Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby may have just had one of the more regrettable moments of his career.
The Penguins are facing off against the Washington Capitals in Game 3 of their second round patch up in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs and, although the first period went by without incident, things got really heated in the second period of action between these two teams. The Penguins applied significant pressure on Washington Capitals enforcer Tom Wilson, laying numerous hits on him and consistently trying to make him uncomfortable, but it was Wilson's hit that truly ignited things.
Wilson crushed Penguins rookie forward Zachary Aston-Reese with a thunderous hit that made significant contact with the head of Aston-Resse, and one that knocked him out of the game as well. Wilson was not penalized on the play and from that moment forward the second period was a vicious and hard fought battle on both sides.
In one of the many scrums that we got during the moments that followed that hit Penguins captain Sidney Crosby appeared to cross a line that in the eyes of many should never be crossed. Crosby appeared to attempt to spit on an opposing player who appears outside of the frame in the camera shot, a player that he was obviously not very happy with.
It's an ugly move from a player that many consider to still be the face of the sport. That being said you do have to add the fact that this is an extremely heated playoff rivalry and Crosby had just witnessed yet another one of his teammates go down at the hands of Tom Wilson. That being said Crosby did not receive a penalty on the play despite the fact that there were numerous NHL officials, who admittedly had their hands full at this point, very nearby at the time.
It may be a gross move from the Penguins captain but I doubt much will come of it at least as far as the NHL is concerned. In the first round of the playoffs the NHL opted not to discipline Bruins forward Brad Marchand for a licking/kissing incident involving Toronto Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov, instead the NHL is believed to have reached out to the Bruins and ask that they put a stop to the behavior. Given the somewhat similar nature of these two incidents I expect a similar response from the league.