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No goals, no problem for Crosby, Penguins in Game 2

May 4, 2014, 11:56 PM EDT

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PITTSBURGH — It’s easy to look at Sidney Crosby‘s playoff statistics and see he has zero goals and think he’s having a bad postseason.

As he showed in Game 2, sometimes the basic stats don’t tell the whole story.

The Penguins’ 3-0 win against the New York Rangers saw Crosby lead the team with six shots on goal. On two occasions it took remarkable saves from Henrik Lundqvist to keep him from getting off the goal-scoring schneid.

Goals or not, he was the talk of the town following the game.

“I thought, almost to a man, our game was at another level tonight,” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. “The 50-50 battles we alluded to, Sid was every bit a leader in that regard for our team.

“I think we’re looking for things on the offensive side of things on the stat sheet, but there was, on both sides, where it didn’t show up with an assist or a goal tonight. He was all around it on both ends of the rink for us and right up to the shot block at the end.”

Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz joined Crosby on the Penguins’ top line in Game 2. They were responsible for the game’s first goal from Kris Letang and Malkin sealed the deal with an empty-net goal in the third.

“I really liked Malkin, Crosby, and Kunitz tonight,” Bylsma said. “I thought they were every bit as hard to handle and they were, both sides of the puck, hard to play against and right up to the end, Geno makes that great play to get us the empty net goal.”

 

While the Penguins star players all had big games, it was Crosby who dazzled all night long.

A move he made to get around Ryan McDonagh in the first period to generate a scoring opportunity made the sellout crowd at CONSOL Energy Center roar. After a less-than stellar effort in Game 1, it looked like Sid the Kid was back.

“To see Sid play like that tonight was really inspiring for everybody in our dressing room,” Letang said. “He was really dangerous. He was making plays, he was in front of the net, he was shooting the puck like he can… It was great to see.”

If the Crosby we saw in Game 2 is what we see from him the rest of the way, the Rangers will need to hope Lundqvist can match him and that their defense can find some way to slow him down.

  1. sabatimus - May 5, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    It’s pretty amazing the Pens have gotten this far without Crosby scoring a single goal.

    • c9castine - May 5, 2014 at 1:15 AM

      why

      • sabatimus - May 5, 2014 at 2:36 AM

        You really need me to explain?

      • c9castine - May 5, 2014 at 11:38 AM

        yes i do.

    • hockey412 - May 5, 2014 at 8:31 AM

      This team has made the playoffs with Crosby playing like 20 games before. When he plays like he played last night, you can virtually see everyone on the ice work harder. Amazing game.

    • c9castine - May 5, 2014 at 5:23 PM

      still waiting for that explanation by the way.

  2. broadstreetbeatdown - May 5, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Dan Carcillo has more goals than Crosby.

    • malkamania71 - May 5, 2014 at 12:23 AM

      Giroux has more putts than both Car Bomb and 87. Carry on!

      • broadstreetbeatdown - May 5, 2014 at 12:29 AM

        Don’t forget a nomination for MVP.

        Dan Carcillo still has more goals than Crosby.

      • c9castine - May 5, 2014 at 1:16 AM

        lol a nomination? the guy your ragging on won. you know it. we all know it.

      • karinakat571 - May 5, 2014 at 7:34 AM

        Giroux has more goals than Crosby

    • pitpenguinsrulez - May 5, 2014 at 12:55 AM

      Sidney Crosby has more Gold Medals than Carcillo.

    • President Charles Logan - May 5, 2014 at 1:27 AM

      using a one liner that i started to begin with when i said carcillo had more goals at one point in the last series then giroux lol… always so original broad ….

      • broadstreetbeatdown - May 5, 2014 at 1:46 AM

        Dan Carcillo has more goals than Crosby…Still more original than you Chucky.

    • hockeyfan1701 - May 5, 2014 at 7:11 AM

      Here are some more facts.

      1. The Flyers are now watching the playoffs on TV.
      2. You are a troll.
      3. You still wish he played for the Flyers.

      Now go away troll and pretend it is 1975, you know when the Flyers were actually relevant in the NHL.

