Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Sidney Crosby has mad All-Star Skillz

Thanks to Sidney Crosby's awesomeness, and no thanks to Alexander "slowfoot" Ovechkin, the (l)Eastern Conference beat the Western Conferece in the Skills Competition.

About the only part of the game in which Sidney Crosby has struggled this season is shootouts _ until the teenage superstar was on the same ice with the rest of the NHL's best players.

Crosby, the 19-year-old forward from Pittsburgh, scored on two of his three shots in the final individual shootout to deliver a victory for the Eastern Conference in the NHL All-Star skills competition Tuesday night.

The NHL's leading scorer, whose 72 points are five more than anybody else, is 0-for-5 in shootouts during the regular season.

"It was fun to be in that situation. I didn't ask for it, but I liked it," Crosby said. "Especially with all the ones that I missed this season, it was nice."

Crosby also scored on his only shootout attempt in the team competition, midway through the nine-event competition to tie the score 7-7.

The competition was tied 10-10 after Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo stopped all four shots in the final team shootout. Meanwhile, Colorado's Joe Sakic and Edmonton's Ryan Smyth scored against Ryan Miller of Buffalo to get even going into the final event.

But Luongo couldn't stop Crosby, the top All-Star vote-getter. Crosby made his first two shots and that gave the East squad a 15-11 victory over the West.

"Going against Luongo, you're going against the best, so if you don't score you've got an excuse," Crosby said. "I'm competitive. I want to win with the game on the line like that."

Anaheim's Teemu Selanne scored on his first attempt for the West, but missed his next two _ the last a glove save by Miller to end the event.

Selanne, who will play in his 10th All-Star game on Wednesday night, was impressed by Crosby.

"I've only seen him on highlights. It's great to watch a kid like that," Selanne said. "He's got the full package."
Now, it's time for Sidney to rack up 10 assists as he makes great plays for the cherry-picking Ovechkin.

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