Sidney Crosby, Can't be Beat!
Even when he's shining, Sidney Crosby doesn't have a shadow.
There were days when a star center like the Penguins captain would have an
opposing forward following his every move, but the Ottawa Senators are trying to cover Crosby by employing a more modern tactic.
And it's failing miserably.
He leads all Stanley Cup playoffs scorers with seven points and five assists.
"It's a bit of making sure that we have an attack and making them defend a little more, and him specifically," Ottawa coach Cory Clouston said. "A little more physical, time and space. At times, we've done it. And, at times, his skill has shined. We've got to make it a little more difficult on him."
Crosby often has been matched against the shutdown defensive pairing of Anton Volchenkov and Chris Phillips.
Ottawa Is Terrible"Whoever is against them, we've got to make sure that we're not letting them get the speed," Senators center Mike Fisher said of Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. "If (Clouston) doesn't want to match, we've got to make sure we're all conscious."
Crosby drew Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg in the past two Cup Final meetings, but hasn't seen many opponents use the shadowing tactic.
"I don't think anybody really does that a ton anymore," Crosby said.
"Most times, teams don't want you to get the puck through the neutral zone, so they pretty much keep a guy on you and close to you. I don't think it's to the extent where guys follow each other all the way in every zone."
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