Sid needs to fight through frustration

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:40 PM ET

MONTREAL - It became the snapshot of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal: captain Sidney Crosby smashing his stick against the post to the left of Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jaroslav Halak and hurling the broken shaft into the corner.

The Penguins had chances against Halak and couldn’t cash in - Crosby was held pointless for just the second time in eight playoff games and was minus-2 - but there was some talk after the Canadiens’ 3-1 win the frustration shown by Crosby was from the lack of calls for holding, interference and other undetected restraining fouls (hello, Hal Gill).

You can bet the topic was brought up by the Pens with series supervisor E.J. McGuire for Game 3 Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.

Composure will be important on what will potentially be an emotional night and the Penguins said Sunday’s outburst by Crosby in the second period is not a concern.

“I don’t think so. I think a lot of what happens with Sid is that he is so emotional and he invests so much into the game. Sometimes he lets it show,” said Penguins veteran Bill Guerin. “I don’t see a problem in that, but I think a lot of the times, people take it the wrong way. Inside our dressing room, we don’t. We know what Sid is about. It’s only for good reasons.”

“It was a situation in a game where I think he felt like we could do more and there was more to be done out there, whether it’s the power play or the referee or not cashing in on the chances that were there,” said Penguins coach Dan Bylsma Monday. “There’s some times that frustration is evident in everybody... That was maybe what we saw. Those things do happen, but it’s playoff hockey.

"You’ve got to fight through those situations and we know that and expect that having watched this team, scouted this team and we expect that to be how the games play out.”

It’ll be interesting to see how Crosby - and the officials - handle things Tuesday night.

HEAR AND THERE: Penguins defenceman Kris Letang is getting a little ahead of himself isn’t he? He told La Presse “If we keep hitting them the way they are, they’re going to get tired. If it comes to a seventh game, they won’t be capable of surviving.” I guess that means the Habs can’t eliminate them in five or six games...Canadiens coach Jacques Martin said D Marc-Andre Bergeron, hit from behind by Pittsburgh’s Craig Adams (he was kicked out of the game), will be in the lineup Tuesday night...Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke had his skate “cut up,” by that of Montreal’s P.K. Subban, whose skate severed the tendon of Pittsburgh’s Jordan Staal in Game 1. “Thankfully, my foot wasn’t touched,” said Cooke. “It’s the second time. I know it’s not a penalty when skates collide but for that to happen in back-to-back games by the same guy is suspicious.” That’s a good job of stirring things up by Cooke...Canadiens assistant coach Perry Pearn, who runs the defence on the Montreal bench, did a good job of getting the matchups the Habs wanted against the Pens. Of the 24 shifts Crosby played in Game 2, the Canadiens’ shutdown tandem of Gill and Josh Gorges were on the ice for 19 of them. That’s a pretty good number considering the Canadiens were the visitors and didn’t benefit from last change.


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