The rivalry between Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and the Columbus Blue Jackets continues.
The Penguins and Blue Jackets faced off on Saturday night and although the Penguins superstar forward has historically clashed with Columbus Blue Jackets agitator Brandon Dubinsky it was another Blue Jacket that drew the ire of Crosby on Saturday. In fact Dubinsky wasn't even on the ice this time around but Blue Jackets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois was more than willing to fill the shoes normally filled by his teammate.
Dubois had already taken some liberties earlier in the period when he delivered a big hit to Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel along the boards, one that the Pittsburgh Penguins broadcast felt had come up a little high on Guentzel. It is unclear if Crosby took notice of this or not, but he certainly took notice of the stiff crosscheck Dubois delivered to his lower back later in the period, and that was the moment when Crosby decided he had seen enough of the Blue Jackets former first round pick.
Crosby immediately turned on the much bigger man and threw his gloves off in the process, indicating that he wanted to deliver some punishment of his own to Dubois. That punishment however never came as both men engaged in what can only really be described as a grappling match with really no offense coming from either man, this in spite of the fact that the Penguins broadcast gushed at the "strength" of Crosby. At the end of the day the two men jostled for position and before long they were both down on the ice with the National Hockey League officials overseeing the game quickly pulling them apart from one another.
Although not much would come of this particular encounter this does continue a long and ugly history between Crosby, his Penguins, and the Columbus Blue Jackets and something tells me that we may not have seen the last of this so far this season. It is nearly impossible to determine a winner and a loser in this exchange between the two men given that there was seemingly no offense on either side, but perhaps you can make a case as to who you would give the nod to in the comments below.