Crosby is goin’ strong

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:36 PM ET

PITTSBURGH - Don’t let the beads of sweat dripping off his crimson face fool you.

Sidney Crosby is not tired.

Or, so he claims.

With back-to-back Stanley Cup final appearances under their belts, Crosby and the Penguins enter the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs having played up to 60 more games than some other NHL teams (see Maple Leafs) over the past three years. Throw in an intense two weeks at the Vancouver Olympics, complete with a gold medal-winning overtime goal and the subsequent media obligations that go with it, and you have every reason to suspect that Sid the Kid will run out of gas sooner, rather than later.

“No way,” argues Crosby, whose Penguins meet the Ottawa Seantors in the first round. “I feel fine. I really mean that.

“Look, repeating is a huge challenge. At the same time, winning stays with you. It keeps you hungry.”

As for potentially facing his chief rival, Alexander Ovechkin, down the line, Crosby insists being swept 6-0 in the regular season series by Ovie’s Capitals has no relevance to what might happen in the playoffs.

“You could lose 10 times to a team and it doesn’t matter going into the playoffs,” Crosby insisted. “I’m not lying to you when I say that.”

Pens coach Dan Bylsma compares the Crosby-Ovechkin rivalry to that of Tiger Woods versus Phil Mickelson.

“They are both great in their own right, but they have contrasting styles both on and off the ice,” Bylsma said. “I think it makes for the rivalry the fans want, the media wants and the league wants.”

mike.zeisberger@sunmedia.ca


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