Crosby. CrosbyCrosbyCrosby.

Call this a backlash against a backlash.

After the first two playoff rounds, a lot of very reasonable people were suggesting that Malkin might actually be a better player than Sid. Crazy talk, that was. Crosby was the best player in the final - quite a feat for a 20-year-old whose team went 2-4.

When both Crosby and Zetterberg were on the ice at EV, the Pens outscored the Wings 3-1 over the six games. When both Crosby and Lidstrom were on it was also 3-1 Pens. Crosby and Datsyuk: 2-0 Pens. Whenever Crosby was on the three next best players on the ice were usually Red Wings, making his performance all the more impressive. I mean, how many chances did Dupuis botch?

When it was all said and done, the top Wings did a pretty good job containing the best player in hockey. Detroit's next tier of players beat the lesser lights of the Penguins, and beat them badly. Especially on defense, where the Wings' top four were miles better than the Pens'.


Anonymous Dennis said...

When I first heard people say that Malkin was possibly better than Crosby, I thought about what could be in the playoffs. Malkin is as Russian a player as you'll find, if you know what I mean, and growing up he probably dreamed of playing for Red Army or such. Crosby on the other hand was dreaming of hoisting the Cup. So the playoffs were all about mentality, I think. Malkin has a better shot, and can probably be more dynamic, but Crosby has more of a hockey soul. At least, this is what I think.

6/10/2008 1:48 p.m.  
Blogger Jeff J said...

No matter how you look at it, they're two of the world's best forwards. It's clear cut to me that Crosby is higher on that list than Malkin, and it's almost as clear cut that Crosby is #1 overall.

6/11/2008 1:13 p.m.  
Anonymous Corporate Pens said...

thanks for this post. twas great. I saw it on youtube the wingsactually did a realy good job...

Well, Cheers!

8/04/2008 8:37 p.m.  

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