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by Alanah McGinley on 06/01/08 at 12:53 AM ET
12:22am ET: Updated below with quotes from Marian Hossa and Darryl Sydor.
Q. Sid, if you could just talk about that five‑on‑three and what you think went wrong on there?
SIDNEY CROSBY: We missed the net a few times. And there was a couple pucks laying on the crease we just didn’t put in. I think if we went back, we’d try to hit the net and generate more from that. But we got set up there for a while, and just couldn’t put it in.
Q. Brooks Orpik felt this might have actually been a better effort for you guys than Game 3, and it was really disappointing to lose. If you feel that way too, do you feel having good efforts in Games 3 and 4 give you something to build on going into an arena you had such a hard time in the first two?
SIDNEY CROSBY: Yeah, we played pretty well here. Tonight could have gone either way. We know we have to even play better, but it’s nice to know that we’re right there and we play our game. There’s no choice now. I mean, we’ve got to win to stay.
Q. Obviously the whole team is disappointed, but after the game Malkin sat in the stall by himself, head in hands. Have you ever seen him this frustrated, and what can you say about what you’ve seen from him?
SIDNEY CROSBY: I don’t know. He’s battling just like everyone else out there. There’s not a lot of room. And to be honest, I don’t think anybody’s really creating that much out there. He’s created a few chances just like everyone else. But I don’t think anyone’s ran away with dominating the game. That’s the nature of playoff hockey.
You have to make sure you stay confident in the way you play. But I think, if anything, he worked hard tonight. And obviously, he’s disappointed with the loss. But I think you’re only human to think like that. And we’ll rebound and leave it all out there in Detroit.
Q. Can you talk about the shift that Henrik Zetterberg had on that five‑on‑three, I know he was able to make that play on you at the side of the net and made a few others on that same power play?
SIDNEY CROSBY: He made a good play on me, got my stick. But just did a good job of trying to get a stick in the lane. I don’t think he did anything out of the ordinary, besides any other guy would do on a five‑on‑three.
Q. Sid, you guys have four goals in the series so far. You’re really playing catch‑up‑hockey a lot of the time. Now it’s back to Detroit. You have to win three in a row…
SIDNEY CROSBY: We have to win one. We have to win one to get back. So that’s the way we’re thinking, and they scored two tonight. We scored one. So I don’t think they’re running away with it. I don’t think we’re playing catchup either. So we’ll battle them in Detroit and see what happens.
Q. After the effort the other day, breaking through with the win, any difference in the energy level early on?
SIDNEY CROSBY: No, I don’t think so. I thought we were pretty consistent throughout the game. And like I said, it could have went either way. But our effort was there and we created some chances, and they didn’t go in. It was anyone’s game. It’s 1‑1 and the next goal pretty much wins, and they got it.
Q. Lidstrom was just talking tactically, when they were on the penalty kill, they tried to apply a lot more pressure up ice on you guys to prevent you from setting up in this game. Did you notice that? And for Game 5, what’s the best response when a team tries to do that that far up ice when you’re on the power play?
SIDNEY CROSBY: Just support the puck. You need to have guys close. And obviously, when they’re pressuring like that, they’re trying to create mistakes. So if they do create loose pucks, we have to be the guys there to pick it up. So we’ll adjust. But the main thing is just to make sure that everyone’s close to each other and helping each other get up the ice.
Q. Sid, despite the loss, it seemed as if the team was more confident at times and skating better, getting more chances off the rush. Did it feel that way?
SIDNEY CROSBY: We did a pretty good job of being patient. And like I said before, it’s a tight game out there. And sometimes when they’re pressuring like that, it’s easy to maybe give the puck away a little easier and not react the right way, make bad decisions.
But we did a good job of being pretty poised, I thought, with the puck and making good decisions, managing it well. And we created chances from that. So we’ll take that game for sure and try to do the same thing in Detroit.
Q. Sid, Malkin said he’s starting to wonder why he’s not scoring. If a goal scorer starts to wonder why is it hard to get that thought out of their mind?
SIDNEY CROSBY: Once one goes in, I think it heals everything. For him we’ll tell him to keep doing the same things. You don’t forget he’s a great player, and all the things he’s been doing. He’s going to be rewarded for it. It’s just a matter of time. And I don’t think we’re too worried. He’s going to find a way.
MARIAN HOSSA: I think we played the five‑on‑three a little uptight, and we have to relax a little. Move the puck smoothly and get a great shot. And they’re a great penalty killing team. And they make it really hard but we have to find a way to score especially five‑on‑three.
Q. Did they do show anything different on the kill?
MARIAN HOSSA: I don’t think they showed anything different. They switched something, but I mean it’s just up to us how we play.
Q. It wasn’t just the five‑on‑three, it’s the whole series, two of 17 on power plays. Anything special on the kill?
MARIAN HOSSA: I mean, I think both teams are on the kill, not just them. But bottom line we needed to score on five‑on‑three, and it was a different game. We need to score those big goals on the five‑on‑three.
Q. Is there something you can take into Detroit, take out of this game, you take there, a tough place to play?
MARIAN HOSSA: It’s going to be really tough. But like I said before, their last game, it’s one of the toughest games to close. And we’re going to make it really tough for them to make it. Right now we’re just facing a tough situation and we just have to go step‑by‑step.
Q. How do you convince yourselves you can beat these guys three games in a row?
MARIAN HOSSA: Just go step‑by‑step.
Q. You have more chances five‑on‑five?
MARIAN HOSSA: I think Game 3, five‑on‑five, we just played more simple. And we just dumped the puck in. Tonight we didn’t do it as much and we make it tough on ourselves great defensive. Stay on the blue line. And it’s tough.
DARRYL SYDOR: I don’t know if we created enough on the forecheck. And our neutral zone wasn’t good. And we had a lot of turnovers in the neutral zone. Although, they didn’t capitalize on a lot, we got momentum coming out in their zone.
Q. This team hasn’t experienced a lot of deciding game potentially going back to Detroit, what’s that like?
DARRYL SYDOR: Well, I mean the fourth game to win is the toughest game to win. And right now, obviously, being down 3‑1, we have to play desperate hockey, fight for another day, and that’s what we’re going to do.
We haven’t experienced that yet. So that’s probably a good thing. We’re going to come out, come out and play hard and let the chips lay where they may. But we’re not going to go down not fighting for sure.
Q. Do you sense fatigue at all?
DARRYL SYDOR: I’m not sure. I don’t know. We just didn’t get enough pressure on them. We didn’t do the things that we did in Game 3. And, obviously, you lose by one goal, you look at your mistakes again and come back tomorrow, the sun’s going to come up, and we’ll have to regroup and get ready for Game 5.
Q. You were up and all of a sudden it seems like the wheels ‑ all of a sudden they took the lead. You got a chance five‑on‑three, and it slipped away.
DARRYL SYDOR: Five‑on‑three is big. You like to score on one of them, and we weren’t able to. But we had some chances. The bottom line is we didn’t win and we need to be better on special teams throughout the game and need strength to win.
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