NHL on TSN Quiz: Are Malkin, Crosby and Letang the best trio? Staff

3/21/2012 11:03:55 PM

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Question: True or false: The trio of centre Evgeni Malkin, centre Sidney Crosby & defenceman Kris Letang is the NHL's best centre-centre-d-man trio since Gretzky, Messier and Coffey in the 1980s?

Crawford: False. I have to protect my combination which was Sakic, Forsberg and Sandis Ozolinsh - won the Cup in '96. These guys were great in every sense of the word and I've got a ring to prove it.                

McKenzie: True. Malkin and Crosby you can make a case that they're the two best players in the game and Kris Letang ain't too shabby either. Keep in mind we're saying since Gretzky, Messier and Coffey, not comparing them.

Ward: False. I'll go with Yzerman, Fedorov and Lidstrom. Three Cups between each of them over the period of time they played with each other. Yzerman: legendary captain, warrior, gutty, great guy. Fedorov: A guy that was a magician with the puck, teams would almost have to prepare solely for him coming into a game. And Lidstrom: Contributed on the offensive end and was a lock down guy. No matter what you threw at him he handled it.

Question: Marty Brodeur said he didn't like the opening faceoff simultaneous staged fights at the opening faceoff; what about you – what did you think of the line brawl? Like it, didn't like it, don't care?

Ward: I don't care. I think Brodeur didn't like it because he ended up losing the game. But you still have to play 60 minutes, fights or no fights. You listen to (Brad) Richards and he says the great part about it is that they responded. They were motivated by this fight. They got the lead, they held the lead, they won the game 4-2, end of story.

Crawford: I don't care, but I do know who does and I think the referees really care. I know when I was coaching, if you started your tough guys you usually ended up getting the short end of the calls that night especially with the old veteran refeerees.

McKenzie: Don't care. There's fighting in the National Hockey League, sometimes there's one fight, sometimes there's two, sometimes there's three. If you saw the 1970s there were 300 on any given night. It fluctuates up and down, it is what it is.

Question: What negatives, if any, are there to Patrick Roy's celebrated candidacy for the Montreal Canadiens' head coaching job? Ego, pro inexperience, temper or none?

McKenzie: Ego. For the best, their strength is always their weakness and Patrick Roy has a massive ego. It's why he's a Hall of Famer, it's why he's one of the greatest goaltenders who ever played the game. When you're the coach of the Montreal Canadiens, if it's always about you and Patrick Roy often makes it always about him, it ends up being too much and a lightning rod for controversy.

Ward: Pro Inexperience. This is a guy that knows the town, but doesn't know the position at that level and you got to understand there's a lot of egos to manage, harder opponents and sometimes you have to manage the volatile Montreal media. Exhibit A: Dale Hunter. It doesn't always equate when you have a pretty good NHL career and a junior coach coming in to make a splash.

Crawford: None. I never questioned Patrick as a player, especially when I had him and I think he's going to have a great career eventually as a National Hockey League coach.