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Crosby preaches patience for struggling Penguins’ offense

Jun 4, 2013, 3:32 PM EDT

If you ask Sidney Crosby about what happened last night in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, the Pittsburgh Penguins were a bit like Homer when he fell in the tar pit.

First, I’ll just reach in and pull my legs out…now I’ll pull my arms out with my face.

OK, so Crosby didn’t actually reference that episode, but he did say the Pens made it harder on themselves once the Bruins took the early lead.

“We got behind and tried to force things and ended up making it worse,” he said. “Definitely can’t be doing that and making mistakes.”

While it appeared the Penguins had no answers last night, Crosby doesn’t believe the Pens need to significantly alter their strategy as the series shifts to Boston for Games 3 and 4.

“I don’t think it’s anything to do with X’s and O’s,” he said. “We  just didn’t execute. That’s really what it came down to, and unfortunately we didn’t give ourselves much of a chance to win that game. We understand that. But it’s over now and we’ve got to find a way to win Game 3.”

He added: “They’re a team who’s going to kind of wait for your mistakes, and I think we’ve made a little bit too many with the ones we’ve made.  I think we can just be a little bit more patient in our game.”

Crosby’s remarks echo those of head coach Dan Bylsma, who said the Penguins “deviated from the game plan” once they fell behind on the scoreboard.

“We have to get back to the mindset that’s been successful for our team and how we played defending,” said Bylsma, “keeping the puck out of our net, and playing games which we’ve been very good at all year long through very good stretches of hockey and get back to that.”

  1. hockeyflow33 - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Take all the time you guys need.

    • polegojim - Jun 4, 2013 at 6:39 PM

      Yep… two more games should do it!

  2. mp1131211 - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    How many times a day do they interview this guy? I mean if he were scoring goals, then OK, but…….

    • 19to77 - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      We’ve had, what, four articles interviewing Crosby and another several talking specifically about his game, plus the half-dozen or so on the Penguins in general… all in the last four days. And has ProPenguinsTalk posted ONE Boston player interview?

      • stickskills - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:20 PM

        They’re only posting what people respond to. If the reigning majority of idiots would quit bashing Crosby every time an article comes out, they’d stop giving so many.

        But trust me – it won’t happen.

      • bcs1283 - Jun 4, 2013 at 7:01 PM

        stickskills – Amen. Love him or hate him, every “Cindy Crysby” comment is just one more page view for NBC and one more ad impression for the advertisers. PHT posts articles on the Penguins for the same reason ESPN only seems to care about the Red Sox, Yankees and Tim Tebow – because that’s that people care about the most. It’s all about ratings (or page views in this case) and advertisers. If you don’t like it, don’t read the articles and I guarantee we’ll stop seeing them.

  3. killerpgh - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Talking is about it is great and all, but until it shows up in the on ice product it means nothing at all.

  4. bobwsc - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:44 PM


    • mjdkid100 - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      Sindy Crysby

    • drone501 - Jun 4, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      damn dude, your good. take you all day to come up with that?

      • bobwsc - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:17 AM

        Sid – that you?

  5. philly4lyfe - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:53 PM

  6. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    I think the X’s and O’s have to change because the Pens are getting turned back at the Bs blue line, and they are having difficulty penetrating the middle of the ice in the O zone. Bs are simply dominating right now, plus the Pens golatending situation. Bottom line, too many ifs for the Pens w/o making changes to the X’s and O’s.

    • imleftcoast - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      The giveaways were 20-3 and the Penguins passes were in the skates, but it has a lot to do with Xs and Os. They have to get the puck to the open ice, find the guy who is moving with the pass and dump it in with 3 guys chasing. The Bruins had 4 guys back after it was 2-0, and the Penguins were still giving up odd -man rushes. Lots of Xs and Os to change.

      • stickskills - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:25 PM

        And I can count on one hand the number of ACTUAL point shots taken on net with traffic in front of the net in these first two games.

        Keep it simple. Put bodies in front and fire away. Don’t make blind passes…look at who you’re passing to and make the easy play. When you shoot, shoot on net. At the professional level you should be able to hit the net.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:50 PM

        At one point last night the Pens d man was behind the net with the puck and there wasn’t a forward in the frame to support the zone exit. WTF good is it if you’re standing still in the neutral zone waiting for something to happen. The neutral zone is clogged with Bs, so start making short passes, which means support the puck carrier. This is not rocket science. For Bs fans, this is great hockey, for Pens fans this is heart breaking, for the hockey fan this is disappointment after anticipating and waiting for the ECF to start.

