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Sidney Crosby craves the playoff atmosphere again

Apr 11, 2012, 9:28 AM EDT

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The last time Sidney Crosby set foot on the ice in the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Penguins were beaten in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals by Montreal. That was the final game played at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh and for Crosby, it was the last time he appeared on hockey’s grandest stage.

With the Penguins dropping the puck tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers at CONSOL Energy Center for Game 1 of their first round series, Crosby tells Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review he can’t wait to get back at it again.

“I crave that atmosphere,” Crosby said. “The playoffs are why you play this game.”

 Of course, the Penguins were in the playoffs last season without their captain, losing in seven games to the Tampa Bay Lightning, getting stonewalled by Dwayne Roloson. The Lightning made for an ironic opponent given that it was Tampa defenseman Victor Hedman who knocked Crosby out for the season.

Crosby tells Yohe that he wants all the highs and lows that come with competing in the postseason.

“It was so tough not being out there last year,” he said. “When you`re winning, you want to share it with the team. When you`re losing, you want to feel the same things the team is going through. There is nothing like being out there.”

Being out there against the cross-state rival Flyers should help set the stage for an incredible series that has most fans tickled to see the hate pour out on the ice and translate into great hockey. With Crosby this fired up for the postseason, having one of the league’s best playing at his best should make this series one to remember.

  1. pepper2011 - Apr 11, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Until he realizes that it means he gets hit on every play – then he starts slashing people, and then whines about it after the game.

    • stheticsbrah - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:46 AM

      I hope Philly upsets…

  2. taylorgang24 - Apr 11, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    I get that Crosby is a socially awkward somewhat unlikable guy a lot like tiger woods. But why does everyone hate him so much? He’s money at hockey, best player in the league, fun to watch.. Why all the hate? I feel bad for the guy cause he’s not normal, his life has been hockey since he was 2

    • pepper2011 - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:01 AM

      Because he’s not accountable. He thinks because he is “Sid the Kid” that he can do whatever he wants, and he cannot be held accountable. If he wants to be treated with kid gloves he can’t play the way he plays. It’s the same thing with the Sedins- they play innocent but they are dirty little cheats who whine a dive. Stamkos & Giroux – are great examples of how you should play when you are elite. They hit and get hit- they never whine or act like they are being wronged.

      • letangusespertplus - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:29 AM

        This is pure hate. Crosby is the CC if you didn’t know. That means he’s allowed to talk to the refs. When a call goes to Toronto for review, it actually goes to Sids iPhone for approval. The man is hockey. People get mad at Crosby for winning. That’s all there is to it. Stamkos is a goal scorer thats it and nowhere near Crosbys soup can level. Giroux is a ginger. No explanation needed. You can name all the “elite” players you want that don’t wear black and gold and you’d be wrong. There is only one great one. SCA-CC-4L.

      • chizmo - Apr 11, 2012 at 2:09 PM

        How is suffering 2 high hits to the head and making a comeback after the resulting concussion being “handled with kid gloves”? Dude constantly has a target on his back, and he certainly takes just as many hits/chops/facewashes as he gives.

        I love the diving argument when it comes up as well. There is no player in the whole damn league who won’t go down if they feel a stick between the legs or high on their back. If you don’t, then you’re forgoing a valuable opportunity to get your team a PP.

        Keep hatin’, Go Pens.

    • jobotjones - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:18 AM

      It’s because he does not play for the team of the haters. If he played for Philly they would all love him, same if he played for the Rangers etc.

      Anyone that says different is lying.

      • pepper2011 - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:41 AM

        Obviously. If Marchand was on Pitt you would love him. People tend to love the players on the team they root for. There are the guys in the league you can like and respect that aren’t on your team. I am a Boston fan- You have to be nuts (or at least not understand the game of hockey) if you don’t like Bergeron, Conversely; I understand why people hate Lucic & Marchand, but you’d still want them on your team (cause they are good). It’s hard to dislike the way Stamkos, Giroux, Tavares, Weber & Datsyuk play the game. It is really easy to hate the way Sid and Geno act regardless of how talented they are. There are guys you hate because they are good and guys you hate cause they are jerks and good, Sid is the latter.

      • napoleonblownapart6887 - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:05 AM

        Pepper makes a great point here, and one that as a Pens fan actually gets to the root of my thoughts on the Crosby topic: why the hell should I care what a Boston fan, Philly fan, or any other fan thinks of my player. People can talk about whether or not he whines to the refs (which for the record I think he hasn’t been nearly as bad this year), or how he plays the game. But the fact of the matter is Crosby doesn’t play for their teams and that alone is enough reason to not like him, especially given his talents.

        On the flipside, I’m lucky enough to enjoy a Hart, Art Ross, Rocket Richard, Stanley Cup, Gold Medal winning 24 year old. And am extremely excited to see what he can do now that he has his feet back under him.

      • maalea - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:57 PM

        Pepper nailed it. There are great players who play the game the right way and then there are guys who are very talented but act like prima donnas and cry every time they get touched.

  3. benzoids - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    BPH–Best Player in Hockey. Contain your jealousy, people!

    • hartsy19 - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:11 AM

      Delusional

      • steelcity04 - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:17 AM

        Exactly how is that delusional hartsy?

