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Crosby needs to keep cool head against Columbus, Dubinsky

- April 17th, 2014

So we all know that Mr. Sidney Crosby is the best hockey player in the world.

He’s accomplished, highly decorated, widely respected.

The Columbus Blue Jackets also know this, and they are not about to handle Crosby with care in the first round of this year’s NHL playoffs.

Now, having the Jackets appear in the post-season for only the second time in franchise history is pretty cool. They played relatively well in Wednesday’s Game 1 and the Jackets were able to gain the lead twice in the contest — a playoff first for the franchise.

They ended up losing the game, 4-3, but you could see the fight in this team. They’re ready for Game 2.

Brandon Dubinsky was paired up against Crosby for the whole game, and his job was simple: Shut the kid down.

Crosby played well, picking up an assist, but on numerous occasions you could see Dubinsky hacking, tripping, and pushing him around in front of the net. Dubinsky is known as a player who will try to wear you down and get into your head with certain dirty stunts, and he did just that in Game 1.

Need some evidence?

As bad as these hacks look, it took a while for them to elicit a reaction from the superstar in terms of any sort of retaliation.

No. 87 found himself locked in a few tussles and exchanged personal chirps with Dubinsky. And you could tell Dubinsky’s agitation was wearing him down. Exactly what Columbus wants.

Going forward, Crosby needs to keep a cool head.

If the Penguins want to improve on Game 1′s narrow victory, their best player needs to worry more about his play and less about mucking it up with Dubinsky after the whistles.

A little less of this…

…will result in a little more of this:

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