Tempers were sky high during Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals on June 1! After Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby messed with San Jose Sharks’ Joe Thornton, the Pens star got his helmet punched clear off his head! Click to watch.
Normally, a shark would win in a fight with a penguin, but during the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals, it’s been the other way around. Sidney Crosby, 28, and the Pittsburgh Penguins had demolished Joe Thornton, 36, and his San Jose Sharks, and when Sidney got a little too cocky, Joe decided to throw a punch!
These two hockey stars clashed during Game 2 at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 1, according to SB Nation. Joe was clearly frustrated that his Sharks were being turned into Penguin food by Sidney’s team. When the Pens captain pushed Joe up against the boards, he responded by smacking Sidney’s helmet right off his dome! Though that could have netted Joe a penalty, the refs didn’t call one.
Sidney got the best revenge on Joe and the Sharks, calling an overtime play that handed the Pens the win. Sidney won the face-off, per Deadspin, passing the puck to Kris Letang, 29, who handed it off to Conor Sheary, 23. Conor fired the puck into the net and Pittsburgh took a 2-0 lead in the NHL Finals.
“He said he was going to win it to me,” Kris said, when explaining Sidney’s plan to reporters after the game, per NHL.com. “[Sidney] was going to win [the face-off] and I had to find Sheary.” This incredible play was something Sidney came up on the fly, showing that to win this series, a team will need to improvise.
— Alex Iniguez (@alexiniguez) June 2, 2016
Not everyone was thrilled with Sidney’s skills. “He cheats. He gets away with it. He’s Sidney Crosby” Logan Couture, Sharks’ Forward, said after the loss, per USA Today. When asked why Sidney manages to win face-offs, Logan simply said, “He times them, and yet they don’t kick him out for some reasons – probably because of who he is.”
Sidney has won 52.7% of his face-offs in the NHL playoffs and he won 71% of them in Game 2. Will he continue this streak when the Stanley Cup Finals roll into San Jose for Game 3 on June 4? The Sharks are hungry for a win, and they’ll be focused less on punching and more on scoring.
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