Sidney Crosby was the reason Marc Methot lost part of his finger in March, albeit on a routine play, but who needs an airtight reason to pick on Crosby, anyway? As the Ottawa Senators stayed alive with Tuesday’s 2-1 Game 6 win, various players chose to bother the Pittsburgh Penguins’ captain in any way they could.
Kyle Turris pretty much sat on him near the end of the second period while the puck was in play:
Methot prodded Crosby with his stick at the same time Mike Hoffman sprayed him with water from the bench:
After Sens goalie Craig Anderson froze the puck in the third, Bobby Ryan tied up with Sid while Methot came from behind and wrapped his stinky hand over Crosby’s face:
Methot’s left hand was the injured one, so it wasn’t as poetic as it could have been, but it still made for a wonderful photo:
After officials assessed matching penalties, Ryan and Crosby exchanged words on their way back to the bench. The NBC Sports broadcast picked up the Sens winger calling Crosby a “bitch,” with the Penguins player responding with some remarks of his own.
After the loss, Crosby did his best to seem unperturbed. “I think it probably escalates with every game just because teams get to know each other,” he said. “That’s kind of a natural progression in a series with the intensity and things like that, but I wouldn’t say anything out of the ordinary.”
Even with all the harassment last night, Crosby still had six shots on goal. The Senators will likely try to keep him uncomfortable for Game 7 in Pittsburgh, though officials might be quicker to call anything so blatant. Or maybe Crosby will jam his foot between a Senator’s legs and everyone will drop their gloves.