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Bylsma: Insulting Crosby could backfire for opponents

Apr 11, 2012, 4:53 PM EDT

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Sometimes talking too much can get you into trouble. Just ask Roberto “Easy Save for Me” Luongo how last year’s Stanley Cup finals turned out.

So, are the Philadelphia Flyers about to learn the same lesson after all that’s been said about Sidney Crosby and the rest of the Pittsburgh Penguins?

Via, Pens coach Dan Bylsma joined 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh to discuss that topic, and he had a message for the Flyers and any other team that chooses to speak ill of his captain.

“In terms of talking about our players I would think that having experience talking about Sidney Crosby hasn’t been a good thing in the past for the opposition,” said Bysma. “I am not sure if I would be talking too loud if I was trying to get him off his game.”

But that’s exactly what Pittsburgh’s opponent’s have been doing — talking about Crosby, and also Evgeni Malkin.

Monday, Flyers assistant coach Craig Berube said Crosby “whines to the refs all day and all night” and called Crosby and Malkin “the two dirtiest players on their hockey team.”

Thursday, Rangers head coach John Tortorella referred to the Pens’ “two whining stars” — presumably Crosby and Malkin.

Friday, Crosby responded thusly: “The game’s played on the ice. You get all this stuff going on. It really is garbage. It’s nonsense and if they want to do it great, but I’m not going to waste my time answering questions about it all the time.”

Tonight, we’ll see how he responds on the ice.

You can listen to the full Bylsma interview here.

In the meantime, somebody buy Crosby this shirt:


  1. eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 11, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    blysma and the penguins organization are smelling themselves ! The NHL will fine you if you talk about crosby and now if you talk about crosby he will turn into become the incredible whining hulk !

    • crosberries - Apr 11, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      Why don’t you go check the police blotter to see if some of the eagles got arrested

  2. eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 11, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    The only thing the arrogant penguins will be smelling in this series is salts !

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 11, 2012 at 6:10 PM

      Matt Cook meet Evander Kane

  3. sheckyrimshot - Apr 11, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    they weren’t insulting him. they were stating facts.

  4. gary15217 - Apr 11, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Even though Crosby is a pro and will be on top of his game anyway, it still probably isn’t a good idea to piss off the best player in the world.

  5. phillyphever - Apr 11, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    The sooner this team is out of the playoffs, the better the playoff coverage will be nationally with the media focusing on all teams and not just one. It’s getting old guys, talk about someone else.

  6. laurely515 - Apr 11, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    So is Bylsma saying that being in the Stanley Cup playoffs isn’t enough to motivate Crosby, but now that someone hurt his feelings he’s going to play really, really hard?

    • scobie1 - Apr 11, 2012 at 5:43 PM

      or he will hold his breath until he turns blue and stamp his feet, oh and get away with any cheap shot he can, which is pretty much all of them since he is Beatmans boy….

    • dougr42 - Apr 11, 2012 at 6:09 PM


  7. Stiller43 - Apr 11, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    In philly they always seem to treat him the worst with constant chants and whatnot, and he generally kills the flyers in philly, so this actually makes sense.

    • scobie1 - Apr 11, 2012 at 5:49 PM

      Actually your statement makes no sense. Flyers 141-89-30 against the Pens lifetime. Home record: 92W-30L-8T. Keep drinking the Pens yellow water.

      • miketoasty - Apr 11, 2012 at 6:28 PM

        You’re an idiot. Crosby hasn’t been playing the Flyers since the Flyers came into the league, but here are Crosby’s career stats against Philly:

        39 GP, 27 Goals, 39 Assists, 66 Points, +11.

        Crosby is a 1.70 Points per game player against Philly.

        Oh and in case you couldn’t do math, Crosby has played in 39 games out of 260 these two teams have played against each other (If your numbers are actually facts).

  8. thehairychestsportsblog - Apr 11, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    After the play the mouthpeice is out and he is jawing with the refs or sucking face with his boyfriend Pierre McGuire.

  9. dawglb - Apr 11, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Laurely515, well said. Ditto.

  10. lsxphotog - Apr 11, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    I’m sure he’ll do well and be on the board every night, because he’s a great player. But, let’s face the facts here, they’re playing the Flyers. I have doubts that he will come out of the series unscathed by the Broad Street Bullies. He’s going to get into some physical play and he absolutely will not be able to hold up to that. These two teams hate each other in every way possible. It’s going to be some killer hockey for sure.

