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Red Wings-Penguins: Why Sidney Crosby Really Scares Me Now

Erin McLaughlinSenior Analyst IIJune 12, 2009

PITTSBURGH - JUNE 09:  Goaltender Chris Osgood #30 of the Detroit Red Wings defends the goal against Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game Six of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals at the Mellon Arena on June 9, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Tonight is the game for all the marbles. The winner is the Stanley Cup Champions. The Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins have had already had one of the best Stanley Cup Finals in a long time. Tonight should be no different and I expect a great game.

So far the Wings have done a great job of shutting down Sidney Crosby. He has no goals in the series and only one assist. The last time he was in Detroit, he was given a penalty late in the game. Then the fans were heckling him after the penalty. Based on that why would I have any reason to fear Crosby for tonight?

Well think of it like this. In baseball who is the hitter in the majors that you fear the most? For me it is Albert Pujols. Now if your team was in a playoff series with the Cardinals and your pitchers shut Pujols down for the first six games then the fans heckled him, would you fear him more or less?

I would fear him more. There is nothing like a hungry superstar. Crosby will not want to go out of this series without leaving his mark on it. All the game heckling did was add fuel to the fire. True superstars respond to that by making a strong statement.

While I am hopeful that the Wings can and will win another cup. However, this is the guy who scares me now more than ever.

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