It doesn't matter that they were running Fleury. I get the couple crosschecks but the elbow to the head is way over the line, especially from someone coming back from a concussion. The way to handle it is to square up to the guy and go after him, not throw elbows to the head.
People can pretend like that's great to see because it's Crosby. Like it's him being gritty and showing passion. But if that were a Matt Cooke or a Steve Ott, it's nothing but a dirty cheap shot and they're likely having a conversation with Shanny
I'm not so much asking for a suspension myself, because it does happen often in the heat of battle, players will throw a quick elbow while jockeying for position at the net front. However, this is also not that. This wasn't about clearing the crease, and if it was, Crosby came out looking the ***** in all of it, either way. Sid is, has been, and always will be a petulant kid. All the talent in the world, which tends to be polarizing enough in pro-sports, but his attitude and how he composes himself aren't doing him any favors; he will continue to send more fans to the hate side of the fence over time.
Sid has always picked his spots and made sure it was going to be either one-sided or that he can step out and let someone like Kunitz take care of the rest. Slappies and the NHL/Canadian media will continue to defend these actions as Crosby being "gritty" or "standing up for his goaltender", but they are really temper tantrums more than anything. If someone like Zetterberg went around throwing elbows and cross-checks every time he was upset, I would say he was fair game, which a lot of the backlash on Sid is saying. And yet you know the league would never stand for that.
Pop quiz: whats the difference between his latest tantrum and the one below? Answer: the elbow to the chops and 11 months of complaining about headshots.