April 05, 2009
1st Period - 18:11
2008-2009 Regular Season
Voting Results
Keith Ballard 70% (292 votes)
Sidney Crosby 13.2% (55 votes)
Draw 16.8% (70 votes)

Past User Reviews
Posted by BigBadBruins68 on April 07, 2009 at 02:58 PM

Crosby realized he was in over his head and decided to bail. I wish more guys would do that to him. Teach him that this here's a man thing.

Posted by woodape on April 07, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Way to go Ballard! First, your beautiful hip check puts Malkin upside down. Then you get to beat on Crosby a little. What player wouldn't like to do that! Crosby takes himself off the ice for 7 minutes and Malkin is thinking about keeping his head up. You have done well Keith Ballard. Keep hitting guys like that. Nowadays, they don't like it and will try to fight you everytime...cause they can't take a clean, hard hit anymore in this stupid league. The NHL was alot more fun to watch in the 70's and 80's.

Posted by wayne smith on April 06, 2009 at 09:29 PM

The kid did what he had to do after cheap shot at malkins knees. that kind of gutless check can end someones career. fight was a crap fight, no damage done. credit to #87 for effort.

Posted by nastynate on April 06, 2009 at 01:31 PM

Very clean and righteous hit. Same old story after a good hard hit though. When will today's NHLers grow up and not be such nancys? Safe to say Crosby will never grow up, whiny little baby faced bitch.

Posted by jc43 on April 06, 2009 at 05:44 PM

no winner....all misses....crosby stepped up, did what he had to do. as for ballard, WHAT A HIT!!!! one of my favourite this year.

Posted by crashandbang on April 06, 2009 at 03:50 PM

This site is definitely over run with morons. Crosby is awesome,he show's up every night with his game face on. Between the Philly fans and the rest of you Crosby haters,you should stay living in your trailer park and watch NASCAR fuckin inbreds! Half of you idiots on here wouldn't know a hockey stick from a dipstick. DRAW

Posted by Louhabs on April 05, 2009 at 11:43 PM

Why do people now have an issue with somebody retaliating on a clean hit??? Back when Gretzky and Lemieux, et al, were playing, this was common. Do people really think that Dave Semenko made a living only going after people that made a dirty hit on Gretzky? No, you didn't touch the star player, no matter what. Now we look down our noses at people that step up whenever their star is hit? Ridiculous! Full credit to Crosby for going after Ballard. It was a clean hit but players have to know that if they target the other teams star, they are going to have to be prepared to defend. Hockey will, and should, always be this way.

Posted by legion31 on April 06, 2009 at 08:00 AM

chicken figth...............lol

Posted by Juha82 on April 06, 2009 at 11:46 AM

nothing fight, DRAW. no good punch landed by Ballard.

Posted by ScappyScot33 on November 29, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Not much of a fight. A few swings thrown. Nothing landed. Draw.

Posted by neiljc on April 05, 2009 at 09:30 PM

At first I thought this was a clean hit, but Ballard clearly hit Malkin in the knees, not on the hip. Crosby was justified here, but the more experienced and tougher Guerin would have been better suited for this. Crosby's actions were admirable, but stupid. I guess there weren't many options without Kennedy or Cooke or Orpik on the ice, but seeing a star player in a fight always makes me nervous because it's not their area of expertise. That being said, nothing quality landed by either as Ballard's punches only hit the helmet. Do the Panthers really have that many fans that the Ballard votes are so high, keeping in mind that attendance was 50% at best, or do that many non-Pittsburghers hate Crosby? By the way, how about the Matt Cooke hit on Ballard later in the game? More than payback. The announcers here suck even more than Jack Edwards or Paul Steigerwald, no disrespect to Denis Potvin, but he is a moron too.

Posted by kingmarty33 on April 06, 2009 at 11:47 AM


Posted by straightup on April 06, 2009 at 12:45 AM

Some of these guys must have just started watching hockey. A good clean hit on a superstar has ALWAYS ended in a fight. That message has been sent forever, it just isn't usually another superstar who sends the message. Good for Sid for dropping the mitts. You might not like the guy, but he plays with more intensity than almost any other player in the league. Oh yeah, the fight. Crap fight. Nothing really landed. That wasn't the point.

Posted by Mcgyvr on April 06, 2009 at 11:48 PM

No real hits got in there... but great hit. Maybe a little low, but huge.

Posted by Behn Wilson on April 05, 2009 at 08:57 PM

That seemed like a good old fashioned hip check, but having a captain step up to defend a big smack on one of his star players, isn't exactly unheard of. Still, taking a number, used to be the classier response. Draw, but respect for Crosby for not thinking twice about it, despite the questionable justification.

Posted by Pittsburgh Dan on April 06, 2009 at 11:08 PM

Ballard gets the win if shots to the helmet counts. Sid responds as a captain should although back in the day it was simply get a number and run the guy later. lot of respect to Sid.

Posted by 2001GT on April 08, 2009 at 03:04 PM

Draw! Love to see Sid mix it up.

Posted by BattleAxe13 on April 10, 2009 at 06:38 PM

I don't know what 70's and 80's you watched but this is exactly what happend in the 70's and 80's. When a star player and/or goalie was touched whether it was clean or dirty, you went after the hitter. How many times was gretzky touched? Or Bobby Orr and the other big names of the past? Rarely, and when they were hit like that, thats when the closest guy to him tossed the gloves and even in some cases everyone tossed off the gloves. I cannot think of the exact date of the game but Dave Manson destroyed Gretzky with a clean hit but Gretzky was hurt and the benches cleared. Thats what the code said to do. This fight here between Crosby and Ballard I see as a draw, Crosby threw Ballard down but Ballard landed a few soft punches. Not enough fight to call a winner. Big props to Sid for doing the right thing. And yes to all that back Sid up, it is frusterating reading the [email protected]$$ philly fans and Crosby hater comments. But we all know that if their team had Crosby they would love him and probably kiss his @$$ on these boards. Sid will be the face of the league for a long time so he will have fans and also jealous haters that want to see him fail at every chance. I'm sorry to all you Crosby haters that Pittsburgh has another phenom, he accomplished a scoring title faster than ANYONE in sports HISTORY. That is a fact.

Posted by penguinsrcool9 on November 04, 2010 at 02:33 AM

Well that was boring. Definitely not Crosby's best fight.

Posted by Crooked on April 06, 2009 at 11:50 PM

crosby didnt get his clock cleaned... I dont think any landed... and if they did thats a narrow narrow win for ballard... crosby is a little stronger than everyone gives him credit for... but still... I hate him

Posted by PaulAbbott on April 07, 2009 at 12:57 AM

Eh, not that much a fight. I am from Pittsburgh and that hit on Malkin hurt me. Thought it was a penalty, it wasn't, whatever. Sid was just stepping up to his C patch.

Posted by BrianTheAdsFan on April 06, 2009 at 04:40 PM

Crap draw. The best part of this fight was the hip check the preceeded it.

