The thing I don't get about Crosby is why he feels he needs to pull this stuff. He's already won a Cup. He's gonna win the Hart this year. His team's a powerhouse. He's the best player in the world and the face of hockey. He is, by all accounts, a real class act off the ice. Refs are going to give him the benefit of the doubt on anything and everything anyway - but not if he keeps diving.
You're better than this, Sid. Though I suppose getting clocked in the face with a metallic whistle probably isn't a great feeling. But still.
He's playing like a legitimate second-line center. Given that everyone - everyone - had him pegged as a borderline bottom-sixer, that's amazing. To me, it's that he's well-rounded. Big, good on both sides of the puck, and a ton of upside. I friggin' love this guy.
This series would have a lot going for it. It would feature two popular teams that boast plenty of big-name talent. It would be the first playoff matchup for Pittsburgh and Detroit since their back-to-back meetings in the Stanley Cup finals in 2008 and 2009. (Each team won once.) And it would be a divisional crossover series, which would cause maximum confusion among the majority of fans who still have no idea how this new system works.
So could the Red Wings pull off the upset? I think they could. The Penguins are top-heavy with elite talent, but their lack of depth and spotty recent postseason history makes it seem like they’re vulnerable to being knocked off in the early going. A second-round exit seems more likely, but the Wings would have a shot here.
Besides, who wouldn’t want to watch a series that prominently featured the undisputed best player in the entire league? (And when Gustav Nyquist wasn’t on the ice, we could still watch Sidney Crosby.)
Y'know, even if we don't make the playoffs...these last couple weeks have been wild. Every game going down to the wire; Nyquist the "shooting star"; the kid line's heroics; Howard slowly but surely re-emerging; 0.4 seconds; Helm getting a hat trick; Glendening and Miller shutting down the likes of Crosby and Stamkos; Smith playing like a top-four defenseman; being David rather than Goliath (see: last night)...it's a crazy time to be a Red Wings fan.
Anybody remember that time Ken Holland said that Nyquist was not going to be a "savior" or something like that? I know what he meant and all, but how much more wrong could he have been?
I had no issue with him saying that. He was protecting Nyquist, and he was calling it like he - and everone else - saw it. This kid was not going to be our savior. He was not going to score 30 goals. Not happening. No way.
On the other hand, he was also covering his own ass. He was saying this after having kept the kid in the minors for 20 games. He'd thought Cleary was valuable enough to bring back. How valuable was Cleary to us this season? He'd thought Samuelsson was worth investing in again. Quincey! What a home run Quincey's been! Etc. So, the whole "Well, understand: you people don't know what's what, but I do. I'm the GM" thing doesn't really endear him to you. And then he trades our best prospect because we definitely need another veteran (to be fair, we probably did. And Legwand has been good), and it's Tatar, Jurco, and Nyquist scoring last night, as the kids continue to carry the team on their collective back.