This is, above all, a team sport, and Sidney Crosby’s club had lost its previous 10 games.
Suffer through something like that, and individual issues — even a matchup with another of hockey’s spectacular young talents — become secondary, at best.
So putting up a career-high four points, while Washington phenom Alex Ovechkin was being held to one, wasn’t what made the Penguins’ 8-1 victory against the Capitals at Mellon Arena last night so satisfying for Crosby.
Simply being able to talk about a victory, instead of trying to explain yet another defeat, took care of that.
The bigger issue was the loss of Peter Forsberg, who left his second game in the last five complaining of pain in his left groin. The Flyers listed the injury as a “groin strain.”
When Forsberg left the building before last night’s game ended, he said in a taped interview with the team staff: “I felt the groin pop; well, not pop. But I got a little strain in my groin. There was no way I could play.”
During the same interview, he said: “I felt it right away, not like the last time where I came out and it got worse and worse. This time it was a sharp pain right off the bat.”
Ferguson: Leafs not shopping Sundin
The Toronto Maple Leafs are not trying to trade Mats Sundin, says John Ferguson.
Trade talks between teams are heating up around the league as the Olympic break approaches, says the Leafs’ GM, but the captain is staying put.
“I have not brought his name up,” says Ferguson. “I know there are a number of teams that certainly would value the services that he provides to us, as we do.