  11. kingjoe1 - Apr 11, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Oh yes because Crosby is like a deity. He shall seek justice for those who dare to bow down before him.

    If Crosby were as god like as coach is making him out to be, why would he have only one cup? He is a great player, no doubt. However, let us put into perspective the fact that he does get shut down and if his teammates don’t pick him up the team will not succeed.

    I personally hope he runs into a teammate in the first period and retires by the postgame news conference.

    • kingjoe1 - Apr 11, 2012 at 6:01 PM

      …edit…”Oh yes because Crosby is like a deity. He shall seek justice for those who dare NOT to bow down before him.”

      well i am sure you get the idea. Ha!

      Let’s get these playoff started, before the NBA and April baseball puts me in a coma.

    • steeltownpride - Apr 11, 2012 at 6:07 PM

      Lets see why does he only have one cup ? You know he is only 24 right ? LOL he still has some time left to win another cup or to . Many players dont win cups till the middle or end of their careers . HE did win the cup at 21 right ? Ok just making sure .

      • kingjoe1 - Apr 11, 2012 at 6:12 PM

        I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt, since Steeltown isn’t known for a glorious school system. It isn’t about when or who hasn’t won a cup, it is about coach acting as though Crosby is so great that if you make him made he is unstoppable. Great to know you can “LOL” at yourself too.

      • laurely515 - Apr 11, 2012 at 7:02 PM

        King Joe, considering the headache I got trying to figure out what the hell you were trying to say, you’re probably not in the best position to criticize any school systems.

        And come on, even as a Flyers fan I don’t want to see Crosby get hurt and retire. First, whether you’re cheering for him or against him, hockey is just more fun to watch when he’s playing. Second, wishing something pretty awful on someone you’ll never meet, who has such a minimal effect on your life, is really a dick move. Be a better person.

    • sfbookreviews - Apr 11, 2012 at 6:50 PM

      Many say Ovechkin is better than Sid. The Great Ain’t has won the Cup exactly zero times. Some say one of the Sedin twins is better. Zero Cups between them. How about Clod Giroux? Zero. I could go on and on.

      Say what you want about the school system in Pittsburgh, but we sure can count to zero.

      And we know you don’t poke the bear. Ovechkin learned that two years ago when he mocked a goalie that sent him home for the summer a few days later. Coaches, players and front office types need to shut up and just let them play. It’s going to be one heck of a series.

      And for the record, I’ve got enough class not to hope a Flyer career ends tonight.

  12. mervsvikes - Apr 11, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Scobie, I’m neutral in this whole series, but I’m really confused as to how the lifetime record of the flyers is supposed to make me decide that the Flyers are gonna win this series. The teams are kinda different now from 1980…just saying. Maybe it’s true what people say about Philly folks…

    • crosberries - Apr 11, 2012 at 7:01 PM

      They’re morons…..just making sure they got that

  13. GenoPringles - Apr 11, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Don’t poke the Soupcan Filthy, can’t wait for this massacre to begin…

  14. lameasish - Apr 11, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Crosby just scored, keep talking little girls

  15. miketoasty - Apr 11, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Pens up 3 – 0 after one. Don’t poke a sleeping bear, just ask Bryz what happens.

  16. ballsohardu - Apr 11, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Please…. That shirts irrelevant sids softer than melted icecream

  17. bleed4philly - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:49 PM


  18. dclogicatlast - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Pens lose 4-3. Guess bear poking only hurts you in the 1st period. Pens look as soft as butter.

  19. schuckme - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    uhmm, so i suppose sid goin on the offensive and actually doing what he does best, complain.. he complained how its garbage, doesnt bother him well clearly it does and thank you pusby for giving us all the satisfaction.. hit your head soon! lol u fragile little thing

  20. schuckme - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    oh btw.. victory.. flyers victory.. chea!!! LETS GO FLYERSSS!!!!!!!

  21. jssgriffi - Apr 12, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Hey NBC, can u idiots be anymore transparent? I thought the media was supposed to be neutral? Why don’t you guys put the penguins emblem next to yours.

  22. buffalomafia - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Cynthia Crosby is crying again!

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