NHL  > General NHL  > Crosby Handshake "Snub"
June 16, 2009, 04:39 PM
I hate to bring up old news (and I'm not trying to start anything). But Mark Madden made a good point on the radio today. Everyone knows how Kris Draper called out Crosby for not shaking Lidstrom's hand saying it was disrespectful, yadda yadda, etc. People (Pens haters) all over the internet's hockey message boards are making this into a huge deal. "Crosby is classless" and "Crosby needs to learn hockey's old traditions," is what people have recently been accusing him of. In Sid's defense, he was celebrating his team's first Stanley Cup Championship. The Pens are a young team and for many players on the team, this is their first championship. Unlike most players on the Wings who have multiple cups. So, its easy to guess that there aren't words to describe how excited Crosby, Malkin, Fleury and the rest of the 20-something crew were when the final horn sounded. Leading to an elongated celebration.

For the Wings, it looked like they couldn't get off the ice fast enough. Heading straight to the line, shaking hands, and leaving the ice. As we all know, Crosby was part of the losing side last year. Anyone remember that "I never want to be in this picture again" commercial? If not, here's the link ** http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_tpmQ9AAok ** That same picture was taken while the Penguins were WAITING for the Wings to be done celebrating so they could shake their hands. And what happens in return? Almost hypocritical if you ask me. Perhaps the Wings don't know that there is a classy way to lose as well as there is to win, most likely because they almost never fall short in a Stanley Cup Final.

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