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What got into Sidney Crosby?

Apr 15, 2012, 7:24 PM EDT

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Penguins captain Sidney Crosby kicked off the scoring in both Games 1 and 2 against the Flyers, a role we’re accustomed to seeing him play.

Game 3 saw things change drastically.

While Crosby was still trying to help his team score goals (he had one assist), the darker side of Sid the Kid came out. During the first period with the Pens falling behind early, Crosby grabbed Kimmo Timonen by the scruff of his jersey, then dropped the gloves and tussled with Claude Giroux.

Instead of shying away from the scrums, Crosby was initiating action and stirring things up with the whack of his stick here and a shove from behind there. In the third period, Crosby was at his most frustrated and even grabbed Scott Hartnell from behind to engage him. Craig Adams stepped in and saved Sid from making a potentially dire mistake.

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After the game, an 8-4 drubbing by the Flyers, Crosby let his hate flow through him sounding off about how he hates the Flyers and Jakub Voracek in particular as Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull reports.

Crosby on Voracek: “I don’t like him. Why? Because I don’t like him. I don’t like any guy on their team.”

We’ve been waiting for a long time to see real emotion out of Crosby and leave it to the Penguins’ most hated rivals to bring it out of him. Now Crosby will need to channel that hate into helping his team climb out of a 3-0 hole.

102 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. hockeyknowledge - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    As a captain it is his duty to stay collected.

    Everything considered this game was an embarrassment to hockey on both sides.

  2. myersflyers - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Headlines say what got into crosbaby. Nothing hes been doing this all along. Now that its on NBC the hockey world saw little potty pants for what he is. Even Mario was shaking his head in the hallway! Wake up refs and hockey world this why our sport suffers. protect the little first grader from the bullies while he picks the fights n then runs n hides while his teamates pick up his S..t! that fell outta his diaper. Dosnt mater how much talent when the hockey world hates you!

  3. dhower92 - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    I’m a Penguins fan and it is getting harder for me to admit it. This display has been embarrassing. It’s one thing to play poorly, but it’s another to get violent about it. This is a horrible time in Pittsburgh sports. This series was over from Game 1 with bonehead play. I actually hope the Flyers sweep so this can just be over. I’m still a fan of this team but I hope next year they cut out the dirtiness and whining and just play hockey. Props to the Flyers for just wanting it more…

  4. flyerscupbound - Apr 16, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Coming from a Flyers fan, the only blatantly dirty stuff I saw was Meal’s headhunting and Asham’s nonsense. Personally I appreciate Sid’s hatefulness and passion. We all hate him too, and I guarantee that every Flyer hates every Penguin, especially Crosby. Any Flyers fan that appreciates fights and rough stuff can’t really argue with what the Pens are doing, aside from the intent to injure. I personally wouldn’t want the series thus far to be any different. Hell, the Pens are playing the Flyers’ game. We play their’s and this series might be totally different.

  5. nofunleague - Apr 16, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Some of you guys are so blind to the truth. First Crosby is too young and immature to even be an assistant captain. No team in the situation they are in wants there captain in the penalty box. I don’t care who you like or root for he was an embarrassment to himself and the league. It’s expected from that team. Rangers coach has it right when he paid money last week to say they are the first to cry and moan when they are the first to take cheap shots. It won’t matter after one more game anyway. Crosby the puss can go home and play with his toys and stomp his feet all he wants. He needs to grow up, quickly and quit acting like a little girl.

    • hcky000 - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:40 AM

      Your dumb.

  6. sillysporty - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Hate all flyers armpit of a city

  7. sillysporty - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    flyers all suck armpit of a city can’t get to the cup …

  8. chip56 - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Crosby loves the fact that he can take shots at players and know that if someone breathes on him his daddy…er…owner will see to it that the league hammers whoever touches the whiny little priss.

  9. joewilliesshnoz - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Shame the Pens have a burn’t out goalie and a weasel for a coach ,or this series might have been different . . .

  10. hcky000 - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    Scott Hartnell was pulling Crosby around by his stick, and that’s how that scurmish started.

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