Posted by cas.hansen on April 06, 2009 at 06:08 AM

It was NOT a clean hit by Ballard, not higher than the knee on Malkin. Nice for Crosby with the takedown. Draw.

Posted by Stuntman Mike on April 08, 2009 at 01:29 AM

Gotta give props to Sid for droping the gloves.....

Posted by Shark68 on April 06, 2009 at 08:42 PM

Thats what a Captain should do. Crosby stood up for his team and fellow player.

Posted by dogace on April 06, 2009 at 12:15 PM

so what if crosby cant fight..jeez.thats not the point..the guy is a true leader! its about showing up..and please that is a dangerous hit(i did like it though) so many idiots on this site who dont get it at all!

Posted by upyours on April 05, 2009 at 10:12 PM

Can some of you mopes make up your mind? Sid gets criticized and called 'Cindy" by some for not matching your standards of toughness despite getting hammered nightly by lesser players trying to take him off the ice. Then when he does show up to stick up for a teammate that gets lowballed at the knees he gets run over by some of you same mopes that figure he should become Bob Probert when his gloves hit the ice. He accomplished a scoring title, a Hart Trophy, and Lester B. Pearson award, plus a Stanley Cup finals appearence in the worlds toughest league before most of you guys learned how to jack off. Of course I expect Flyers fans to piss and moan....they can't stop Sid from torching them every time the teams play. Like it or not....Sid can play. He competes. He battles. He works, and he is likely better than any player you have on your team. And he shows up every night. Like it or not.

Posted by chelios7 on April 06, 2009 at 10:26 PM

nothing of a fight.. 0.1 % goes to cindy crossy for standing up for his linemate as a C.. but Ballard lands a hit and a punch.. Ballard wins!

Posted by crosscheck52 on April 05, 2009 at 10:53 PM

This was definitely closer than the scoring indicates, and I don't think Ballard did much damage either. I read the comments first and thought Ballard dominated from what I read. I'm going with a draw from what I saw.

Posted by dubieaddict17 on April 07, 2009 at 11:53 AM

I would give Ballard the win but I wanted to see Crosby fight, and he did so draw.

Posted by ishipit on March 06, 2014 at 06:52 PM

Draw. But, no one can deny the physical strength that Sid has - not when he's throwing Ballard down to the ice as if he weighed nothing.

Posted by kruatheshow on April 06, 2009 at 05:38 PM

Could you take Crosbys sack out of your mouth for a second? Crosby is a great player, but he's not a guy who is gonna have a dual role. He's not gonna be like Iginla and go with all takers. He's a softy plain and simple. Crosby should stick to what he does best. Furthermore, Malkin is a pro athlete. That was a clean hip check. If he has to take the somersault trying to hop and avoid the hit, so be it. It happens in football all the time.

Posted by buchockey221 on April 06, 2009 at 03:06 PM

I give ballard the win just for the attempt of taking off his helment!

Posted by crouse77 on April 06, 2009 at 01:25 AM

not even a fight, crosby knew he was in over his head and bitched out

Posted by krister.hedren on April 07, 2009 at 05:14 AM

So this is what the NHL has come to. You're no longer allowed to make clean checks on the opposing player without having to fight. This sucks big time.

Posted by lb1631 on April 06, 2009 at 09:29 AM

Cindy Crosby is a toolbag. He should have gotten a game misconduct. He is nothing but a punk.

Posted by spj108 on April 05, 2009 at 09:52 PM

Croby didn't even throw a punch! Is that b/c he couldn't see the back of Ballards head? Clear win for Ballard. Crosby is a Punk!

Posted by PFLY64 on April 06, 2009 at 09:06 AM

I dont think enough negatives can be said about Crosby or Malkin dirty players watch a game and see the hits from behing the elbows sticks I can only wish the league treated these 100 point scorers like everyone else. I wonder if Gretzky looks at these guys and says they suck

Posted by BROWN - KOCUR on April 05, 2009 at 11:53 PM

Crosby couldn't get down on the ice fast enough. Amazing the difference when they're ready to go and not being held or looking down for the faceoff huh. Shame it didn't go longer so Ballard coudl pound that bitch.

Posted by SchultzPunchFac on April 07, 2009 at 11:10 AM

First of all...im a die hard flyers fan...but that was a low ball hit, in all fairness to evgeni winekin...but again to jump somebody like that and then to not even throw a punch...jeez my grandma could send a better message than that. you wanna play hockey sindyrella? be a tough man, earn the damn 5 mins, he's just whining his way to the top. what about the time that evgeni winekin elbowed that LA player in the final seconds of that game 3 weeks ago? no penalty..gee i wonder why...or the time he punched that dallas player against the boards. Listen the point is you prissy penguins fans have nothin to whine about, you aholes are the team wit the most penalties let go in the league. whine on your own damn time wussies! and cindyrella crosbitch cant fight for the last damn time! SO STOP TRYIN BABY CROSBITCH!!

Posted by dlbishop2213 on April 06, 2009 at 01:33 AM

to me Crosby cant hold a candle to Getzlaf in anaheim... might be just be tho. Crosby might have let Ballard know he was gonna fight and didnt try when the other guy wasnt ready. Ill give him that one.

Posted by ScottDaniels on April 08, 2009 at 04:25 PM

crosby wrestled him down, if he is gonna go after someone, he has to try n throw punches, never fight again cindy.

Posted by Rabid Wombat on April 06, 2009 at 08:08 AM

nice hip check by ballard....not too much happening in the fight. crosby should have tried to stab ballard with his buck teeth i'll give ballard the win for landing better shots

Posted by Tweeks on April 06, 2009 at 01:29 PM

Ballard was a ton of fun to watch when he was a Gopher. Mainly because of his great defense and fantastic hip checks just like that. Welcome to the NHL Malkin and Crosby. It's a an unforgiving place in which one has to acquire the skill of skating with your head up while understanding that once you touch the puck you are fair game. Once again Crosby looked pathetic. He started to get his butt kicked so he turned it into a wrestling match , and then a whining match as he only knows how. I think the women's oympic team still has an opening for Crosby.

Posted by GeneralSather on April 06, 2009 at 12:34 AM

WOW, real tough Cindy, go after a guy with your pussy visor on after a clean old fashioned hip check. Everyone in the league knows you are a wimp so don't even try to act tough, you can't fight and you would have gotten even more destroyed if you didn't start turtling toward the end. Clear win Ballard. Cindy Crysbaby will always be a bitch. I just hope someone cleans his clock Stevens style pretty soon. Pure trash and a waste of talent because its in the body of a woman. Up yours he is trying to shake that image but when he goes after a guy wearing a visor and turtles most of the fight its obvious the guy wants nothing to do with the tough part of the game. Ballard isn't even that tough of a guy. I would love to see him do that to someone else. So upyours. When are you going to realize that Crosby is a bitch? All of you pens fans are blind. yes he is talented we all know that but its a waste because he plays the game like a girl. Kind of like a pitcher with some real heat but throws like a queen, thats crosby but worse.

