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Crosby says Flyers “seem to bring out the worst” in him

Apr 2, 2012, 7:09 PM EDT

Sidney Crosby AP

Sunday’s game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers was heated, controversial, and just the beginning. The two squads will all-but certainly play each other in the first round, in what is sure to be an emotional and rough series for all involved.

“Let’s be honest,” Sidney Crosby said. “Both teams bring out a lot of bad things in each other. You can sit there and put a microscope on every slash that goes on out there. The fact is both teams do it. … That’s going to happen when these teams play each other. I know that’s probably the most hacks I’ve given out personally in a long time. So they seem to bring out the worst in me, too.”

Crosby swatted at Brayden Schenn with his stick during the contest and Schenn responded by hitting Crosby in the back as the two returned to their benches. The contest broke down further from there. If you missed the madness that occurred towards the end of Sunday’s contest, you can watch it below.

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Crosby hasn’t been able to lead his team to victory against the Flyers in either of the teams’ two matches since he returned from a concussion. However, he has traditionally dominated the Flyers. Crosby has 26 goals and 64 points in 38 career regular season contests against Philadelphia and he was just as impressive when the teams played each other in the first round of the 2009 postseason.

The Flyers are a different team this time around and might prove to be Pittsburgh’s Kryptonite in the playoffs, just as they have been in the regular season. Still, it will be very hard for them to silence Sidney Crosby and the Penguins’ offense.

  1. phillyphever - Apr 2, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Oh man, can we please start the series today?

    • nyr1 - Apr 3, 2012 at 1:41 PM

      sid says above that “they seem to bring out the worst in me.” As in his vagina….always crying to refs and then going around chopping and slewfooting everyone. The guy is a scumbag…..loving all the hatred in his forum! Sid is a p@ssy

  2. illadelphiasphinest - Apr 2, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Translation. Im sorry I rattleled the bee hive. Please dont kill me out there.

    • kitshky - Apr 2, 2012 at 7:36 PM

      Translation = I’m mature enough to see things from others perspective and am looking forward to a monster playoff series against a hated rival.

  3. ravenscaps48 - Apr 2, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    This playoff series should be one for the ages… The only thing that could make it any better is if both teams could be eliminated after the 1st Round

  4. flyersgoalscoredby88 - Apr 2, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    It’s kind of unfortunate that these two teams are meeting in round 1. Right now they’re two of the four best teams in the NHL, with St Louis and the Rangers rounding it out.

  5. jumbossportsblog - Apr 2, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Reblogged this on jumbossportsblog.

  6. vismund11 - Apr 2, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    “Still, it will be very hard for them to silence Sidney Crosby and the Penguins’ offense.” really??? Because their offense has Crosby and Malkin? Gtfo. The Flyers have a waaaaaaay better scoring spread than Pittsburgh, they have at least 9 people with 20 goals, and a few others on the verge of cracking 20. Get outta here. If Bob plays well, Bryz can come back and the Flyers keep doing what they’re doing, its a done deal for Sid and that Frankenstein monster Malkin.

    • dropthepuckeh - Apr 2, 2012 at 9:37 PM

      The Flyers have four players with at least 20 goals with less than a week left in the season. I’d say this type of exaggeration is perfectly representative of Philly fans in general. The hit on Briere was a great hit. Deal with it.

      That said, Crosby is a total biatch as Milbury so astutely pointed out. He can’t whine when he gets hit and then take liberties with his own stick when people treat him equally. If you are going to dish it out then you are fair game. I agree with the sentiment that his quotes here are an attempt to lessen the blow he receives. I’m guessing he sees very limited minutes in the final regular season game against Philly.

    • miketoasty - Apr 3, 2012 at 7:49 AM

      The Flyers have 4 20 goal scorers, the Penguins have 5. That is all.

      • back2backbees - Apr 3, 2012 at 8:06 AM

        The Bruins have 6

  7. illadelphiasphinest - Apr 2, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Malikn is Shrek’s ugly twin brother

    • miketoasty - Apr 3, 2012 at 8:02 AM

      Who can also carry a team to the playoffs.

