It was a mozzarella stick that nearly did Sidney Crosby in.
Sitting in a local restaurant a couple weeks back, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ captain knew that he was in trouble immediately after biting into the breading with a broken jaw full of smashed teeth.
In fact, he had to reach into his throat and pry out the hot rubbery cheese to keep from choking on it. As you might imagine, it was a harrowing experience.
“It caught me by surprise,” Crosby recalled Tuesday.
PENGUINS LOCKING UP CROSBY WITH 12-YEAR, $104.4 MILLION DEAL
The Pittsburgh Penguins are expected to announce on Sunday that captainSidney Crosby has signed a 12-year, $104.4 million contract extension.
Crosby, 24, is entering the final season of a five-year, $43.5 million US contract extension signed in 2007. For each of the first four seasons of the last extension, Crosby was paid $9 million, and $7.5 million in 2012-2013.
Crosby, who has already won the Hart Trophy, the Art Ross and Rocket Richard Trophies and the Stanley Cup before his 25th birthday, missed the second half of the 2010-11 season and most of 2011-12 because of a concussion and neck injury.
The 24-year-old superstar played just 22 regular-season games last season. He was hurt in January 2011 and missed the remainder of the 2010-11 season before returning last November, then played eight games before a recurrence of symptoms forced him out again until March 15.
Crosby posted eight goals and 29 assists for 37 points in his 22 games during the regular season, then added three goals and five assists in six playoff games as the Pens were ousted by Philadelphia in the first round.
In 434 career regular-season games, Crosby has 223 goals and 609 points. In 2006-07, at just 19 years of age, he won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL scoring champion and the Hart Trophy as the league’s regular-season MVP. He helped the Penguins to the Stanley Cup title in the spring of 2009.
Sweet baby Jesus…