Posted by Pat Landkamer on April 09, 2009 at 09:18 AM

Hey Sid, let Godard handle that one. Godard is a beast, your a mouse!

Posted by jefferythornton on May 07, 2009 at 08:05 PM

Good for Crosby for trying to stick up for a teammate, but the hit was clean. Suck it up princess, and stick to what you do best. He's a finesse player, and shouldn't be scrapping, he's going to hurt himself.

Posted by smichaels10 on April 07, 2009 at 12:36 AM

Props to Crosby for sticking up for his teammate.

Posted by Scott4 on April 06, 2009 at 05:58 AM

Fight was crap,but the hit was awesome!!!!!

Posted by MACMAN214 on April 07, 2009 at 01:49 AM

Best 180 degree dive of the year goes to malkin Cindy Crosby is still a Bitch...Booo Hooo

Posted by bloodyknuckles2 on April 07, 2009 at 06:02 AM

not much here. only ballard really threw anything. w for ballard. at least crosby did what he had to do. ballard, god is coming.......

Posted by Remyy on April 06, 2009 at 06:49 AM

beautiful hit.

Posted by wings1fan on April 06, 2009 at 05:42 PM

Gotta give it to Ballad.... and at least he was able to skate away without getting his nuts hit by Cindy

Posted by pens08 on April 05, 2009 at 08:50 PM

crosby got beat fortunately ballard never got going ot it could have been ugly malkin jumped out of the way? he kicked the puck with his foot and got caught with a low hit. the announcers blow

Posted by Jack_Edwards on April 07, 2009 at 03:32 PM

I like how ballard motioned to take his visor off even though Crosby didn't do the same. It's nice to see a tough player that recognizes the idiocy of fighting with a visor on. (ahem ARTY!!!!!)

Posted by johnnyfitzo on April 06, 2009 at 12:39 PM

Hey ""upyours" why dont you suck crosby's dick while your at it......Crosby scores yes.. But he makes the game boring because he's such a pussy.. And for Malkin its about time somebody woke these fucking Russians up to remind them your aloud to hit in the NHL still

Posted by ogie ogiltorpe on April 07, 2009 at 11:17 PM

Guerin should have been doing the fighting but he got there too late...great hit, clean, puck was right there...no need for a "fight"......get the guys' number and drill him later...send a proper message, not this crud

Posted by Varlamov40 on April 06, 2009 at 11:43 AM

I don't understand how you call this a fight. Cindy Crosby needs to stop jumping players and calling it a fight. You need to drop the gloves and it needs to be mutual, you can't just jump onto another player. THIS IS THE SECOND TIME HE HAS DONE THIS. I want the Caps to play the Penguins in the playoffs and have Brash teach Cindy a lesson

Posted by blazers76 on April 05, 2009 at 09:07 PM

Cleaning Crosby's clock ? Easy now. That being said, edge to Ballard.

Posted by DARCY T on October 07, 2009 at 06:26 AM

crosby made me laugh:D

Posted by gmathiak123 on April 08, 2009 at 09:39 PM

Easily a good nomination for hit of the year. My gosh Malkin keep your head up. Good for Crosby for stinking up for his teammate but really a clean hit. I am glad to see Crosby got the unsportmanlike. Way to go Ballard for the hit and then to defend himself afterwards with a win in a retaliatory fight.

Posted by Ripper20 on April 07, 2009 at 02:48 PM

Hey all you homers and Sid lovers, wise up. this isn't a sight dedicated to the fag that stands up for his teammate, it's for fights. Since when does a guy ever win a fight because he showed up. He threw one friekin punch. Hardly declared a winner in the annals (or for you idiots - anals) of hockey fights. If you recieve more blows than you attempt to throw, that means your sorry ass lost. Ballard with a win, and a classic, perfectly executed hip check.

Posted by gregc63 on April 09, 2009 at 10:37 PM

Problem is, Crosby had no business going after Ballard, That was a clean hit. If your going to retaliate, you do it with a hard hit the other direction, not dropping the gloves. BTW, the NHL nees to leave the fighting issue ALONE. No need to try and eliminate it. It is part of the game and if they ever remove it, it will ruin the NHL. You will see a rise in cheap hits, there has to be some self policing.

Posted by todd e h on April 06, 2009 at 04:56 PM

clean hit!!! crosby is a baby!!!!

Posted by ETR on April 06, 2009 at 11:59 AM

Ballard with the win as he was the only one who threw punches. Looked like a clean check to me, Malkin trying to leap over the hip caused it to look worse.

Posted by mikebflorida on April 06, 2009 at 10:12 AM

Crappy fight but give it to Ballard because Crosby just sucks at fighting. So where is the instigator and instigator with the shield on? Was that the lame 2 minutes for unsportsmanlike? LOL Welcome to the NHL where the stars get preferential treatment. Yet another clean hit results in a crappy fight. Whatever. Fock Crosby.

Posted by Sukoshi84 on April 06, 2009 at 09:25 AM

Upyours...... shut the fuk up you crying bastard bitch, that was a clean and solid hit. Hits like that alot of us wish we could see more of. Edge/Win Ballard but Props to Sid for acting like a Captain but then again why shold someone have to fight after a clean hit. ?

Posted by seacritt on April 08, 2009 at 07:58 AM

Hit of the year by Ballard. Win by Ballard. Props and respect for Ballard for trying to take off the Visor. I think I figured out what Cindy was trying to do with the takedown he wanted to get on Ballards back in such a way that he could in his typical cowardly fassion punch Ballard in the groin. That's how girls fight and she's done it before. It would have been great if Ballard could have really gotten going and given that biyatch Crosby the beat down that she deserves.

Posted by plabute on April 05, 2009 at 10:38 PM

Crosby CAN NOT fight....what a pussy....he drops the gloves and then when he starts losing he pulls the guy down to save himself the embarrassment...some captain.

Posted by waffleboy on February 07, 2010 at 09:04 AM

Edge to Ballard, but props to Cindy for stepping up. Don't be too hard on Ballard, the hit was clean.

Posted by kingpintoo on April 08, 2009 at 01:14 AM

needs to be a 4 minute for attacking someone for a clean hit, crosby is an idiot. stick the "C" in you a#*.

Posted by bluesrule08 on April 05, 2009 at 08:54 PM

great hit...i gave the win to ballard just cuz he threw punches...crosby cant fight

Posted by creeperama on April 06, 2009 at 09:59 AM

Ahhh Upyours, are you sticking up for Cindy. He is a little baby out there, he gets no respect for a reason. He cries way to much. Notice how Ballard went to take his helmet off, but Cindy didnt want to. What a little fairy. Notice this time when he doesnt jump a guy from behind, he gets his ass kicked. Let him drop them with Mike Richards, Mike is always up for it. But Cindy knows better. He is not that good, for having 99 points and only a plus 6. Whats that say? Learn the you have to play some defense, idiot.

Posted by Don Gorgon on April 07, 2009 at 04:47 PM

Absolute cowardice. He goes after a guy who lands a clean hit on someone, throws maybe 2 punches while wearing a visor then goes for the bail out taken down when the other guy starts landing. Shit like this makes the nhl look like a league of conniving punks.

