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by Alanah McGinley on 05/26/08 at 01:50 PM ET
Transcript from this morning’s Q&A with Sidney Crosby.
Q. I’m just wondering what you’re expecting in terms of line combinations for tonight. Do you expect to start the game with the same two linemates and play the whole game with them, or do you expect this to be jumbled up quite a bit tonight?
SIDNEY CROSBY: Probably like practice the last couple of days. I think that’s usually a pretty good indication.
So just what was in practice. I don’t think anything different.
Q. Maybe a cliche fire alarm goes off at 1:30 in the morning in the visiting team’s dressing room. Was it a dead sleep that it woke you out of?
SIDNEY CROSBY: Yeah, I think a little bit. But that’s one that we’ve gone through before. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence.
Q. How important is getting that first goal for you guys tonight and not falling behind early?
SIDNEY CROSBY: Yeah, we want to get the first goal. I think especially on the road, you always want to try to get the momentum early on and take the crowd a little bit and maybe take a little bit of energy away from the other team. That’s important. We want to make sure that we start well, and we’ll definitely try to do that.
Q. What do you guys have to do to change your luck on the power play?
SIDNEY CROSBY: Well, I think with a couple we did a pretty good job. I think we’ve seen we came in all together and supported the puck well.
We were a lot tougher to play against when we get caught one‑on‑ones. That’s exactly what they want. So I think we’ll just support the puck a little bit better. But we have enough talent, once when we get in there, we’re going to create opportunities like we did last game when things were going right. So I don’t think it’s a big issue. We know what we have to do.
Q. At even strength what can you guys do to generate a little more offense? You only had 10 shots in Game 1 at even strength.
SIDNEY CROSBY: I think chip the puck. We’ve got to use our speed. I said it before, we’re going to create opportunities or they’re going to have to take penalties. No matter what, if we use our speed, they’re not going to be able to handle it.
So we’ve just got to find a way to get the puck behind their “D”, and get some opportunities that way.
Q. Is there a fine line between respecting the Red Wings and maybe showing them a little too much respect, or not realizing that you guys can do some things against them too?
SIDNEY CROSBY: I think we respect every opponent we play. I don’t think we have any more for them than we do any other team, to be honest with you.
I think, if anything, we might have got caught in the second period of just watching a little too much. They play a very systemic game, very detailed. And I think with us, we play the same way, but we can’t get caught just trying to stand around and hold the position.
We have to move our feet. And sometimes with them, you try to get into that game and you’re not moving your feet, and they get an opportunity to score. So we’ve just got to move our feet and get more of the attack mentality and make sure we’re not just settling for being in good position and standing around the neutral zone. We have to make sure we move our feet.
Q. Evgeni Malkin has been taking criticism the last few days for his play in Game 1. What have you seen, how is he handling it, and what do you expect to see from him in Game 2?
SIDNEY CROSBY: I think he’ll be better. As a team, we didn’t play the way we wanted to. And it’s a team game. That doesn’t change. It’s easy to single guys out. But the fact is we have to help each other. And everyone’s got to be better. And I’m sure that tonight you’ll see a different team.
Q. Do you get tired of doing this? Do you ever just want to take a day off or I don’t want to talk or I don’t want to come out here, I don’t want to sort of be the guy?
SIDNEY CROSBY: I don’t have time to think about that, to be honest with you. I try not to complain about it.
It’s not a terrible situation to be in the Stanley Cup Final and have to go to the podium every day. So I’ll take it. I try not to look down upon that. It’s a good opportunity to play in the NHL, and a whole lot of people who want to be in my position.
So I’m not going to complain about it.
Q. You know so much has been said about your youth and inexperience leading into these Stanley Cup Finals. As a team, how much of that maybe played a factor in Game 1, and how do you counteract it in Game 2, or do you think it was a factor?
SIDNEY CROSBY: I don’t think experience affects your effort. I don’t see that being a factor. If you make an inexperienced mistake, a bad penalty or something like that, maybe you can say that.
But I don’t think inexperience was what affected our game. It’s got to be effort and attitude, and I think we’ve always bounced back. All season we faced adversity, I think we should expect the same here.
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