Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins looked like the defending Stanley Cup Champions on Thursday night with a dominant 6-0 victory over the Nashville Predators in Game 5 of this year’s Stanley Cup Final.
Crosby contributed to the impressive performance with three assists, while also making his presence felt on the ice in a few controversial ways.
Just ask Nashville’s P.K. Subban.
Near the end of the first period, the Penguins were leading 2-0 when Crosby and Subban mixed it up along the boards. Crosby had top position on Subban and repeatedly slammed the Predators defenseman’s head into the ice as refs were looking away.
It was undoubtedly dirty play from Crosby and should have resulted in a five-minute major, but instead Crosby and Subban got matching two-minute minors for their little scuffle.
You can be the judge on whether that was the right call.
Crosby defended his actions by claiming he was reacting to Subban attempting a “UFC move” on his ankle.
“He lost his stick. I don’t know what he was doing … he was doing some kind of UFC move on my foot. I don’t know what he was trying to do. I was trying to get out of there. He had lost his stick. He’s just trying to hold me down,” said Crosby, via Yahoo! Sports.
“I don’t know what he was trying to do with my ankle. I was in some kind of lock there. I don’t know what it was.”
Who knows if that’s a legitimate excuse, but we can guarantee is Predators fans and other fans around the NHL now have another reason to criticize Crosby — who seems to get away with dirty plays more than other players in the league. But hey, we always knew that superstar treatment was real.
Crosby and the Penguins will look to close out the Predators in Game 6 on Sunday night in Nashville.