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Penguins Practice: Matheson Returns, Crosby Goes Spin-O-Rama

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Pittsburgh Penguins practice, UPMC Lemieux Complex

Mike Matheson, wooden sticks, and Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby scooped the puck on his stick to do a spin-o-rama “Michigan” style goal. And this was just the five minutes before Penguins practice began.

Skills coach Ty Hennes could be heard yelling to winger Bryan Rust, “like Mario!” as Rust fired his first few shots with the old-school wooden twig.

However, it was Crosby who cracked himself up. With a big grin, he twirled past the circles, puck held on his blade by centripetal force, and whipped it into the net.

It wasn’t just a “Michigan” or “lacrosse” style goal. Crosby had to add a layer of difficulty as he put the Savardian spin into the routine because he’s Sidney Crosby.

It earned a score of 10 from PHN but only an 8.5 from the Russian judges.

Here’s the still photo. I apologize that I wasn’t taking video at that moment. The following has been authenticated by the History Channel (joke. They don’t care if things are true).

Crisis Averted

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