KID ROCKS: Love him or hate him, Crosby’s the best

Sidney Crosby.

He likes to flop. He beat the U.S. in the Olympics. He’s not Wayne Gretzky. And your girlfriend probably has a secret crush on him. Well, get over it. Sidney Crosby is the best player in the NHL and (if the season ended today) he would win his second Hart Trophy (NHL MVP).

Presenting the case for Crosby
Love him or hate him, “The Kid” is making the best case to date for being the “The Next One.”
Despite playing in six fewer games than the NHL’s top scorer, Steven Stamkos (67 points), Crosby sits just one point behind him.

And consider this: Crosby’s 25-game scoring streak, which included 26 goals and 24 assists, was the best stretch of the post-lockout era.

But statistics don’t tell the whole story. Crosby, once deemed a crybaby by his peers, is finally earning respect. His leadership skills are drawing comparisons to Hall of Famers like Steve Yzerman and even Mark Messier. Last year, Crosby won the coveted Mark Messier Leadership Award.

“I’m a big fan myself,” Messier said after presenting Crosby with the award. “He’s been the face of the NHL since he came into the league [at age 18]. A lot of pressure was put on Sidney to carry the league through the lockout season. … Not only did he do a tremendous job of doing that, but also, at the same time, leading his own team to a Stanley Cup.”

When Messier endorses you, you must be doing something right.

Midseason hardware

Vezina Trophy (best goaltender)
Left for dead after offseason surgery, Boston’s Tim Thomas has been the Berlin Wall. The 36-year-old leads the NHL with 1.81 goals-against (seven shutouts) and a .945 save percentage.

Norris Trophy (best defenseman)
We’re going old school with six-time winner Nicklas Lidstrom. He’s a more complete defender than our other two finalists: Atlanta’s Dustin Byfuglien and Boston’s Zdeno Chara.

Calder Trophy (best rookie)
San Jose’s Logan Couture is a more all-around threat, but Carolina’s Jeff Skinner leads all rookies by a full seven points (40). More impressive, he’s only 18 years old.

Jack Adams award (best coach)
Given a full year to integrate players into his system, Peter Laviolette’s Flyers own the best record in hockey. And he’s doing it with a rookie and career backup in net.

Biggest bust
New Jersey Devils. The dynasty is over, as they rank dead last in points (35). Plus, Martin Brodeur is a shell of himself.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Dogs are capable of feeling jealousy - U.S.…

By Curtis Skinner(Reuters) - Dogs are a man's best friend, and research released on Wednesday says canines want to keep it that way.Dogs are capable…

Local

G train riders brace for five-week shutdown

G train service will be suspended between Brooklyn and Queens between Friday, July 25, and Tuesday, Sept. 2.

International

Peaches Geldof's death was drugs-related, coroner rules

LONDON (Reuters) - The death of Peaches Geldof, the daughter of musician and Band Aid founder Bob Geldof, was drugs-related, a coroner ruled on Wednesday.The…

Local

Family, supporters gather in Brooklyn for Eric Garner…

Family members gathered on Wednesday for the funeral of Eric Garner, who died shortly after police put him in a banned chokehold as they arrested him.

Going Out

5 must-try dishes at Edible Manhattan's Good Beer

Rooting out the exotic amid the New York City bar scene is noble quest. But if you’d like to have it all come to you,…

Books

Art imitates life (almost) in David Shapiro's new…

David Shapiro talks about his book, "You're Not Much Use To Anyone."

Movies

Dakota Fanning's indie growing pains on 'Very Good…

Dakota Fanning on her latest "Very Good Girls."

Entertainment

Britney Spears launches new lingerie line and fans…

Women everywhere can say that they are not that innocent when Britney Spears launches her new lingerie and loungewear line. “Every woman should feel confident…

NFL

Jerry Reese confident with Giants, skipping countdown clocks…

Last year, Giants GM Jerry Reese installed a countdown clock in the locker room to inspire Big Blue to play in their own stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII.

MLB

Brandon McCarthy finds his calling on Twitter

Yankees starter Brandon McCarthy joined Twitter three year ago for the same reason many people do: to get news quickly.

Sports

NBA great LeBron James sends 800 cupcake apologies…

By Kim PalmerCLEVELAND (Reuters) - NBA star LeBron James, whose recent return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in his home state of Ohio sparked a frenzy…

NFL

Fantasy football: Johnny Manziel could give your running…

Fantasy football: Johnny Manziel could give your running game a boost

Food

Recharge with a post-workout smoothie from Nicky Hilton

Some people can roll out of bed right as their alarm goes off. And that alarm isn’t set for 20 minutes before they have to…

Education

Colleges are increasingly embracing the concept of gender-neutral…

  Northwestern University recently made headlines after announcing that it would be installing two gender-neutral bathrooms in the university's student center. “These are two gender-open…

Career

How to prepare to interview for your dream…

    Congratulations! You landed a job interview at your dream company! A lot of hard work has gone into determining which companies to apply…

Style

The shirtdress is a summer must-have

  We love throwing on our boyfriend’s shirt and a pair of jeans (no matter how much he grumbles that it’s his turn to wear the…