Sidney Crosby, Mike Sullivan contradict on concussion evaluation

When Sidney Crosby did a header at full speed into the end boards, the collective hockey universe gasped as the superstar appeared slow to gather himself.

Crosby went to the bench, and stayed there briefly. He came back out to finish the period.

It was clear to anyone with functioning eyeballs that the concussion spotters did not do their intended job here, despite their expanded protocols established by the NHL.

Crosby returned to play the rest of the game. It’s not like the Pittsburgh Penguins would risk the health of their most valuable resource; one who missed Game 4 due to a concussion. Right?

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Ted Lindsay Award Finalists: Burns vs. Crosby vs. McDavid

The National Hockey League Players’ Association announced Tuesday Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers are finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award, which is presented “to the most outstanding player in the NHL” as voted on by fellow players in the NHLPA.

Who will go home with the hardware in Las Vegas on June 21?

Why Brent Burns Deserves The Lindsay

From the NHLPA:

Burns, of Barrie, Ontario, Canada, played in all 82 regular season games for the San Jose Sharks in 2016-17, and he helped his club qualify for the playoffs in the Western Conference. Burns led all NHL defencemen in goals (29), points (76), points per game (0.93), game-winning goals (6), and his total shots on goal (320) led the league, while he finished ninth in league scoring. Burns also set single-season franchise records for goals and points by a defenceman. He is the first defenceman to be voted a finalist in 17 years (since Chris Pronger, 1999-00); if selected, he would become only the second defenceman (following Bobby Orr, 1974-75) to receive the Award. Burns is a first-time Ted Lindsay Award finalist.

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Crosby’s Tuesday night: spear O’Reilly, score incredible goal, lose teeth

Sidney Crosby’s game against the Buffalo Sabres encompassed everything we love about the NHL as presented in three exhibits.

Exhibit A: Spearing of an opponent.

OK. This might not be something we all enjoy when it happens to someone on our favorite team. Yet, when it happens to a guy of questionable intestinal fortitude, we might (MIGHT) be slightly OK with it.

Less than five minute into the game, Crosby plays a game of ‘dirty pool’ with Ryan O’Reilly.

The Sabres forward has his back to Crosby when the Pittsburgh Penguins’ captain takes an upward swing at O’Reilly’s, ahem, sack of pucks.

(OH MY HOW O’REILLY PERSEVERED THROUGH THAT MOMENT. Someone give him an award.)

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Brandon Dubinsky dances and dangles for OT winner (Video)

Brandon Dubinsky’s hatred of Sidney Crosby fuels his play versus the Pittsburgh Penguins. It usually results in Dubinsky getting penalized (and/or later suspended) for something he did to Sid.

It was clear that John Tortorella wanted Dubinsky out there versus Crosby and playing at home he could make the matchup work. Mike Sullivan countered by having Sid skip a shift or two or play an extra long shift so he’d only face Dubinsky for a few seconds.

This leads to Dubinsky building up a fire that could only result in a spectacular game winning goal in overtime after Sid ends his shift.

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Sidney Crosby gets point No. 999 and that’s it (Video)

Sidney Crosby was on the verge of creating an international incident (in hockey) by going point-less in three straight games.

Thank Gord! Mike Sullivan finally put him on the ice with the offensive powerhouses of the Pittsburgh Penguins in order to get Sid off the schneid and past career point No. 998.

Just as you assumed, the two players are: Jake Guentzel and Bryan Dumoulin.

Stationed at the goal line Sid receives a pass from Dumoulin, settles the puck and times a darn near perfect pass of his own to the net-crashing Guentzel. Boom. Score.

SWEET RELIEF!

That was the only point Crosby would pick up in the game leaving him at No. 999 in his career. He won’t have to endure the questions of when he’s going to hit No. 1,000 for too long. The Penguins take the ice next on Thursday against the Winnipeg Jets.

Crosby submits ‘how did he do that?’ goal of the year (Video)

Sidney Crosby does amazing things on the ice almost every night. Scoring point No. 995 was no different.

Chris Kunitz passes Crosby the puck through approximately a million St. Louis Blues players. Crosby receives the pass on his backhand while down on one knee.

With one of the best backhands in the game Crosby makes it look easy as he roofs it in the semi-lunge position.

As the great Tracy Jordan once said, “I love [that goal] so much, I want to take it behind a middle school and get it pregnant.”

After that spectacular goal, it was just another three point night for the Pittsburgh Penguins captain. He assisted on Justin Schultz’s ninth tally of the year and added an empty netter to seal the game for the Pens at 4-1.

Crosby has three points to go before hitting number 1,000.

Watch Team Canada politely celebrate their World Cup win

Pretty much everyone except Team Europe was settled on the fact that Team Canada was going to win the first World Cup of Hockey since 2004.

The question was then: how would they celebrate?

This isn’t the Stanley Cup. Nor is it winning a gold medal at the Olympics, or even winning a gold at the World Champions for that matter. Let’s get real, this is an NHL tournament to make some extra cash; not a major milestone.

But still, they won and DEM BOYZ from Canada got to celebrate their way with polite handshakes, one armed hugs and high fives.

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Chronicles of Stanley: Sid’s photo album for Dupuis; fries, pasta, fro-yo and more

[The Chronicles of Stanley is an occasional series this summer that tracks the Pittsburgh Penguins as they each get their special alone time with the Stanley Cup.]

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If this week’s round of up of Cup celebrations had a theme, it would be food and drink.

Kris Letang kicked off his day with the Cup by having a bowl of Muesli with his 3-year-old son, Alexander.

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Chronicles of Stanley: Crosby, Cup conquer Cole Harbour

[The Chronicles of Stanley is an occasional series this summer that tracks the Pittsburgh Penguins as they each get their special alone time with the Stanley Cup.]

Every time the winning captain gets his day with the Stanley Cup it is a special occasion. When Sidney Crosby is said captain it’s pretty much a province-wide holiday in Nova Scotia.

Who else would get a personal escort by Mounties, but the forward and savior of the Penguins?

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Sid’s weekend with the Cup started on Friday, July 15 in the captain’s hometown of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia.

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Celebrate with the Penguins on the ice and with champagne

Once the handshakes were over and the Cup had been skated, it was time for the Pittsburgh Penguins to celebrate on the ice with family and friends before they got to the booze inside the locker room.

Check out some of the moments captured by reporters on the ice and those watching at home as the Penguins celebrated their win.

ON THE ICE…

• Phil Kessel

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