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Sidney Crosby was not arrested in Ottawa

sidney-crosbySidney Crosby has not been arrested, despite what a report that was published early Wednesday morning may have made you believe. The report from QMI Agency, which was featured in the Ottawa Sun but has since been deleted, read as follows:

Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby was arrested by Ottawa Police late Tuesday while driving a rented Porsche, sources have told QMI Agency.

Reasons of his arrest were unknown, but appear to be driving related.

Sources say Crosby was taken to the Ottawa police headquarters on Elgin street for fingerprinting and a mugshot. It is unknown at this time why the NHL star was in Ottawa.

Ottawa Police have been unable to be reached for comment.

Crosby is the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins and one of the faces of the NHL. To our knowledge, he has never gotten into any type of serious trouble off the ice. And, wouldn’t you know it, his record remains clean.

“It never happened,” the Ottawa police duty desk told The Canadian Press when contacted about the arrest report.

Ottawa police chief Charles Bordeleau confirmed on Twitter that Crosby was not arrested:

Not only was Crosby not arrested, but the Penguins say he is not even in Canada this week.

“The Pittsburgh Penguins have spoken to Sidney Crosby,” the team said in a statement on Wednesday. “He is not in Canada, and was not in Canada yesterday. He is continuing his training in preparation for training camp.”

QMI later released a statement saying there was “no basis” for the original story and that the agency regrets the reporting. Penguins fans can breathe a sigh of relief.

H/T Puck Daddy

Henrik Lundqvist squirts Sidney Crosby in face with water bottle (GIF)

Henrik-Lundqvist-squirts-Sidney-CrosbyOn Sunday night, Sidney Crosby reminded us that hockey fans don’t hate him strictly because he is a great player. He also has a tendency to try and get away with cheap shots, and he’s often successful. During Game 6 against the New York Rangers, Crosby speared Dominic Moore in the nuts.

The incident occurred toward the end of the second period when Crosby and Moore got tangled up near the net. Moore appeared to grab Crosby’s stick, and Crosby reacted by jerking the stick upward (too vivid?) between Moore’s legs. A scrum then broke out when Moore tried to confront Crosby. As Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist was skating off the ice, he squirted Crosby in the face with his water bottle.

Spearing a player below the belt typically results in a fine from the NHL. So does squirting an opponent with water, as we learned over the weekend when Shawn Thornton did it to PK Subban. Crosby and Lundqvist will likely both be fined, but the spear isn’t the only play the NHL will have to look at involving Crosby.

Crosby’s not going to be suspended for Game 7 at home, but it will look really bad if the league doesn’t do anything. You could easily argue that the slew foot on Dan Girardi was worse than the low blow on Moore.

GIFs via The Pensblog, @PeteBlackburn, @myregularface

Did Sidney Crosby flop after getting smacked by linesman (GIF)

The Pittsburgh Penguins lost a virtually meaningless game against the Carolina Hurricanes last night, and Sidney Crosby paid the price. The Penguins’ captain was smacked in the face as he skated from the bench area at the start of one of his shifts.

No penalty was called, which is an absolute outrage. Did you see the way Crosby hit the deck? The referee obviously whacked him pretty hard, and the play should have drawn a roughing or high hit penalty at minimum. Was it intentional? That’s debatable. We’re just glad Sid is OK.

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GIF via Deadspin

Flyers fan gets an ‘F Crosby’ license plate

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Most Philadelphia Flyers fans hate the Pittsburgh Penguins. More specifically, they despise their in-state rival’s best player, Sidney Crosby. We have found someone who may hate Sid the Kid just a little more than everyone else.

A Flyers fan who goes by Archibald Meatpants on Twitter recently got a vanity license plate that reads “F Crosby.” The DMV usually tries to filter out all profane and inappropriate license plates, but for all they know this one could belong to a guy with the last name Crosby and a first name that begins with the letter “F.” Too bad they didn’t do their research on Twitter.

