Pens still in desperation mode: Crosby

Philly's Ilya Bryzgalov protects the cage as Sidney Crosby crashes the net in Game 5 of the Eastern...

Philly's Ilya Bryzgalov protects the cage as Sidney Crosby crashes the net in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Chris Stevenson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:19 PM ET

PITTSBURGH - Sidney Crosby was asked the question more than once.

But the Pittsburgh Penguins captain wasn’t biting on the notion momentum has swung fully in the Pens’ favour as they cut the Flyers lead in their best-of-seven opening round series to 3-2.

“No. We’re in the same situation going to Philadelphia. Our story doesn’t change. It’s still desperation mode for us,” Crosby said, after the Penguins 3-2 win in the first tightly played game in the series, which the Penguins once trailed 3-0.

Pittsburgh got great goaltending from Marc-Andre Fleury and their penalty killers finally found an answer for the sizzling Flyers power play.

“We sat back a bit in the third and they came pretty hard, which is what we expected. That’s the playoffs,” Crosby said. “Pretty typical that you see a team put a push on like that. Flower made some big saves and (Jordan Staal) and (Tyler Kennedy) got some big goals there to get the lead. Our (penalty killing) was big when it needed to be, too.

“That’s what playoffs are like. You’ve got to find ways to win.”

The Penguins gave the Flyers four power plays and they scored on the first one for a 1-0 lead, but Fleury and the penalty killers shut the door after that.

Crosby said the Penguins’ need to stay out of the box, but it’s good to know the penalty killing has found some answers.

“I think we feel our discipline needs to be better ... We need to stay out of the box to give ourselves a chance, but that being said, it was great to see the penalty kill get some huge kills,” he said. “You’re going to need every bit of contributions. I think for them to come up big for Flower, that’s what we needed tonight.”

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