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This time, Lemieux visited Crosby in the Pens’ locker room

May 11, 2014, 10:14 PM EDT

Considering the way the Pittsburgh Penguins handled defeat in Game 6, it didn’t feel like the New York Rangers merely won on Sunday. To many, it felt like the Rangers got under the Penguins’ skin.

That frustration has been quite apparent in the actions and attitude of Penguins star Sidney Crosby. Sometimes star players thrive off of spite, yet we’ve seen some examples of Crosby’s anger getting the best of him. Apparently Mario Lemieux was alarmed by what he saw in Game 6, as it appears that he had a counseling session with his feisty captain after that 3-1 loss:

This isn’t the first time that “Super Mario” decided to visit a long-time mainstay of this Penguins franchise during an especially turbulent moment.

The Hall of Famer made a visit to calm Marc-Andre Fleury down after a high-profile loss in Pittsburgh’s first-round defeat against the Columbus Blue Jackets. For what it’s worth, Fleury and the Penguins won the next two games in that series to close things out in six contests.

It’s probably not ideal for such a tactic to be a “once per round” kind of thing, but Crosby seemed unhinged during moments in both Game 6:

Similar moments came in Game 5, as well:

The margin between victory and defeat can be brutally small in the playoffs, so getting the Penguins back on track is key with their season on the line. It’s unfair to place all the blame at their 26-year-old’s feet, yet if you believe that a team follows its captain’s lead, then Lemieux chose the best person to meet with.

The Penguins have to hope that it works as well for Crosby as it did for Fleury, then.

  1. arbruins - May 11, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    The Rangers are doing a great job of getting under Cindy’s skin. Keep it up, get this band of bridesmaids out of the playoffs!

    • blomfeld - May 12, 2014 at 1:35 AM


    • hockeyfan1701 - May 12, 2014 at 9:17 AM

      You are so original…”Cindy”

      • mgp1219 - May 12, 2014 at 12:23 PM

        Would you prefer Synderella?

  2. broadstreetbeatdown - May 11, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Lemieux: Stop hitting dudes in the sack and score some goals. Dan Carcillo has more goals than you . Tabernac!!!

    Crosby: Does this mean were not moving to Kansas City?

    Lemieux: Where’s Beach Ball Fleury at?

    • hockeyfan1701 - May 12, 2014 at 9:18 AM

      What time do the Flyers play? Ooooohhhhhh yea….forgot they have only played in one playoff series the last 2 years.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - May 12, 2014 at 5:07 PM

        Did I forget to mention that Claude Giroux also has more goals than Crosby and he’s only played in one series the past two years.

  3. canucks30 - May 11, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    The Penguins need to stop coddling Sidney Crosby. He’s 26 years old; not an 18 year old rookie.

    • 19to77 - May 12, 2014 at 12:15 AM

      Couldn’t tell it by watching him play, though. All the talent of a Hall of Famer with the mental discipline of an angry, insecure 12-year old.

  4. canucks30 - May 11, 2014 at 10:34 PM

  5. 7mantel - May 11, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Good job Mario, embarrassing your captain , couldn’t wait till he got back to Pitt.!!

    • broadstreetbeatdown - May 11, 2014 at 11:52 PM

      The fact that Dan Carcillo has more goals than Mario’s captain should be embarrassing enough.

    • jimthebear - May 12, 2014 at 7:30 AM

      No, No, No. That was damage control by Mario.. Crosby embarrassed himself during the game.. Take that C off his shirt before game 7.

  6. chanceoffleury - May 11, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Yeah, Crosby officially lost his marbles tonight. Not much to defend him for here. Cheap shots, generating few chances, putting his linemate and top defenseman in the middle of big scuffles based on his irresponsible penalties. Hank probably won’t even get any sort of fine for spraying Crosby with his water bottle ala Thornton because Crosby acted like such a plug most of the game.

    • chanceoffleury - May 11, 2014 at 10:52 PM

      He did get a shot on the powerplay tonight, though. And had a good chance when he broke his stick. Crosby, if by some chance of god you read this, more of that and less of kneeing Girardi. You are of no help to the Penguins from the penalty box. You’ve had your meltdown, now turn it around and scrape together a hattrick on Tuesday to regain some of your dignity. I haven’t given up on you breaking out and going on a tear just yet, but no way is this helping to turn your playoffs around.

    • thesportsjudge - May 11, 2014 at 10:59 PM

      You are the best Penguins fan poster on the site. I hope you stick around. The site needs more comments like yours.

  7. westof1club - May 11, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Probably telling Cindy to use two hands and the proper follow through when swinging his stick at opponents. That’s how the “stars” do it in Pittsburgh.

    • johninpa - May 12, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      Did you voice the same outrage when Staal took his stick to Crosby’s head and neck, or is that type of dirty play okay?

  8. President Charles Logan - May 11, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    yeah crosby’s still being a little bytch…. but nonetheless i still say they get mad enough and win game 7 at home .. there’s too much grit and talent on that team for a collapse again.

    • joey4id - May 11, 2014 at 10:59 PM

      Win or lose they’ve already loss so much credibility. Get the f out of here.

      • President Charles Logan - May 11, 2014 at 11:00 PM

        like you have any credibility joey4blomfeld ?? lol

    • broadstreetbeatdown - May 11, 2014 at 11:57 PM

      Uh, no there is not. Like I said, this team will collapse…again.

