, that seems like it’s miles away. So yeah, absolutely that crosses your mind. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t.”

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  • Published On Sep 05, 2013
  • Kovalchuk supports Russian anti-gay law; Crosby, other stars opposed

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    Ilya Kovalchuk

    Former Devil Ilya Kovalchuk is toeing his homeland’s party line for Sochi. (Martin Rose/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Here’s a shocker: another high-profile Russian athlete has come out in support of their country’s controversial anti-gay propaganda law.

    “I agree, of course,” said Ilya Kovalchuk. “I’m Russian and we all have to respect that. It’s personal and, like I said, it’s a free world, but that’s our line. That’s our country, so everybody has to respect that.”

    I’m guessing that Kovalchuk, who was speaking to TSN, might have a different understanding of the phrase “free world” than most people.

    To be fair, though, he’s got more skin in this game than any of us. Maybe that is the way he feels. Maybe that’s the way he was told to feel. Doesn’t much matter. It’s pretty clear now that this is the sort of stock answer you should expect whenever a Russian is asked to speak in public about this particular law.

    The same question was posed to several players at Team Canada’s orientation camp in Calgary on Sunday, and while what they said didn’t exactly come across as an outpouring of support for the gay community, it’s clear that their views are a little different.

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  • Published On Aug 26, 2013
  • Steve Yzerman’s 10 Team Canada locks: Who are they?

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    Sidney Crosby at the Vancouver Olympics

    Golden boy Sidney Crosby looks like a pretty safe bet to get a roster spot. (YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    On Sunday,  47 players will gather in Calgary for Team Canada’s Olympic orientation camp with 25 tickets to Sochi up for grabs — though none of those tickets will actually be won during the four days of meetings. (The players won’t even take the ice because of prohibitive insurance costs.) Officially, the competition is wide open. Unofficially, some spots are loudly spoken for.

    “There are probably, conservatively, maybe 10 locks,” said Steve Yzerman, executive director of Team Canada. “We’re taking 25 players. Ten may be a conservative number, sure, but half of this team is available for guys to make. At least half.”

    MUIR: Breaking down Team Canada’s invite list

    Those are welcome words for the kids who have something to prove, including Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and P.K. Subban, and for the veterans, such as Martin St. Louis, who hope to show that they still have enough left in the tank to contribute to another gold-medal run. And it may be even better news for such players as Jason Spezza, Joffrey Lupul and others who didn’t earn an invite to camp, but who nevertheless hope to catch Yzerman’s eye with a hot start when the NHL season opens, just as Patrice Bergeron did back in 2009.

    So who are the 10 locks? Here’s our best guess:

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  • Published On Aug 23, 2013
  • Evgeni Malkin takes hometown discount to seal new deal with Penguins

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    Evgeni Malkin signed a new contract extension with the Pittsburgh Penguins

    Despite the rumors, trading Evgeni Malkin was never really an option for the Penguins. (Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    Shortly after the Pittsburgh Penguins announced that they’d signed Evgeni Malkin to an eight-year, $76 million extension this morning, the blog Russian Machine Never Breaks tweeted a pretty tidy perspective on the deal. The numbers illustrate the massive risk that the Pens have exposed themselves to with this contract and the 12-year, $104.4 million deal signed by Sidney Crosby last year. But when you’ve got the chance to lock down the two best players in the world, what else are you gonna do?

    Risk aside, this agreement is still a big win for GM Ray Shero, who is doing a nice job of getting his house in order ahead of the draft and the start of free agency. Trading a game-breaking talent like former MVP Malkin, or worse, letting him escape for nothing next summer, was never an option. This deal keeps the player happy, and ensures that Pittsburgh employs the best 1-2 center punch in hockey for nearly a decade to come.

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  • Published On Jun 13, 2013
  • Pittsburgh Penguins at crossroads after stunning 2013 playoff collapse

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    Evgeni Malkin (71) and the Penguins may have suffered the worst playoff loss in team history. (Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

    Evgeni Malkin (71) and the Penguins suffered what may be the worst defeat in team history. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Remember the 2009 Stanley Cup? It was supposed to be a coming-out party for Pittsburgh’s coterie of young superstars, the first in what surely would be a dynastic run of championships that would define the NHL’s new decade.

    Just four years later, that seven-game victory over the Detroit Red Wings is starting to look like lightning in a bottle. A series of fortuitous events that culminated in an unlikely title for a team whose hypotheticals always look better than their reality.

    Since then, the Pittsburgh Penguins have been a good team that aspires to greatness, but always finds it resides somewhere out of their grasp. A group whose vision always seems to be focused on a prize off in the distance instead of the obstacle directly in front of them.

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  • Published On Jun 08, 2013


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