Sidney Crosby, of the Pittsburgh Penguins, celebrates his third period goal against the New Jersey Devils during a game at Consol Energy Center on February 2, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (AFP)
Is it time for the NHL’s top player to be added to the all-embellishment team?
New Jersey Devils forward Patrik Elias thinks so.
During the second period of the Pens 5-1 dismantling of the Devils Saturday afternoon, Elias was whistled for holding Sidney Crosby. While the Czech centreman told reporters after the game he didn’t dispute the penalty, he called Crosby out for going down a little too easy.
“I didn’t like the way he went down,” Elias told the Newark Star-Ledger after the game. “I know I’m not that strong to throw him down. He made it look like I kicked his feet out.”
It’s not the first time Sid the Kid has gone down easy. Before missing time with a concussion, Crosby was frequently called out by players and fans around the league for attempting to draw penalties – something the league is beginning to crack down on.
During an NHL rules meeting late last year, the NHL considered implementing a fine system while prominently displaying the names of the NHL’s worst cheats in arenas across the league.
As of last season, Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler was at the top of the league’s all-embellishment list, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.
Chicago’s Dan Carcillo has been caught embellishing multiple times during his career and Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin is also in the conversation.
If he keeps it up, Crosby, one of the league’s top scorers, might just find himself alongside his teammate in the weeks to come.
Elias will have an opportunity to hit back at Crosby next week when the Pens travel to Newark.