Sidney Crosby Needed No More Than One Hand To Remind The Hockey World That He's Still The Best Player In It
You know what's truly crazy about this goal? The casualness of it. Yes, cutting through the teeth (well, more like gums) of the entire Sabres "defense" was nice, and anyone that's ever touched a hockey stick knows how impressive (borderline impossible) it is to be able to lift the puck with velocity while using one hand. However, the fact that Sidney Crosby hardly even looked like he was trying while he did those things is probably the most undeniable reminder of how talented he truly is.
The nonchalantness of that play looked like something you would see out of a former D1 athlete attempting the moves that would have never worked in college against 40 year fathers that polished off 3-4 beers before they even went out for warmups. That's partially due to the fact that Buffalo played the type of matador defense that would give Walt Clyde Frazier a pants pun-ishing stiffy and Rex Ryan harrowing flashbacks, but it's also because Sidney Crosby is THAT much better than his professional peers. 'The (29 year old) Kid' didn't even contemplate putting his bottom hand back on his stick before firing a backhander from just inside the hashmarks. Didn't even consider any other option than doing something that only a handful of people in the world are capable of when there is not an NHL defenseman breathing down their neck. It's not the thought that counts on the scoreboard, but having the confidence to try that is damn near as awe inspiring as the flawless execution of it.
If it makes the Connor McDavid loyalists feel any better than he is still kind of an overbearing cocksucker. Doesn't take away from his own ability, but it does take away from the viewer's ability to wholeheartedly respect it sometimes...
At least he's got a dentist visit to worry about after trying to perform an on-ice castration. Only right I suppose...