Thursday night during Game Five of the Stanley Cup Final, Sidney Crosby got his revenge on PK Subban after #mouthwashgate. He also threw a Gatorade bottle at a Preds player.
During both examples of poor sportsmanship, Crosby was basically given a free pass by NHL officials. Crosby was whistled for matching minors for holding on the Subban melee while he completely avoided a bench minor for the bottle toss.
The Subban dust up happened late in the first period. Crosby, who has suffered from multiple concussions during his career, tackled the Predators defenseman behind the Penguins net. He then shoved Subban’s head into the ice multiple times.
Both players were whistled for matching minors as an official stood and watched several feet away. What should have been a Predators power play turned into two minutes of four-on-four hockey. Evgeni Malkin scored to put the Penguins up 3-0.
In the second period, Crosby likely got upset that there was a slash on Chris Kunitz so he threw his water bottle on the ice during play. Moments later, Phil Kessel scored to make it 5-0.
During a stoppage in play, Crosby could be seen mouthing “I didn’t mean to throw that” to an official.
“I didn’t mean to throw that" pic.twitter.com/UaUC6PEKFX
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) June 9, 2017
Even if it wasn’t intentional — only Crosby knows if it was or not — why was that not whistled regardless?
Crosby is the best player in hockey, and it seems like there are different rules for him when he’s on the ice because of that. It just further feeds into conspiracy theories that the NHL is in the tank for the Pens.
Laviolette on Crosby Subban incident: “I don’t understand the call. I saw my guy get his head cross-checked 10 times."
— Chris Gordon (@Chris_Gordon) June 9, 2017
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