    • har21441 - May 5, 2014 at 7:39 AM

      This is true. Other facts include:

      1. Carcillo finished round two of the playoffs with as many goals as Giroux.
      2. Carcillo and Crosby have each won the Cup.
      3. Giroux has not won any cups
      4. Next year will be the 40th anniversary of the Flyers last Cup victory
      5. broadstreetbeatdown has never seen his team lift the cup in his lifetime. Odds are he never will.

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - May 5, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    In my opinion Sid doesn’t have to go out and score a goal every night. The little stuff that Sid does is often unnoticed. Look at tonight when his stick broke on the final powerplay. He was able to keep the play alive by kicking it back to the point. If he’s playing hurt then he’s giving it one hell of a go. Toews scored only 3 goal last year if I’m correct and I don’t think the Chicago media panicked. He had plenty of chances tonight. I will say this that if Sid starts scoring then it might just break the walls down.

  4. Tyler - May 5, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Just curious how many goals Rick Nash has in this years playoffs? Just sayin’…

    • maalea - May 5, 2014 at 12:10 PM

      Unless I’m mistaken no one has ever called Rick Nash the best player in the world.

  5. blomfeld - May 5, 2014 at 12:57 AM

    A ‘MISGUIDED’ CANADIAN SAUSAGE FEST ?

    For the life of me friends, I continue to be amazed by the idiotic amount of ‘unabashed’ love and adulation being heaped upon this simpleton from Nova Scotia ? (ie: New Scotland for those of you historically challenged). Now of course we know that Crosby means well and all and that he’s Canada’s current poster boy for the NHL, etc. But seriously man, isn’t this now all becoming a little ‘silly’ to say the least ? The bottom line as I see it, is that if ‘we’ red-blooded, male Canadian hockey fans are supposed to now start wearing dresses and such, then at least let’s do that for someone ‘truly’ deserving, such as Bobby Orr or Jean Beliveau ! :)

    executive summary: Sidney Crosby ‘probably’ rocks … and then again, perhaps he doesn’t ?

    • sabatimus - May 5, 2014 at 2:37 AM

      Downthumb on principle.

  6. c9castine - May 5, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    that was 57 minutes of complete domination. Henrik played out of his mind. fleury was obviously good too but lundqvist was seeing shots from all of the over, give and gos, slot shots, cross crease one times, stickhandling and deflecting in tight.

    penguins were on point all night. defense and team defense were stellar. ive seen this team before…they won 15 straight games last march – i dont care what time of year it was. so lets see if they can keep duplicating or not.

    series tied, 1-1. onto the next one.

    • danglesnipecelly88 - May 5, 2014 at 1:08 AM

      Please beat Boston next round

      • c9castine - May 5, 2014 at 1:10 AM

        lets not get ahead of ourselves.

        and if it comes to that, isnt gonna be easy.

      • jimthebear - May 5, 2014 at 7:40 AM

        Not gonna happen.. First of all, I see the Rangers, a FAR MORE complete team taking the Pens out, 2nd, no chance in beating Boston. No D and lousy goalie = exit from the playoffs.

      • mordock57 - May 5, 2014 at 9:15 AM

        At what point in that game… ANY POINT in that game… did the Rangers resemble something approaching a more complete team? If not for Lundqvist, who was phenomenal, that game would have been a 6-0 blowout. Rangers got crushed on both ends of the ice last night.

    • c9castine - May 5, 2014 at 1:09 AM

      basically, the pens broke into the house – ransacked it, and stole everything in it.

      literally, they were in the rangers house all night.

      • sabatimus - May 5, 2014 at 2:38 AM

        Literally, they were in Consol Energy Center.

      • c9castine - May 5, 2014 at 11:38 AM

        sabatimus, would you like me to explain to you what the house is?

      • c9castine - May 5, 2014 at 11:54 AM

        In hockey, if you draw a rough line from each side of the net on the goal line up through the faceoff dots to the top of the circle, and then from each side draw lines that connect at the top of the slot (this will look like a “house”) you get what we call the house. its a prime scoring area…its where you generally want to try to penetrate and get quality scoring chances.

        the pens were making plays in the house all night long.

      • sabatimus - May 5, 2014 at 12:37 PM

        Would you like me to explain what literally means?

      • c9castine - May 5, 2014 at 1:02 PM

        your an idiot. seriously what is your problem?

        i wasnt even trying to be that smart. explaining a hockey term because it seems that what i said went right over your head.

        if not then you just couldnt help but be a complete smartas for no reason.

