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Crosby Takes High Road, Declines To Respond To Dubinsky

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Sidney Crosby on Wednesday wanted no part of responding to or rebutting less than flattering comments from one of his longtime on-ice nemeses, Brandon Dubinsky.

With interview restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there had not been an opportunity to ask Crosby about Dubinsky last week calling Crosby someone who ”whined” and pointing to fellow star Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals as handling himself better.

“I don’t really need to go there,” Crosby said when PHN asked him Wednesday if he cared to respond to Dubinsky’s comments.

“It was a week ago, and he can say what he wants.”

Dubinsky, a Columbus Blue Jackets forward whose career appears to be over because of a wrist injury, made some comments about Crosby on the Garage Beers Podcast.

In comparing Crosby and Ovechkin, Dubinsky said, “Man, f— Sid. I’ll take Ovi any day of the week.”

Dubinsky has always played a tough, physical game against Crosby. In November 2015, he was suspended for a game for crosschecking Crosby in the neck.

During the podcast last week, Dubinsky recounted asking Ovechkin for, and getting, an autographed stick but added, “I would never ask Sid for a stick. Ever.”

After the podcast and some fallout, Dubinsky posted this on his Twitter account:

Crosby is no newbie to criticism. Just ask the Philadelphia Flyers fans, who have chanted “Crosby sucks!” at him for years. That has happened in Washington, too.

He has at times been accused of diving and embellishing.

Over the weekend, Crosby was widely accused of embellishing when he drew a double-minor penalty for a butt-end to the face from Boston’s Patrice Bergeon on a faceoff Saturday. Bruins fans hit social media hard about it, and even Boston Hockey Now took up the cause.

Certainly, Crosby could have pointed out that he has three Stanley Cups and many more trophies and accolades, while Dubinsky, who also played for the New York Rangers, has no Cups. But that’s not Crosby’s style.

Crosby rarely shows anger or a lot of emotion publicly off the ice, but he seemed less than thrilled by the Dubinsky topic Wednesday beyond his brief, aforementioned, response. He quickly put an end to the conversation during his virtual meeting with reporters this way:

“If you guys have any more hockey questions, I’d love to answer those.”

That little smirk as the question begins probably says it all:

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Shelly is a columnist and reporter for Pittsburgh Hockey Now. She was a Penguins beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and remains a contributor to The Hockey News. Catch her on Twitter @_shellyanderson

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David
David
6 months ago

That is exactly how a response to BS ought to go. Sid is great at that. BTW — he must be really good at diving because he had blood on this lip against Boston. Maybe he had some red dye in his pocket.

Andy
Andy
6 months ago

Dubinsky has earned the right to criticize Crosby after all the Stanley Cups he won (zero).

crazyhorse87
crazyhorse87
6 months ago

When somebody is saying somebody whines really really sounds like they’re whining.

Ed Andrews
Ed Andrews
6 months ago

Who is whining now Dubs – pay attention to your own little world and to your wrist injury that is probably going to end your career and not to the big boys and stop emulating and acting like your soon to be x coach Torts

Last edited 6 months ago by Ed Andrews
Jim
Jim
6 months ago

Ya Sid dove and embellished the hit. So what did he do to get the 4 minutes did he bite down on his lip to drawl blood also Doshitsky isn’t even a has been he’s a never was.

Nick James
Nick James
6 months ago

Sid has more class in his little finger than Dubinsky has hockey talent in his whole body! Sid is a class act. Look at the points between Sid and Ovechkin. Sid missed games because of injury and he still has more career points than Ovy. He also has more Stanley cups because he’s unselfish. Ovy not so much .

AvsFan
AvsFan
6 months ago

Honestly Dubinsky just made himself look pathetic here, going after a guy that’s got more talent in his pinky than Dubibsky. Talking about how he fan boys out over Ovechkin asking him for signed gear, dude you’re a competitor, have some self-respect. He’s always kind of rubbed me the wrong way, he’s always the first guy to jump someone for a clean hit on a teammate.

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[…] Sidney Crosby on Wednesday wanted no part of responding to or rebutting less than flattering comments from one of his longtime on-ice nemeses, Brandon Dubinsky. With interview restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there had not been an opportunity to ask Crosby about Dubinsky last week calling Crosby someone who ”whined” and pointing to fellow star Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals as handling himself better. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now) […]

brohlf96
brohlf96
6 months ago

Dubs is just mad because 87 laid the beat down on him when they dropped the gloves serval years back. Also look at the stats Ovi played 164 more games then Sid. 87 is still only 6 points behind him!

Dennis
Dennis
6 months ago

Dubinsky, as they say, is a whiny little bitch with no class. Compare that to Sid, arguably one of the greatest players of his generation. Dubinsky says he’ll take Ovechekin, let’s see 3 Cups to 1 hmmm Dubinsky is even dumber than he looks.

David
David
6 months ago

Ovi is a puck hog. Look at the games played and assists. Crosby is a team player

Last edited 6 months ago by David
jackw
jackw
6 months ago

The only person who has ever cared about what Dubinsky had to say is Dubinsky’s mom. And actually, maybe not even her.

SgtRabbi27
SgtRabbi27
6 months ago

I get that at some point the question had to be asked, but did she really need to read the whole quote to him?

Marko
Marko
6 months ago

Brandon the Bum Ski said what? Sid played most of his career with a wrist injury. The Bum Ski can’t even do that…. who exactly is the whiner…..

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