      • podevil - May 12, 2014 at 12:07 AM

        You mean like your Flyers did…Again!

      • broadstreetbeatdown - May 12, 2014 at 12:13 AM

        Perhaps someone should explain to you what a collapse is and what losing a series is. I know you’ve only been watching hockey since 2005 so its totally understandable. Can we give Carcillo the Art Ross?

      • drewzducks - May 12, 2014 at 1:03 AM

        Trust me, as a Bruins fan(vs. your Flyers in 2010) I know a collapse when I see it. God wiliing, the Blue will finish the job to Tuesday.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - May 12, 2014 at 1:23 AM

        Yeah but the B’s rebounded in the best possible way by winning the cup. Here’s to Marty and the Rags.

      • drewzducks - May 12, 2014 at 1:31 AM

        Cheers !

  9. mnwildfan15 - May 11, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    I’m sure they will have a long talk when Mario tucks him into bed tonight.

  10. latrobe21 - May 11, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Pens have no heart.

    • Kristenaux - May 12, 2014 at 10:06 AM

      Pens have no heart? I disagree. They are frustrated I agree with that. They are working with some questionable players in their ranks right now, I agree with that too. But you’re telling me that Malkin, or Martin or Letang have no heart right now? Or Gibbons or Vitale?
      They’re trying to pull things together *in spite* of their captain falling apart.

      I’m a Pens fan – I’ve tried to make a point since Crosby joined the roster…the team is more than Crosby. The media has to grasp that and they still haven’t, the league has to grasp it, and the fans as well. But most of all right now, the team has to and as far as I’ve seen, the only one hunkering down to get it done is Malkin and the others I mentioned. But they can’t do it alone.

  11. snipedanglecelly13 - May 11, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Crysby at it again?

  12. formerworldchamps - May 11, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Am I the only one that cannot understand the penalty on Kreider(goalie interference)when Kreider was shoved.BTW Kreider scored on the play.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - May 12, 2014 at 12:17 AM

      No, we all understand it. More preferential treatment for the prima donnas of the NHL. That was a good goal.

    • theskinsman - May 12, 2014 at 9:53 AM

      No doubt in the running for worst call in the playoffs. Typical for the cheap shot pens, getting help from the linesmen. I just loved watching them get dominated…again.

  13. leafsfan9381 - May 12, 2014 at 3:13 AM

    This game 7 will be his defining moment. Whether you like him or not he’s a warrior that want to win.

  14. beergold - May 12, 2014 at 5:26 AM

    I am a long time Crosby fan and his play and his conduct have been embarrassing. Time to pull his head out of his butt and start playing and conducting himself like the best player in the world!

    • jimthebear - May 12, 2014 at 7:33 AM

      Typical Pens fan.. Equate hockey skill to leadeship.. Is he a great player? ABSOLUTELY. Is a good captain. NOT AT ALL.

      • beergold - May 12, 2014 at 9:46 AM

        He sure as heck wasn’t a leader last night I’ll grant you that…looked like he belonged in the ECHL!

  15. whammy71 - May 12, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    87 = Paper Captain

    Great player…terrible leader.

    And don’t start with the “well, he Captained Canada to a gold medal”. Yes, he was the Captain, but it doesn’t take much leadership to lead a team with ~6 other Captains and another ~10 players that wear the A. Kind of like being the Queen of England….no real power.

    Sid’s words mean absolutely nothing – they are hollow. He can bark, whine and cry all he wants on the ice cause everyone knows he won’t take it to the next level and back up his words.

    And as Sid goes – so do the rest of the team. Like Bill Laimbeer said about playing Larry Bird in the 1987 NBA playoffs….”You break their best player…you break their unit.”

    I tip my hat to the Rags for doing exactly what they need to do to offset the talent difference between the 2 squads. Well played Blueshirts!

  16. drewsylvania - May 12, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    I’d rather have Steve Ott as my captain (which is saying something…).

  17. jennjenn0186 - May 12, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Maybe Mario should talk to the entire team for once. He should take some of what made him a great captain and lead the team he now owns a little better. I’m not defending Sid, at all, but as a team, there has been no physicality, no response to actions like Marc Staal repeatedly targeting Sid’s head, etc. What happened to the Penguins teams who had heart and would come to the aid of each other? I haven’t seen that at all in this series, if at all in the playoffs. But that’s right, they stupidly got rid of heavy hitting players who played that role.

    You can’t just ride or die on talent alone. I think this series has proven that. And it proves that the Penguins are selfish and just assume if they have any sort of lead, it’s going to stay that way and that they think they’ll win the game or series – that the other team will just give up. That is a culture that needs to be changed. I may not have the answer to how to do that – whether it’s replacing the GM and/or coach/coaches, but something needs to be done.

  18. jimeejohnson - May 12, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Those very same guys who call him Cindy are probably the biggest wimps on this board. Crosby would crush you like ants.

  19. seniorteacherdot - May 12, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    I have only one comment–LET’S GO PENS! You CAN do it!

  20. slysipops - May 12, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    i don’t really care for CROSBY ,but what would anybody expect from him after a loss ? some writers will do anything for a story !

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