Crosby ups work ethic
Here is what Penguins center Sidney Crosby did at a fast-paced practice, a day after a 2-1 loss to San Jose in which he had an assist but no shots for the eighth time in his career and had one of his less successful nights in the faceoff circle, winning four and losing 16:
Crosby was the first one on the ice at HP Pavilion, the second the doors closed behind the Zamboni and almost 20 minutes before practice was due to start.
Before the formal part of the session, he worked against Mike Zigomanis, the team's top faceoff man, taking draws in both directions.
During the final drill -- breakaways followed by a rink-long skate and a place back in line for every shooter who missed -- Crosby scored early, then went to the idle end of the rink to work on chipping passes from the right dot into the slot. Eventually, he recruited rookie defenseman Alex Goligoski to repeatedly slide so Crosby could practice making those chips over a sprawled body.
Nobody could demand more from Sidney than Sidney. He's special.