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Crosby on Lucic’s Pens-Heat comparison: ‘We appreciate the compliment’

May 27, 2013, 4:48 PM EDT


Milan Lucic raised a few eyebrows over the weekend in comparing the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Miami Heat.

On Monday, the LeBron James of this analogy — Pens captain Sidney Crosby — took it all in stride.

“We appreciate the compliment,” Crosby told “I’m sure he won’t have too many once we start playing.

“I think it’s a compliment.”

“Think” is probably the operative word here.

Lucic’s comments have been interpreted in a variety of ways — classified from everything as a legit observation (he called Pittsburgh “the Miami Heat of the NHL with all the star power,” which is fair) to gamesmanship (he and the Bruins embracing the underdog role) to a thinly-veiled shot (remember — the first year the Heat were assembled, they failed to win it all).

Whatever the case, Crosby isn’t reading too much into Lucic’s statement overall.

“I don’t know how much is meant by it, but at this point I don’t think it really matters what we’re classified as or what we’re like on paper,” Crosby said. “There’s always going to be comments and things like that said, but at the end of the day, we’ve got to go out there and play.”

  1. nunan - May 27, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Trying to make something out of nothing…harmless statement by Lucic.

  2. vipod4ever - May 27, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Starts and End between the pipes. Does anyone think that Thomas V. or Fleury will guide their team to a Stanley Cup? Unless they have the Oilers circa 1984 in front of them. Boston will be an agressive adversary, Pens should win but the Western teams remaining will be no match. Perhaps the Red Wins have a little Mavericks in them?

    • ewoods6 - May 28, 2013 at 8:26 AM

      Considering Flower already has taken the team to 2 cup and won 1 and Vokoun losing only 2 games so far in the playoffs….um…yea, they can.

      • c9castine - May 28, 2013 at 1:13 PM

        actually vokoun lost 1 time. an i agree, both are capable. and they pretty much are the oilers circa 1984…scoring about 4.5 goals a game in an era when that is uncommon.

  3. jacketsfan7 - May 27, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Idk , lately Boston has struggled vs the pens but , the pens struggled vs the sens and they still won so , this’ll be a great series

    • theageofquarrel - May 27, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      How was winning in 5 and scoring 22 goals to the Sens 10 goals struggling?

    • Habib Marwan - May 27, 2013 at 7:09 PM

      lol wait… what? did you just say the pens struggled vs ottawa?

      • steelcityfinest13 - May 28, 2013 at 10:30 PM

        Dont think he watched the game we did!

    • pens5829 - May 27, 2013 at 10:55 PM

      Man I want some of what jacketsfan7’s on?

    • c9castine - May 28, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      aparently that little news snippet where ottawa’s coach publicly joked he hoped his team didnt get charged for the clinic they recieved evaded you.

  4. taylorgang24 - May 27, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Yea the pens should have lost to Ottawa the way they played. The senators killed them in those 6-2 pens victories

    • basedrum777 - May 29, 2013 at 11:37 AM

      People missed the sarcasm here I think…

  5. ebergevin - May 27, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    You guys seem to forget how physical Ottawa played and specifically in games one and three. They were pesky. We all know they had no chance at taking the series, but they still played a rough and tumble physical game.

    • mtc6257 - May 27, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      you need a lot more than pesky to beat the pens

    • pens5829 - May 27, 2013 at 10:57 PM

      If you think Ottawa was ever remotely in that series, you need to go see a doctor.

    • basedrum777 - May 29, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      I think his point is that they were playing physically and it didn’t matter. I think.

  6. colossal87 - May 27, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Once again our magestic leader Lord Sidney has proven his ability to dominate on and off the ice with such well crafted responses. Can wait to see The Franchise sweep Baston. PGH STRONG 412

    • malkamania71 - May 27, 2013 at 7:05 PM

      you really thing its going to be a sweep? Let’s be a little realistic now.. Boston is a Stanley Cup caliber team

      • zico25 - May 27, 2013 at 7:46 PM

        Ignore colossal87’s comments. Every single comment he makes is ridiculous and what I assume to be an attempt to troll the boards. He definitely doesn’t speak for all Pens fans.

        This series will go 7 if both teams play as they are capable of doing.

    • basedrum777 - May 29, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      God I wish you’d stfu already. And I’m a pens fan. Between this and friggin fake twitter accounts.

  7. jacketsfan7 - May 27, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    What I meant was the struggled in the past 2 seasons in the REGULAR season , sorry for the confusion

  8. colossal87 - May 27, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    You so-called Pens fans shuld show more faith in our team like us true fans. Our thick team will explode on Baston.

    • nhloon - May 28, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      Wtd ? How can any team be thick ?

  9. steeltownpride87 - May 27, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    At this time of the season , talk is cheap . Its won and lost on the ice . Who cares what who says ? Cant wait for this series to start . Should be a good tough hard faught series . Hope the Pens win it .

  10. pastabelly - May 27, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    I admit that I thought the Rangers were going to beat the Bruins. I thought they were running into a hot goalie in Lundqvist. I won’t underestimate them again…… Or Torey Krug. Who knew?

  11. colossal87 - May 27, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    The Pens will sweep

  12. colossal87 - May 27, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Creepy Krugg keeps catchin the clapp

  13. alwaysgame7 - May 27, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Not sure how some of you didn’t see what Jacket was saying. Even before the clarification I thought it was pretty clear he was comparing Boston’s poor reg season vs the pens with the pens regular season issues with the senators…

    Put your enormous ego aside for a moment and think lol.

    On topic.. If you actually watch the Lucic (not Looshish as one of the game announcers botched it the other day) he’s simply saying the Pens are an all star caliber team, which he’s correct in saying so. Crosby Malkin, LeTang, Iginla, that’s an offensive powerhouse. Looking forward to the matchup and hope its a long series!

  14. steelpenbucs87 - May 27, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Jacketsfan the Pens went undefeated against the Sens in the regular season too lol. Go home you are drunk

  15. shanydawg - May 27, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    a total nothing story

  16. alswingman - May 28, 2013 at 3:13 AM

    The Bruins are the perfect team to grind down the Pens. They are a much more physical team and can score goals. Pens fans are spoiled with the talent they have they expect to win but will be surprised. I don’t like Boston but I expect them to win this series by punishing the finesse out of Pitts.

  17. flyersphan28 - May 28, 2013 at 4:05 AM

    As i flyers fan, i will not be rooting for either of these teams, well cuz my team is golfing or out crashing ferrari’s. But, as a fan of hockey, i really couldnt pick a better series to watch. These are gonna be some great games. Personally i think the physicality of boston will be too much for the pens, so i like boston in 6, if the pens do win the series, itll be in game 7 at home. Like i sed, i despise both of these teams….but i love this sport so much and this is gonna be one hell of a series. So grab ur ankles boys and enjoy the ride!!!

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