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Sid the Kid: Crosby lives up to nickname in a disgraceful Game 3

Coming into the postseason, Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby found himself facing a great deal of scrutiny from many avenues.

Whether it was rival coaches, players or even broadcasters, the face of the league found himself having to stand up for his reputation as well as his honor. He met those insults with a single retort: garbage. Crosby made it clear that he felt those attacks were unheralded.

Following an embarrassing Game 3, Crosby wasn’t doing himself any favors to prove his critics wrong.

After hacking at Ilya Bryzgalov's glove and then engaging in a scrum with the Flyers’ resident superstar, Claude Giroux, Crosby childishly provoked Jakub Voracek by knocking Voracek’s glove out of his grasp while he bent over to pick it up in order to continue with the game.

The result was another fight that Crosby started.

When reached for comment afterwards, Crosby’s response was even more immature than his actions on the ice.

“I don’t like any guy on their team,” Crosby said. “It was near me and he went to pick it up and I pushed it.”

After being asked why he didn’t like them, he made sure to properly explain his stance.

“I don’t like them, because I don’t like any guy on their team,” Crosby said.

Oh, well that explains everything.

Since the second-to-last meeting between these teams, Crosby has consistently disappointed in his behavior when addressing his opponents. Rather than holding them with regard, he has consistently questioned their conduct as if he is a member of some morality police.

Unfortunately, he has failed to adhere to his own advice and has displayed some questionable conduct of his own.

“I don’t have to sit here and explain why I pushed a glove away they are doing a lot of things out there too,” he said. “You know what, we don’t like each other. Was I going to sit there and pick up his glove? What was I supposed to do?”

Maybe act with some class?

The problem isn’t that he pushed the glove. The problem isn’t that he isn’t explaining his actions. The problem isn’t even that he dislikes his opponents.

The problem is that he consistently justifies his actions by blaming the other guy. Considering that he is the biggest star in the game and the unquestioned leader of one of the most prestigious hockey organizations in the NHL today, Crosby always seems to drop the ball on being the bigger man.

He could always just skate away and allow his actions to do the talking.

“Skate away? Oh well I didn’t that time,” he said.

And he never does.

Love him or hate him, Sidney Crosby truly is one of the best hockey players in the game. In fact, he probably is one of the greatest ever to play the game when all is said and done.

His ability to accelerate effortlessly is an amazing sight and his vision is second to none. Not to mention the way he always finds a way to put the puck into the net, regardless of whether he played the night before or is in his first game back in a year after sitting out with a concussion.

Unfortunately, he tarnishes all of that with his lack of character. Crosby doesn’t seem to respect the fact that he is the best in the game. And even more egregiously, he doesn't respect his opponents.

His actions on the ice are childish. His comments off the ice are childish.

He truly has been living up to the nickname of "Sid the Kid," because he certainly has been acting like one.

This is only amplified by the report that Mario Lemieux was seen shaking his head outside of the Pittsburgh locker room like some kind of disappointed parent following the game.

Sidney has a lot of growing up to do and by the looks of how this series is playing out, he will have plenty of time to work out those issues in a very long offseason.



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