CRANBERRY, Pa. -- The NHL All-Star Game can make for strange bedfellows, indeed.
It was just two months ago, on a Saturday night in San Jose, that Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang were making magic with Mathew Barzal. That trio, assembled by Capitals coach Todd Reirden at the request of Crosby and Letang, combined for eight goals and 11 assists to propel the Metropolitan Division to the All-Star Game title.
Without the Islanders' second-year center, who knows? Maybe Crosby and Letang don't pocket $90,000 each, their share of the $1 million pot. Maybe Crosby doesn't become the sixth player in league history to win the Hart, Conn Smythe and All-Star Game MVP or the shiny, new SUV that came with it.