It’s Sidney Crosby’s birthday, but it was No. 87 himself that brought gifts.
Set for release on his 32nd, the Pittsburgh Penguins superstar centre made his debut appearance on Barstool’s Spittin’ Chiclets podcast to cover a variety of topics with co-hosts and former teammates Ryan Whitney and Paul Bissonnette.
Each in the Penguins system through the mid-to-late 2000s, Crosby, Whitney and Bissonnette had ample stories to share from the early years before the chat led them to the 2010 Olympic Final, where Crosby and Whitney played on opposite sides.
Crosby shared some insight on his experience that night, including the “sick” feeling he had when Zach Parise tied the game late for the Americans, the calming confidence Scott Neidermeyer inspired, and the thought process that went into scoring one of the most famous goals in hockey history.
“I used to do this drill growing up,” Crosby began. “It was 10 pucks, and you just shoot 10 into the net. The pucks were scattered all over the offensive zone. You didn’t necessarily know where the net was sometimes, you’re just trying to get 10 pucks in with the best time you can get. You’re trying to score 10 goals on an empty net.
“It’s pretty hard, because once you get tired, you’re skating out to the blue line, you’re turning, you’re firing. When you miss, the puck goes into the corner, and you have to go chase it down. It was just annoying. It’s kinda like a bag skate,” he explained.
“Anyways, that drill used to give those bad angles all the time. You don’t really look at the net a lot, you just let it go. It was one of those things where the puck just popped out and for whatever reason I shot it.”
This led Whitney to interject: “So basically my gold medal dreams were crushed at a rink in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia at 5:30 in the morning in 2001.”