After reading this tread I can't imagine the hate that would be thrown around here if the US had won.
The guy wins the Gold Medal on an amazing individual effort (with a little help from Iggy) and many here are acting like he was standing on his opponents blue line watching them score goal after goal (like some other superstar that we all know and love).
Right on!!!! The US defenders were in perfect position as Crosby carried the puck across the US blue line. It was through his super effort he broke down that four man box that encircled Crosby. He out muscled Brain Rafalski for the puck. A nifty give and go with Jerome Iginla and goal. It was a special goal.
Watched all 3, he didn't win them by himself. Crosby had the benefit of playing on some great teams and he was a great player himself. Though, I don't believe he was one of Canada's best players in these Olympics and I didn't see him in Game 7 last year with Pittsburgh.
oook your the greatest hockey analyst of all time... I never said he did it by himself, I said he played for his team... every win was for his team.your contradicting yourself, he gets the winning goal of the gold medal game (PPG in olympics), yet it isnt special. He doesnt show up, due to injury, in game 7 and you criticize. (lead the playoffs in goals) and in the Jrs he isnt even old enough to take his cage off and plays on the top line in the tourney and he isnt a main contributor. (6 goals 9 points in 6 games)
Crosby played good. But he wasn't even a consideration for Canadian MVP, lets put it that way. He faced the top D from the opponents every time, and still put up a PPG. He had a hero moment, and stole the spotlight from other Canadians who did a lot more.
I would rather people look at the trophies he has won, the fact he captained a young team to a Stanley Cup (against arguably the best team of the past two decades), the fact he is lined up to be hacked and whacked by the other team's best defensive players, and the things he does on the ice instead of this one goal.
Yeah, but he scored the goal for the entire nation of Canada.
The other stuff he does for the city of Pittsburgh and a segment of fans.
It's the only time guys like me will cheer for him.
And it was after Canada had choked away the lead with 24 seconds left and were on the precipice of one of the most devastating losses in our country's history.
So I'd say the goal will mean something, and deservedly so.
Basically, if you can't acknowledge Crosby after this, there's no hope for you. Every criticism of his play from his early NHL career on has been answered.
Elite regular season point production? Check.
Elite playoff point production? Check.
Captain team to the Finals? Check.
Improve defense? Check.
Improve face-offs? Check.
Elite playoff goal-scoring? Check.
Captain team to the Cup? Check.
Elite regular season goal-scoring? Check.
International glory in a best-on-best? Check.
Immutable nitpicking regardless of what happens? Double check.
Last edited by Rowdy Roddy Peeper: 03-01-2010 at 12:27 AM.
For me Crosby was very disappointing in the tournament. He was hyped up as Canada's best player and perhaps the best player in the world so I guess this is why I expected more (even though I knew it wasn't the truth). He did virtually nothing after the Germany game... until when it really counted in OT.
He came through in the clutch and that really counts for something. Good on him to step up and not get discouraged. Canadians will be remembering his goal for decades to come. His name now belongs with Mario, Paul Henderson and Jordan Eberle (I'll get flak for this one).
"It's so fitting," said Jarome Iginla, the gentleman elder statesman of Team Canada who set up Crosby's winner. "It's funny. There's so much pressure on him. I mean, we win a semifinal game and we're into the finals and all people are asking is: 'But what about Sid? What about Sid?'
"You know, he's playing well. He's playing hard. He's getting lots of chances. They're always trying to shut him down. That's the first guy they think about. And he just keeps going. He just keeps playing hard. He just keeps battling.
"He had a great tournament and people aren't satisfied unless he gets two or three goals a game. And it never fazes him. It's all about the team and he just goes about his way. It is awesome to see him finish it."
I thought he had a pretty mediocre (for him) tournament. But he rose to the occasion, as a player of his stature must. All's well that ends well.
True. But that says more about the expectations his talent has brought than anything.
In a 22 year old's first Olympics, he's the focal point of every opponent's defensive game plan, gives a consistent effort, plays a well-rounded game, finishes one point behind Team Canada's leading scorer, pots 2 game-winners including the gold medal winner in OT, and it's considered a mediocre tourney.
Maybe a little out of whack, all things considered.