      • sabatimus - May 5, 2014 at 1:26 PM

        I’m not being a smartass. In 25 years of watching hockey I have NEVER heard of this “house” you are referring to. I’ve certainly heard of the slot, goal line, circle etc. So of course it went over my head.

      • c9castine - May 5, 2014 at 5:12 PM

        and you can call me out for this if you want, but maybe i was wrong. i said having played the game meant nothing here.

        i can clearly see from your comments and the confusion i caused from using the term that having actually played the game at an organized competitive level does translate to more knowledge as to whats actually going on in these games.

      • killerpgh - May 5, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        I’m surprised you haven’t heard of the term “the house” in relationship to hockey. I remember my ice coaches using it in late 80’s. I thought it was a pretty regularly used term. Guess not.

        http://blogs.thescore.com/nhl/2012/03/15/terminology-lesson-what-protecting-the-house-really-means/

      • c9castine - May 5, 2014 at 5:08 PM

        thanks killer. i too thought it was a common term. my triple A coach used to preach protecting the house non stop…and its basically what a PK is set up to do. let play happen on the perimeter but protect the house.

  7. danglesnipecelly88 - May 5, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    Hawks 9-2 vs Kings since 2013

  8. 950003cups - May 5, 2014 at 1:34 AM

    Don’t get all carried away. This could turn out to be an epic series.

    • c9castine - May 5, 2014 at 1:49 AM

      it could but thats not what i felt.

      pens looks anything like they looked tonight tomorrow night in MSG this could be over wednesday.

      they however have little record of consistency this year.

      • garyn1183 - May 5, 2014 at 4:32 PM

        it’s 1-1 so unless the league changed the rules that Pitt only needs to win 3 games Friday is the earliest they could win. Additionally, MAF could implode at any minute and the series could go the other way just as easily.

      • c9castine - May 5, 2014 at 5:05 PM

        i realize that. coming back t pittsburgh down 3-1 would likely be death for the rangers but as i said, its not even close to being that yet.

  9. flyerspsu - May 5, 2014 at 2:25 AM

    I think the Penguins success and non lack of scoring in the postseason despite Crosby’s woes essentially proves that Giroux is more valuable to the Flyers than Crosby is to the Pens for whatever thats worth since that was debated on a lot when the Hart finalists were announced, i know the Pens had a ton of man games lost but Malkin still played 75% of the games and had 10 more points than the next Flyer after Giroux

    • Hockeyfan - May 5, 2014 at 5:50 AM

      Not so. First, it’s the regular season that defines the MVP, not the playoffs. Clearly Crosby lead his team through adversity throughout the regular season with all the injuries. Crosby elevates the play of whoever is out there. Giroux took too long to get started. MVP Crosby.

      • jimthebear - May 5, 2014 at 7:44 AM

        Crosby hasn’t lead ANYTHING. He’s a poor excuse for a captain. He has skill, YES, admitted, but skill and popularity doesn’t make you a leader, and he’s not one. Mark Messier was a far better captain to the Oilers than Gretzsky ever was. Everyone in Pitt thinks the C belongs on the best skilled player, keep thinking that and keep seeing the same result. Mario was a leader and the best skilled player. Not always the case. He’s already had to speak to the team how many times because Crosby doesn’t have the ability to do it.
        He can still be the best player on your team, but take that C of his shirt now while you still can.

      • miketoasty - May 5, 2014 at 11:19 AM

        Well jimthebear, I’m a Penguins fan and don’t believe the most skilled player should wear the C. Therefor your comment is already irrelevant.

        Crosby has the C not because he is vocal but for what he does on the ice. He captains his team by example. The captain doesn’t always have to be the one in the room with the biggest mouth either (See Toews as another example).

        Oh and as per your comment “keep thinking that and seeing the same result” you do realize that Crosby as a captain has attained pretty much every award attainable by a hockey player? (Gold medal (Two actually but only one as captain), Stanley Cup, Hart, Rocket Richard, etc…)

        Oh and no one is stripping Crosby of his captaincy while he is still in Pittsburgh, idiotic comment to say the least.

