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02-26-2010, 11:02 PM
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Canada is going to need more points from him and Thornton on Sunday, but up to this point, I think he's been solid. He hasn't lit the word on fire, but he doesn't have to on this team. I guess he's scoring about a point per game (too tired to research), which is good but not great.

He hasn't been a disappointment by any means, but he's still got another gear to hit that we saw right before the break. I wouldn't be surprised if he got rolling and destroyed the American dream on Sunday, though I hope I'm wrong.

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02-26-2010, 11:03 PM
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You know what would be nice?

If we treated Crosby like a Canadian player instead of the sole player on Canada and stopped being so freaking curious about micromanaging every little thing he does.

He hasn't been the best Canadian, but he has been generating chances and doing a damned good job out there. No reason he should have been left off the 2006 team.

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02-26-2010, 11:05 PM
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He's been a non-factor indeed...

Not really surprises me though... The guy is kinda overrated...


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02-26-2010, 11:06 PM
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With or without him Canada is still exactly where they are now. Playing for gold on Sunday.

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02-26-2010, 11:10 PM
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Certainly hasn't played bad, but I was surely expecting a much more dominating performance out of him these Olympics. He just looks like an ordinary player out there and not one of the top two in the entire world. On the grandest stage of them all, it's a little disappointing to see Crosby and Ovechkin not leading the way.

For those saying he's only 22 and he shouldn't be expected to dominate the tournament -- does that justify his non-selection in Turin when he was a mere 18-year old pup?

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02-26-2010, 11:10 PM
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I thought Crosby played great in the round robin, but has been very average in the quarters and semi's.

But who has been a star on Canada? No one. It's been a solid team effort.

P.S. Crosby is NOT Lemieux

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02-26-2010, 11:13 PM
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With or without him Canada is still exactly where they are now. Playing for gold on Sunday.
well, yes, but the fact is, Canada is where they are, with no Heatley, or Getzlaf, or whoever else.. when you have over 20 amazing players in one team, which looks like a pure NHL all-stars team, 10 captains or something, what do you expect?

You should be happy, you have a team like you have !!!

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02-26-2010, 11:13 PM
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He looks average on a team of stars. Not playing at the level he has been in the NHL.

Hasn't been bad. Just not all-world good.

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02-26-2010, 11:16 PM
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Has anyone dominated though? I mean on any team in the entire tournament? There are players that have exceeded expectations..or surprised us with good play. But no one has dominated.

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02-26-2010, 11:19 PM
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Look at how he manages his shifts/efforts and you see that he's playing to win and not for his stats. Short shifts, backchecking hard, working a lot along the boards,etc.

He hasn't been dominant or anything, but he hasn't needed too anyway. And to me he has looked more snakebitten that anything. His line was buzzing pretty much all-night long once again. Cannot count on both of my hands how many points he should have racked since the beginning of the tournament, if his teammates wouldn't have missed open nets/great opportunities, that were originally created by his passes.

Looking forward to how he'll play on Sunday...if he makes a buzz, I expect it to be there.

Whatever happens, he's still one of 2 best players in the world, if not the best.

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02-26-2010, 11:19 PM
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It's Iginla & Staal's fault, they aren't burying their chances from Crosby feeds, and they sure as hell aren't feeding Crosby for good chances.

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02-26-2010, 11:21 PM
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He hasn't been great BUT he still demands a lot of attention from the other team's best defenders. That frees up the other lines to take advantage of the weaker defensive pairs.

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02-26-2010, 11:21 PM
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He doesn't need to be great on this team. In Pittsburgh, he does.

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02-26-2010, 11:22 PM
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Has anyone dominated though? I mean on any team in the entire tournament? There are players that have exceeded expectations..or surprised us with good play. But no one has dominated.
Skater no, not really. But I would say Ryan Miller has dominated through out.

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02-26-2010, 11:23 PM
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Skater no, not really. But I would say Ryan Miller has dominated through out.
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02-26-2010, 11:23 PM
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He's 22 years old. It's very tough for young players to make an impression at the biggest stage in hockey against veteran teams.

Where was Ovechkin or Malkin in this tournament?

Gretzky has his first great international tournament in 1987. He was 25 I believe.

Patience is needed for young players at this big of a level.
This is the correct answer.

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02-26-2010, 11:24 PM
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You know what would be nice?

If we treated Crosby like a Canadian player instead of the sole player on Canada and stopped being so freaking curious about micromanaging every little thing he does.

He hasn't been the best Canadian, but he has been generating chances and doing a damned good job out there. No reason he should have been left off the 2006 team.
pretty much all this. And the bolded part is so true as well.

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02-26-2010, 11:25 PM
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He's been average/good. He's playing better in Pittsburgh with scrubs like Guerin and Dupuis...so i don't quite understand why he's been average in this tournament.

It probably comes from the last 2 stanley cup runs. Hopefully, he's saving it for the big game.

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02-26-2010, 11:30 PM
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I've been neither overly impressed or disappointed. He's not dominating offensively like he's capable of, but he's working hard, creating some pretty good chances, and doing most of the little things right. He has been a little sloppy a couple times in the defensive zone, but nothing too bad.

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02-26-2010, 11:37 PM
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Crosby has been "disapointing" so far, but he isn't lazy. He works hard and he gives his best. It hasn't click so far, but he is still playing very good hockey. He'll be just fine sunday. Don't worry about Crosby.

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02-26-2010, 11:38 PM
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It's Iginla & Staal's fault, they aren't burying their chances from Crosby feeds, and they sure as hell aren't feeding Crosby for good chances.
This. Crosby is setting these guys up every 2nd shift for good/great chances and they arent finishing the last 2 games.

Of course the stat watchers dont think hes playing well. No surprise there. Of course they arent noticing the great job hes been doing defensively either. That's okay he will just keep being the most underrated defensive player on the planet.

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02-26-2010, 11:39 PM
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He's been average/good. He's playing better in Pittsburgh with scrubs like Guerin and Dupuis...so i don't quite understand why he's been average in this tournament.

It probably comes from the last 2 stanley cup runs. Hopefully, he's saving it for the big game.
In Pittsburgh he has to score for the Pens to win. For Canada hes producing tons of chances which arent going in and playing great defensive hockey and Canada is still winning.

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02-26-2010, 11:41 PM
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Stop bashing players because they don't put points. Everyone on Canada is fine and plays good team game.
...or because they let in a bad goal. (Roberto Luongo)

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Crosby has been super average.

That said - this thread would not exist if his linemates were burying half of the great chances he sets up.

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