Saturday, March 21, 2009

What I Want in a Captain


For those of you that didn't like my comments about Ethan Moreau fighting with a visor should read this story about Sidney Crosby. This is great!




Here is the quote;

"Rumor has it that last night Savard challenged el Sid to a fight, but Savard wouldn't drop them as long as Sid had a visor on. Supposedly Sid went to the bench and unscrewed it from his helmet. Savard did nothing afterwards. Not sure if it's true (as this was told by a buddy of mine who works for the Pens) but it makes an interesting story if it is." -- Eric from Pa.
The incident referenced above between
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Boston Bruins star center Marc Savard is now the stuff of hockey folklore. We've received about three dozen variations of this e-mail since the Penguins' 6-4 victory over the Bruins last Sunday.
The basic premise is the same: Savard challenged Crosby and talked smack about his visor; Crosby had it removed on the Penguins bench; and when he reengaged with Savard, the Bruins player didn't back up his words. Bangin Panger had, perhaps, the first and most complete telling of the tale, even if the Chuck Norris-level of toughness that would have been Crosby unscrewing his own visor for a fight was later reconsidered as inaccurate.
Now, Crosby isn't exactly known as a model of physical intimidation: His two altercations this season involved
jumping a guy after a face-off and punching another player in a sensitive area from behind. That history begged the question: Did this situation with Savard really happen?
The mainstream media in Boston and Pittsburgh didn't pursue the story for days, leaving some lingering doubt. That was until
Chris Kunitz, Crosby's linemate with the Penguins, went on Mark Madden's radio show on WXDX in Pittsburgh this week (.mp3) and was asked why Crosby removed his visor:
"I hear him and one of the other Boston players had some words after one of their goals, and then came back to the bench ... I didn't know whatever happened, if it was scratched or whatever. But I noticed the next shift he had it off and was letting the other player know he wasn't intimidated. I guess the guy made some kind of remark, and Sid went and took it off, and maybe challenged the guy a little. Obviously nothing had come about it, but obviously you see the heart and the grit that Sid has ..."
Yesterday on his blog, Madden added further clarity with a literal blow-by-blow of the Crosby/Savard Fight That Wasn't.

Madden said Crosby claimed he had a scratch on his visor, saying it with a broad smile. Here's how Madden claims things went down on Sunday:
Bruins center Marc Savard taunted Crosby after a Boston goal, and the taunting continued until both players neared their benches. Crosby challenged Savard to fight, and Savard responded: "Take off that [sissy] shield, and I'll be glad to."
So Crosby handed his helmet to equipment manager Dana Heinze and told him to remove the visor. Crosby took the ice for his next shift sans shield but Savard backed down, thereby looking like the [sissy] he accused Crosby of being.
Score one for Sid in the mind games department and cue a verbal beatdown for Savard, who took a brutal aural blistering from the Penguins bench throughout the rest of the afternoon (and no doubt lost a little respect in the eyes of his teammates when his bluff got called).
Madden writes that Crosby had the visor reattached during the first intermission.
Sure enough, Crosby was wearing the visor again when the Penguins scored an empty net goal to clinch the game."


That is freaking awesome. This brought up my respect level for Sid the Kid up to a whole new level. This is the kind of a captain that the Oilers need. Simply awesome...


And I apologize that this isn't 100% Oilers related. I just needed to share this.

5 comments:

  1. I thought it was pretty damn good, too :-)
    Like you my respect for him went up, while conversely it went down some for Savard. And while we're here, I thought Ovechkin's display was lame. He's an amzing player, I like his natural exhuberance, but that was planned and sad.

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  2. Awesome story, I would never have found it if it wasn't on a Oiler's site so thanks . . .

    I mean would you trade: Gagner, Gilbert, Petry, and 2 first rounders for Crosby. Normally i'd say no, but after heating this story I say yes (fuck i'd give them Nilsson too)

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  3. @BCB: I would remove Gagner from that list and replace him with Cogliano. Cogs, Gilbert, Petry, 2 1st rounds, Schremp and Nilsson.


    As far Ovechkin goes. Who cares? What is the difference from that and Selanne "shooting his glove" down to the ice? Or the Tiger Williams "horsey stick ride"? I see no big deal here. It was JUST a celebration. And he scored 50 goals. Again. I think he can do whatever he wants. IMO.

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  4. Savvy is really concerned about yours and the respect of the "whiner" who had the gall as a rookie to call out vets, and to not uphold respect after a Cup victory.

    Let me let you in on a little secret; like many NHL vets, Savard never did nor will never have ANY respect for Crosby. Ever.

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