Cheaters never prosper.
Or so we like to believe.
The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the San Jose Sharks 2-1 in overtime last night to take a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup final.
After the game, Sharks forward Logan Couture accused Penguins captain Sidney Crosby of cheating.
He told reporters that Crosby gets preferential treatment from officials on faceoffs.
Couture said Crosby “cheats” because he times the faceoffs and “they don’t kick him out because of who he is.”
Crosby won 71% of his 24 faceoffs in Game 2 and his faceoff win led the game winning goal.
Sour grapes from Couture, or is he saying what everyone else is thinking?
When you dig a little deeper, stats don’t support Couture’s claim.
Crosby finished this season ranked 23rd in the NHL among centres who took at least 1,000 faceoffs, winning 51.7% of the time.
If he’s cheating, that number should be a lot higher than just over half, don’t you think?
I’ll chalk Couture’s comments up to the fact that San Jose has lost the first two games of this series, and a bad attempt at getting under Sid’s skin.