Coming into their game against the Florida Panthers, the Pittsburgh Penguins were riding a six game losing streak and it didn't help when some started questioning what was happening inside the Penguins locker room. One being how much they still supported Sidney Crosby as their captain. An article from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review sparked a reaction from the players.
It stated that Crosby deserved better based on the treatment he was supposedly getting, rattled the players and lead to each of them showing their support for their captain by wearing a "C" made out of hockey tape, in Malkin's Russian tongue, a "K."
While many on the team say that the gesture was about supporting him, they also said it was also about just having fun and trying to loosen up a tense team that had lost six straight coming into tonight's game against the Southeast Division leading Panthers.
Like many who follow the different Penguin Twitter accounts, @pghpenguins and @PensInsideScoop saw the news through these accounts. For anyone who is on Twitter, there is bound to be someone who will look to create a new trending topic on what was happening in Sunrise. Pittsburgh Penguin fan and sports writer @Amb_Alex started the #C trend and in a little over 12 hours, it has caught on with fans. Not only did the hashtag "C" become big, fans could add their own "C" to their profile photos to show support for Crosby. Get the C on Your Profile Pic Here
While many might see this as just some stunt, it is at least something that the players can use as motivation during the rough beginning to the new year. The media as well as fans in general add on to the pressure when a team is in a rut.
For the current Penguins, this six game winning streak snapped tonight was one of the worst streaks the team has seen in six years. It doesn't help that you add in the Steelers losing to Tim Tebow and the Broncos last Sunday, and Pittsburgh Panthers basketball putting the icing on an already bad beginning of the year for Pittsburgh sports by losing 62-39 to Rutgers on Wednesday.
So the pressure was mounting. Sidney Crosby in my opinion, was dragged into the spotlight because of the losing streak. Assuming that players questioned his symptoms and ability to be a captain arose from the meeting that was held to discuss naming a temporary captain definitely lead to the idea of divide in the locker room.
Does Crosby deserve better? Yes. But to assume that there is not support coming from the players is too easy to do. However you look at what has happened over the past two weeks and today, the Penguins snapped the streak and showed that they support their captain. A divided locker can ruin a team. Today the Penguins showed that there is no divide and it's up to them as a team to decide which direction this team goes.
Hopefully, this #C Revolution and this new mentality can start a string of victories and the Penguins can make good on Ray Shero's guarantee that they will make the playoffs.