Sidney Crosby went off from the face-off circle in Game 2 against San Jose on Wednesday night, winning an impressive 71% (17 of 24). Crosby also won 56% (9 of 16) in Game 1 on Monday night. So is he just that good? Or is there something else at play here? San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture made a statement after the Game 2 overtime loss, accusing Crosby of “cheating” on the face-offs by timing them, a practice that normally gets players thrown out of the face-off circle. But Couture says that because it’s Crosby that’s doing it, of course, they’re not going to punish him. “He times them and they don’t kick him out for some reason, probably because of who he is” says Couture – per the Mercury News.
Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan also had something to say about Couture’s accusations. “I’m not concerned at all,” Sullivan said. “All centers, when they’re taking face-offs, they’re trying to get an edge. That’s just the reality of it. They’re doing the same thing that our guys are doing. “The way I look at it, that’s all part of being a center-iceman and trying to figure out ways to get an edge and be successful. So, Sid’s not doing anything that their guys aren’t doing”.
Perhaps one reason behind Couture’s accusations is that one of the many face-offs Crosby won Wednesday night led directly to the game-winning goal scored by Conor Sheary. Crosby won the face-off in the offensive zone back to Kris Letang, who then fed the hot-handed Sheary who did the rest from there. The goal was Sheary’s second already in the series. No matter what your opinion on Crosby is, you’ll be sure to see more controversy arise as the series continues, especially if Crosby keeps winning as many faceoffs as he has been.