May 13, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) waits for the puck drop on a face-off against the New York Rangers during the second period in game seven of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Rangers won 2-1 and took the series 4 games to 3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh columinst blames Penguins loss on Sidney Crosby

Since the Pittsburgh Penguins were bounced from the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the New York Rangers, people have been pointing fingers and trying to figure out who to blame. Rather than spread the blame from the top of the organization all the way down to the players, one Pittsburgh columnist decided to single out one player.

The article blamed Sidney Crosby for the Penguins failures and even went as far to accuse the star of not giving his full effort because he was unhappy.

Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review wrote:

Set aside, for a moment, Crosby’s paltry playoff numbers. This is bigger than that. It’s about the way he comported himself.

It’s about the mysteriously early exits from power plays, the drifting to the bench in the middle of shifts, the uncharacteristic snapping at the coach and the perpetually blank look on his face.

If we find out he was badly injured, different story. But there is no evidence of that. The evidence suggests Crosby was unhappy and wanted the world to know it.

Get a hold of yourself, Joe.

This is what happens when people don’t take a reasonable approach to the postseason.

Starkey, like many others, had unrealistic expectations for a team that was overcoming odds all season and still managed to make the second round of the postseason.

It is unfortunate to see Crosby take all of the criticism for the team’s disappointing playoff exit, when there are many others who are equally responsible. Blaming one player seems like something an overemotional fan would do, and not a columnist for a major player.

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