PHILADELPHIA - Keeping their cool will be a priority for the Pittsburgh Penguins if they are going to prolong their season.
The Penguins, oft-criticized for their antics in Game 3 of their opening round series against the Philadelphia Flyers, which they trail 3-0, face elimination Wednesday night. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said what's happening in this series is representative of the emotion of this playoff season.
"That's not our mindset. I think if you look at the playoffs as a whole, it's been a pretty whacky first round, there's been a lot of emotions showing. It's intense," he said.
Crosby said he had no regrets about what happened in Game 3, which included him figthing with Flyers star Claude Giroux and saying after the game he didn't like the Flyers.
"No. No, I think we're trying to do whatever we can to win a hockey game. We got some bad bounces there and made a couple of mistakes again that hurt us," he said.
When told some Penguins fans were embarrassed by the club's behaviour, Crosby said: "The tough part is if they were in this room they would see how much every guy cared. It's more than one team that's doing that stuff out there. They should have nothing to be embarrassed about. They should be pretty proud of the guys they have here. It's a terrible situation to be in, being down 3-0, but that's when you need your fans the most. We're not going to sit here and make excuses. We can't fix the fact we're down 3-0, but I think we all believe we can come back and I think this is when you lean on your fans most."
Crosby said he wasn't worried about what people thought about his fighting with Giroux.
"There's eight stories for every situation, right? I either lost my cool or it was a great play. It depends on who you ask, right? I don't know any more, guys, I really don't know. You try everything to win, that's what you do.
"I didn't expect to get five minutes. It wasn't much of a fight, to be honest. That's what happened and luckily Giroux wound up in the box, too. If you're going to go with someone, that's probably a better guy to go with."