Sunday, April 15, 2012
Temper, temper, Sidney
By Scott Burnside
PHILADELPHIA -- At some point Penguins center Sidney Crosby sent Jakub Voracek’s glove away as he tried to pick it up during one of the late-game dust-ups.
After the game a reporter asked Crosby is that was a reflection of the team’s frustration.
“I don’t like any guy on their team. His glove was near me, he went to pick it up and I pushed it,” Crosby said.
“Because why, I’m sorry?” the reporter said.
“I don’t like him,” Crosby said.
“Why don’t you like him?” Crosby was asked.
”Because I don’t like him. I don’t like any guy on their team. So ...,” Crosby said.
A few minutes later, Crosby went back to the incident.
“Guys are emotional and there’s a lot of stuff going on out there," he said. "There’s no reason to explain. I don’t have to sit here and explain why I pushed a glove away. They’re doing a lot of things out there, too. You know what? We don’t like each other. Was I going to sit there and pick up his glove for him? What was I supposed to do?”
The same reporter suggested he could have skated away.
“Skate away? OK, well, I didn’t that time,” Crosby shot back. “It’s the playoffs and a lot of things happen out there from both sides. Everyone is guilty of it. Nobody is blaming anyone here. It’s heated out there and that’s what the playoffs are like.”
The strange sight of Sidney Crosby and Claude Giroux dropping the gloves in the first period of Game 3 harkened back to the now-famous fight during the 2004 Stanley Cup finals between Calgary’s Jarome Iginla and Tampa’s Vincent Lecavalier.
“I thought it was great. In the end, that’s really playoff hockey, isn’t it?” Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette said. “A couple of the best players in the world dropping the gloves and going at it? Would I rather have [Giroux] keep his gloves on? Sure. But when he’s fighting Sidney Crosby, that’s the playoff hockey, that’s this series. In the end, that’s probably what it’s about. You get guys out there and they want to win on both sides and they’ll do anything to do it. You’ve got to be ready to play at that level.”
While the Flyers and their fans were enraged there was no call when James Neal leveled Sean Couturier in the third period, Neal said he tried to hold up.
“Yeah, I’m flying through the neutral zone, I’m regrouping, I didn’t even mean to hit him. I don’t know if the puck was in his feet or not or where it was. I let up as much as I could and it is what it is,” he said.
For his part, the Flyers' Brayden Schenn downplayed the incident with the Penguins' Arron Asham, even though it could have been more serious.
"It was just a hit. I didn't really see him coming at me, I didn't really expect a cross-check but that's what happened,” he said.
As for the shot while he was on the ice, Schenn said, “That's just his temper rising, nothing more than that. Really nothing really more than a cross-check and a punch."
Did he think it was dirty?
“I didn't expect it, that's for sure,” Schenn said.