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03-10-2012, 11:59 AM
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When Crosby comes back, we'd be naive to think that he wouldn't get a little extra protection from the officiating. But I anticipate that it will be mediated by how Crosby plays, too. Remember the elbow he threw in his previous return, and getting called out for hypocrisy by the media? If Crosby insists on mixing it up, the calls will eventually be a little less protective. Not completely, mind you, but not as frequent.
I don't think he will play any different. Star players each have a game and it's rare to ever see them change it because of an injury or suspension.
Nor do I think the refs will change ether. Malkin has been taking far more cheap shots then Sid has over his career and he still gets his protection. As have and do many other stars.
Crosby is just like Forsberg in a way. Dirty as hell, protected by the league, never changed his style despite constantly being told he plays to physical for a man of his size.
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