Posted by bradtheskiking on April 07, 2009 at 02:15 PM

crosby out to leave the gloves on

Posted by LanceFarva on April 05, 2009 at 11:04 PM

Ballard with the old school hip check, I love it.

Posted by rghky43 on April 12, 2009 at 09:53 PM

Please when is crosby going to figure out that his a big time p****! Ballard went to unbuckle the lid and deep down crosby knows he sucks and just went for the wrestling take down....sweet move. Please crosby stop fighting for all of us who love the game.

Posted by zonkedforlife on April 07, 2009 at 12:34 AM

Three Things- -Check of the season -Ballard with the win cuz he threw punches -Jesus Crosby is really strong

Posted by Hendo67 on April 06, 2009 at 04:28 PM

How the hell could you say Crosby won? just because he's "OMGZZ MY FAVORITE PLAYER, HE'S SO HAWTTTTT" doesn't mean he gets the W. "he wins because he gets the take down" Great Logic. Win Ballard.

Posted by Awesome-0 on April 06, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Not sure what to say... nice clean hit by Ballard, Crosby steps in and hardly gets a punch off. Win for Ballard.

Posted by Zombie Jesus on April 05, 2009 at 09:01 PM

Have to give the win to Ballard. Crosby did nothing in this bout.

Posted by Kevsloth on April 06, 2009 at 08:12 AM

Another case of somebody trying to get revenge for a perfectly clean hit. Players should start getting fined and suspended for retaliating after clean hits. The league should also fine Crosby for being a fag and repeatedly getting destroyed in fights when he jumps people. He should stick to doing what he does best, passing the puck and whining when things don't go his way. Dropping the gloves is never going to be his thing. The Penguins should give the C to someone who can actually back up his teammates with toughness, not just finesse

Posted by GSP09 on April 06, 2009 at 06:52 PM

Crosby shouldn't have to do this job, should 've left it to Godard . Did not look that bad. but he could' ve got hurt and the Penguins need him bad in the playoff, plus it was a clean hit , but now it is not allowed on good players or you'll have to pay the price and fight somebody.

Posted by cecil127 on April 06, 2009 at 07:41 AM

cindy not throwing one punch and a desperation take down to avoid a severe beat down. nice move cindy, now ya got 2 guys busted up and riding pine. he wishes he was an enforcer but he's simply a chump/mouth....

Posted by markpag1117 on April 06, 2009 at 09:06 PM

Holy Moses, all you people want to do is whine about Crosby yet he's "The Whiner". Talk about contradictory. Great hit, I admit. But he's doing as Iginla/Lacavallie would have done and they would have been up for knighthood. Give the kid a break. He's never said anything wrong in any interview, which started at 19. He has composure and grit and skill. All the qualities of an "old" all time great. I take offense to Dennis Potvin bitching about how clean hits result in fights. Ask the deuschebag how many times he hit Gretzky like this, that would be none. It's old time hockey, you protect your stars. I hate to admit this but most bitching come from Americans (Im from Pgh), Canadien fans understand Crosby. Why dont you? Christ!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by anaranjado on May 26, 2009 at 01:36 AM


Posted by brownie21 on April 06, 2009 at 12:34 PM

I hate Crosby just as much as someone who is not a Pens fan, maybe because I wish my team had him? That said, give him full marks for stepping up to the plate...BUT, it was a clean hit, so he loses some marks for that. Win Ballard, no question.

Posted by tfurban on April 08, 2009 at 04:47 AM

All I can say is LMFAO. Cindy. What a JOKE.

Posted by irishboybrian on April 06, 2009 at 10:10 PM

Crosby is a C$NT. Aces50...the best player in the game? Pittsburgh fans are clueless. Didn't they have the worst attendance in the league 5 years ago? Now they are the hockey experts of the universe

Posted by billy jack on April 05, 2009 at 11:25 PM

I will give credit were credit is due,crosby showed me alot of class,hes been in more fights then malkin and oveckin combined,that says it all.at half the size.But crosby has shown heart,malkin got a clean hit unlike the gutless slew foots and cheap elbows he throws out.

Posted by GO16 on April 07, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Not being a Crosby fan (just too much of a whiner- like Gretzky), I will give him props for sticking up for a teammate and then on the otherhand, somebody refering to him as the "best player in hockey" is a joke, I have him maybe 7th or 8th, there are a few guys I'd pick over him if I were to start a team.

Posted by bradass81 on April 06, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Wheres the instigator..... this primadonna gets enough special treatment from the refs. Now he can attack people for a clean hit and not get an instigator. Im glad he got beat down. He's lucky it wasnt worse....

Posted by RACEHEAD on April 06, 2009 at 06:24 AM

Crosby's a pussy

Posted by mdk797 on April 06, 2009 at 01:10 AM

Corsby is a little girl he does this just to look tough. Ballard was gonna take off his helmet and square off but crosby would'nt have then he hids behind the visor and goes for the take down

Posted by sporr on April 07, 2009 at 05:12 PM

Great hip-check by Ballard, then he clears the puck, then he see's he's going to have to answer, then he goes to take helmet/visor off and see's that Sidney isn't going to, then beats on Sidney a bit! I think the NHL is getting boring with all these "retribution" fights for clean hits. Most of these fights are lame. What happened to the old school code of taking a number and getting even later?

Posted by RR20 on April 06, 2009 at 09:40 PM

it's a shame crosby didn't get beat worse than he did. I like how he jumped at ballard cause he knew he wouldn't win if they squared off. Crosby needs to go away

Posted by drledford on April 06, 2009 at 12:43 AM

Crosby needs to score goals and stay away from this nonsense. Just ask Derrick Brassard of the Blue Jackets.

Posted by nightfallfilms on April 05, 2009 at 09:14 PM

Ballard with the clear win.

Posted by tattooedkingpin on April 05, 2009 at 09:48 PM

Great hit by Ballard. he gets the W in the "fight" as well.

Posted by staceyb on April 06, 2009 at 05:11 AM

Didn't last long enough to gain much traction but man what a hipcheck Ballard laid on Malkin--old time hockey!

Posted by ShuterMcGav on April 06, 2009 at 10:38 AM

Crosby is such a little bitch. I hope the next fight he gets into he gets absolutely worked. Great hit by Ballard. Win to Ballard because he isn't Sid

Posted by Snowrider on April 06, 2009 at 10:54 PM

Crosby always try to put the other dude down by wrestling, he suck. If you don't want to fight then don't!!!!!!!

Posted by hall5875 on April 05, 2009 at 10:22 PM

baudette, mn represent! ballard WAS going to take his helmet off, but after seeing CINDY not wanting any of that he kept in on, good man keith ballard, good man.

