Balanced attack keeps people off Crosby's back

PAUL FRIESEN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 12:23 PM ET

He may be just 17, but as the hottest goal-scorer at the World Junior Championship, Sidney Crosby isn't sneaking up on anybody now that the medal round is here. So does that mean he'll be draped with the opposing team's top checker from now on?

"I'm not sure," Crosby said. "We have four lines that can score."

A check of the stats confirms it.

In addition to its top line of Crosby (six goals), Patrice Bergeron (three) and Corey Perry (two), Team Canada has the Jeff Carter-Ryan Getzlaf-Andrew Ladd trio, which has combined for 10 goals.

Then there's Winnipegger Nigel Dawes, with Michael Richards and Anthony Stewart, the top line at last year's tournament. All three have scored here, too.

And Canada's supposed fourth line is anchored by Clarke MacArthur, who has four goals.

"If all four lines are driving, it's pretty hard for teams to key on one line," Crosby said.


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