Can we just get over Crosby’s squeaky clean image and call him what he is? Sid the Kid is a dirty player. His latest transgression is just the tip of the iceberg. Earlier this season, Crosby slashed at Marc Methot’s glove, slicing off the top of his finger. Then there was the time he was punching Atlanta Thrasher defenseman Boris Valabik, while Kris Letang held him down.
The most infuriating part is Crosby gets away with it because he’s the face of the league. The NHL treats him with kid gloves because his talent brings the league money. However, real hockey fans can see Crosby is just using his talent to hide his dirty play.
Sidney Crosby might dish out a few cheap shots, but it pales in comparison to the cheap shots he takes. Opponents love to rough up Crosby because he’s the best player in the league, and other players will knock him off his game any way they can. Alex Ovechkin slashed at Crosby’s hands during the 2016 playoffs. Brandon Dubinsky and Crosby have crossed paths multiple times, including a brutal cross check to the back of the head. Crosby is just defending himself when he deals out damage.
If Crosby is a dirty player, then the NHL is full of dirty players. Hockey is played hard and fast. Athletes will hook, trip, face wash and pester to gain a winning edge. He is no different than any hockey player on the ice. He just happens to be the most famous, and under more scrutiny. If Crosby doesn't get his hands dirty, players will continue to take advantage of him. Crosby needs to fight back to protect himself.