Posted by hal29 on April 06, 2009 at 11:47 PM

upyours don't be an idiot,it was a perfectly clean hit no questions asked.so they should take out the hip check???stfu,it was clean,cindy is a bitch because he will go punch a guy in the balls!!! then fight a man when he isn't ready.he is cheap.it was clean hit on malkin it wasn't at the knees,if you execute a hip check perfectly thats what it looks like.don't ake exscuses for cindy so a takedown gives a win..aces yor an idiot.ballard was more active and threw the only punches don't be a douche allyour life speedy realy think crosby won,what fight were you watching??he barely threw one sissy punch,how can you give that a win.oh let me guess the take down..should of known

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Posted by adivinity on April 07, 2009 at 02:51 AM

Ballard was winning so Crosby takes him down before he can do anymore damage. Ballard gets the win

Posted by Power29 on April 06, 2009 at 02:14 PM

Way to go Ballard! Not even close. Valliant Sid bit off a little bit more than he could chew! "HEY SID! MESS WITH THE BULL AND YOU GET THE HORNS!!!!" Go figure. It'll give him something else to cry about now. You Pittsburg fans(and anyone else for that matter that thinks Crosby is the best player in the league) really drink to much black and gold kool aid! HE IS NOT THE BEST PLAYER IN THE LEAGUE. HE DOESN'T HIT AND ISN'T EVEN THE BEST PLAYER ON HIS OWN TEAM!!!!!!! GET THE NHL CENTER ICE TICKET AND EXPAND YOUR HOCKEY KNOWLEDGE! MAYBE THEN YOU MIGHT SEE OTHER PLAYERS LIKE OVECHKIN, DATSYUK, NASH AND OTHERS THAT ARE BETTER THAN HE IS!!! GOOD LUCK WITH THERAPY YOU BONEHEADS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by theKill280 on April 07, 2009 at 01:19 AM

great to see malkin get drilled then sydney try to fight hahahahahaha

Posted by Mikeyitalia19 on April 06, 2009 at 07:51 AM

Who really cares about the fight here, what a hit by ballard! Then of course crosby only gets the unsportsman like and not an instigator and 10 min. Win Ballard.

Posted by dd-n-atl on April 05, 2009 at 09:54 PM

good to see that snot-nosed punk get his

Posted by pvdrummer2000 on February 09, 2013 at 02:15 PM

Ballard hammered Malkin with a great hit and then punished Crosby for sticking his nose where it didn't belong.

Posted by Gillies>Schultz on May 08, 2017 at 04:23 PM

Crosby gets the TKO - but only before Ballard gives him just about all he can handle. Crosby wrestles down Ballard after Ballard gets credit for nearly all the punches in that one.

Posted by moishlashen on April 06, 2009 at 12:28 PM

Ballard housed Crosby.

Posted by Diediediemydar on October 10, 2010 at 04:00 PM

Crosby landed no punches. Why R people voting that he won? Draw maybe, but I think Ballard Won and it was not even close.

Posted by Blotto72 on January 10, 2012 at 11:17 PM

If only Sid could fight as good as he plays hockey.

Posted by EDDUBBS on April 06, 2009 at 01:46 AM

First off this web site is called hockeyfights.com not Figure Skating 101. Crosby is a first class loud mouth punk. His abilities in the rough stuff area is nill, so he needs to keep the horse teeth clenched and say nothing, UNLESS he can back it up. He is a prolific scorer and gets plently of press coverage. But on this site - he is a ZERO a nobody and since he cannot fight a lick he needs to shut up. Hockey used to be hard hitting -not this hybrid European -figure skating fusion. Ask the REAL Tough Guys, Dave Brown, Schultz , Stan Jonathan, Behn Wilson, Clark Giles, etc. they have been there. So next time that big tooth fairy wants to be a tough guy, take his helmet off, refuse to hug and put the mitts up and take the beating-otherwise you will always be a punk ass bitch.

Posted by QUIGGS22 on April 06, 2009 at 10:31 PM

Good clean hit by Ballard and he gets a slight edge in the fight. Good to see Crosby sticking up for the best player on the Pens.

Posted by joaquin on April 07, 2009 at 06:25 AM

Win Ballard, PS: Crosby sucks donkey balls.

Posted by njteech on April 06, 2009 at 08:20 AM

Guy from the Sunshine State wins

Posted by Cid on April 05, 2009 at 09:57 PM

WOW! What a hit! Ballard throws the only punches, and a few land nicely. Did I mention, WHAT A HIT?!?!?!?! lol.

Posted by redsox77 on April 06, 2009 at 04:45 PM

Crosby doesnt stand a chance against the Minnesota kid

Posted by Wensinkfan on April 06, 2009 at 10:35 PM

Crosby gets points in my book for willing to drop the mitts. Alex O listen up-the teams who "usually" win consistintly fight to the top as well as score and skate hard. Even Detriot knows this. Crosby did lose this fight but good job in playing a good game of it. Win to Ballard.

Posted by BEUK23 on April 05, 2009 at 10:53 PM

about time

Posted by probie83 on April 06, 2009 at 03:57 PM

Fuck Crosby Fuck Malkin and to all of you Pittsbugh fans kiss my ass!

Posted by KrazyTea on April 06, 2009 at 06:19 PM

It's good to see Crosby standing up for his teammates, I commend him on that. That being said he's still a bitch. All he did here was voice his complaint that he didn't like the clean hit on Malkin, and ate a few punches for his efforts. Still this is what Crosby needs to do to repair his reputation, whether he wins these fights or not. The problem with this particular situation is that Malkin and Crosby both could have been injured from this incident based on Crosby jumping in. If I'm management I tell Crosby to back off and let the tough guys handle the situation next time. The last thing Pitts needs is its two superstars to be put out of action before the playoffs.

Posted by tidangles91 on April 06, 2009 at 11:42 PM

how can u call crosby a baby right now? he coulda bitched and moaned to the ref but instead he drops his gloves. if the leading scorer in the NHL gets flipped like that...how can u not retaliate? clean or not. he's the captian and is like 21 years old and absolutely tears up the league. he's clearly not a fighter but u dont hafta be a fighter to stick up for ur teammate.

Posted by gdameo on April 06, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Ballard wins this one but not by domination. It looks like Ballard was going to take his visor off then he didn't because Crosby refused and jumped on him. All Crosby did is trying to get him down, that's it. I do respect Crosby's talent and player but he can't fight at all. He should not fight at all, I respect that he is sticking up for the teammate but he can't really fight well.

Posted by brymaster1 on April 06, 2009 at 12:10 AM

malkin got what was coming to him, he cheap shots all night but finally someone steps up and fucks him up.

Posted by bruins rule on April 05, 2009 at 10:37 PM

ballard gets the win and a big hit.

Posted by ETHREE on April 08, 2009 at 04:37 PM

???????????????????? here we go again with CINDY (up yours you are a moron) im not to sure what it is with this bitch jumping guys for no reason. few months back it was Maclean that he jumped.. but i guess he is still the most amazing player in the world (SYKE ovie is much better and even malkin) but anyways amazing hit by Ballard with a useless attempt by Crosby. He got beat clearly. Win to Ballard and Check of the game.

