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Marian Hossa defends Sidney Crosby

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Wednesday marks Stanley Cup day+5 so the two things you're surely tired of hearing about right now is "Sidney Crosby handshake gate" and "Marian Hossa".  This, however, is too good not to mention

Hossa -- who obviously knows Crosby a lot better than Kris Draper, Henrik Zetterberg or anyone else whining about Sid not making it to shake Nick Lidstrom's hand -- actually stood up for 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 would not do it deliberately. He is a great guy. I think he was just excited and caught up in the emotion."

Not bad for Hossa to do, he could have shrugged the question off -- and given how he must be feeling -- who could blame him?