Red Wings’ Kris Draper Says Sidney Crosby Snubbed Lidstrom
Total Pro Sports – Following a Stanley Cup victory, it is easy for players of the winning team to get all caught up in the emotions that come with such an achievement. Sometimes they can even get a little too caught up in the moment.
That was the excuse that Pittsburgh Penguins vice president Tom McMillan gave following accusations from the Red Wings’ Kris Draper that Pens captain Sidney Crosby snubbed Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom during post-game handshakes.
“Nick was waiting and waiting, and Crosby didn’t come over to shake his hand,” Draper told an Associated Press reporter a couple hours later as he was leaving Joe Louis Arena. “That’s ridiculous, especially as their captain, and make sure you write that I said that!” [NBC Sports]
In response to Draper’s comments, McMillan had the following to say:
“Nobody respects the traditions of hockey more than Sidney Crosby. It was a young team celebrating its first Cup and some of the guys might have been a little late getting into the handshake line.”
After celebrating for a while and relishing the moment, Crosby eventually made his way over to shake hands, but by that time Lidstrom and several other Red Wings had already made their way to the dressing room. Players on the losing team are often quick to leave the ice following the loss and this was no different. Johan Franzen, who injured Crosby during the game, was still around and exchanged words with the Pens captain. Sid also shook some other hands before returning to his teammates to celebrate.
It is tough to say if either party’s actions were wrong. The post-series handshake is a customary thing in the NHL playoffs and should be respected by all players. It is unsportsmanlike to have the other team wait and watch as you take your time celebrating. And let’s face it. No one likes to be snubbed. Not even by Alex Rios, or Dana White.
Was that the case here? Check out this clip see for yourself.