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Yes, some people are calling it "Handshakegate."
We're calling it "Whinergate."

The issue here isn't with the handshake line.
It's with the circus that the whining has created.

We tried to stay away from this.
We didn't want to give it any additional press.
We mentioned it once and assumed it would disappear like the non-story that it is.

Then someone asked Henrik Zetterberg about it.

"I think you should do it after a series, shaking hands," Zetterberg said. "I don't know why he didn't do it. I think it's disrespectful. I don't know the reason he didn't do it, but I hope he has a really good one."

Anyone who didn't watch the game and just read Zetterberg and Draper's comments would assume Sidney Crosby pulled his hand away from Lidstrom and laughed.

Of course, that's not what happened.


If Sidney Crosby wanted to, he could have run to the media after the game himself.
He could have told them that Lidstrom quickly left the ice without shaking his hand.
He could have called Lidstrom "classless" and "disrespectful."

But he didn't.


Because it's not true.

The idea that Crosby snubbed Lidstrom is also not true.

"In 2008, the Red Wings spent exactly 2 minutes and 10 seconds celebrating, from the final whistle, to the first handshake. This past Friday, the Penguins celebrated for 2 minutes and 15 seconds between the same two points. A difference of 5 seconds. However, it took Crosby a total of 3 minutes and 35 seconds to join the line, a full minute and twenty seconds after his teammates started shaking hands.

And that is why the Red Wings are so ticked, because Sidney Crosby was 1 minute and 20 seconds late. Not because they lost the Stanley Cup, on home ice mind you, but because Crosby was 80 seconds late to take part in a ritual that has no set start time."

M.P. Kelly [The Hockey Writers]

For additional proof that Lidstrom waited less than two minutes for Crosby to shake his hand, we head to C-Blog:


So, when Kris Draper said that Lidstrom was "waiting and waiting" for Crosby, he meant that he shook as many Penguin's hands as he could and left the ice in less than two minutes.

Did that minute and a half feel like an eternity to Lidstrom and Draper? Likely. They probably wanted to get off the ice as quickly as they could. That's perfectly acceptable if that's what they chose to do. But then they have no right to feel snubbed.

It should be noted that Marian Hossa, who has shown that he holds loyalty to no one but himself, appeared to defend Crosby.

"After the game, when I start shaking their hands, I did not think,'Who is there and who is not there?' " Hossa said. "After, I think about it and I thought that I did not remember shaking hands with Sid. I'm sure he was caught in the emotion and did not know where he was. I know him. He wouldn't do it deliberately. He is a great guy. I think he was just excited and caught up in the emotion."

Lidstrom, on the other hand, kept talking about it.

"I think he was just caught up in the moment," Lidstrom said, though he didn't sound as forgiving as Hossa. "It's something that's a big tradition in our game. We all know we should do it after a series. I think he just caught up in that moment.

"You're so happy and celebrating with your teammates, but you also realize that the team on the losing side probably wants to get off the ice and leave. You celebrate with teammates, shake hands, and celebrate with your teammates again.

"I have no idea (how long we waited). I know Drapes (Kris Draper) and I stood there for a little while. He was still celebrating. I was a little bit surprised when I shook everyone's hands, their players and coaches, and Sidney was caught up in the moment."

Lidstrom didn't know whether the topic would be discussed if the two cross paths later this week at the National Hockey League awards in Las Vegas. "He might mention it and talk about it," Lidstrom said. "We'll have to wait and see. He's going to learn from it, if it happens again.''

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