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Sidney Crosby's two-goal, late-game charge in front of Pittsburgh's seventh straight sellout was somewhat overshadowed by his end of the game exchange with Islanders veteran Jason Blake.

The Penguins were furious with Blake's attempt to spear their teenage star. Pittsburgh says spear; the NHL would rather the indiscretion be considered a jab. Regardless, Penguins general manager Ray Shero didn't waste time alerting the NHL to his concerns and expectations for subsequent discipline.

Blake was fined, but not suspended and there are two messages the league would like all teams to take away from this incident. First and foremost, any time a player spears, or makes a gesture to do so, there's concern and more often than not, an automatic review. In this case, the play involves Sidney Crosby so the attention received comes with the territory.

The reason Penguins management was outraged is because Blake wasn't penalized on the play, but Crosby was, for unsportsmanlike conduct, which brings us to the second point made in this case. Crosby dropped like a stone, overselling his discomfort while drawing the ire of NHL disciplinarians for doing so. To quote a high-ranking league executive, "Crosby can't go down like that."

Based on the spirit in which he attacks the game and the skill level Crosby uses to at times, dominate it, the on-ice attention he receives will continue to grow. Maybe he needs a body guard? Ovechkin has one.
 

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I was at the game and it was a coward move by Blake by spearing Crosby with no time left in the game and the powerplay unit out. I cant wait until the Pens play the Islanders again and J. Blake gets what is coming to him.
 

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I was at the game and it was a coward move by Blake by spearing Crosby with no time left in the game and the powerplay unit out. I cant wait until the Pens play the Islanders again and J. Blake gets what is coming to him.
I hope Blake gets a beaten but then again who on the Penguins will fight him?? Or who is the fighter on Pittsburgh:dunno:
 

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I hope Blake gets a beaten but then again who on the Penguins will fight him?? Or who is the fighter on Pittsburgh:dunno:

The Pens got Thorburn to fight and Malone has dropped the gloves in protection of Crosby this year. That is the first two that come to mind for the next meeting. But also look for C. Armstrong, R. Whitney, Orpik, or Talbot. The Pens only got one big fighter in Thorburn but there are a number of guys willing to drop the gloves.
 

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Crosby is a chicken
Being a moderator I thought you would make more intelligent posts. If you have watched any games Crosby plays in he is the hardest working player in the league. He spends the same amount of time backchecking as he does making D-men look silly. Also you dont see him avoid defensemen he mostly goes right at them. He does not take one shift off which is the main reason that he only averages 20min a game because he works so hard. As for the shot comment he has improved it greatly and it shows in his 23 goals this year which I believe is comparable to anyone on the Sabers. If Crosby was a Saber you would have a different tone. I could go on with my praises for Crosby and how he is the best player in the league but Ill stop for now.:thumbsup:
 

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Crosby needs to stick up for himself if noone else is going to do anything about it. Take a dive and drop like a stone? Thats hardly going to deter people from doing the same again, nor is the petty little fine that the league assesed to Blake. It was a cheap shot by Blake, but it really was just a small one, that has been overblown to an extreme.
 

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Being a moderator I thought you would make more intelligent posts. If you have watched any games Crosby plays in he is the hardest working player in the league. He spends the same amount of time backchecking as he does making D-men look silly. Also you dont see him avoid defensemen he mostly goes right at them. He does not take one shift off which is the main reason that he only averages 20min a game because he works so hard. As for the shot comment he has improved it greatly and it shows in his 23 goals this year which I believe is comparable to anyone on the Sabers. If Crosby was a Saber you would have a different tone. I could go on with my praises for Crosby and how he is the best player in the league but Ill stop for now.:thumbsup:
Well not to fight back or punch him in a fight that is way.

I dont ALWAYS have to post intellegently
 

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Crosby needs to stick up for himself if noone else is going to do anything about it. Take a dive and drop like a stone? Thats hardly going to deter people from doing the same again, nor is the petty little fine that the league assesed to Blake. It was a cheap shot by Blake, but it really was just a small one, that has been overblown to an extreme.
Crosby does his fair job of sticking up for himself but I do agree that I would like to have seen him throw a punch at Blake but he did go after him after he got up. There isnt many superstars that do their own fighting in the league.
 

