Penguins star Sidney Crosby driven by pride

Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby handles the puck as Colorado Avalanche center Nathan...

Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby handles the puck as Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon defends during NHL play at the CONSOL Energy Center. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:20 PM ET

If Maple Leaf fans are still reliving the nightmare of having their hearts stomped on by the big Bad Boston Bruins during the playoffs this past spring, Sidney Crosby must feel like the Beantowners ripped the ticker right out of his gut.

At least the Leafs got to a Game 7. At least, for 45 minutes of the decisive game, there was the flickering hope of being able to dispose of Claude Julien's team before the Bruins made their historic comeback to advance past Toronto in the first round.

Two rounds later, Crosby and the Pens never even got that close. They didn't even win a game against the Bruins. The Leafs, at least, won three.

As the top player in the game, Sid The Kid is driven by pride. He might not wear his emotions publicly on his sleeve in the same way as, say, Alex Ovechkin, his rival who has been known to slam his body against the glass to celebrate a huge goal.

But don't be fooled.


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