Columbus newspaper cancels plans to give away crying Crosby masks

Sergei Bobrovsky handled the puck for too long behind his net and the Penguins capitalized on the blunder.

Deserved or not, Sidney Crosby has long been labelled a whiner in some corners of the hockey world.

Now there’s artwork to depict that moniker, thanks to The Columbus Dispatch.

UPDATE: One day after promoting Sunday’s edition, the newspaper decided to cancel its plan to distribute the mask, according to reporter Aaron Portzline.

The newspaper had planned to include a “Sid The Kid” mask in its Sunday edition, encouraging fans to wear it to Nationwide Arena when the Columbus Blue Jackets host Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series that night.

The Blue Jackets need to do something to throw off Crosby, the NHL’s regular-season goal-scoring champ. He potted his 50th career post-season goal in Friday’s game and added two assists to help the Penguins earn a victory and build a 2-0 lead in the series.

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