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Laviolette on Crosby-Giroux fight: “I loved it”

Apr 15, 2012, 7:36 PM EDT

It seems as though Peter Laviolette has no problem with the rough stuff — even when it involves his star player.

The Philadelphia Flyers head coach was asked about a first period dust-up between the unlikeliest of combatants — Sidney Crosby and Claude Giroux — and responded with real enthusiasm.

“I thought it was great,” Laviolette told reporters. “I loved it. That’s playoff hockey isn’t it? Two of the worlds best players dropping the gloves.”

Here’s the fight, again, for those that missed it:

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This was a rare situation for both stars to find themselves in.  According to, Giroux came into today’s game with three fights under his belt, Crosby five. Giroux last fought in January against the Islanders’ Dylan Reese, Crosby in Nov. 2010 against now-teammate Matt Niskanen.

Of course, the Crosby-Giroux fisticuffs were just the beginning of a penalty-filled opening frame. Pittsburgh and Philadelphia combined for 72 penalty minutes on 18 penalties, including six roughing minors, four fighting majors, two games misconducts and even a five-minute match penalty.

  1. sharksfan754 - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Too bad we didn’t get to see Crosby-Hartnell, that would’ve been great!

    • dougr42 - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:44 PM

      Too bad Crosby picks fights he won’t finish. Crosby is lucky Adams came in, Hartsy woulda killed him. Crosby is trash. He proved it 3 times in this game. Trash.

      • dcdangles - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:52 PM

        Couldn’t agree more. Would have loved to see Hartnell drop a couple hammers on him. But no, a teammate has to come in and save him…..again.

        It’s ok though – the Pens are an embarrassment. And I love every minute of it.

      • miketoasty - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:33 PM

        In the end it’s all about the cup and who has more rings, Crosby or Giroux?

      • dougr42 - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:05 AM

        no. its about not being a dirty whiny hypocrite asshole who everyone in the league hates.

      • miketoasty - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:09 AM

        Everyone may hate him, but again, who has more rings?

  2. bdawk20 - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Crosby is a disgrace- he proved John Tortorella right today.

    • stakex - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:05 PM

      The entire Pens team proved Torts right today…. dirtiest team in the league by far.

  3. jason9696 - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Hartnell and Crosby would have been like watching Letang and Timonen. Now that was fun watching that.

  4. phillyphan83 - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Mike Halford, check your stats before you publish your posts, there was 158 pims combined, 89 for Pittsburgh alone. If you were only talking about 1 specific period, then write that.The way you wrote it sounded like full game stats.

    • themohel - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:54 PM

      Didn’t you win the game? Grippers a little tight?

    • bobhpine - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:35 PM

      Another important stat…flyers two cups….penguins, more than two cups

      • epictron1 - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:48 PM

        Here’s a stat for you bobhpine….. Fluery’s GAA is 5.46 and a .798 save percentage. That’s a top five goalie right there….

  5. mungman69 - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Sorry but I didn’t see any defense from the Penguins. And no goaltending. How did they get all of those points this season.

    • danphipps01 - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:54 PM

      Basically, because it was the regular season. You can afford, as the Capitals proved for several years before they embraced mediocrity, to win games with a suicidal offensive bias. As long as you score enough, you can win with a mediocre back end.

      Come playoff time, though, that doesn’t work. Everyone tightens up defensively, the clutch guys come out and shine and suddenly it’s not as easy putting piles of goals in and the other guys are hitting back harder – which that mediocre back end isn’t prepared for. The Penguins can’t win for the same reason the Capitals couldn’t. They’re built to win games that teams ultimately don’t care as much about. You just can’t play eighties hockey in the playoffs anymore. It doesn’t work.

  6. mojosmagic - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Sid would be a much better fighter if he could get his thumb out of his mouth.

  7. caps247 - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    And so, the Penguins’ reputation was tarnished as the dirtiest team in the league. They were The Stanley Cup Favorites? They don’t deserve to even win a game in this series.

  8. northstars17 - Apr 15, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Sidney Crosby was acting like a lil punk today. I’m beyond mad these guys give him so much respect. I personally would be looking to put his head through the glass with a body check. and I am not even a Flyers fan. I hope these teams continue to beat each other up, its fun to watch =)

  9. steviep23 - Apr 15, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Crosby is just a spoiled kid. Probably grew up one and still acts like one.

  10. rubberinnertube - Apr 15, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Unless “opening frame” means the entire game, the post was appropriately written. Stick to your day job and leave the copywriting and editing to the professionals.

    • bobhpine - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:36 PM

      Philly phan 83… Does that mean 1983….so you’ve never seen the wins cup…man…that sucks

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