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Zidlicky coming to terms with getting torched by Sidney Crosby

Mar 30, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

It took New Jersey Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky a few days to get over what happened in Sunday’s 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Four days, in fact.

On Thursday, Zidlicky addressed the two plays in which Crosby danced around him for scoring opportunities, the second one resulting in this goal:

“It’s embarrassing, but you can’t let it bother you on your next shift or in your next couple of games,” Zidlicky told The Star-Ledger. “I know he scored a goal on one, but that’s what happens. That’s hockey. You have to be ready on your next shift to do the right thing. You can’t be thinking about your mistakes.”

In a weird twist, this isn’t the first time Crosby’s put Zidlicky in the spotlight. The two scrapped in 2009, the fourth of No. 87’s five career fights:

Zidlicky said if he and Crosby cross paths again, he’ll be ready to deal with him.

“He’s a tough guy. You have to make sure if he’s beside you, don’t play the puck. Play him,” he said. “That’s what happened when we played Pittsburgh. I tried to play the puck. You have to be careful, especially against the top guys.”

  1. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Mar 30, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    well it’s not like he’s known for his defensive game anyhow, don’t see what’s the big deal here…To be fair about half of the NHL could do this to Zid, it just happens the poster boy did.

    Zidlicky needs to worry about scoring and being the QB on the PP, that’s what he gets paid to do.

  2. GenoPringles - Mar 30, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Don’t be embarrassed young man. You are just 1 of a million other players to be undressed by the almighty soupcan sid. Be proud just to be mentioned in the same headline as Sid, I know I would. SCA CC 2012

  3. greatminnesotasportsmind - Mar 30, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Just Crosby?? There are 18 players on any given night that embarrasses him.

  4. jpelle82 - Mar 30, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    he owns zid. glad he gets to embarass him 6 times a year now.

  5. phillyphever - Mar 30, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Again, why did NJ give up so much for this guy?

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Mar 30, 2012 at 4:43 PM


      I don’t think they gave up much personal wise, but had to match salary to afford Zidz contract but giving up a 2nd was too much. I would have been happy with used socks and a puck, steal for Fletcher and the Wild.

      Not to mention Zidz was a big crying dbag, glad he is gone and I wish nothing but the worst for him… I have nothing against NJ tho, just Zid.

      • martysbetter - Mar 30, 2012 at 7:48 PM

        Zidli(ds)cky has been a great pickup for NJ. I guess the defensive system didn’t suit him very well over in Minn. He’s made our power play far more dynamic and has definitely been a defensive upgrade over Kurtis Foster – not mad about him having a year left on his contract, honestly.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Mar 30, 2012 at 7:48 PM

        Ah, but we did get Veilleux and Foster. They are UFAs to get more cap space to pry away Parise.

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