Playoffs mean never having to say you're sorry
Chris Stevenson, QMI Agency
|Penguins' Sidney Crosby talks with Flyers' Claude Giroux during the first period of Game 3 in Philadelphia. (Tim Shaffer/REUTERS)
PHILADELPHIA - For all those wondering about the craziness between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers in their opening playoff round, Sidney Crosby has an answer for you.
It’s the playoffs, stupid.
The Penguins captain, who is reviled here, was in the middle of a lot of the nastiness between the two clubs Sunday. At one point, Crosby knocked the glove of Flyers forward Jakub Voracek away as it lay on the ice.
Did Crosby do that out of frustration, he was asked, leading to this exchange:
“I don’t like any guy on their team. His glove was near me, he went to pick it up and I pushed it.”
Reporter: Because why, I’m sorry?
“I don’t like him.”
Reporter: Why don’t you like him?
“Because I don’t like him. I don’t like any guy on their team. So...”
After another question, Crosby turned back to the question about the glove.
“Guys are emotional and there’s a lot of stuff going on out there. There’s no reason to explain. I don’t have to sit here and explain why I pushed a glove away. They’re doing a lot of things out there, too. You know what? We don’t like each other. Was I going to sit there and pick up his glove for him? What was I supposed to do?”
Reporter: Some might say you could just skate away.
“Skate away? Ok, well I didn’t that time.
“It’s the playoffs and a lot of things happen out there from both sides. Everyone is guilty of it. Nobody is blaming anyone here. It’s heated out there and that’s what the playoffs are like.”