We have seen some ironic things written on license plates in the past, but those were pure coincidence. This guy managed to slip one through the cracks at the RMV, which is always worthy of a high-five. He deserves to drive around town with “F Crosby” plastered on his bumper.

Photo via @BKutys
H/T Crossing Broad

Pilot asks if crying baby on board flight is Sidney Crosby

Sidney Crosby Zdeno CharaSidney Crosby has been held without a point through the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals, which virtually no one — including the Boston Bruins — saw coming. The Pittsburgh Penguins’ captain has not only failed to score, but he has given away chances and committed costly turnovers.

On Tuesday morning, the pilot of a JetBlue flight that was headed from Pittsburgh to Boston decided to have a little fun at Sid the Kid’s expense. Several media members were on board the flight, including CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty:

Zing. The Bruins had their way with the Penguins in Games 1 and 2, outscoring Pittsburgh 9-1 and dominating them in every aspect of the game. While the Crosby baby jokes are funny, it’s more crucial now than ever for Claude Julien to keep his team grounded.

The Penguins are very capable of lighting up the scoreboard at any moment. Brad Marchand may have taken Matt Cooke’s manhood on Monday night, but I doubt every game will be that easy. The media will be singing an entirely different tune if Pittsburgh wins Game 3 and Crosby gets back on track. So will the airline pilots.

Sidney Crosby starting with Tuukka Rask and Zdeno Chara? (Video)

Sidney Crosby is not known as a physical player. In fact, he’s the exact opposite; he’s a skilled player who has accrued just 417 penalty minutes in 470 career games. But as the second period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins came to a close, Crosby got into it with two different Bruins.

The Bruins were up 1-0 and managed to keep the Penguins from scoring despite Pittsburgh being on the power play to end the period. While Evgeni Malkin and Patrice Bergeron got most of the attention for dropping gloves after the period ended, what should not go unnoticed is what happened with Crosby and Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask and Bruins captain Zdeno Chara.

Sidney Crosby Zdeno CharaRask was skating off the ice after the period ended and crossed paths with Crosby as the Pens captain was headed over to the pile of players who met in the middle of the ice. Crosby gave Rask a nudge with his elbow, and Rask may have responded because Crosby turned around and went back to confront Rask. Crosby gave him a cross check. As the Bergeron-Malkin fight was being broken up by the officials, Crosby had words with Chara. Maybe it was just two captains trying to stand up for their teams.

What we do know is that Crosby did not like the physical nature of the game.

“They’re letting a lot go out there, and the more it gets like that, the more it’s going to escalate. You can only control and channel that stuff so much. You keep letting guys do that stuff, you’re just going to push the envelope. That’s something we obviously want to stay away from, but it’s kind of a natural thing when it gets like that,” Crosby said after the game, per Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The teams will play Game 2 on Monday in Pittsburgh. It will be interesting to see how the officials handle things after all the physical play in Game 1. After Matt Cooke’s hit on Adam McQuaid, I can imagine things continuing to be physical.

5-year-old sends Sidney Crosby adorable letter (Picture)

Sidney Crosby letter

A 5-year-old girl sent Sidney Crosby an absolutely adorable letter to wish him well after he was hit by a puck in the mouth over the weekend.

The letter states:

Sidney Crosby

I am sorry you got hit by a puck.

I hope the tooth fairy brings you a dollar.

The arrow instructs Crosby to flip to the back of the page where the young girl wrote: From Makenzie. Her mother says her daughter’s name was too long to fit on the front.

The girl’s mother, Wendy Roskwitalski, shared a picture of the letter with ESPN via Facebook. She says that her daughter also colored a picture for Crosby which they mailed to him.

Crosby lost some teeth when he was hit by a deflected puck last Saturday. He was later diagnosed with a broken jaw for which he had surgery. Though he is out indefinitely and currently on an all-liquid diet, a great letter like that has to lift his spirits.

Between this letter and the ones sent to Brandon Jacobs and Kyle Williams, we have seen many times over that young sports fans are often the best.

Photo: Facebook/Wendy Roskwitalski