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Old 04-13-2007, 11:18 PM   #1941
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Sens' Alfredsson not for playing on consecutive days

By The Tribune-Review
Saturday, April 14, 2007

Count captain Daniel Alfredsson as being against the concept of playing postseason games on consecutive days, as Ottawa and Pittsburgh will do Saturday and Sunday.

"It's the same for both teams, but it's not really fair for anybody," he said. "Look at Vancouver and Dallas going to (four) overtimes (Wednesday). What if they had to play the next day? We'll do what we have to do, and hope our game doesn't go into overtimes, I guess."

? Defenseman Chris Phillips is not exactly sure why the Senators have succeeded at suffocating Penguins center Sidney Crosby, especially considering that Crosby, 19, led the league in scoring during the regular season. However, including Game 1 of this series, Crosby has scored only two goals and recorded just six points in eight career games against the Senators.

"Of course, we take pride in trying to do what (coaches) expect us to do," Phillips said. "With Sidney, it's a challenge, but we think we handle it pretty well."

? Coach Bryan Murray said he does not expect Game 2 to turn into a display of macho-man antics, despite a contentious ending to Game 1. But if the Penguins wish to play a physical game today, Murray said his team can hold its own.

"We certainly are comfortable if it does become more physical," Murray said. "We've got big bodies, so we can handle that." Murray said he expected the Penguins to respond by implementing their speed. "I expect more puck movement and Game 2 to be better played, with fewer penalties."

? Right wing Dany Heatley on the Penguins' penchant for talking on the ice: "I would say they have a lot of guys that like to talk and get under your skin -- maybe a little more than anybody else."


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7:03 - Difference in power-play time between the Penguins (16:57) and Senators (9:54) in Game 1.

75 - Percent of faceoffs won by Antoine Vermette (21 of 28) in Game 1.

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Cook: Amazing Crosby, 19, handles ceaseless pressure
Saturday, April 14, 2007

By Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

OTTAWA

The Pirates' clubhouse might seem like a strange place to go for a little good hockey talk, but, hey, there are Penguins fans in there, too.

"How old is Sid? 19?" Jason Bay was asking the other day. "I can't believe that. I think I was a sophomore in junior college when I was 19 and here he is, the best hockey player in the world. That's just amazing."

Ridiculous, actually.

"He's only 19 ... I don't think I even had hair on my face yet," Bay said, shaking his head.

I'm guessing that makes it pretty much official.

Everybody is talking about Sid the Kid these days.

Bay is a Canadian, born and bred, and understands the hockey craze here better than most, but even he would be shocked at the scrutiny Sidney Crosby is getting as the Penguins prepare for Game 2 today of their Stanley Cup playoff series against the Ottawa Senators. Penguins winger Mark Recchi expected it to be intense, not just because Crosby is the face of the new NHL, but also because there is no Toronto or Montreal team in the playoffs to divert media attention. But he didn't expect this.

"I can't even begin to imagine what it's like to be in his shoes," Recchi said. "I played with Mario"-- that would be Mr. Lemieux -- "and he didn't have to go through anything like it. Not even Wayne" -- that would be Mr. Gretzky -- "had to deal with this. No one ever has and no one probably ever will again."

It starts for Crosby in the morning, after the Penguins' practice or game-day skate, when he's summoned to the media interview room, a place normally reserved for the two coaches. No other player is invited. Not goalie Marc-Andre Fleury or soon-to-be NHL Rookie of the Year Evgeni Malkin of the Penguins. Not captain Daniel Alfredsson or 50-goal-scorer Dany Heatley of the Senators. Only Crosby, who is interrogated first in English, then in French, for anywhere from 15 minutes to half an hour.

This happens every day.

Suddenly, the five minutes a week Big Ben Roethlisberger gives the Pittsburgh media during the NFL season doesn't seem like such an imposition on him.

Crosby will be the only player hauled back to the interview room after the game this afternoon, just as he was after Game 1 Wednesday night. That wasn't much fun for him; his NHL playoff debut couldn't have gone more badly. He was banged around pretty good by Ottawa's top defensive pairing of Chris Phillips and Anton Volchenkov, didn't get his first shot off until midway through the game and picked up his only point when he scored a meaningless power-play goal in the final minute. Even worse, the Penguins were humiliated, 6-3. Try explaining that in two languages.

"We're not angry. There's no reason to be angry," Crosby said. "We just expect more of ourselves. We all realize we have a lot better in us."

That's the same message Crosby delivered to his teammates. That made-for-TV moment the other night when he, Recchi and veteran winger Gary Roberts were huddled on the Penguins' bench together late in the game? "He was lecturing us," Roberts said, only half-kidding. Added Recchi, "Sid is our leader. He knows he has to lead the way. He knows everyone in the room is watching to see how he reacts, how he practices, how he works. He accepts that responsibility. The kid is unbelievable."

Recchi and Roberts know the extraordinary pressure on Crosby. They know much of Canada -- not to mention all of Pittsburgh -- is expecting Sid the Kid to carry the Penguins past the Senators. It's not fair, they say -- "Even the best player in the world needs good people around him," Roberts said -- but since when did life become fair?

"It's not me vs. the Senators, it's our team vs. their team," Crosby said. "Maybe some people don't realize that, but that's the way it is. If we're going to do this, we're going to do it together as a group."

Good luck to Crosby with that.

Good luck to him trying to convince the masses looking at this series and seeing only No. 87 in the Penguins' uniform.

"My god, he's 19," Recchi said, sounding a lot like Bay now. "I think people forget that. I know they talk about it, but do they really realize what it means? They have to ask themselves: What were they doing when they were 19?"

Well?

Go ahead and ask yourself.

And try to remember if you had hair on your face.