Posted by JMiller29 on April 06, 2009 at 07:22 AM

A hip check can be dirty if you bend your knees and plant your hip near their knee. Closest guy should challenge and Crosby did, good response by the kid...Gretzky never would have done that.

Posted by cppalermo on April 07, 2009 at 12:58 PM

I diddnt realize that the diaper could fight?? ohh wait he Cant!! kik

Posted by 5forFightin on April 06, 2009 at 04:32 PM

Crosby needs to stick with what he does best .... be Pittsburgh's pretty boy and crybaby. He is the modern-day Eric Lindros!!! What a pu$$!

Posted by gabe304 on April 07, 2009 at 09:21 PM

give it to ballard, he got the W there. I dont like Crosby fighting, i think scorers should stick to scoring, even though hes the captain. Unless he fights Ovi. I'd love to see that. I heard that Brasheer was teaching ovi how to fight.

Posted by Kenney21 on November 20, 2010 at 06:47 PM

Two points to Ballard for taking out both Malkin and Crosby.

Posted by Jordybats99 on March 12, 2016 at 05:17 PM

Win Ballard.

Posted by laus723 on April 06, 2009 at 07:18 PM

As a Panther fan, I have absolutely no issue with Crosby going after Ballard. I don't care much for Cindy, but I thought that was very standup and he did what a captain should. He just saw one of the star players on his team go head over heels, that deserved retribution, and Ballard expected it.

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Posted by chrisuko on April 20, 2009 at 08:27 PM

It feels great to know that u just watched to two biggest p#ssys in the NHL get owned on the same play. Crosby and malkin win . . . yeah right

Posted by skippkipp41 on April 06, 2009 at 12:05 AM

Crosby is a gutless wimp. However I'm giving him props for at least trying to show everyone he can be a tough guy...

Posted by baldy4420 on July 11, 2014 at 08:47 AM

Crosby should have been suspended for that. There should be no fighting after one players gets mad at a good clean hit. He realized that he was boned and threw him on the ground. He was hoping to get in some cheap shots while he was on the ground as he couldn't when he was standing up.

Posted by rilligan on April 06, 2009 at 09:09 PM

crosby didnt really want to fight...just looked for the takedown...pussy

Posted by dickpoundbrown on April 05, 2009 at 10:46 PM

At least Crosby would DOMINATE Alex Semin! Caps and Pens in the playoffs!!?

Posted by kimo_coyote on April 05, 2009 at 11:12 PM

Ballard has thrown this "old fashioned hip check" since his rookie season. Most of these "pansy asses" can't handle get hit with a good clean open ice check that makes them look bad skating while watching his feet.. Ballard will fight but he never has been a fighter. At least "Cindy" didn't try to pull his jersey over Ballard's head. oh yes win Ballard.

Posted by jacobbealsabres on February 22, 2011 at 03:02 PM

Crosby don't even try

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Posted by RCKR24 on April 06, 2009 at 11:17 AM

Crosby is way over rated!!!

Posted by Heyzeus on April 10, 2009 at 08:53 AM

I guess if Crosby doesnt have a clear shot at your taint, he doesnt know how to punch. I think Sid must think the C on his jersey stands for "C/NT".Easy win for Ballard.

Posted by stellaartois on April 06, 2009 at 10:18 AM

Fact of the matter is, while Sid is good, he is not one of the top three all-around players in the league. Consider baseball's 5 tool theory. Hockey has five tool players (hits, fights, scores, plays defense, leads), and crosby isn't in the top three. The top three would be, in no particular order, Iginla, Thornton, and Mike Richards.

Posted by MajorGroove on April 06, 2009 at 09:32 PM

Ballard owned Cindy in this one. Even Cindy apparently doesn't think you can check in "the new NHL". At least he didn't throw slaps or just stand there and shake Ballard's jersey.

Posted by jbaktai on April 05, 2009 at 11:09 PM

Good nothing i love more then seeing that little shit get punched in the face, hey sid not so easy now that u aint jumping the guy, i'll never forget how he picks on guys like matt stajan who has 1 fight in his career, but when mike richards challenges him he pussies out. What a little bitch always tryin to pick fights with smaller guys, well for once he didnt and i guess he proved to himself he cant do shit. gotta half respect that he stuck up for malkin, but the facts still there hes a coward.

Posted by Flyersfan71 on April 06, 2009 at 05:43 PM

I gave this fight a 10 because there aint nothing like Crosby getting punched. And upyours I and any other Flyers fan will always rip Crosby because Richards tries to go with him every time they play and he is too scared. You sound like his mother defending him. By the way the last time the Flyers played the Pens No shots from Malkin or your boyfriend so eat it.

Posted by smittyballz on April 05, 2009 at 09:23 PM

Crosby has a v agina.....he carries ovechkin's jockstrap.. and I am a Boston Bruins fan....not a great fight.. but sid the kid gets his balls handed to him.. stop pretending to be tough.. it take more than skill to be a hockey player....

Posted by ballardhipcheck on April 06, 2009 at 04:14 AM

as for the one guy saying attendence was "at best 50%"... you're an idiot becasue i was there and the game was sold out. bottom line... ballard did what he does best and that is delivering devistating hip checks to anyone. that includes the leagues leading diver/scorer. crosby got what he deserved after jumping the unsuspecting brett mclean earlier this season. the beating ballard delivered would have been much worse if CINDY didnt chicken out and take ballard to the ice. recommendation for crosby... let kennedy of orpik do the dirty work. great CLEAN check, and nice fists to the head of CINDY. PS i love pausing the video when malkin is "standing" on his head. way to go keith...playoffs here we come!

Posted by DidThatHappen? on May 27, 2009 at 09:22 PM

Crosby got rocked, Rest my case Anyone who says that Crosby one has to be either a seven year old girl or a failure at life

Posted by keshtopher on November 02, 2009 at 10:02 AM

i like how before ballard was going to put a herting on sid he goes to take off the helmet but no sid has to try and get in a cheap shot ballard gets the win and would have done more if sid didnt do the im getting my asskicked so ill fall to the ice and land on top so the retards on this site will give me the win move

Posted by rangersfan10 on February 14, 2010 at 08:44 AM

Nice hit from ballard thats what malkin gets for being a dumba$$ and thats what crosby gets for being a crybaby great job ballard!!!!!!!:)

Posted by aces50 on April 06, 2009 at 09:17 AM

This is for all you Crosby haters and Philly fans. Eat you heart out. The best player in hockey throws down the gloves and plays better than anybody on all of your teams. Crosby gets the win in an uneventful fight for standing up for team mate and the take down.

Posted by SteelCity on April 06, 2009 at 05:53 AM

Nothing landed = lame. Any other two fighters and this would be voted a draw. How in the WORLD can you award a win because someone "threw more punches?!" Are you kidding? With that kind of logic you can beat someone in a fight without even being in the same room. Fucking morons are overpopulating this site.

Posted by BruinLeader on April 06, 2009 at 08:17 PM

Upyours is right.

