Sidney Crosby on '24/7': Nazem 'Kadri's a (expletive) joke'

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby handles the puck under pressure from Toronto Maple Leafs...

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby handles the puck under pressure from Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center on Dec 16, 2013 in Pittsburgh, PA, USA. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

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It was an HBO 24/7 moment if ever there was one, with Public Enemy No. 1 Daniel Alfredsson primed to steal the show.

Here was Alfie, the most despised opponent of the past two decades among Maple Leafs fans, making his first Air Canada Centre appearance in Detroit red and white instead of the similar Ottawa Senators colours.

With the game knotted at 4-4, Wings coach Mike Babcock chose Alfredsson to lead off the shootout for the visitors on Saturday night. As his name was announced by P.A. voice Andy Frost, the explosion of boos was deafening.

As Alfredsson waited for the officials to give him the green light to skate in on Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier, Wings assistant Bill Peters leaned over to Babcock and said: “He’s going to go bar down, then ride his stick.

While the opening segment of 24/7 a week ago was criticized in some circles as being too soft and lacking bite, Episode 2 certainly offered up some zing.

Some of the highlights included:

-The Pens’ Sidney Crosby, during the Leafs 3-1 loss in Pittsburgh Monday, telling Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf during a break in the action that “Kadri’s a (bleepin’) joke.”

-Nazem Kadri responding the next day while talking to his dad on the phone. “You’ve got to try to get under (Crosby’s) skin. He’s the best player in the world.”

-Carlyle tearing into his team during the first intermission of that Pittsburgh game, growling at his team that “we’re not moving our feet. It’s not my responsibility to get you going. It’s your responsibility. It’s (bleeping) bull----!”

-Carlyle during an intermission of the game against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, one in which his Leafs fell behind 3-0. “We’re (bleeping) lousy. We suck!’

-Detroit defenceman Kyle Quincey, who received a five-minute major and game misconduct for shoving Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf into the boards face-first during a 5-2 loss said: “The blood (on the face of Getzlaf) f----- me.”


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