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Crosby, Malkin try to get over the sting of Bruins sweep

Sep 5, 2013, 11:26 PM EDT

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Months later, Pittsburgh Penguins stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin looked back at that Eastern Conference finals sweep at the hands of the Boston Bruins with ESPN. There’s no denying it; it’s taken a while for them to recover.

“It stung,” Crosby said.

“It was one of those ones that definitely took a while to wear off. Looking back, probably right until Chicago won, it was pretty tough to go a day without it crossing your mind when you’re seeing the finals going on. I didn’t watch a game until Game 6. I tried not to think about it too much, but it did pass through my mind. I think until I started working out and started to get ready for this year, it was tough to turn the page there.”

Malkin emphasized the shock of going from being the highest scoring team in the NHL to a squad that could manage just two goals in four high-profile games, wondering if it was more a matter of luck or Boston’s great play.

Still, with Kris Letang re-signed and Rob Scuderi back in the fold, the Penguins are excited about 2013-14.

“We know [we] have great chance to win one again,” Malkin said.

  1. ericcoyle15 - Sep 5, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    i think they aired in a tampon commercial in order to try and ease the pain

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Sep 8, 2013 at 10:43 PM

      You’d only know if you’re looking for tampons yourself.

  2. pitpenguinsrulez - Sep 5, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    I love how people let their hatred for a player get the best of them. The only way to fix this painfulness of getting swept miserably is to face Boston in the Conference Finals next season and knockout them out. That’s the only way to truly get back at them. Regular season is nice with revenge but doing it in the playoffs is much more bitter sweet.

    • laxman1944 - Sep 6, 2013 at 8:48 AM

      Goal tending and blue line still a concern.

      Your captain needs to act like one and not lose his mind when faced with adversity.

      Getting Scuderi back will help…….but he is what 5 years older now and most likely has lost a step or two.

      Regular season is easy for Pitt……playoffs is their issue.

      • chanceoffleury1 - Sep 6, 2013 at 7:53 PM

        Vokoun put up essentially the same exact numbers as Lundqvist and Quick. He was the third best goalie in the playoffs and kept the Pens competitive the last two games. If anything I personally have been reassured that if Fleury falls apart then Vokoun is more than capable of handling the job and not only keeping them competitive but being able to steal games for them. He gave them every chance in the world to win one of the last two games. He put up better numbers than Crawford playing behind a fractionally as talented defense. Vokoun was playing like he wanted to win the cup, unfortunately Iggy, Morrow, and Murray couldn’t dig as deep to find it in themselves to be a hero and step up.

        The Pens biggest problem isn’t their defense or goaltending or offense. It’s the fact that in a series style of games like the playoffs, they are EXTREMELY predictable. It’s always the same. Crosby, Malkin, Neal, Martin, Kunitz, Letang, and Dupuis are the only ones who score or try to be the hero. Whenever they couldn’t, it’s the same old thing. Letang goes in deep and leaves the ice open for a breakaway, Crosby starts making bad passes just to try and set anybody up, Neal starts slashing people, Malkin stops passing the puck. It’s the same story every time the Pens get outplayed out of the starting gate. The chemistry they have from playing together for so long is incredible and can lead to magical things, but it makes them so predictable when they run out of tricks. At the end of the day it just wasn’t their year. The Hawks and Bruins had solidified teams and the Pens had a collection of talent scotch taped together.

      • thesportsjudge - Sep 8, 2013 at 12:30 PM

        Oh chanceoffleury1, how I have missed seeing your posts these last few months but, the 3 rentals shouldn’t have had to “dig as deep to find it in themselves to be a hero and step up” since they were complimentary players added at the deadline.

        Please do not take this as a dig at your post though, as you are the most logical pens fan on these boards and I enjoy reading your posts.

      • c9castine - Sep 8, 2013 at 5:51 PM

        goaltending may be a bit of a concern id say more like fleury is a bit of a concern. we still have vokoun. sid gets in some peoples faces and he is losing his mind everybody else does it and its playoff hockey. he took a blatant punch to his broken jaw from chara and got mad about it. hes captained a stanley cup team and scored the game winning goal for gold in the olympics im pretty sure he can handle the pressure. scuderi hasnt lost a step, hes not brian campbell. you obviously dont even know his game or really how old he is because he just won another cup two years ago not worried about that. regular season is easy for the pens and the playoffs arent bad either having a 10-5 playoff record since 2008 with one stanley cup 2 finals and 3 conference finals appearances i would hardly say playoffs is our issue.