      • c9castine - May 5, 2014 at 11:41 AM

        actually jim the bear your ignorant and nobody in pittsburgh thinks the most skilled player should auto wear the C

        if you think that, you dont know the first thing about a deeply bluecollar, hard working city like Pittsburgh.

        besides that, Sid is an excellent leader.

      • c9castine - May 5, 2014 at 11:42 AM

        and besides that he has led SOMETHING, like a stanley cup winning team and an olympic gold winning team.

      • itripledogdareyou - May 6, 2014 at 12:39 AM

        jimthebear – Any person who cannot spell Wayne Gretzky’s name correctly doesn’t deserve to post an opinion on a hockey blog. It’s clear you know nothing about hockey or leadership.

    • theageofquarrel - May 5, 2014 at 7:31 AM

      Giroux isn’t winning anything except maybe his next round of golf.

      • brycewest - May 5, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        Unless his golf club malfunctions and gives him another Glass Joe-type injury.

    • c9castine - May 5, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      your comparison is pretty weak man.

      first of all, crosby was the only player to even SNIFF 100 pts this year and as you said, above and beyond most man games lost for that team this year. Malkin missed enough time to make that relevant besides, the Flyers have plenty of skilled players on their team. its not Giroux on an island.

      Giroux had a solid season especially after a rough start for him and more importantly, his team. But hes so far behind in MVP cred its ridiculous.

  10. durila1 - May 5, 2014 at 4:11 AM

    Giroux gonna make 10 mill next year. Wow talk about a bad gm. He should be hanged

    • haterzinc - May 5, 2014 at 6:31 AM

      Cg has never scored 30 goals in a season……

    • flyerspsu - May 5, 2014 at 10:43 AM

      i cant tell if you guys are serious about this one, in case you somehow are, his cap hit is 8.3 mil, he leads the league in points over the last 3 seasons, is a clutch playoff performer; 58 points in 55 playoff games and is probably the most valuable player to any team in the league (at least when every team is healthy)

      • c9castine - May 5, 2014 at 12:10 PM

        seriously why are you droning on about your love for giroux hes not even playing anymore

        re-read the headline has nothing to do with this crap you keep bringing it up

        your last sentence doesnt make any sense.

      • flyerspsu - May 5, 2014 at 8:28 PM

        “re-read the headline” – reread the 2 comments before mine, both brought up Giroux and the 1st was with false info, i corrected him

        as for my last line not making sense, it is saying assuming every team is healthy, unlike the pens were this year which is why every Pens fan clamored Crosby was more valuable than Giroux, Giroux is the most valuable player in the league

  11. durila1 - May 5, 2014 at 4:14 AM

    Do u know why the flyers don’t win in the playoffs? Because they blow each other before every game and Giroux and hartnell get mad cause they can’t have seconds.

    • c9castine - May 5, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      thats true ive heard that before.

      everybody draws straws for simmonds.

  12. durila1 - May 5, 2014 at 4:16 AM

    Pens fan 4 life.

  13. joewilliesshnoz - May 5, 2014 at 4:57 AM

    The flyers suck. Again.

  14. spitfisher - May 5, 2014 at 6:21 AM

    Sounds like Bylsma is pumping up Cindy’s tires to me.

  15. joey4id - May 5, 2014 at 6:30 AM

    It’s not only about the lack of goals. Matter of fact it’s more about how much his play sucked during the series against the Bruins last year and CBJ this year. His play was terrible in his last ~10 regular season games and that carried into the playoffs. Last night was his best game by far because he made smart plays and very good passes. Until then he had been making too many passes that were not hitting the mark. Pens need more of this if they are to beat the Rangers. His play last night was on par for him and he brought to the Pens what Toews has been bringing to the Hawks in these playoffs thus far.

  16. karinakat571 - May 5, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    With barely an added mention of the actual goals scored at the end, this article is a typical example of the NBC (nothing but Crosby) sausage fest indeed.

    • jimthebear - May 5, 2014 at 7:45 AM

      I refer to this page as PeoCrosbyTalk.com .. I come here for scores and the other 50% of the articles.

    • theageofquarrel - May 5, 2014 at 7:50 AM

      Awww,look at you two crying about Crosby,how sweet.