  8. jond86 - Apr 2, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    He is going to put a few extra rocks in his purse for the next game and try to actually leave a bruise

  9. jond86 - Apr 2, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    He is going to put a few extra rocks in his purse for the next game and try to actually leave a bruise.

  10. matthewmacisaac - Apr 2, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    After the game, Crosby whined about the crosscheck, saying it was dirty, but he doesn’t mention how he slashed Giroux right in front of the ref and got away with it or how he broke his stick slashing Jagr (How do you not call that? Come on Bettman,even playing field for every one. Crosby commits penalties, too). If he’s going to get into cheap stick play, he’s going to get hit back, so he should stop acting like a petulant 4 year old. That is why so many fans hate him, myself included. It is a shame that such a talented player usually acts like that scumbag Avery. I didn’t want to see the concussion/neck problems derail his career but after Sundays game , with the crap he got away with, I’d love to see him face down in a pool of his own blood on Saturday.

    • aklolzer - Apr 2, 2012 at 9:39 PM

      could not agree more. i pray everyday for him to by lying on his back and someone comes by and stomps their skate into his throat.

    • crashtheboards55 - Apr 2, 2012 at 9:41 PM

      I agree that these slashes and dangerous avoidable plays need to go man. I’m a huge Pens fan and I don’t like it when any player complains about getting hit and then goes out and does the same thing he complained about. Its ridiculous. I love the sport and I really think that its in danger of bein flat out garbage if they don’t fix it. How can playoff hockey be so much different than regular season? You don’t see the same BS and it should be that way all the time. I agree that there should be a level playing field. Just don’t agree with the laying in the pool of blood. I don’t want to see injuries to anyone.

      • aklolzer - Apr 2, 2012 at 9:47 PM

        I respect your honesty and argument. I, however, am a lunatic and would celebrate any of those injuries to crosby and malkin anyday.

      • bobhpine - Apr 2, 2012 at 10:26 PM

        your life might need more going on if you so intensely wish for someone you don’t know, and will never know, to be in so much pain.

      • hockeyknowledge - Apr 3, 2012 at 11:10 AM

        Crosby already was in his own blood against the Islanders. And also lost to them.

    • barkar942 - Apr 2, 2012 at 11:10 PM

      Perhaps his new nickname should be Cindy Avery!

    • hockeyhome - Apr 3, 2012 at 2:45 AM

      Really? I agree with most of what you said. The liberties that the ref’s seem to give Sid is bull#@*t and Sid has become… let’s just say “weak”. However, Avery is in a class of his own- come on, he’d kick Crosby into another 20 game season, not whine.

    • chizmo - Apr 3, 2012 at 8:38 AM

      You, matt, are acting like a “petulant 4-year old”. Complaining about Crosby complaining about complaining about complaining about …. I’m sure no Flyers player has ever slashed someone, or put a smelly glove in a face.

      Still funny to hear hockey fans insist that there is some conspiracy that favors every other team except their’s.

  11. phillyhatesyou - Apr 2, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    crosby is a punk. he took a dive on that schenn hit then goes and cries about to the media. wonder if he will even have the balls to play next saturday or if some mysterious lower body injury pops up. either way i wish this season would just end and the playoffs get started.

  12. ericm22 - Apr 2, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Come on Sid the baby floped like a flounder, funny how he never goes down when he has the puck but give him a little push like that and he hits the ice like an octopus in Detroit.

    • chizmo - Apr 3, 2012 at 8:43 AM

      He is usually aware that someone will be hitting him when he has the puck… How is it diving when you are hit high on the back while skating to the bench? If he was looking right at him I could see the point but how the hell was it a dive if he was in no way prepared to be hit?

  13. bobhpine - Apr 2, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    but the Flyers never win the cup…37 years…Crosby won in 2009 tools

    • phillyhatesyou - Apr 2, 2012 at 10:34 PM

      and that changes the fact that crosby is a cheap shot flopper how?