  3. wvfinfanatic - Sep 6, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Huge pens fan, but a sweep along with defensive dominance is not luck.

  4. titansbro - Sep 6, 2013 at 6:58 AM

    Luck? Really? This is why you got swept.

    • hockey412 - Sep 6, 2013 at 7:41 AM

      What do you think Malkin ACTUALLY said, though…it’s easy to want to jump all over the mega-stars but be careful with journalism that doesn’t actually contain a quote.

  5. jonkchar - Sep 6, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    if they had played games1 & 2 the way they played games 3 & 4, it would have been a different outcome

  6. joey4id - Sep 6, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    These guys are on the hot seat this year. It’s their responsibility to lead the team to success, and more so Crosby than Malkin. No excuses. With status comes the big bucks, and with bug bucks comes big responsibility.

  7. goodolejr - Sep 6, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    The only way they have a shot is better defense and goaltending (when it really matters). It’s obvious a lot of Fleury’s issues were mental and if seeing the sports psychologist helps in that respect, this team will be back to being one of the most dangerous in the league.

    That pains me to say, being a Flyers fan, but at least both teams should improve enough to make our games against each other that much better. And I wouldn’t be upset about another Flyers/Pens playoff series.

  8. amityvillefun - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    It stung Crysby? Really?

    Have a tissue.

    Thank you Boston Bruins for milking tears out of Cindy. The NHL’s poster boy is a whiner. I watched the sweep and loved every second of it. And you know why? All the Pittsburgh trash talk I saw on this very site. Whammy. LOL!

    I hope they meet in the playoffs again this year and the same thing happens….with Iginla getting the clinching goal.

    • curioustraveler13 - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:45 AM

      Stung just as much as the final 1:16 of game 6. Thanks again Chicago!

      • thesportsjudge - Sep 8, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        Talk about 1:16 all you want as that is how long it took Chicago to match 4 games worth of tallies for Pittsburgh.

  9. amityvillefun - Sep 6, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Meh, the Bruins won recently in 2011. We lost to a better (and less banged up) team. It happens.

    At least they weren’t SWEPT or anything. A mean, a team really has to suck to get swept in the playoffs. :)

    • curioustraveler13 - Sep 6, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      haha you act like they hand out trophies for sweeping teams. Only one trophy matters and your team had a chance to play a game 7 to win it all, but blew it in the final 1:16 of game 6, with the lead. Had your team went on to win it all THEN you would have something to brag about, but your sweep in the playoffs meant about as much as the pens beating the bruins in the regular season, because neither yielded a Stanley cup. 1:16

    • hockey412 - Sep 6, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      As I remember the Bruins were just about shamed by the Leafs, too….while they did pick up their play at the right time and play very well, the Bruins also benefitted from the collective whistle-swallowing that occurred at the end of the first round of the playoffs. The Bruins through a good many illegal hits, but the only thing called from round 2 onward in the playoffs were retaliatory penalties. Pens take a lot of those, to be certain. Take a look at penality minutes per game during the regular season vs. the playoffs.

      If you think it’s because the B’s played ‘disciplined’, you should be smacked. Then smacked again. Harder the second time.

      B’s had a good playoffs, the series was great against Pittsburgh defensively. The Pens locked up their stars for a good, long time, and have more in the pipeline, so I’m sure that standoff will continue as Chara gets older and slower, and don’t forget they’ve only got a limited number of years before Lucic lands in jail. Thornton’s brain will bleed out at some point, Rask will fizzle, and the team in general got a good bit older, not better, in general this off-season.

      • bildomatic - Sep 6, 2013 at 5:01 PM

        What?

  10. amityvillefun - Sep 6, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    I mean… typo…

  11. amityvillefun - Sep 6, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    We just won in 2011. Bruins made it farther than they Pens who only won it “on paper.” Fact is, Chicago is an insanely good team. Their record last year was incredible out of the gate!