      • hartsy19 - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:25 AM

        It’s delusional because I don’t think about Crosby being on the Flyers, because it will NEVER happen. So when I hate on “the kid” it’s because I hate his tendencies on the ice, not because “I’m jealous.”

      • benzoids - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:06 PM

        Tell that to George Zip

      • fbothharbaughs - Apr 11, 2012 at 4:31 PM

        @ steelcity04, I’m guessing he thinks “hartsy” is better….

        w/the flowing perm & all….

  4. toegoat - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    “Whining” about players “Whining”…………………. How ironic

  5. bobhpine - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    It’s funny that a guy who picked the name Hartsy19, ostensibly because he worships Scott Hartnell so much that he adopted his nickname and number, calls other people delusional every chance he gets. Hartsy19, what would you do if the real Scott Hartnell wanted to be your friend? Wouldn’t that be so awesome?

    • hartsy19 - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:25 AM

      Nah i picked hartsy19 because bobhpine was already taken

      • letangusespertplus - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:34 AM

        Dang bob. You gonna take that gold comeback from this ginger pube having POS? I wouldn’t. I’d grab his moms hair from behind and wrap it around my hand 4 or 5 times and then blow my whiskey breath in her ear while Hartsy tries and tries to skate home but keeps falling down for the charity of plowing his mom.

  6. bojangles83 - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Crosby is far and away the best player in the world, IMO im thinking you’ll see him hit a higer gear tongiht and through the playoffs….

    I would only hope that my Captain would “crave” playoff atmosphere.

  7. lordstanley65 - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Well plated,sir.

  8. lordstanley65 - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Well played,sir!

  9. lasallehockey81 - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Just because he’s the game’s best player he’s above criticism? Come on, stop it. If anything, being the best will invite more criticism because of the spotlight that it brings, which I’d say you should be used to by now but, judging by the comments here, you’re most likely too young to remember how Mario and Jagr were treated. You guys certainly will take all the positive attention the NHL gives Pitt bc of Crosby, but as soon as a negative aspect to the guy’s game is brought up, you lose your minds. Jealousy? Relax.. This isn’t fourth grade. It’s commenting on the game. You can respect a guy but still have criticism. He’s the best, sure, but he’s also got some growing up to do.

    • steelcity04 - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:40 AM

      Agree with most of your post, however i’ll disagree that there isn’t some jealousy towards him. There is with any great player that plays on another team

      • lasallehockey81 - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:55 AM

        Fair enough. I’m sure for some jealousy is an issue but I can only speak for myself. As long as my team is doing whatever they can to win, it makes the rivalry even more fun to have the game’s best player on the other side. If my team was complete garbage, maybe jealousy kicks.

      • lasallehockey81 - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:55 AM

        Fair enough. I’m sure for some jealousy is an issue but I can only speak for myself. As long as my team is doing whatever they can to win, it makes the rivalry even more fun to have the game’s best player on the other side. If my team was complete garbage, maybe jealousy kicks in.

  10. steelcity04 - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    @ Hartsy19, my apologies I thought you were saying Sid not being the best player in the game (when healthy) was delusional.

    • hartsy19 - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:52 AM

      No worries, I’ll be the first to admit he’s the best player in the world, bar none.

  11. biffnasty - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Cindy plays like a little girl. He can slash/cheap shot Anyone he wants but when he gets hit cleanly he whines and immediately goes to the refs. He is the epitome of a bit$h. Every time he laces his skates he gets another concussion. Can’t wait till he no longer in the league

  12. jwaz8 - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    I don’t think anyone in their right mind would argue that Crosby isn’t a great player. It’s the way he plays that gets under people’s skin with the slashing and whining. Malkin is worse. That being said, as a die hard flyers fan, I am glad to see them both healthy at the same time for this series. It’ll make the victory that much sweeter.

    • chizmo - Apr 11, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      I think you had it there j, but then lost it with the whining. I think it’s pretty obvious that Crosby can go over the line sometimes where people would think he is playing “dirty”. The whining thing is perplexing as I can’t remember the last time he went to the refs after a clean hit (It’s been at least 2 years)

      Sid’s actions are so dissected because you can’t help but watch. Seems to me fans from other teams are so fixated because they can’t take their eyes off of him. I can understand the disdain when he is unrelentingly talked about.

      Enjoy the series, hope for all our sakes it’s a hard fought battle.

      Go Pens.

  13. biffnasty - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    How much do you enjoy that 24yr old? Lol

  14. drunkbro - Apr 11, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    in a related story – pierre mcguire craves sid the kid

  15. kotteintheslot - Apr 11, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    So you’re telling me someone who has been playing hockey his whole life likes being in the NHL playoffs? Never would have guessed it. That God I had this article to tell me.

  16. ballsohardu - Apr 11, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    I hate this guy the more i read about him. And the sabres didnt make playoffs. Wahhhh

    Only thing left for me to do is cheer on philly

  17. jeb7524 - Apr 11, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    I love all this talk of elite players and not one word about Ovechkin. Sweeeeet! It is funn though how much flyers fans whine about whining. They lovedMike Richards…he constantly whined. Their man Briere took a clean hit and they cried their eyes out. At least Briere didn’t, kudos to him!

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