Crosby kicks it into gear

Penguins forward Sidney Crosby upends Flyers forward Scott Hartnell during Game 1 of their NHL...

Penguins forward Sidney Crosby upends Flyers forward Scott Hartnell during Game 1 of their NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Penn., April 11, 2012. (JASON COHN/Reuters)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:52 PM ET

PITTSBURGH - One of the interesting subplots Wednesday night would be how Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby would deal with the cranked up physical aspect of the playoffs.

Crosby, coming back off a second bout with concussion-like symptoms, scored the Penguins' first goal, assisted on the third and looked none the worse for wear during Game 1 against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Too bad his team couldn’t say the same after blowing a 3-0 lead and losing Game 1 of their opening round series 4-3 in overtime to the Philadelphia Flyers.

“We got away from our game,” said Crosby, who played 19 minutes and 21 seconds. “That’s what it was. We started great, had a lot of energy and went at them. Then we slowly got away from things.”

Teammate Matt Cooke said he wasn’t worried about Crosby.

“Nope. If he wasn’t 100 per cent healthy, he wouldn’t play. He’s played really well the last 16 games that he’s played, or whatever it was. I got a chance to play with him and I didn’t worry about him when I was on the ice with him. He made the big play, he took care of himself. He knows where he is on the ice. He’s responsible for himself. It’s not a worry.”

Cooke said the notion of the Flyers playing a real physical game is misleading.

“They’re not a bruiser team. They don’t physically punish you. They have that persona from the 1970s. That’s what the Philadelphia Flyers are about. They have a lot of skill. They play a skill game and they look for turnovers.”

chris.stevenson@sunmedia.ca

twitter.com/CJ_Stevenson


Photos