Playing hockey is much, much harder when you face a real NHL team instead of the Islanders.
Sidney Crosby saw this first hand as his Penguins fell to the Blues 3-2 in overtime Wednesday night. After lighting up the Islanders for two goals and two assists in his first game back from post-concussion syndrome, Crosby got nothing done against the Blues.
Sid the Kid earned three penalties while becoming increasingly frustrated by the Blues’ persistent checking. Ken Hitchcock’s team gave him a rough ride and knocked him off his game.
Crosby, in turn, was none too pleased by the officiating.
“I like to think I'm out there trying to score, not trying to take penalties and agitate,” Crosby told Pittsburgh reporters. “So if those were three infractions then there were definitely a handful on their side too. I'm fine with calling it tight as long as it's tight both ways. I don't know if that was the case tonight.”
As for his overall play, Crosby said: “Tonight was just mistakes, clear cut. I had a couple chances. I bobbled one and missed a pass on another. Whether it's rust or not, being ready or not focused or whatever it was, that's not good enough and we've got to make sure we're better.”