      • imleftcoast - Jun 4, 2013 at 5:15 PM

        Too much separation between the forwards and D. Good point. They are going to have to move as a group up and down the ice – puck support on the way up and defensive support on the way back.

    • stickskills - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:23 PM

      It will help if they stop coughing up the puck. The Bruins are playing very well, and they aren’t chasing the puck at all – because they know the Pens will give it to them eventually.

      • imleftcoast - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:47 PM

        The Bruins have a system. The Penguins look like they’re all trying to do it by themselves. The Penguins don’t have a chance unless they commit to playing a system and show some patience in Game 3. They have to buckle down in the first 5 minutes in Boston, and not give a goal or two.

  7. steelers88 - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Yeah Crosby take all the time you need to start scoring no biggy it’s not like the SEASON is on the line so yeah no pressure at all just sit back and relax.

  8. ndrick731 - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Why don’t you change pro hockey talk to Cindy Crosby talk since every word that comes out of his mouth becomes a story on this sight. I’m surprised you don’t report on his bowel movement.

  9. ballsohardu - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Too late… Pens proved you can’t buy yourself a championship. Way to salvage all those picks and prospects. Nice job pens

    • stickskills - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      The Pens didn’t hurt their prospect pool with any of those trades, and picked up some very good young prospects through singings other than the draft last year…nice try, but you didn’t really do a very good job with that one.

      And everyone has the same cap – the last time I looked, the Pens still had more room under it than the Bruins…which means they’re spending less…so….nice try with that one too, but it doesn’t really even make sense.

  10. ballsohardu - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Too late. Better luck next year Sid

  11. imleftcoast - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Taunting and showboating are for the NBA. I know the Celtics suck, but maybe you could follow the Red Sox until Tebow comes to training camp in August.

  12. joewilliesshnoz - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    My crow pie, tastes fine, thanks.

    • imleftcoast - Jun 4, 2013 at 5:17 PM

      Do the Patriots have a 15 to throw to Jesus Juice?

  13. phillyphanatic77 - Jun 4, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Love the Simpson’s reference. I’d like to say this series is over after the drubbing Boston gave the Pens in Pittsburgh, but I know if there’s one team with the talent to pull out of this hole, it’s the Penguins. The biggest problems I see are goaltending, obviously, and a lack of discipline. I think the Flyers showed last year that if you get under the skin of Crosby, Malkin, and Neal, you can throw them completely off their game. And the Bruins are exploiting that weakness. Boston must keep up the physical play to pull out this series. If the Pens win game 3, I can see them regaining their mojo. The Bruins cannot take their foot off the gas.

    • jimthebear - Jun 4, 2013 at 5:10 PM

      Pitts only got 3 problems to worry about… Offense Defense and goal tending.. Otherwise, they are doing great.

  14. philly4lyfe - Jun 4, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    wasn’t the d-man joe morrow (i think thats his name) they traded to dallas for brendan morrow one of their top d prospects?

    • chanceoffleury1 - Jun 4, 2013 at 6:03 PM

      WBS mad JM a healthy scratch a few times this season. He had a lot of promise but the Pens are up to their eyeballs in D prospects. Many of them look to be more promising and were outplaying him. Baby Pens are basically the exact opposite of the Big Pens. Their blueline is really deep and talented. The Pens got Dallas’ third round pick on top of Brendan Morrow so it wasn’t just him. (Dallas also got a 5th round pick on top of Joe)

      • chanceoffleury1 - Jun 4, 2013 at 6:04 PM

        made* not mad

    • drone501 - Jun 4, 2013 at 7:45 PM

      looks like both pa hockey teams have a goalie problem. what i wouldn’t give for bryz right now.

  15. chucksname - Jun 4, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    What Crosby needs is less talk and more effort.

    Not only did Sid turn the puck over for the B’s first goal, he didn’t skate hard to try and catch up and stop the break away… he gave up.

    This is hardly the actions of a real leader.

  16. philly4lyfe - Jun 4, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    thx for the intelligent answer. sry but that’s rare among your kind :-)

  17. arbruins - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Hmmmm…makes you wonder if Iginla really made the correct decision. I am glad he went where he did…Jagr’s passing and puck control are exactly what the Bruins needed.

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