Sid The Kid Makes His Big Comeback

Sidney Crosby; Image: Dan4th NicholasCanadians — whether they were hockey fans or not — were glued to their TV sets on Monday night.

One of the sport’s greatest players was making his comeback.

Sidney Crosby had been off the ice since early January after suffering two blows that left him with a concussion.

On Tuesday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins’s captain came back into the game. And boy, did he put on a show!

Crosby scored a goal in the first five-and-a-half minutes of the game against the New York Islanders, flipping a backhander over the glove of goaltender Anders Nilsson.

The Penguins ultimately won 5-0 against the lacklustre Islanders. Crosby took home four points, with two assists and then another backhand goal in the third period. Not bad for a guy who hadn’t played in 10 months.

The Nova Scotia native is an amazing player. Many people say Crosby is “in a different league” than everyone else who plays the game today. He sees the game in HD (high-definition), one of Crosby’s teammates told CBC news after Monday’s game.

Crosby spent his off-ice time practising his skills, including finessing his incredible backhand. And clearly, all his hard work paid off.

The Penguins face St. Louis at home on Wednesday.

By Kathleen Tilly

Writing/Discussion Prompt
Why do you think Sidney Crosby is “in a different league?”  In your opinion, how much of his skill is from hard work and how much of it is natural talent?  Do you think there are any other reasons why Crosby is so successful?

Reading Prompt: Making Inferences/Interpreting Texts
There are several phrases in this article that require you to “read between the lines.”  Using information from the article and your own ideas, explain what the following phrases mean.
1.  “Many people say Crosby is ‘in a different league’ than everyone else who plays the game today.”
2. “He sees the game in HD (high-definition)”
3.  “Sidney Crosby had been off the ice since early January after suffering two blows”

Use stated and implied information and ideas in texts to make simple inferences and reasonable predictions about them (OME, Reading: 1.5).

Use stated and implied ideas in texts to make inferences and construct meaning (OME, Reading: 1.5).

Develop and explain interpretations of increasingly complex or difficult texts using stated and implied ideas from the texts to support their interpretations (OME, Reading: 1.5).

Grammar Feature: Exclamation mark
Exclamation marks (!) are used to show excitement and surprise.  One sentence in the article that uses this punctuation mark is, “And boy, did he put on a show!”  Do you think any other sentences in this article could use an exclamation mark?  Explain and justify your reasons why other sentences should/shouldn’t end with exclamation marks.