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A challenge to Sidney Crosbys supremacy seemed within the realm of possibility when ballots went out for voting on TSN Hockeys Top 50 this year. [url=http://www.vikingsnflfansclub.net/Black-Friday-Ben-Gedeon-Jersey/]Ben Gedeon Youth Jersey[/url] . Sure, Crosby was the big individual regular season winner in 2013-14 but it was conceivable that consecutive (and disappointing) playoff exits could diminish the Pittsburgh centres greatness, however slightly - and leave an opening in voters minds for a rival to wedge in and earn serious consideration. Didnt happen. Eighty-five per cent of voters on a panel of NHL coaches, general managers and TSN experts named the 2013-14 Art Ross Trophy, Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award winner No. 1 on their ballots. It was a rout again a€“ he earned 88 per cent of No. 1 votes in 2013 - making it five straight years Crosby has been voted the worlds best player in the TSN poll. Only Chicago Blackhawks centre Jonathan Toews kept it from being unanimous. There is but one conclusion. Crosby remains unparalleled, if not unstoppable a€“ witness five pointless games in a seven-game second round playoff loss to the New York Rangers a€“ with the latter saying less about No. 87 and more about the lack of Pittsburghs depth and extraordinary depth of competition in todays game. Entering his milestone 10th NHL season, Crosby has never scored at less than a 100-point full-season pace and is fourth all-time in points per game (1.40). Joining him in the top five are Wayne Gretzky (1.92), Mario Lemieux (1.88), Mike Bossy (1.50) and Bobby Orr (1.39). If the measure of a hockey player is the company he keeps, then Crosby belongs among the pantheon of all-time greats. The faces of the game have followed a clear lineage since the start of the 20th century: Frank McGee, a€?Cyclonea€? Taylor, Howie Morenz, Eddie Shore, a€?Rocketa€? Richard, Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, Orr, Guy Lafleur, Gretzky, Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr and now Crosby. The only recent blemishes for Crosby have been unproductive post-season finishes against Boston in 2013 and the Rangers in 2014. But he remains, in the minds of most, the most dangerous player on the planet. That includes the playoffs, where he stands sixth all-time in points per game (1.20) behind Gretzky (1.84), Lemieux (1.61), Messier (1.25), Orr (1.24) and Bossy (1.24). Toews was the only other player to receive No. 1 votes and he placed second in balloting, improving upon his No. 3 ranking in 2013. The Chicago superstar a€“ who was actually used more than Crosby during Canadas gold medal run in Sochi - is the consummate captain and champion, winning two World Junior Championships, two Stanley Cups and of course, two Olympic gold medals. Steven Stamkos, meanwhile, continued his inexorable climb up the rankings, moving from No. 10 (2010) to No. 6 (2011) to No. 4 (2012 and 2013) to No. 3 this year. It may be Stamkos and not Toews who eventually supplants Crosby. At No. 4 is Ryan Getzlaf who has scored more points than anyone but Crosby since a dreadful 2011-12 season. And at No. 5 is two-time Cup champ and analytics darling Anze Kopitar who made the years most significant breakthrough, rising from No. 18 in 2013. Completing the exclusive group are centre Evgeni Malkin (No. 6), who trails only Crosby in regular season and playoff points per game since 2005-06; defenceman Drew Doughty (No. 7), who based on Stanley Cup and Olympic performances, is the games best big game blueliner; rearguard Shea Weber (No. 9), the NHLs leading goal-scorer from the blue line since entering the league in 2005; and right winger Patrick Kane (No. 10), who earns as many style points as actual points for the works of art he creates on ice. Here are 10 more takeaways from TSN Hockeys Top 50: 1. NHL goal leader Alexander Ovechkin, who ranked No. 2 the first two years of the poll, is at No. 12 this season. 2. Jamie Benn experienced the biggest rise in the rankings, moving 22 places from No. 37 to No. 15. 3. Henrik Lundqvist is the top-ranked goalie at No. 16 and only netminder to make the list all five seasons. 4. First Team All-Star Zdeno Chara (No. 6 to No. 23) and Eric Staal (No. 28 to No. 45) experienced the biggest falls from grace, dropping 17 places. 5. Phil Kessel, whose 94 goals over the past three seasons rank fourth, moved to No. 38 from No. 43, but third-leading scorer Corey Perry (95 goals) is at No. 14. 6. Four players named to the previous four Top 50 lists were voted off the list: 30-year-old Rick Nash, 34-year-olds Henrik and Danel Sedin and 39-year-old Marty St. Louis. 7. Only six of 30 teams are not represented: Calgary, Vancouver and Winnipeg, along with Buffalo, Florida and New Jersey. 