Sidney Crosby and Brandon Dubinsky (Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)
Sidney Crosby doesn't fight often, but when he does, he makes news – and he did just that Thursday when he fought Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky in Pittsburgh. It was the seventh scrap of Crosby's nine-year NHL career, but not the most memorable.
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is playing his tenth NHL season. And thanks to his actions in Thursday's game against Columbus – a game in which Crosby got into a showdown with Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky – the superstar center is edging closer to averaging one fight per year after recording the seventh fight of his career.
Crosby's first fight of this season occurred late in the second period of the game at Consol Energy Center when he and Dubinsky became tangled up in the corner. The nastiness quickly spiked, but what ensued was mostly just thrown gloves and a whole bunch of clutching: (video via SomeHockeyVideos)
Neither Dubinsky nor Crosby landed any particularly memorable blows in the extremely brief fight, but because a player of Crosby's stature was one of the participants, it's going to remain lodged in the minds of the star's fans and those who suffer from Crosby Derangement Syndrome for some time. And given that both players are (a) in their prime; and (b) are divisional rivals, this fight may not have been the last of their clashes.