Thursday, January 25, 2007

Sidney Crosby: All-Star Dud

For all of the hype surrounding Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin, they delivered about as much OOMPH as Michael Jackson's last release.

0 points. ZERO!!!! How does Sidney get ZERO??

Did he purposely slowfoot it to lower expectations? Did Alexander Ovechkin conspire to make El Cros look bad?

From the Forth Worth Star-Telegram:
Two of the NHL's most prolific players played on the same line Wednesday.

However, the pairing didn't result in that much offense.

Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, who were both Eastern Conference starters, made their All-Star Game debuts Wednesday. Ovechkin scored a goal, but Crosby was held scoreless. Crosby had three shots, Ovechkin five.

"We had a few chances, but it just didn't work out," said the 19-year-old Crosby. "Ovechkin has a great shot. The game was fast. It's a little more intense, and I guess it will take some time to get used to it. It was a great experience, and it was fun to meet the guys."

Crosby ended up having something in common with the Great One in his debut.

Wayne Gretzky made his All-Star debut at age 19 in 1980, and like Crosby, Gretzky was held scoreless.

"I guess that makes me feel a little bit better," Crosby said. "I might sleep better tonight."

The game started out promising for the duo, who entered with a combined 53 goals this season. Crosby and Ovechkin skated in alone with 7:30 left in the first period. But the play didn't exactly unfold like they wanted. Ovechkin's cross-ice pass hit Crosby in the skate, forcing Crosby to hit a hurried backhand shot.
Honestly, I just didn't see much jump out of Crosby last night and he didn't seem all that interested in scoring or winning.

Well, back to the REAL action.

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