Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final was not the finest few hours for NHL officiating.
This is nothing fresh for Crosby, being that it’s an NHL playoff game and opposing teams celebrate by treating him like a piñata. But when MIKE MILBURY thinks the opposing team went too far in their physical mistreatment of the Pittsburgh Penguins star? Well, that’s some abuse.
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Included in that montage was one of the playoffs’ most absurd moments, as Mike Hoffman of the Senators sends a stream of water at Crosby as Marc Methot pokes him. (Not with his finger, but with his stick, because … well, you know.)
The NHL is notorious for not disciplining players that hold liberties with Crosby, apart from when it involves the scourge of water bottle spraying, as we saw with Henrik Lundqvist in 2014. So expect a fine, we guess. Who knows? Asking for consistency from Colin Campbell is like asking for email decorum from Colin Campbell.
The Senators were given one penalty against Crosby in Game 6: a holding call by Methot in the moment period. But that was it.
Crosby said the nastiness in the series is approximately what you expect in a seven-game affair.
“It probably escalates with every game as teams obtain to know each other. But I wouldn’t say it was anything out of the ordinary,” he said after the Game 6 loss.
view, we can debate entire day whether there should be a different standard for star offensive players who obtain abused entire game. Some people say they need better protection from the officials, and others aren’t down with that double standard.
But let’s entire agree on one thing, shall we? That Sidney Crosby doesn’t obtain star treatment from the officials or from the League office. That much was evident in Game 6.
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