Some leftover thoughts from Sidney Crosby's emotional return. For full reaction, listen to our post-game podcast.
- All 4 of Crosby's points came off of his backhand which, to anyone who has ever played hockey at any level, is remarkable. There is a fine line separating the legendary players from the great players, and the ability to be as threatening on his backhand as he is on his forehand, if not more so, is what puts Sid in the former category. I'm sure 4 points on the backhand has been done before. But not often.
Our pick for the Art Ross trophy, Ovechkin on Sid, and some numbers, after the jump...
- If we were placing bets, and we're not, we'd put our money on a Penguin to win the Art Ross trophy: Evgeni Malkin. Right now he has 16 points, 13 off the pace set by Phil Kessel, which we will point out cannot be sustained by Phil Kessel. At least three things in Geno's favor:
1) With Sid back, Geno's line will get a lot more chances to go against the opponent's second-best defensive pairing rather than its best and won't get the shutdown-treatment from the opposing team's best defensive forwards.
2) His surgically repaired knee is only going to get healthier as the season goes along. Hopefully.
3) The power-play. Again, hopefully.
- Pascal Dupuis has 17 points (4g, 13a) and is a +10.
- Jaromir Jagr has 17 (6g, 11a) and is a +7. He's also out with a groin injury.
- Alex Ovechkin has 15 points (7g, 8a) and is a -5.
- Speaking of Ovechkin, we at GTOG have no problem with anything he said about Sid's return. From Puck Daddy, quoting from somewhere:
When asked if Crosby's return would motivate him, Ovechkin said "yeah," but followed by saying: "It doesn't matter; Sidney over there, somebody else over there … I have to play my game." As for Crosby's four-point night in his return to the ice, Ovechkin said: "I didn't see the game, so … it's good for him, coming back from long-term injury. So it's good for him."That's exactly what he's supposed to say, isn't it? First off, "good for him" can have a snarky meaning in English, which may not translate the same in Russian (see Geno asking a mic'd up Pascal Dupuis if he was wearing a "microwave"). Second, it's not like he's going to be watching the Pens or rooting for Crosby. After all, he's got goals to not score that he used to be able to score.
- Is there a more well-liked person in hockey right now that Dan Bylsma?
- Conversely, is there anyone who appears to have less of an idea of what to do at any particular moment than Jack Capuano?
|"To answer your question, I'm not sure I understand the question."|
Best player in the world. Just like his landlord was. We are blessed.Amen.