What a whirlwind of a week! I don't know about any of you fans, but these come-from-behind wins are already giving me fits. Admittedly, having only a few games to work with for this weeks column
did not give me much to go on in the way of content at least where the Penguins are concerned. This is why some aspects outside of the team have been added and deserving so.
Therefore, starting in November, Crowns and Clowns will be compiled from two weeks worth of games in order to have a bigger sample size. With that said, here is what I have come up with for Week #2.
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Oct. 25th's game against the Florida Panthers was already a game highlighted on the calendar. It brought Jaromir Jagr back to Pittsburgh (as a member of the Panthers) in the 50th anniversary season and got fans and media alike discussing whether or not his jersey should be retired in Pittsburgh once he leaves the game for good. All of that was overshadowed come game time when number 87 took the ice.
He was back. Sidney Crosby had returned.
After missing the first six games due to a concussion sustained on Oct. 7th, Crosby would elevate his team (down 2-0 most of the way through the second period) to a 3-2 victory over the Cats. His power play goal at 13:41 of the second period opened the scoring and the Panthers would have no answer for the rest of the game. He would finish with roughly eighteen minutes of ice time and register four shots.
Oh Captain, our Captain, you wear the Crown again.
King- Craig Anderson:
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Just days after the NHL held their "Hockey Fights Cancer" night, Senators GM Pierre Dorion announced that Anderson's wife, Nicholle, was diagnosed with cancer and that the goalie would be taking a leave of absence from the team in order to be with her.
Soon after the announcement, the Senators other goalie, Andrew Hammond, sustained a groin injury and is to be out at least a week. Knowing that his team needed him, Nicholle encouraged and persuaded her husband to re-join the team.
With his wife's diagnosis heavy on his heart, and playing against a hot Oilers team, Anderson would dig deep and help bring his team to a 32-save shut out victory. At games end, he was swarmed by his team in congratulations and supportive hugs and head taps. He was then announced as the number one star of the game. You can watch everything unfold in the clip below.
We wish Craig and Nicholle all the best in her fight. We may be on different sides, but in the end, it is all one hockey family.
This clip... wonderful. pic.twitter.com/q0IK9iISUG— Alheli Picazo (@a_picazo) October 31, 2016
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