Posted by lambeau36leaper on November 27, 2016 at 01:43 PM

whatever it was..Ballard DIDN'T WIN..WHAT A CLOWN

Posted by C. Alter on April 06, 2009 at 07:49 PM

Ballard went down; Crosby was on top. I'm a Crosby hater, but let's be honest.

Posted by scrapiron wins on April 05, 2009 at 11:32 PM

not much of a fight

Posted by steviejoe24 on April 09, 2009 at 05:29 PM

crosby showed why he's captain,ballard's check looked ok to me,but you don't hit the top scorer in the league like that and not expect a response. ballard's lucky godard wasn't on the ice. also what beauty parlor did they get the announcers from,not much of a fight. oh," woodape",go back up your treeand get your glasses,"tomales2",you are the reason contraception was invented,you don't know shit from putty.

Posted by God of thunder on April 07, 2009 at 01:10 AM

I wish Godard would have been on the ice. Ballard would have turtled. Good showing by crosby . all you Crosby haters suck. Watch out for Geno and Crosby in the playoffs you jealous punks.

Posted by medic5108 on April 08, 2009 at 02:47 AM

Crosby did take a few shots, but absolutely body slammed Ballard to the ice. Has to be worth something. And standing up for a teammate>>>Great Captain.

Posted by rbhst4 on April 11, 2009 at 03:28 PM

The funny part about all of this is that any of these players (crosby included) would probably kick almost any of your asses if you went toe to toe with them, let alone tried to play any sport against them.

Posted by RedWings=Trash on May 31, 2009 at 11:21 PM

Ok, take notes, people. First punch at 0:10 is a miss by Ballard. He misses BADLY. This is followed by a short jab from Crosby at 0:11. At 0:13 he misses again and Crosby lands the first real punch, a glancing right cross followed by an elbow which connects. This is followed by two left jabs and a small right hook from Crosby which turns into a takedown. For overall damage, Crosby inflicted more damage on Ballard than Ballard inflicted on Crosby, therefore Crosby wins, simply because of the elbow placement.

Posted by Dick Cheney on April 06, 2009 at 02:55 AM

Good for Sid to stick up for the NHL leading scorer. I call it a draw because all of Ballard's punches were at Sid's helmet. Crosby is not attempting to be a tough guy, he is simply being a captain. A captain sticks up for a teammate, clean hit or not. It was a low hit that could have very easily hurt Malkin. Called it a draw.

Posted by holidaysintexas on April 06, 2009 at 12:08 PM

a draw, or maybe a win for crosby. either way, good for him to stick up for malkin. you don't see pansy-boy ovechkin doing that...even after his own cheap hits.

Posted by jbart321 on April 06, 2009 at 02:26 PM

How can anyone give this to Ballard? He threw 2 weak punches and then Sid slammed him to the ground. Jealous haters around the league. LOL.

Posted by no123one on April 06, 2009 at 07:48 AM

Wow, the russian gets destroyed and Crosby has to come his rescue. So far Crosby is 3-0 in fights, Ovechkin 0-1, and Malkhin still won't fight. Crosby with the easy take-down and win, and landed the only punch (all of Ballard's punches were back of the helmet) Ballard is lucky that the linesman jumped in after Crosby rag dolled him, and proceeded to punch him. I also like how people make comments about Crosby wearing a visor.... TAKE A LOOK AT BALLARD... he's HIDING BEHIND A VISOR TOO! (btw, love the inaccurate play by play by the FLA guys LOL)

Posted by wmellott on April 06, 2009 at 10:22 AM

I knew after watching the fight last night that there were going to be Crosby haters out there thinking that the wind Ballard hit was actually Crosby. Crosby just man handled Ballard to let him know who is in charge, Not much of a fight, but more of an attitude adjustment to Ballard. I loved the way Crosby through him down like a rag doll! HA!

Posted by speedy17 on April 05, 2009 at 09:27 PM

GO EASY EVERY ONE...........be objective...........sid the kid did ok....in fact maybe even won.....he did what he had to do.......its that simple..........he is the captain.,................I have no problem with sid..........

Posted by bruiseyoureye on April 05, 2009 at 09:47 PM

all of ballard's punches hit all helmet....crosby got a nice punch in on the ugly face of ballard and then threw him down like rag doll.......very easy win for crosby

Posted by Tagga on April 06, 2009 at 04:54 PM

Well, I say a draw, but give Crosby more credit than ever for sticking up like that. Would've been better if Guerin was fighting Ballard. Guerin would've killed him.

Posted by shawn46 on April 06, 2009 at 06:28 PM

Man talk about homer announcers... Crosby is not a fighter.. but you have to hand it to him for standing up for his team... good captain... BTW How many fights Alex logged to stand up for his boys.....???

Posted by HockeyActioHank on April 08, 2009 at 05:31 PM

Crosby steps up for Malkin! He should get huge props for that. The figth itself wasn't much of a fight, Crosby wins with the takedown.

Posted by goldenjet on April 06, 2009 at 04:15 PM

Crosby is best known for his ability to skate and score goals but the 21 year old sid the Kid don't mine mixing it up when the call comes. Crosby flipped over Ballard like he was a rag doll. Sid the kid one of the best to ever play the game should stick to Hockey and scoring the big goals when the game is on the line. Good Luck in the play-off's

Posted by JaCort16 on January 23, 2011 at 02:32 PM

Ballard did not do anything, the hit on Malkin as the only hitting he did, he missed Crosby maybe hit his helmet once, and then got thrown down like a doll. Nothing but a Draw here.

Posted by ugotpwned on April 07, 2009 at 11:00 PM

man u ppl who rant about crosby are just real pain in the ass. first u guys criticize him for chickening out during fights and hes a crybaby, etc, etc, etc. then, he pounds that guy during the faceoff. chicken? no. but u guys then say thats a cheap shot, and continue to rant at him. fine, maybe it was. now, he stands up for his teamate, and fights a fair fight with a legit tough guy, throws a couple punches, and gets the takedown. still call him a crybaby and chicken? no but now u think that was yet another cheap fight, saying he didnt throw any good punches, etc, etc.. maybe u guys are just jealous that he actually can fight now, and hes gonna become the next gretzky. hes probably one of the best players on the ice. he may not be the toughest guy out there, but give the kid a break. he stands up for teamates when he has to and plays some darn good hockey. although im not a penguins fan, i still have the guts to respect him and his skill in hockey. dont like him or disagree with what ive said? go cry to other people or on some site. thx very much.

Posted by Ogre on April 06, 2009 at 10:23 AM

If you wanna fight, lose the visor Sindey... Ballard tried to go for his...

Posted by GagsFightsToo on November 05, 2010 at 09:52 PM

Rule Number One of Hockey Fights: Visors Off. What a gutless attack.