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ESPN just ran an excellent piece on Sidney Crosby/Wayne Gretzky and enforcers. They interviewed Gretzky, McSorley, Laraque, Cherry, Recchi and Crosby.

First off, every single time they interview Wayne Gretzky he has nothing but high praise for Sidney Crosby. I've heard more praise come out of his mouth pertaining to Sidney Crosby than I've heard from anybody outside the Penguin organization. A class act off the ice and one of the best players ever to play on the ice.

Then there is Don Cherry. He stuck by his guns stating that Crosby dives and "snaps his head back" while getting punched in the face by Hatcher. I'm still trying to figure out what Don expect's Sid's head to do when he get's punched in the face while losing teeth in the process? BTW, nice cheap suits.

Laraque basically stated that he is up for the task and follow in the footsteps of Semenko and McSorley. Hopefully in game two he doesn't wait until the end of the third period to start showing it.

Recchi went on to say that players around the league who criticize Sid better watch themselves. Sid is going to be putting money in their pockets for many years to come. He went on to say that there could be a penalty called every time Sid is on the ice if the officials actually called the game like they called it in the beginning of the season. Stating Sid get's hooked and grabbed during every shift.

Gretzky who has taken a ton of heat over the years had McSorley and Semenko. McSorley stated that he honestly felt that some players went out of their way to bring Gretzky down to their level of play. His job was to make sure that did not happen. Some blame Gretzky for the officials calling penalties all the time when he was touched. Not his fault, blame the officials. Some blame Gretzky for surrounding himself with a heavyweight. So would I and so would Ray Shero. Shero proved that by bringing in Laraque in order to look after Sid. I'm still trying to figure out why one of the best players to ever play the game takes as much heat as Wayne does in this day and age. Pretty sad.

Overall, a surpisingly good piece by ESPN.
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Alright now, LET'S BEAT THEM SENATORS!

TIME TO EVEN THE SCORE.
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Alright now, LET'S BEAT THEM SENATORS!

TIME TO EVEN THE SCORE.
Amen to that. Come out of the gates firing on all cylinders. Time to match them in the physical play department. They hit Sid, you hit Heatley. They hit Geno, you hit Alfredsson. They hit Staal, you hit Spezza.

Let's even it up and bring it back home. Let's Go Pens!!!
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ESPN just ran an excellent piece on Sidney Crosby/Wayne Gretzky and enforcers. They interviewed Gretzky, McSorley, Laraque, Cherry, Recchi and Crosby.

First off, every single time they interview Wayne Gretzky he has nothing but high praise for Sidney Crosby. I've heard more praise come out of his mouth pertaining to Sidney Crosby than I've heard from anybody outside the Penguin organization. A class act off the ice and one of the best players ever to play on the ice.

Then there is Don Cherry. He stuck by his guns stating that Crosby dives and "snaps his head back" while getting punched in the face by Hatcher. I'm still trying to figure out what Don expect's Sid's head to do when he get's punched in the face while losing teeth in the process? BTW, nice cheap suits.

Laraque basically stated that he is up for the task and follow in the footsteps of Semenko and McSorley. Hopefully in game two he doesn't wait until the end of the third period to start showing it.

Recchi went on to say that players around the league who criticize Sid better watch themselves. Sid is going to be putting money in their pockets for many years to come. He went on to say that there could be a penalty called every time Sid is on the ice if the officials actually called the game like they called it in the beginning of the season. Stating Sid get's hooked and grabbed during every shift.

Gretzky who has taken a ton of heat over the years had McSorley and Semenko. McSorley stated that he honestly felt that some players went out of their way to bring Gretzky down to their level of play. His job was to make sure that did not happen. Some blame Gretzky for the officials not calling a penalty. Not his fault, blame the officials. Some blame Gretzky for surrounding himself with a heavyweight. So would I and so would Ray Shero. Shero proved that by bringing in Laraque in order to look after Sid. I'm still trying to figure out why one of the best players to ever play the game takes as much heat as Wayne does in this day and age. Pretty sad.

Overall, a surpisingly good piece by ESPN.
definitely a good piece. i sleep with the tv on and woke up to this piece thismorning. alot of jealous haters out there. don cherry came across as a complete prick. if crosby was flopping and taking a dive when he took that stick to the face, he needs to quit hockey and become a stunt man for jackie chan flicks.

crosby is a lucky kid to have both gretzky and lemieux in his corner. the rest of the league definitely needs to take notice. its obvious he is the michael jordan of his sport, just like the griffey jr's, a-rod's, labron's and vick (minus the baggage and non performance) before him.

im impressed with laraque and hope he pans out. how do you all rank him compared to d. kaspiritus (who quickly became one of my favorites once pittsburgh brought him in)?
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how do you all rank him compared to d. kaspiritus (who quickly became one of my favorites once pittsburgh brought him in)?
Just my opinion.....

Well, Laraque is a forward and Kaspar is a defenseman. Kaspar never fought and Laraque does throw down. Kaspar used to take dumb penalties and Laraque has stayed out of the box for the most part since joining the Penguins.

I loved Kaspar's intensity and hustle, but dumb penalties and taking himself out of position in order to hit a guy who didn't even have the puck was his downfall. Loved the big hits, but not at the expense of it resulting in a 2 on 1 the other way. After he left Pittsburgh and went to NY (Rangers) where he was benched because of his style of play. They wanted him to play smarter defense. He settled down after the benching and he rounded out to be a pretty solid defenseman once he cut out all the B.S. Eventually the Rangers released him and I believe he is still a FA.
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LET'S GET GAME 2 STARTED!
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Penguins penalty to start the game off.....
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COME ON GUYS! DON'T SCREW IT! LET'S KILL THE PENALTY.
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