      • illbringdabeers - Apr 2, 2012 at 11:30 PM

        Apparently cups won 37 years ago or longer don’t count. A lot of teams have banners they have to take down then

      • bobhpine - Apr 3, 2012 at 12:24 AM

        It’s just pathetic that you hang on to it pal…Crosby could retire now and he would have done more than Lindros and primeau and Richards and Carter and hartnell and anyone else who played for the flyers who is under sixty years old…gold medal, Stanley cup, hart trophy…etc. By the way Crosby is 24

      • bobhpine - Apr 3, 2012 at 12:32 AM

        If a tree falls in the woods and no one hears it does it make a sound? If the flyers win a cup years before the losers who talk about the greatness of that franchise were ever born, does it count…no…not so much

      • phillyhatesyou - Apr 3, 2012 at 12:47 AM

        sorry bob the flyers have a more storied history than the penguins that we choose not to forget. it is pretty easy to forget an entire generation of penguins hockey considering you losers almost let the team move to another city. talk about fair weather fans. too bad mario lemiuex, the only penguins fan in pittsburgh at the time, saved your franchise and now we have to listen to hockey fans with the IQ of forrest gump like you. hopefully next time a tree falls in the woods it lands on you and nobody else is around to hear it.

      • illbringdabeers - Apr 3, 2012 at 6:45 AM

        I don’t like calling people out on the internet cause it serves no point, but you just sound like such a d-bag. If a tree falls before, blah blah blah. I’ve never said the Cros is a bad player, in fact I think he’s great. But unlike you, I can acknowledge the greatness of a player without diminishing the greatness of a rival franchise. The Flyers have a more storied franchise. You act like it’s a personal attack you or something?

        Time to grow up Peter Pan

  14. illadelphiasphinest - Apr 2, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Pittsburg- America’s toilet bowl.

    • crosberries - Apr 2, 2012 at 11:51 PM

      There’s a reason people call it philthy and why your city smells like a sewer

      • illadelphiasphinest - Apr 3, 2012 at 12:13 AM

        There’s a reason why people call it S***sburgh

  15. sweezz - Apr 3, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    Depending on what happens Saturday, Penns fans might really want to consider not going to Philly for the series.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 3, 2012 at 8:26 AM

      I don’t think they have much of a choice. They need to win their last three and have the Rangers lose their last three.

  16. genopringlesandbobhpinemolestboys - Apr 3, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    I think my user name says it all…….

  17. hockeyknowledge - Apr 3, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    As a ‘captain’ he should’nt even say that. A true captain doesn’t let any other team get to his or her head, even if it’s your hated rival.

  18. pens5829 - Apr 3, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    REALLY? Now Danielle Briere’s saying Vitale was intentionally trying to hurt him? Take your skirt off son. Playoffs start soon. I never realized how much whining the tough-guy Flyers do these days. All seems to have started when Lovie took over.

  19. hoarce7 - Apr 3, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Don’t buy what this Pittsburgh runt is claiming one bit because quite frankly it doesn’t matter what team the Penguins are playing, he’s as dirty and sneaky a player as there is in the NHL. As Mike Milbury said, after Crosby came back from his concussion, he maintained he wasn’t going to go skating around the ice with his tail up in the air like a banty rooster and sticking his nose into places it didn’t belong. However once again and sure enough on Sunday he takes a run at the Flyers Brayden Schenn in the corner with his team behind by three goals and a couple of minutes or less remaining in the contest. No wonder he got cross-checked near the bench prior to the fiasco which took place shortly after. As Milbury said, he’s “a little punk”; a “little goody two shoes.” The guy is your typical crap disturber who grows four feet and adds thirty pounds to his scrawny frame when he has a couple of so-called goons out on the ice with him at the same time. The guy couldn’t beat his way out of a wet paper bag. Finally in the words of Don Cherry: if he continues this style, he’s gonna get his at some point. And he will!!!

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