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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.

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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)

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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

Sidney Crosby hit by puck in mouth, needed oral surgery (Video)

Sidney Crosby puck faceSidney Crosby was hit by a puck in the mouth early in Pittsburgh’s 2-0 win over the New York Islanders Saturday and underwent oral surgery after losing a few teeth.

Crosby was hit in the mouth by a deflected slap shot from teammate Brooks Orpik during his first shift. He went down to the ice where a pool of blood formed.

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said after the game that Crosby lost some teeth and needed surgery.

“Sidney Crosby took a puck to the teeth, and lost a few of those,” Bylsma said. “He lost a few of those. He had to have oral surgery. We’ll continue to evaluate and monitor that. That’s the report on ‘Sid’ going to the hospital and losing teeth.”

The Penguins have won 15 in a row and Crosby is leading the NHL in points. There is no word yet if he will miss any time, but his team is off until Tuesday. Even though Chicago was the talk of the league for most of the season, I still favor Crosby to win the Hart Trophy. Hopefully the injury doesn’t derail his season.

Claude Giroux says he needed wrist surgery because of Sidney Crosby

Claude Giroux had surgery on both of his wrists after the Flyers were eliminated from the playoffs last season, and now the assistant captain says Sidney Crosby is the reason why.

Giroux told the Timmons Press in Ontario that Crosby’s hacking throughout the playoffs injured him.

“[The scars] are from (Sidney) Crosby,” Giroux told the Timmons Press. “Every time we’d line up against each other for a face-off during our (2012 playoff) series, instead of going for the puck when it was dropped, he’d hack me across the wrists. I ended up playing the series against (New) Jersey with one of them fractured and had to go for surgery on both of them after we were out of the playoffs.”

The Flyers beat the Penguins in six games before losing to the Devils in five. The 24-year-old winger led the team with 93 points and 65 assists, and he racked up 17 points in the playoffs, though just 3 came in the second round.

Giroux should be fine for the start of the regular season. I mean the guy is still playing beer pong despite his wrist injuries — how bad could he be? And who knew that Crosby could do some actual damage to an opponent?