No Crosby Show, it's a team game

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:15 AM ET

Sidney Crosby has accomplished a lot in his second year in the NHL.

The Pittsburgh Penguins star has already won an Art Ross Trophy as league scoring champion, the youngest player to do so. The 19-year-old will get strong consideration for the Hart Trophy, too, as the NHL's most valuable player.

But he can't beat the Senators by himself.

"It's not me vs. the Senators. It's our team. Maybe sometimes people don't realize that, but that's the way it is. We're not going to get anywhere without a group," he said as the Penguins regrouped for Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarter-final against the Senators tomorrow afternoon.

"I'm not going to help our team by doing it by myself, either. We've had success by playing together all year. It doesn't just change because you're in the playoffs."

Crosby scored a late goal in Wednesday night's 6-3 loss in Game 1, his playoff debut, but was largely shut down at even strength by the Senators defensive duo of Chris Phillips and Anton Volchenkov.

The Penguins found themselves down 2-0 before the game was seven minutes old and lost 6-3.

"There's nothing to be angry about," said Crosby. "We just expect more of ourselves. We're going to make sure we don't start the same way as the last game. If we come here and get one win out of two, we go home, I think, satisfied. We have to forget about last game."

Crosby said the young Penguins -- a dozen of them played their first Stanley Cup playoff game Wednesday -- aren't just here for the experience. He isn't buying the learning-to-win-by- losing theory.

"We're the underdogs, everyone knows that," said Crosby. "But we would be cheating ourselves if we did that. I think we have a lot more pride."

Penguins coach Michel Therrien is looking for more from Crosby and the rest of his club.

"I know he's capable of playing better," he said. "He's got a lot of pressure for a 19-year-old, there's no doubt, but he played pretty decent. He skated, he created some nice plays. But like the rest of the team, we were not at our best. I'm expecting that we're going to be better next game."


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