Paul Kukla asks: "Someone Want To Count The Crosschecks?"
Ok, Paul, I counted three and one more after it was over.
The refs missed all of them since the cross-checks were coming from NHL's poster boy. And what's up with picking on a smaller Zetterberg? Why not to try Todd Bertuzzi? Last year it was Malkin (6'3") who tried to beat up Henrik and he couldn't! Go, Zatta!
But pay attention before Wednesday, this is how Crosby scores the goals nowadays. Have to say, obviously the guy is smart, he figured he has no chance to score like Ovechkin because his wrister and slapshot are non-existent. So he goes to the net and starts shoving the puck, cross-checking people, that's the only place where he can score to keep up with Ovi. The only way to stop him is to play him physical, cross-check him like he does to others and when the ref is not looking (easy to say), hit him hard and often and he will disappear.
Here's an observation from the last game by Mats Wennerholm, Feb. 8, 2009, Aftonbladet:
I think that the game was decided at the end of the second period yesterday, when Washington actually went in to play physically against Crosby. I don't know how many hits he received in a single sequence. After that he almost disappeared from the game.