Pittsburg Penguins captain Sidney Crosby dropped his gloves on Saturday night, going after Columbus Blue jackets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois in the second period of the game.
Crosby seemingly took issue with Dubois when, just earlier, the Blue jackets forward caught the Pens’ Jake Guentzel with an unnecessary hit up high.
A jab to the back of Sidney Crosby by Pierre-Luc Dubois would open the door to the fun-for-fans but otherwise flat fight. Crosby turned and the two went back and forth with a few shoves, then tossed their mitts.
Dubois at 6’3″ maneuvered the 5’11” Crosby to the boards, leading to a few shots between them and an eventual takedown by Sid the Kid.
The crowd roared, giving Crosby a standing ovation.
This is Sidney Crosby’s first NHL bout since 2015 and his eighth fight in the league overall. Coincidentally, Crosby found himself up against Brandon Dubinsky in 2015, another member of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Reactions to the action online was mixed, with some members of the Twitterverse overjoyed at getting to witness Sidney Crosby scrap, some think he wrestled his way out of trouble, and other who think it’s best for the star to keep his gloves on in the future.
@Hetrik0708 said on Twitter, “I watched Sidney Crosby fight live tonight, so you can say my life is complete.”
@TheCBJArtillery says, “The best part of Crosby fighting is that he tries to push the other player to the ice so the refs will step in to stop the fight after he gets hit. Rather than, ya know, fighting.”
“Sidney Crosby has lengthy concussion issues. Sees a teammate get cheap shotted and takes it upon himself to fight? Why because that’s how the fucking game works. A real player knows better. Figure it out you clowns. #HockeyTwitter,” @KnuckleUpHockey chimed in with a legitimate point.
Whether you think Crosby took out Dubois or you think that that he wrestled away the pain, he more than likely garnered a little respect from some for appearing to stick up for his teammate.