Posted by hockeyfan217 on November 04, 2010 at 05:53 AM

Win Ballard Crosby pulled him down so he didnt get knocked out

Posted by chad420 on April 19, 2009 at 04:38 PM

clear win KB... a 4.....upyours.. sids real good...but hes a crybaby...it is what it is

Posted by Cherndig on April 05, 2009 at 11:15 PM

All I here is a bunch of pissing and moaning from people on this site. I agree with Behn Wilson and marinermoose38 on this one. Does anyone know what the role of a captain is? It's to show leadership and is going to rally his troops whether Crosby can fight or not! Alot of people say Crosby a punk and a manless bitch, There saying that about a 21 year kid that's in one of the biggest spot lights in the world and your calling him manless and a punk? Not much of a fight DRAW!

Posted by J.R. Abel on April 12, 2014 at 06:51 PM

Ballard threw 3 punches that missed. Then got wrestled to the ice. Either a draw a slight edge for Ballard.

Posted by slodrive on April 08, 2009 at 02:20 PM

I'm gonna go with a draw here. I wish checks like that were encouraged, rather than punished, but it was the heat of the moment. I give Crosby props for stepping in there. Might not have been the right decision, but I like that he's not averse to dropping the mitts when he thinks its warranted. That's a good captain...something many of the crystal-star captains in this league shy away from. I like this guy more and more -- a really good guy for the sport.

Posted by jmc136 on April 06, 2009 at 04:37 PM

Draw. Fo sho

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Posted by illukka on April 07, 2009 at 08:05 AM

purrfect clean hit on malkin, deserves to be on hilight reels what is this fightin after a clean hit phenomenon? win ballard and more hits like that plox

Posted by Oil Can Henry on April 05, 2009 at 11:20 PM

Nice hit,....clean. Why is it supposed to be so admirable that a player comes to a teamates defense on a legitimate check? If anything, a statement's being made that the NHL is turning into a " pansy " league. No more hitting, I guess,.........

Posted by claire alexande on April 06, 2009 at 12:30 PM

good work by ballard, levels malkin with clean check, and takes out opponent's best player for five. what was crosby thinking?

Posted by knuckleup14 on April 06, 2009 at 03:22 PM

the nhl is pathetic hockey involves HITTING your taught hip checks comeon don cherry, ya gunna say that sutpid american ballard was a cheap ass nad your celebrated canadiean star crosby is the real tough guy. give me ab reak. i thought canada was wehre they taught hip checks. he just groped ballard and got wrecked.

Posted by qwertyuiopas on April 05, 2009 at 09:07 PM

nice hit and fight by ballard

Posted by Nelstorm on November 09, 2010 at 06:25 PM

This isn't a fight, this is Sid responding after Geno got shellacked. Sid lost because he took like 3 punches and just wrestled Ballard to the ice, but a good job by Sid standing up for Geno.

Posted by azjim on April 06, 2009 at 07:04 AM

Clean hip-check, I see the point in going after Ballard, who had hit the best Penguin. Still, Ballard won.

Posted by NHO3713 on April 06, 2009 at 07:16 PM

what a cry-baby and spoiled loser Crosby is. im sick of this guy, OVECHKIN is the future not this brat

Posted by LouisManchild on April 06, 2009 at 08:36 PM

someone needs to tell sidney that its a hockey fight not a wrestling match.

Posted by CFG1787 on April 06, 2009 at 01:02 AM

Good for Crosby, stuck up for his teammate like a captain should and fought a legitimately tough guy in Ballard

Posted by madfox on April 09, 2009 at 12:24 PM

Draw. Ballard might of thrown punches but didnt get big one on Sid. Alot of you guys must not watch hockey if you are complaining about a big hit turned into a fight. i agree the hit was clean but any hit like that, hard or has a chance to injure a teammate there will be someone going after the hitter.

Posted by The_Truth on April 05, 2009 at 10:10 PM

the only fight crosby wins is with his boyfriend when they are both at the apartment arguing whether to watch 'the notebook' or 'little mermaid'

Posted by PAXXAN on April 06, 2009 at 02:29 PM

Keith Ballard is my new hero. A huge (and clean) hit on Malkin and then a fight with Crosby - what a great shift! Have to give Ballard a win in this one for throwing only punches, and some respect points for wanting to remove his visor before the fight, unlike Crosby...

Posted by ColdmaN5 on April 06, 2009 at 03:56 PM

I'm with a lot of people here: I'm surprised Crosby actually tangled with someone who was facing him, and ready to go. He lost, which can be expected, but he did what he felt he had to do, even though it was a clean hit. LOL to the Penguins broadcasters who had nothing else to say during the fight but "Oh and Sidney throws him down...HARD!" (really, you got to hear how ridiculous the guy sounds), as if the point was to have a wrestling match, instead of throwing punches. Anyway, not a great fight, but got to give it to Sid that he didn't puss out of this one.

Posted by NoobsRUs on April 06, 2009 at 10:00 PM

Narrow win Ballard

Posted by rdemps01 on April 06, 2009 at 09:42 PM

I love to see Crosby get his ass kicked

Posted by hydr4 on April 06, 2009 at 12:46 AM

Hit was a clean BEAUTIFUL hipcheck. Crosby's retaliation cashed a check his face couldn't handle.

Posted by Wings_19 on April 06, 2009 at 11:59 PM

Good job Crosby, you didn't punch him in his penis It looked like Ballard was about to take off his helmet but Crosby jumped on him

Posted by flyersrock89 on April 05, 2009 at 08:54 PM

Crosby with the cry baby takedown. If your gonna protect malkin after a clean hit at least throw a punch don't just throw him down once he starts to beat you. I hate crosby

Posted by Andyman on April 05, 2009 at 10:12 PM

Crybaby seemed surprised that the linesman didnt instantly step in to pull them apart before he got hit. Ballard lands several and the whole time Crosby is just trying to pull him to the ice. Not so easy to fight when someone's not holding your opponent on the ice is it you big baby?

Posted by radioactiverich on April 06, 2009 at 09:38 AM

Wow, I am surprised princess didn't wait till the next faceoff and jump someone like last time. Finally Crosby does something that warrents the C on his chest.

Posted by Heavyweight2 on April 06, 2009 at 06:37 PM

Win Ballard

Posted by DaBomb1 on April 06, 2009 at 06:36 PM

Decent fight. My boy Ballard won, landing two decent shots

Posted by tomales2 on April 05, 2009 at 10:39 PM

Ballard with the win. Crosby threw a single punch and not landing it. Once again, ridiculous attempted retribution for a clean hit. A bunch of babies.

Posted by Rick16 on April 05, 2009 at 09:19 PM

crosby drops his gloves in hopes of looking like he wants to stick up for a teammate... in reality he just wants to hang on and stay out of harms way edge ballard

Posted by FightNight7 on April 05, 2009 at 10:26 PM

Edge Ballard

Posted by RickRypienfan on November 14, 2010 at 06:20 PM

Not quite a domination but a pretty good bout

Posted by 5forfighting44 on April 07, 2009 at 08:00 AM

Ballard didn't land good punches, Crosby gets the takedown and the win. Love to see the captain sticking up for his teammates.

Posted by OK NOW DONT CRY on October 13, 2009 at 06:36 PM

i love crosby but the fight is tilted ballard winner slightly