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Crosby on Wednesday: “When there’s adversity, that’s when you see guys’ true colors.”

Apr 17, 2012, 8:10 PM EDT

Crosby and Giroux Getty Images

We expected the Philadelphia Flyers-Pittsburgh Penguins series to be an eventful and close. Well, we were half right.

The Penguins haven’t had any trouble scoring, but the Flyers have been the clearly superior team. Down 3-0, Pittsburgh needs to basically hit the reset button and start playing a much more disciplined game.

“We’ve got to find a way to win a hockey game,” Sidney Crosby said. “When there’s adversity, that’s when you see guys’ true colors. I think we’ll show that (Wednesday).”

When there’s adversity, that’s when you see guys’ true colors…that’s a quote that can be taken out of its intended context and applied to the Penguins’ play on Sunday.

Crosby added, “We’re going to leave it all out there and give ourselves a chance to try and get back in this series.”

Chris Kunitz also said that the Penguins have to “leave it all out there.”

That’s a common sentiment from teams that are down, but not officially out, but in Pittsburgh’s case it might be the wrong one. I don’t think the Penguins have lacked passion, but it takes more than just that to win a hockey game.

  1. tcclark - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    hahahaha the Penguins PR guy should be fired. Why say this?

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:49 PM

      Yellow = Gutless

    • tonyromoisterrible - Apr 19, 2012 at 6:03 PM

      Crosby is a HUGE piece of garbage.

  2. cannonblast14 - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Haha, why would he ever say that? Makes Pens look even worse

  3. orangegesus - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    That should’ve been the headline after Sunday’s game. The irony of his statement makes me chuckle.

    • CJ - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:01 PM

      beat me to it. Everyone saw their true colors on Sunday.

  4. uncledick - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    I feel the times have changed, guys like Crosby and Ovechkin used to be the face of this league. Anyone feel its now the likes of Giroux and Stamkos. I do, and I love it.

    • crosberries - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:25 PM

      Yeah totally agree. The guy (giroux) who tries to kick people with his skates after he gets hit it totally the face of the league

      • chap6869 - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:29 PM

        well, I guess it can’t be any worse than Crosby starting fights then having his teammates bail him out, what a P-ssy!

      • uncledick - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:30 PM

        I’m going to safely assume you’re a Pitt fan. Don’t be so upset, just think, in another 15 or so years you’ll win a couple more of those lotteries and be formidable for 3 years again. “The Franchise” my ass…

      • lasallehockey81 - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:38 PM

        ESPN’s Cross Sport Power Rankings have him at number #1. If the term “Cross Sport” is too complicated for you, it means he’s the face of sports in general right now, not just the NHL. You might also be interested in knowing that no Penguins made the top 10. Hmm let’s see what else? Oh yeah, on’s online shop, the Giroux jersey was the #1 sold jersey, too.

      • fbothharbaughs - Apr 18, 2012 at 8:23 AM

        @ uncledick… I’d be a hater as well if The Franchise won a cup @ my team’s expense….

    • bcs1283 - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:14 PM

      Giroux and Stamkos are joining Crosby and Ovechkin as the faces of the league, not replacing them. The more guys at the top, the better.

  5. lasallehockey81 - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Since when does adversity only kick in when youre down 3-0? I’m pretty sure being down 2-0 was some adversity… Especially with how they lost those 2 games at home. The true colors they showed on Sunday were embarrassing so I can’t wait to see how colorful tomorrow is.

  6. eagleschic - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Crosby’s true color is pink

    • crosberries - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:29 PM

      Are you implying how weak females are? I totally agree. Don’t you have something better to do like sleep with the rest of the eagles o-line.

      • melonheadsdaddy - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:54 PM

        Ummmm big Ben rapes chicks. Just sayin…you would have been better off telling her to suck your Vick. But that’s obviously too clever for someone from pittsburgh…

      • melonheadsdaddy - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:56 PM

        Also a question usually ends in a ? Again..way over your head..keep trying though

      • crosberries - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:00 PM

        Who gives a crap about ben I don’t care about football and whatever the steelers do all football players are worthless

      • hky9 - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:40 AM

        Can we not ban comments like melonheadsdaddy. Disgusting and misogynistic. PHT – get control of your boards. There are lots of stupid comments – but this one crosses the line.

