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Mending the Crosby, Red Wings relationship through EA Sports

Greg Wyshynski
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There's no rule that a video game's epilogue needs to be grounded in realism. One assumes Mike Tyson wouldn't congratulate you on your finger speed after knocking him out for the belt. Heck, at the end of "Super Mario Bros 2" you find out you just wasted 50 hours of your life on some Italian plumber's crummy, Peroni-fueled dream (uh, spoiler).

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Still, this screen cap from EA Sports' just-released NHL 10 demo is hilarious in its unintentional (we assume) revisionism. Please recall the faux controversy driven by sore losers in the Detroit Red Wings locker room and their allies in the media when Sidney Crosby(notes) skipped a good portion of the handshake line to celebrate his first Stanley Cup. The Pittsburgh Penguins captain's momentary lapse of maturity was interpreted as the pinnacle of poor sportsmanship, with players like Kris Draper(notes) railing against Crosby in post-finals commentaries.

Damian Romano of Pens Universe completed his NHL 10 demo with the Penguins winning the Cup, and noticed this "glitch," as Crosby shakes the hand of Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom(notes) (who appears to be looking at the Zamboni).

Was this a deliberate move by the programmers, or just a naturally occuring part of NHL 10's post-Cup screens; because the EA folks do pride themselves on their attention to detail. Either way, Ryan Classic is underwhelmed by the game's attention to detail -- for various reasons.

This screen-cap thing is amusing, but as absurd as it sounds, the Red Wings and their fans are still steaming over Handshake Gate.

After Brian Rafalski(notes) made mention of the Crosby snub at Team USA camp last week, Wings blogger George James Malik defended the notion that the wounds shouldn't have healed:

[I] still have no problem whatsoever with the Wings holding this grudge. They lost the Stanley Cup on their home ice, and if the handshake incident serves as motivation to get the Cup back, fine by me. If it includes a little dislike for "Hockey Jesus," that's up to the players, not the fans.

They may want to avoid the celebratory screens of NHL 10.

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