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Then I would also like to reserve this right
A mod is supposed to watch and keep his/her forum(s) they are modding up-to-date and keep away from spammers (like you :))
 

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Crosby does his fair job of sticking up for himself but I do agree that I would like to have seen him throw a punch at Blake but he did go after him after he got up. There isnt many superstars that do their own fighting in the league.
This is very true, and I have heard that Crosby does a fair job of defending himself, but it is too often done through the media rather than on the ice. I realize that you would know better than me on this topic, so if I am, than just point out a couple examples for me. Crosby has done a magnificent job of growing up this season, I am quite impressed. The thing is, we've seen that AO can drop the gloves and fight, and that wasn't even to defend himself. Now its time for Crosby to do the same, if not to defend himself, then to defend the claim Canadian players have over European players of being tougher.

And can someone clearly define spammer for me. It seems that term is used rather losely around here, because I have no idea how this guy is a spammer. He seems to know how to make a legitimate point to me without post-whoring, and doesn't appear to be advertising for other sites... so again, define this term for me.
 

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This is very true, and I have heard that Crosby does a fair job of defending himself, but it is too often done through the media rather than on the ice. I realize that you would know better than me on this topic, so if I am, than just point out a couple examples for me. Crosby has done a magnificent job of growing up this season, I am quite impressed. The thing is, we've seen that AO can drop the gloves and fight, and that wasn't even to defend himself. Now its time for Crosby to do the same, if not to defend himself, then to defend the claim Canadian players have over European players of being tougher.

And can someone clearly define spammer for me. It seems that term is used rather losely around here, because I have no idea how this guy is a spammer. He seems to know how to make a legitimate point to me without post-whoring, and doesn't appear to be advertising for other sites... so again, define this term for me.
A spammer is someone who posts on this site to promote or advertise their site or a product. A spammer makes a post which tries to convince you to quit a site like this and join a site like theres or promote a product on here which they want you to buy. Does this help? If anyone used the word incorrectly please just post what they said so I can try and see what they meant
 

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A spammer is someone who posts on this site to promote or advertise their site or a product. A spammer makes a post which tries to convince you to quit a site like this and join a site like theres or promote a product on here which they want you to buy. Does this help? If anyone used the word incorrectly please just post what they said so I can try and see what they meant
See the post above the one you just quoted. I don't understand why he is referring to this guy as a spammer.
 

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See the post above the one you just quoted. I don't understand why he is referring to this guy as a spammer.
He used the term spammer incorrectly or Im not sure If he knows what it means but a Spammer is what I stated in the post above. The member PensRule is not a spammer
 

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He used the term spammer incorrectly or Im not sure If he knows what it means but a Spammer is what I stated in the post above. The member PensRule is not a spammer
Seems to be the case, because how you defined it was what I also thought it was interpretted. Oh well.
 

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No one here is a spammer! lol.

Crosby is still a kid and hopefully in a few years he'll do more to defend himself. Think of him at 24 or 25 and I think he'd be more likely to drop the gloves with Blake.
 

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First off glad to see im not a spammer:thumbsup:

Wingnut Crosby has yet to get into his first fight but by defending himself on ice it comes more of the way on what you seen with J. Blake were he might go back after a player and take a shot at him but it has yet to materialize into a fight. The only examples off the top of my head were the gloves have left his hands are games vs. Philly and New Jersey. He has been in some scrums when we play those teams. He did defend M. Eaton when Cheechoo took a run at him from behind and ended up breaking Eatons wrist against the boards. Crosby was the first to respond and go after Cheechoo. I think the Blake spearing was a perfect time for his first fight and do agree that he might need to mix it up soon even Mario got beat up in his early years in the league.

I do agree that in his first year he was complaining way to much to the media but he has definately cut down on that heading into this season. Shookem made a good point in that he is only 19 and it is just a complete mismatch when he does try to get physical with some of the guys in the league.
 
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