Thank you, thank you very much!
That may have been just one of the thoughts in Sidney Crosby's mind after finally scoring a goal in the Stanley Cup Finals.
He may have been thanking Evgeni Malkin for the pass. He may have been thanking Chris Osgood for the wide open net. He may have even been thanking the hockey God's who have seemed to stifle him with ever hit post and other bad break he has had this series.
Ultimately, he was thanking his critics.
For the naysayers who pronounced Crosby as obsolete in these finals and those who truly believe that he isn't the face of the NHL, Crosby's game-winning goal was a thing of beauty.
Soon thereafter, he found himself nearly unconscious on the ice due to Kris Letang's joy!
Were it not for Malkin's precise stick handling for the game's first goal, or for the speed which Jordan Staal showed on his short-handed goal, or for the unheralded tic-tac-toe goal scored by Tyler "Mr." Kennedy, Crosby's goal would be the number-one play on the big network's top 10.
For all the accolades that Crosby receives, he in turn receives dumbfounded amounts of criticism from the media in a way that makes Tiger Woods look human and Crosby the robot.
Malkin is now five points shy of Wayne Gretzky's single-season playoff point's total. What many have overlooked is that Crosby's is a mere nine points away as well.
If the series were to go seven games, three points per contest is not out of the question for Crosby. Have you noticed he has began to heat up?
While most have written Crosby off because of his lack of goal scoring, a select few of understood the importance of his all-around game. You know, the all-around game that makes him the best player in the world!
Yes, better than the offensive-minded Alexander Ovechkin. Yes, better than Stanley Cup finals opponent Henrik Zetterberg. And, if by the smallest of margins, better than teammate Malkin.
When it seemed—or was deemed by many—that Crosby was nowhere to be found in the building, last night proved the magic he brings to the game.
Elvis Presley thrilled the masses with his songs and his dance moves, Crosby thrills his generation's masses with his uncanny ability to control a game, even if it isn't on the scoresheet.
Many believe the "King" is still alive to this day. With his slicked hair and swift moves on the ice, could the "Kid" be the "King"?
Sometime today, the Kid will be on his way to Detroit for Game Five tomorrow night. Just as soon as he gets there with his team, he will be thinking of "leaving the building" with a 3-2 series lead!
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