Wysłany: 2019-02-19, 02:05 Sidney Crosby is still the best hockey player in the world.
Sidney Crosby is still the best hockey player in the world. Red Auerbach Celtics Jersey . Thats not by any means an outrageous statement and its one that not too many would disagree with, at all. As Crosby and his Pittsburgh Penguins prepare for Game 7 against the New York Rangers in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, there is one thing about the Pens captain, though, that is considerably less definitive. When it comes to crunch time, is Sidney Crosby still the first player you would turn to? To the northwest of Pittsburgh, in St. Paul, Minnesota to be exact, there is another captain playing tonight in a game that could see his team advance to the conference final, just as Sidney Crosbys Penguins can. In Game 6 of their Western Conference second-round series, the Chicago Blackhawks - led by Jonathan Toews - can advance to a second-straight Western Conference Final by defeating the Minnesota Wild as they continue their defence of the Stanley Cup. As a two-time Stanley Cup winner and a two-time Olympic gold medalist, has Toews taken over the mantle as hockeys preeminent go-to guy? The suggestion that Crosby wouldnt be the first player you would turn to in the clutch is by no means a referendum on his status as the games best. It isnt and the Hart Trophy hes likely going to win next month at the NHL Awards (to go along with the one he earned in 2007), confirming his status as the NHLs MVP cements that. Crosby is hockeys best all-around player and has been for some time. Still, the Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia native has recently disappeared when the chips are down. Going into tonights game, Crosby has just one goal in his past 17 playoff games (of course, Rick Nash is enduring that exact same streak of futility, but thats another discussion altogether) and the indelible image of Crosby in these playoffs, thus far, was his Game 6 spear of Dominic Moore. Conversely, Toews could be looking at another Conn Smythe Trophy if he can help lead the Blackhawks to a third Stanley Cup in five seasons. While Crosby languishes with a solitary marker in this years playoffs, Toews has five in 11 games - with four of them game-winning goals. Thats now 10 game-winning goals in his career, most in his teams history. Sure, thats a long ways away from Wayne Gretzky and Brett Hulls joint record of 24 career game-winning goals in the playoffs, but its four more than Crosbys tally in eight fewer career playoff games. Perhaps, even more telling about Toewss current status of big game-breaker is that Crosby, upon being informed that he was being named Canadas captain for Sochi, reportedly wanted Toewss blessing before accepting the C. So who would you rather have in an elimination/advancement game like tonight: Sidney Crosby or Jonathan Toews? As always, its Your Call. Marcus Smart Celtics Jersey . 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The Ballydoyle trainer has a strong hand, headed by US Army Ranger, as he goes for a sixth win in the premier Classic at Epsom on Saturday.US Army Ranger was making only his second racecourse appearance when just beating stablemate Port Douglas in the Chester Vase, with the runner-up that day still in consideration for the Derby. Completing OBriens team are Dante Stakes second Deauville, Idaho, Shogun, Beacon Rock and Bravery.As expected, OBrien withdrew French 2000 Guineas winner The Gurkha.They are all still in the mix for the Derby, and the first half of the week will tell us a lot and well see the forecast, he said.Nothing has been decided yet about riding arrangements, and Ryan (Moore) will be left as long as he wants to make up his mind.The French Derby is the next day and well try to have runners in both.Connections of Deauville were pleased with his effort at York behind Wings Of Desire.Alex Cole, racing manager to co-owners Jim and Fitri Hay, said: It was a wonderful run. He got to the front a bit early.We dont know about the mile and a half yet, so lets hope.Jim Bolger would like to see good ground for Moonlight Magic, who had Shogun, Idaho and Beacon Rock in his wake when landing the Derrinstown Stud Trial at Leopardstown.Moonlight Magic is in good form and on target for Epsom, said the Coolcullen handler.I dont think the ground will get much worse than good, and Ill be happy if it is good.The other Irish-trained entry is Dermot Welds Harzand, who won the Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown last month.The market leader is Wings Of Desire, who was supplemented at a cost of £75,000 along with Cloth Of Stars, Humphrey Bogart and Red Verdon.Wings Of Desire burst on to the Derby scene when victorious in the Dante, having only made his racecourse debut last month.He bids to give trainer John Gosden back-to-back successes after Golden Horn 12 months ago.Godolphin, who own Moonlight Magic, have a second string to their bow in Cloth Of Stars, who wwon the Group Two Prix Greffulhe at Saint-Cloud for trainer Andre Fabre. Kevin Mchale Celtics Jersey. Ed Dunlops Red Verdon has earned his big chance by winning handicaps in tremendous fashion.Silvestre de Sousa, the champion jockey, has been booked for Red Verdon. He commented: I cantered him yesterday morning and he felt good.Red Verdon is a nice horse with lots of scope and we have not seen the best of him yet. He won very easily last time with George (Baker).The Richard Hannon-trained Humphrey Bogart won the Lingfield Derby Trial and has had experience of Epsom, having chased home So Mi Dar in the Investec Derby Trial.I am looking forward to the Investec Derby immensely. The horse is in great form, moving well and you never know, Hannon said.He has surprised me all along this season. I didnt think he would get a mile and a quarter - he did, I didnt think he would get a mile and a half and he did.He has been to Epsom, he gets the trip and has got a lot of speed for a Derby horse - he will have more of a turn of foot than a lot of them. I hope he settles and the faster they go the more it will suit him.To get in the first four of the Investec Derby with Humphrey Bogart would be outstanding. We are pleased to get him there, he has earned the money it cost to supplement him and he has earned his spot.Sir Michael Stoute is double-handed with impressive Newbury maiden winner Ulysses and Lingfield Derby Trial third Across The Stars.The form of the 2000 Guineas is represented by Massaat, who was runner-up to Galileo Gold. He will bid to give Owen Burrows a Classic winner in his first season as a trainer.Completing the list of entries are David Simocks Algometer and the Karl Burke-trained Biodynamic. 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