On his next shift, Crosby stole the puck from Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne behind Nashville's net and created another quality chance.Less than a minute later, he took an errant pass deep in the right circle and directed the puck between his own legs before firing a cross-ice pass for another quality chance."When you have a guy who can elevate his play to that level, who is that determined, it's fun to see," said veteran forward Matt Cullen. He's our leader on and off the ice."Pittsburgh's other stars contributed, too.Yet, as far as I could tell, the only cliché the Penguins Four games into this Stanley Cup Final, that's one message that has not gotten through in Pittsburgh's dressing room.Trailing the Preds 3-1 near the end of Game 4 on Monday night in Nashville, the Penguins pulled their goalie, allowing for Crosby and Malkin to skate together.But it was clear after the resounding 6-0 win that Crosby -- now one win from a third Stanley Cup championship -- was mostly preoccupied with getting the Cup-clinching win Sunday night at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, where the Predators are 9-1 at home in the playoffs this season."Still a lot of work to be done," Crosby said. We've already played two games there and know the atmosphere and know how much they feed off their fans. Before some in attendance even had the chance to take their seats, Crosby was barreling down the ice toward Predators defensemen Ryan Ellis and Roman Josi, unraveling the pair before firing a shot on net.
Just like in Game 1, when the Pens' offense went 37 minutes without a shot on net.
What we do know, is that the couple are humble with their success and don’t feel the need to make headlines at every turn.
It wouldn’t be hockey if there weren’t a few cross-checks here and there and Stanley Cup champions such as Crosby, are no exception.
The 29-year-old Crosby is no stranger to concussions during his NHL career, requiring nearly two years to recover from one sustained in the 2011 Winter Classic.
He also missed the first six contests of this season with a concussion.