Some elite hockey players crumble under the expectations leading up to and during the time they represent their country at an Olympic games. Then there’s Sidney Crosby. Surely you’ve heard of him before. If not, consider this video of his astonishing goal against the Sabres Wednesday as a proper primer of how swiftly he can hurt the opposition.
Watch that video again. Crosby takes a pass at center ice with 17:56 remaining in the second period. When he does, three Sabres defenders are spread out across Buffalo’s blueline in front of him, and a fourth is closer to that blueline than any player other than Crosby.
Three seconds and a few short strides later, the puck is past Sabres star goalie Ryan Miller and in the net. If Crosby had scored any faster, it would’ve looked like computer-generated special effects.
Many Canadians are worried about who will replace Lightning star Steven Stamkos for Team Canada at the imminent Winter Games. But as long as they don’t have to replace Crosby, they’ll be dangerous in Sochi.