      • melonheadsdaddy - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:01 AM

        hcky9- you sound like your superstar crybaby…way to #pullacrosby…nerd

  7. joebuckiscreepy - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Couldn’t have said it better myself, Sid. You truly did show your true colors on Sunday.

  8. hky15 - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    @uncledick Couldn’t agree more, there are other players worth look at.

    • uncledick - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:35 PM

      Oh definitely, those are just two guys of many. But if u look at their both well rounded players that are both offensively potent (more so stamer than giroux), and defensively sound (more so giroux than stamer). Bottom line is the play the game right and thats something I really appreciate.

  9. philly4lyfe - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:33 PM


  10. num1eaglesfanyo - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Haha crosberries, what a gay name. That being said hair pulling and getting your teammates suspended because you’re too much of a sissy to fight is a better face right? Think about what your saying bro.

    • fbothharbaughs - Apr 18, 2012 at 8:30 AM

      The fact that Adams had his hand in Hartnell’s jersey & got some of his hair has nothing to do w/Hartnell having a perm down to his shoulders, correct?

      & while on the subject of thinking about what one’s saying, what does “you’re too much of a sissy to fight is a better face right?” even mean?

      Please learn to post legibly, stupid…

  11. bmscalise - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Of all the Pens-bashing articles and posts in the last four weeks – this one is far and away the most stupid. More stupid than the other 4 or 5 stupid posts today on this site, whose purpose was merely to open another forum for the Pen-bashing. More stupid than the 9 million articles about Sid genuinely trashing him for ZOMG pushing glove with his stick. Even more stupid than the Pen-bashing comments suggesting that the worst non-call I’ve ever seen on an offsides was – in fact – a reflection of the league’s pro-Pen bias. (Still not sure I could reiterate that kind of a non-sequitur.)

    This same comment has been said by every player on every team in a similar position – to the point that it has become meaningless. But – clearly – lord knows no Pen-bashing opportunity can be passed up, regardless of how little sense it makes.

    • melonheadsdaddy - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:39 PM

      You are correct. Clearly that offsides no call led to 20 goals in 3 games. Absolutely NOTHING to do with a terrible goalie and awful undicsiplined hockey…good talk see ya out there

      • bmscalise - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:00 PM

        I never said the offsides was the difference in the series, although it would be 2-1 now, rather than 3-0. The Pens have been beyond terrible the last 7 periods in pretty much every way.

        What I actually said: the comments that suggested the call and subsequent apology for wildly incompetent officiating was somehow pro-Pen were utterly ridiculous. And they were.

        But by all means – continue to not actually read what someone says and immediately post the cliche Pens-bashing comment. I’m sure you’ll get thumbs for your very unique anti-Pen sentiment.

        Good talk. See you out there.

    • melonheadsdaddy - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:25 PM

      Let me be the first to apologize. You automatically assume you’d be down 2-1 yet how quickly you forget the BOGUS non icing call at the end of the first period that led to yet another penguin goal…I’m still going to say it would be 3-0 on a cleanly officiated game. It’s funny how quickly cliches change after the dispicable showing from your boys on Sunday…here I thought it was Philly and their fans who were so awful and despised by the nation…thank your squad for proving to the entire USA that Philly is the only “dirty” sports city in America..

  12. hky15 - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    “When there’s adversity, that’s when you see guys’ true colors…” Love it! Sunday was full of adversity.

  13. thehighcountrybear - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Adversity…the most over-used and misappropriated term in hockey? I love it when pampered millionaires refer to misfortune encountered in the course of playing a kid’s game as adversity! You want adversity, go live in east Africa, or panhandle for twenty hours in the hope you can scrape enough together to buy a loaf of three day old bread and a can of generic beans…

    • bennywisest - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:42 PM

      Shuddup! We’re talking hockey and interstate hatred here!

      • smk582 - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:54 PM


      • bennywisest - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:00 PM

        lol thanks smk

    • lasallehockey81 - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:45 PM

      I thinks what you’re describing goes way beyond adversity… That’s poverty. Realize what context the word adversity was used in here… You’re overreacting like crazy.

  14. malkinrulez - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    U have to understand Philadelphia is a city filled with hate and jealousy over not winning anything in the last 30 years. What other reason would there to be hyper focused on one guy.

