Littlest things cause verbal jousts

Philadelphia Flyers winger Jaromir Jagr dumps Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby off the puck...

Philadelphia Flyers winger Jaromir Jagr dumps Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby off the puck last month. Verbal jousting flared up Thursday between the two. (REUTERS/Tim Shaffer)

Chris Stevenson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:32 PM ET

PITTSBURGH - Part of the fun of the playoffs is players can start going back and forth over the smallest things.

Early in the third period of Game 1 between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers, Philly forward Jaromir Jagr was called for interference when he blocked Penguins captain Sidney Crosby from getting to a loose puck.

Jagr stopped just short of accusing Crosby of embellishing.

"He got me first from behind on my shoulder. He's quick enough. He doesn't have to do that. He could pass me any time he wants to. He doesn't have to do it. I held him back, too, but he did it first. If he wants to beat me in skating, he can do it any time he wanted to," chuckled Jagr.

Crosby was up on what Jagr had said and wasn't buying it.

"I don't know what he's talking about. Why would I hold him? I had a clear cut breakaway. I don't know what he felt. I wasn't holding him. I was just trying to get around him," said Crosby. "He made a good play. He had to hold me up or else I was gone. Take a chance on a penalty or let me go and he decided to hold me up and got a penalty. It would be the wrong play for me to hold him up when I could have a breakaway."

But really, Sid, you'd have no problem beating him in a foot race, right?

"He can go once he gets going, but he was at the end of his shift. I knew that."

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