Crosby unapologetic for slashes

"I think it’s hilarious that I hear that stuff from Philly," Sidney Crosby said of the Flyers' criticism of him. (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)

For a little more than a month, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby - like most locked-out NHL players not already overseas - has been twirling around the rinks of suburban Pittsburgh waiting for a labor resolution.

With that surplus of energy comes a little boredom - and perhaps bravado.

Crosby, in a wide-ranging interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, addressed Claude Giroux’s claim that he broke both of Giroux’s wrists during the Flyers’ epic first round series against the Penguins.

“I don’t try to go after his wrists, but if I caught it, I’m not sorry for it,” Crosby said. “I really like to win the face-off. I think it’s hilarious that I hear that stuff from Philly. It’s comedy to me, to be honest with you. They’re probably involved in that stuff more than any team in the league and they’re the ones always talking about it. 

“I guess I’m not apologetic. I was trying to win a face-off and if I caught his wrist, then I caught his wrist. He seemed to play okay so I couldn’t have hurt him that bad.”

Giroux told the Timmins (Ontario) Press this summer that Crosby would “hack me across the wrists instead of going for the puck when it was dropped.”

Giroux had offseason surgery on both wrists. After netting 6 goals and 8 assists in the 6-game series against Pittsburgh, Giroux was limited to 2 goals and 1 assist in 4 games in the following series against New Jersey. Giroux was suspended for the Flyers’ season-eliminating game against the Devils. 

He has since recovered and has been tearing up the DEL (German Elite League) for Eisbaren Berlin with teammate Danny Briere

With at least some semblance of progress having been made in the NHL labor negotiations in the last 48 hours, this banter should whet your appetite for hockey. Remember how great that series was?

For now, back to your regularly scheduled programming.

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