    • lasallehockey81 - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:49 PM

      World Series in 2008. Or did Pittsburgh forget baseball even exists since the Pirates haven’t even had an above .500 season in literally 19 years?

    • melonheadsdaddy - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:50 PM

      World series champs 2008. I’ll take that.

  15. stakex - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Yeah, Pens sure showed their true colors on Sunday….

    Seriouslly, how big of an idiot does Crosby have to be to make such a statement after the last game? Not only does it make him look like a total d-bag…. it makes the Pens look like a bush league organization.

  16. philly4lyfe - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    World series doesn’t count any more?

  17. sabatimus - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    That’s right, Sidney. I see you’re true colors: you’re a jackass.

  18. johngaltx - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Philly ain’t won nothing yet. You don’t get to advance by winning three games. I guess flyers fans can’t count or don’t understand how the playoffs work. By the way I got two game seven tickets for sale. They ain’t cheap and the price goes up after each of the next three Pens wins.

    • melonheadsdaddy - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:29 PM

      You are correct. Philly HASN’T won anything yet. Our fans will be the first to tell you that considering 2 years ago when they fought back and stole the Boston series. But at the same time they didn’t face 3 disciplinary hearings in one day in any one of their losses OR their wins…so we got that going for us…which is nice..

      • lasallehockey81 - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:34 PM

        Nice caddyshack reference..

      • melonheadsdaddy - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:48 PM

        Appreciate your attention to detail..

  19. sgtr0c - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Like when you are down, 2-0 games, and in the first period of game 3, you are down 3-1, and………………….I thought we saw Crosby’s true colors.

  20. sizzle299 - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    two full days since the last hammering of the Pens and more and more fans get back to their computers… Its ok we’ll have until October before hearing from you again.

  21. tangfan - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    don’t worry we pens fans aren’t going anywhere, we have plenty of hockey to play until mid June. and giroux will be a has been in 2 years, and Crosby will be known as the greatest ever

    • tcclark - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:45 PM

      dumbest comment of the day

  22. spavs412 - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Sid has always done a great job representing our city and Canada. Really he is only in his early 20’s and accomplished everything possible. A good hockey team that we hate has got the best of him and he tried to spark his team. Dirty or not he did what any other dedicated player would do. He has given us a chance win getting the first goal in 2 of 3 games.

    • maalea - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:38 PM

      This is one of the very few well thought out statements that have been made by a Pen’s fan.

  23. tangfan - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    love him or hate him, nobody in the NHL can do the things he can whether its scoring from anywhere or setting up a team
    mate or finding the puck and he’s hated by everyone because he’s not on your team. and letang is the defensive version of sid

    • tcclark - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:47 PM

      This one wasn’t totally stupid until the end….. when it got really stupid.

      • melonheadsdaddy - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:11 PM

        Best comment of the day. Haha.

    • joebuckiscreepy - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:50 PM

      tangfan? so you make ‘tang dry? sounds about right…

  24. joebuckiscreepy - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Sooooooo….what happened at the hearings?

  25. tangfan - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    gee I’m sorry, maybe you can impress me with all the knowledge you have from all the sports radio you listened to today then come here and pass it off as your own

    • tcclark - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:32 PM

      are you talkin to me? There’s a reply button under pretty much every comment. Try it out.

      If you were, I don’t listen to sports radio. All of my knowledge comes from watching hockey, and then i usually back it up with statistics from credible databases. But if you think that helps people, maybe you should try it out because you say some really stupid stuff.

  26. philly4lyfe - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:20 PM


  27. tangfan - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    knowledgeable data base my a@%, I knew a guy just like you, he filled notebooks with nothing but stats from games he watched, knew everything, and just like you he never got la!d

    • tcclark - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:09 PM

      again. try out the reply button.

      i don’t have notebooks. honestly, why should i? hockey-reference has all of the stats excepting fighting. i go to hockeyfights for that. and are you really talking about getting laid? you’re what 12, cause no self-respecting grown adult would name themselves “tangfan.” that sounds like kid tryin to hide his virginity

  28. philly4lyfe - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Neal 1
    Asham 4

    I’m ok with that.

  29. phillyphan83 - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    fyi guys, nbcsports app on android does not allow comment replies, only new posts

  30. sucks2suck28 - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    pens in 7? leggo. #yeahiwish

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