Former NHL All-Star Jeremy Roenick has a knack for saying things that have a way of coming back to haunt him. On Monday night, he may have set a new record courtesy of Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.
During the second-period intermission of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Pittsburgh, Roenick offered a scathing criticism of Crosby’s work ethic. The criticism was arguably somewhat fair given Crosby’s Penguins were trailing the Tampa Bay Lightning in the series after dropping the first game at home, but Crosby was still putting up more shots than most of his teammates.
"If I were Sidney Crosby right now, I'd watch the work ethic that Jonathan Drouin has on a nightly basis." – @Jeremy_Roenick
— NBC Sports PR (@NBCSportsPR) May 17, 2016
The reaction to that comment did not go over particularly well with the masses.
Crosby needs to start producing. But what Roenick said about him during the intermission is criminally stupid.
— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_PGH) May 17, 2016
Sidney Crosby, who lives and breathes hockey? Okay Roenick, okay. https://t.co/pVDyqUgGfT
— #burghproud (@taylastivka) May 17, 2016
— First 2017 Fatality (@hockeenight) May 17, 2016
Crosby very likely was unaware of the comments, but he sure came through in a big way to silence that criticism from Roenick. Crosby scored the game-winning goal to even the series at one game apiece with a one-timer off a pass just 40 seconds into the overtime session. It was the first postseason overtime goal of Crosby’s career, and it could not have come at a better time.
— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) May 17, 2016
Crosby was named the first star of the game. Drouin was awarded the third star of the game in the losing effort. Advantage on this night? Crosby.