8. Chicago and Boston have the highest representation with five players each. Colorado boasts a league-high three players on the list who are 23 or younger - Matt Duchene (23), Nate MacKinnon (19) and Gabe Landeskog (21) a€“ plus goalie Semyon Varlamov (26). 9. Eight players earned Top 50 status for the first times in their careers a€“ including 30th-ranked Tuukka Rask and Kyle Okposo at No. 50. 10. Missing the cut by one at No. 51 is St. Louis Blues captain David Backes. [url=http://www.vikingsnflfansclub.net/Black-Friday-Ben-Gedeon-Jersey/]Ben Gedeon Womens Jersey[/url] . Although Spain could still advance out of the group stage, the game may have signalled the end of the run by a generation of Spanish stars whose quick passing, "tiki-taka" style delighted the world and helped them win the last three major tournaments. [url=http://www.vikingsnflfansclub.net/Black-Friday-Dalvin-Cook-Jersey/]Dalvin Cook Womens Jersey[/url] . Henry, who missed three games with a knee injury, was charged with a handball in the penalty area in the 82nd minute as he went to block a strike from Patrick Mullins. On the ensuing penalty kick, Lee Nguyen picked up his fourth goal of the season, giving the Revolution a 2-1 win Saturday afternoon. [url=http://www.vikingsnflfansclub.net/Black-Friday-Jaleel-Johnson-Jersey/]http://www.vikingsnflfansclub.net/Black-Friday-Jaleel-Johnson-Jersey/[/url] . LOUIS -- The St.BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Joey Logano was only a few laps away from victory when suddenly, holding off Paul Menard wasnt his main problem. "I could tell something was wrong on the back straightaway," Logano said. Loganos flat tire with about five laps remaining allowed Menard to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday at Michigan International Speedway. It was Menards second victory on that circuit and first since 2006, and Logano was left trying to come to terms with a race that was going well until the final moments. "I hate to give them away like that," Logano said. "You look at the silver lining I guess, which is we had a fast race car and should have won the race. You win some this way and lose some this way." Logano was leading when he was derailed by the tire problem. Menard took advantage of his good fortune, holding off Sam Hornish Jr. by 0.468 seconds. It was Menards first Nationwide start of the season. Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished third, followed by pole-winner Kyle Busch and Brian Scott. Regan Smith finished seventh and remained atop the points list. Menard, one of several Sprint Cup drivers in contention in the event, won the 250-mile, 125-lap race in his No. 33 Chevrolet. He figures he might have had a shot to win even without Loganos mishap. "I would have liked to have lined up nose to tail with Joey," he said. "It would have been a hell of a race." Logano wasnt disputing that, but the point became moot when he ran over something in his No. 22 Ford and dropped all the way back to 16th place because of the cut tire. "The 33 was quick and had a fast race car also. We were going to have a race because he was catching me a little bit," Logano said. "Sometimes you are the bug, sometimes you are the windshield. [url=http://www.vikingsnflfansclub.net/Black-Friday-Jaleel-Johnson-Jersey/]Jaleel Johnson Womens Jersey[/url]. It is never over until it is over. You think you are in good shape and you are worried about a caution more than anything else and then the next thing you know you hear it starting to come apart." Busch won his third Nationwide pole of the year but was unable to repeat his victory two weeks ago at Dover. Scott was the highest finisher among this years Nationwide regulars, holding his own among several Cup drivers. "Ive been fortunate to run a couple Cup Series races, and I felt like it was a huge benefit to me and my team in the Nationwide Series," said Scott, who along with Menard was part of a big day for Richard Childress Racing. "The added track time, just driving something with more horsepower. You actually figure out ... the grip threshold, and you realize just how high it is. Then you can get in your Nationwide car and you know that youre nowhere near it or youre at it, and how to approach that." Hornish nearly won the Nationwide Series in 2013, but his sponsorship money dried up and he parted ways with owner Roger Penske. Hes made only three Nationwide starts this year, but the irregular schedule doesnt seem to be affecting his performance. Hes finished in the top five in all three races, including a victory at Iowa in May. He was in the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing on Saturday. "Its not really a knocking-off-the-rust thing, because Im at the shop every week," Hornish said. 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