Monday, May 04, 2009

No hats for hat tricks?

As every hockey fan knows, from novice to fanatic, throwing hats on the ice when a hometown player scores the third goal of his hat trick is a custom that dates back as far as I can remember.

But, according to Sidney Crosby, Washington fans shouldn't have thrown their hats on the ice after Alex Ovechkin's third goal, his first NHL playoff hat trick. Ovechkin's goal put the Caps up for the first time in the game, and they held on 4-3.

"People kept throwing hats," Sidney Crosby said tonight. "I was just asking if he could make an announcement to ask them to stop. I mean, the first wave came and then I think they were all pretty much picked up, and then more started coming. So for us, we just wanted to make sure we kept kind of moving and kept the game going, wanted to try to get back in it. So wasn't complaining about anything."

Huh? I hope Crosby remembers to tell the officials on the Penguins' home ice to make an announcement to their fans not to throw their hats after he or any other Penguin scores three goals in a game.

I wrote the other day that Crosby's whining is the only drawback to his so-far spectacular NHL career. Read more here.

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