Sucker Punch in the Steel City: Sidney Crosby Punches Nic Dowd in the Face, Dmitry Orlov Scores Moments Later

When it comes to national television matchups, there is perhaps no better than the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins. When these two, longtime rivals play one another, a playoff-like feel is apparent and tempers can sometimes flare. During the team’s opening period against the Pens, Washington Capitals Center Nic Dowd was sucker-punched by Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.

With the puck leaving the Caps’ defensive zone, Crosby and Dowd became entangled in a scuffle, which ended with the Penguins’ superstar throwing a left to the jaw of Dowd, who fell to the ice momentarily.

The play drew a penalty from the officials, however Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov scored prior to Pittsburgh gaining possession of the puck, negating a potential power play for the visiting Caps.

This is not the first incident in which Crosby has reacted in such a way against the Capitals this season. In an eventual 6-1 Caps win, Crosby sent Washington defenseman Martin Fehervary into the end-boards, which did not receive disciplinary action from the NHL.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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5 Responses to Sucker Punch in the Steel City: Sidney Crosby Punches Nic Dowd in the Face, Dmitry Orlov Scores Moments Later

  1. novafyre says:

    That is not a hockey play. Anyone else would get suspended. Wilson would be suspended for the rest of the season.

    Sid has a temper and it’s a shame that he has been Canada’s Golden Boy and allowed to get away with garbage he has done.

  2. novafyre says:

    “Crosby sent Washington defenseman Martin Fehervary into the end-boards, which did not receive disciplinary action from the NHL.”

    Let’s be clear — Sid did not even get a phone call from DOPES to discuss it. DOPES totally ignored it.

  3. DC Scappeli says:

    DoPS is a joke….I hope someone cleans Crosby’s clock the next time he pulls crap like this.

    • novafyre says:

      That’s why I call the office DOPES. I was hoping one of the Preds would clean his clock today but alas, they just let him score twice.

  4. Mary lou Jenkins says:

    Crosby has been the victim all his career because he’s a star ,I’ve seen so many hits,not legal on other guys and no penalty because Crosby us who he is hes always been blamed for so much more., if he has a temper lol he won’t be the 1st and he won’t be the last .

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