    • hockey412 - May 5, 2014 at 8:39 AM

      This made me laugh, thank you. The article about the game itself is a few doors down (a few articles previous to this) – this article is ABOUT Crosby. And if the article isn’t about Crosby, commenters like you, broadstreetbully, etc., make the comment section about Crosby.

      All good for me, I love that it eats people up.

      By the way, you know who had a really good game last night? Crosby. That MVP-to-be.

      • c9castine - May 5, 2014 at 12:13 PM

        they never realize its themselves who talk about crosby more than anybody

        look through this article people cant help but mention him and try to bring him down from every angle possible.

  17. deserticedog - May 5, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    It’s a hoot to read these comments, all the Crosby haters here would take him on their team in a minute. I don’t like Giroux or Hartnell either but they are good players who I would love to see on the Penguins.

    • mordock57 - May 5, 2014 at 9:17 AM

      Giroux, perhaps. Hartnell… no. Not ever.

      • flyerspsu - May 5, 2014 at 10:45 AM

        oh come on dont give that “perhaps” for giroux, you know you would, even tho I dislike Crosby id take him in a second as well as every elite player in the league

      • c9castine - May 5, 2014 at 12:17 PM

        giroux doesnt play penguin hockey. thats not a knock on him, i just dont think he would fit into the system.

        i dont think getzlaf would at all either. nor perry.

        matt duchene would. seguin, hall, pavelski would.

  18. micasa81 - May 5, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    My God, am I ever tired of the back-and-forth between Pens and Flyers fans. I know it’s not just on PHT, and I know that you guys’ hatred of each other is probably unparalleled in the NHL, and I think it’s fair to give scope for that within pregame/postgame trash-talk, the usual biased opinions about who’s dirty, who’s a diver, who has no class, etc. But the bickering from both sides has degenerated into something truly pathetic. We’ve got about ten regular users whose names are dedicated to trashing the other team/city/fanbase (which has got to be the lamest, most unsatisfying motivation of all for being interested in the game of hockey). We can’t read an article about either team without slogging through about 50% trolling from the other fanbase. Any mention of Crosby or Giroux – praise or criticism, it doesn’t matter – sets off a sh!tstorm of bitter tirades. Downright offensive comments are commonplace. I’m so glad I don’t derive “enjoyment” from the game of hockey the way you guys seem to. If I was Agent Smith, none of you guys would have mouths anymore (or rather, fingers). Legit Philly and Pitt fans who mostly stay out of the muck, good on you.

    • comeonnowguys - May 5, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      Can’t agree more. I’m a pretty cynical person when it comes to sports, but I can still find entertainment and joy from watching.

      This kind of mentality–I just don’t get it. The closest to the dregs of Flyers/Penguins rivalry I’ve found is in the grungy corners of the Chicago Cubs/Chicago White Sox fandoms, where a loss by the other team is viewed more favorably than a win by yours. I’m sure there are others, but nothing like this.

  19. penvik - May 5, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Lmao at blomfeld And jimthebear. Obviously not much experience watching hockey and I love how you guys have no problem letting all of is know how much you really just don’t know or understand. It’s either that or it’s just trolling.

    Some facts:
    Crosby had the most ice time on a Babcock coached olympic team and has taken over a hundred more faceoffs than the next guy this year. Goals are a bonus to what this guy brings. It’s funny how media and others alike make themselves look silly by staring at stat sheet and coming up with conclusions. Any one if us who’ve actually played higher end hockey will understand it’s the little things players do during a game not always goals. Take Sid off this team and they’re a wildcard at best and no shot AT ALL at a cup. Anyhow, this is commen sense and just to clarify Blomfeld and Jimthebear have none. I think it’s hilarious you guys actually write that stuff and expect us to think you have an IQ at all. Lololololol

    • comeonnowguys - May 5, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      Whenever you even dare to mention Toews in the same sentence as Crosby, Toews’ intangibles are laughed off in favor of Crosby’s numbers.

      But whenever Crosby hits a dry spell, all we hear about is how it’s not the numbers, it’s the intangibles.

      Pick a lane.

  20. jason9696 - May 5, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Even though he hasn’t scored a goal in these playoffs. He’s still getting his assists. I don’t think he’s playing that badly. I don’t get why he’s getting all the attention about not scoring though. What about Rick Nash?

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