The Kid is done.
Fresh off their disappointing defeat to the Detroit Red Wings, the Penguins sit quietly in their dressing room. Nothing exemplifies the disappointment quite like the sagging body of Sidney Crosby.
The Penguins captain had made himself available on a daily basis, twice on game days, to the media. But not today. The Kid just sat slumped in his chair.
So with everything said and done, where does that leave us?
Well, to start, with eerie comparisons to the 1982-83 Edmonton Oilers. That team, led by Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Jari Kurri and the like, was beaten in the team's first Stanley Cup Finals appearance by the dynastic New York Islanders.
Gretzky held his own in his first Finals and the Oilers went on to win the Cup the next season.
That seems to be the set up for the Penguins. Crosby did well under immense pressure (six points in six Finals games) and the team seems set up to build on its experiences and thrive next season.
Both Crosby and the NHL can take solace that he performed tremendously throughout the playoffs (tied for the playoff lead in scoring with Conn Smythe winner Henrik Zetterberg with 27 points), never wilting under the tremendous pressure.
One just hopes that the Kid and company will take these lessons and build upon them.
This writer thinks he'll have a few more chances to hoist Lord Stanley's Cup.