    Sweeping a team doesn’t get you a trophy. However, being swept by a team is a slap in the face… Especially a team that was supposed to be so good!

    The fact of the matter is, the Bruins were much better than the Pens. Even Iginla’s convinced! :)

    • curioustraveler13 - Sep 6, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      Haha we didn’t have the cap space to sign him, but whatever helps you sleep at night kid. Go rewatch your 2011 championship DVDs and keep clinging to that sweep in 2013. 1:16.

    • hockey412 - Sep 6, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      The B’s spent $6M per on Iginla. Don’t celebrate that.

      • gallyhatch - Sep 6, 2013 at 1:00 PM

        Base salary of 1.8 million, the rest is incentives, but you don’t really let facts get in the way of your trolling, do you 412?

        I love the 1:16 $hit talk coming from Penguins fans too. Pitsburgh managed 2 goals in the entire series. Shawn Thornton had more points than Malkin, Crosby & Iginla combined! What a deluded fanbase!

      • hockey412 - Sep 6, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        Ok gallyhatch…what is Iginla’s cap hit, then??? HMMMMM?????????

        And how the hell is answering this comment on an article that was about the Pens in the first place, to which this boob was trolling, somehow trolling? Grow up, nancy.

      • curioustraveler13 - Sep 6, 2013 at 1:08 PM

        1:16

      • curioustraveler13 - Sep 6, 2013 at 1:13 PM

        Deluded would be thinking that sweeping a series last year and not winning the cup somehow ties into being relevant at all this year. Good job on not letting the pens score on you last year, but bad job on letting bickell and bolland score in 17 seconds to crush your teams dream. 1:16

  12. gallyhatch - Sep 6, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    “Grow up” he says. . . . from the guy who resorts to name-calling. Another great post from 412, Keep ‘em coming please! Do you ever think before you type?

    @ curious, I added another thumbs up to your 1:16, it’s so rich that you think that somehow hurts! Bruins got beat by a better team, just like the Penguins. I moved on from that loss the next day, it’s called having perspective. . . you should look into it.

    • curioustraveler13 - Sep 6, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      I have one. My perspective is that the sweep from last year doesn’t affect this year at all. Ask flyer fans how it was when they beat their chest that they beat us in the playoffs in 2012, only to miss the playoffs in 2013. I don’t understand fans who bring up past years accomplishments to feel better about the upcoming season. Anything can happen. The ECF proved that, the boston vs Toronto series proved that, and the 1:16 in game 6 of the SCF proved that.

    • hockey412 - Sep 6, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      Nancy.

    • bruininnh1984 - Sep 6, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      as a bruins fan, i’ll take a game 6 loss in the SCF’s to the blackhawks any day of the week. pen’s fans can mention 1:16 all they want, still doesn’t change the fact the pen’s didn’t show up and got their lunch handed to them by the better team in the bruins. it’s nice to see that pens fans emulate the stars on their team: a bunch of whiners who have nothing better to do than to bring up the fact that the bruins actually made it to the finals where a tougher, more skilled team was waiting for them. 1:16 means nothing to me

  13. kmacle - Sep 6, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Unless you’re a Chicago fan (congrats), last year means nothing.

  14. bildomatic - Sep 6, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Does anyone know how long it took the Blackhawks to score 2 goals in game 6 to win? I’m just curious I can’t seem to find it anywhere…

    • handsofsweed - Sep 7, 2013 at 11:21 PM

      76 seconds

  15. magnumpi22 - Sep 6, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    I have been a Pens fan for 30 years and reading these posts is funny, as a Pens fan I can’t say anything bad about Boston or say I was happy they lost the final because the fact is the Pens blew it against them and came up very short this past year. They have another great chance this year to make the playoffs and look for another cup but they need several things to work out for them. Goal tending needs to be sound is the biggest, they also need to play 4 lines and not panic when they are down by a goal and start changing lines and Crosby needs to be Crosby for a whole season, say what you want about him but he is the best player right now in the league when healthy and he hasn’t been healthy in the last couple of seasons.

  16. girouxed - Sep 6, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Obvious Bruins hater is obvious.

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