Pens captain Sidney Crosby can throw
If Jason fake rolex Spezza looks good in practice and is still pain free, how can anyone know if he’s not ready to play in a game before he plays in a game?
“I don’t think that’s any of your business,” Senators coach Paul MacLean said with a smile (we think) behind the walrus moustache when asked Wednesday if the decision for Spezza to remain on the sidelines is currently in the hands of the player or the team’s medical staff. “That’s internal.”
“Practice is practice,” said Chris Neil. “There’s not the physical contact there is in an intense playoff game. In playoffs, you get it. I’m going for a line change with Sidney Crosby (Tuesday) and he cross checks me three times. That’s the bumps and bruises you’ve got to be ready to take and endure in a seven game series.”
And Spezza, someone has deemed, isn’t yet ready.
To backtrack, where does Crosby get off laying the lumber to Ottawa’s tough guy anyway? Does he think he’s protected by A) that football helmet he’s wearing over his just mended jaw, or B) the muscle of teammate Deryk Engelland or C) the unwr fake rolex itten rule that enforcers don’t punch out skilled players?
The answer is D) none of the above.
Crosby is as competitive as he’s talented, and he knows he can handle himself.
This is not to suggest there is any chance Crosby will fight in his current state, but chew on this interesting conversation with Penguins defenceman Matt Niskanen, one of the five victims the 5 foot 11, 200 pound Crosby has claimed in his six NHL fights.
The date was Nov 3, 2010 and Niskanen, now Kris Letang’s blue line partner, was with the Dallas Stars.
“First day I got here, we had a good laugh about it,” said the 6 foot, 209 pounder who was obtained by the Penguins, along with James Neal, for Alex Gologosky in one of the most one sided trades of all time. “We’ve talked about in front of the group of guys several times, told the story of the conversation that went on before the fight happened.”
Was it X rated?
“It was actually pretty civil,” said Niskanen. “That game we were thumping them pretty good, and being pretty physical. Sid was pissed off, obviously. He came up to the draw, stood next to me, and I had no idea what was going on, I wasn’t ready for it. He said, ‘Hey, you ready to go?’ and I kind of look at him, and said ‘Are you serious?’ I’m thinking geez, that’s Sidney Crosby. What’s he want with me?
“He’s like, ‘Yeah, we’re going to go.’ And I said ‘OK.’
“For some reason, they didn’t drop the puck for awhile. I asked him, ‘Are you taking your helmet off, or no?’
“He’s like, ‘I don’t know, what do you think?’ Then the puck dropped, and we go.
“He didn’t have anything against me, or the other way around. It’s just the way it went down. H fake rolex e wa fake rolex s trying to create momentum for his team.”
Did the buckets come off?
“No, we just dropped the gloves and started throwing,” said Niskanen.
How long did it last?
“It was pretty fast and furious .
“It’s pretty unanimous that I lost that one. I went for a bomb early in the fight, connected hard . with his helmet . and then I was off balance and he rag dolled me pretty good. He didn’t hurt me with any punches, but he was throwing me around like I was a little kid.” Strong boy, that Sid.
“I don’t think anybody wants him doing that a lot, but he’s strong enough and more than capable enough to hold his own.
Bobby Orr used to be the same way. Too good to fight, but a good fighter when he felt the need.
“You typically don’t want a guy like that doing it,” said Niskanen. “Something could happen, you could break your hand on a guy’s helmet, or fall and hit your head, or separate a shoulder . that happens. So you don’t really want him doing it, but in the heat of the moment, it’s going to happen. Maybe once a season, or once every other season . for a guy like that.”