Sidney Crosby has been the face of the NHL for nearly a decade now and has done a masterful job, particularly in his dealings with the media. It's almost unbelievable to think that he's done countless interviews since he's broken into the league and you would be hard pressed to find a sequence where he lost his composure. It's almost as if he's reading his answers off a prompter, but in reality there is no script...just a mob of reporters sticking microphones in his face night after night. Sure, he's been coached on what to say and how to handle himself, but such logic usually goes out the window when people get emotional. There's been numerous instances where athletes fly off the handle and say things they regret minutes after an emotionally charged contest. The worst Crosby has said is: "I don't like anyone on that team," when referring to the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2012 playoffs. Other than that, he's remained even keel in his dealings with the media and a solid ambassador to the sport.
His behavior on the ice, however, has received some criticism.
(If you're not a fan of "Grapes", skip until 2:15 and John Tortorella chimes in)
Most people feel (including yours truly) that Crosby gets hacked and chirped more than any player in the league and that's it's only natural for him to get frustrated at times. Others feel that he is a brat that loves to whine and take dives. Now, keep in mind, it's a minority that loathes Crosby. But there is some comical evidence that proves their point. He doesn't dive all the time, but I do concede that when he does, the judges need to be ready with their scorecards. Here are the top Sidney Crosby flops!
8 Crosby Flops vs. Chicago
7 Crosby Flops vs. Montreal
6 Crosby Flops vs. The Linesman
5 5. Crosby Flops vs. Philadelphia
To say that Peter Forsberg isn't a fan of Crosby would be an understatement. They went at each other hard during Crosby's rookie season and had numerous scrums and altercations. Forsberg was particularly fond of Crosby's chirping and diving.
4 Crosby Flops vs. Montreal (again)
It was hard to judge where this one would rank on the list, because in order to judge the embellishment, there actually has to be a degree of contact made! Upon watching this replay over and 0ver (1:10 in video), it's difficult to comprehend what made Crosby go down.
3 Crosby Flops vs. New York
2 Crosby Flops vs. Detroit
1 Crosby's Meltown in Philly
This one is not a physical flop, but it's a flop in regards to his behaviour on the ice and certainly one where he'd like a mulligan. Pittsburgh was trailing 2-0 in the 2012 playoffs against Philadelphia. Down 3-1 early in game 3, the Pens needed some leadership out there to prevent the train from going completely off the rails. Instead, for no apparent reason, Crosby decided to whack Jakub Voracek's glove away (2:30) as he was attempting to pick it up. A mini brawled ensued, Crosby ended up beating on Claude Giroux while Kris Letang whaled on Kimmo Timonen.
This string of events completely dug the Pens into a hole that they could not get out of. Letang (their best defenseman) got ejected, and Crosby was sitting in the box for 5 minutes while the Pens were in desperate need of a goal before the end of the period. As Pierre McGuire points out, The Flyers were just standing up for their teammates and ended up rallying around this. The Pens went on to lose the game, and the series.
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