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Crosby: Pens need to test Varlamov

Sunday, 05.03.2009 / 6:03 PM / Conference Semifinals: Washington vs. Pittsburgh

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

WASHINGTONSidney Crosby is used to being the star of the highlight video, but Saturday, he played a far different role in the save of the postseason by Caps rookie goalie Simeon Varlamov.

With the score tied 2-2 and two minutes left in the second period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series, Crosby had a yawning net to score into when Varlamov somehow dove across the crease and got the heel of his stick on Crosby's shot.

Crosby shook off the missed opportunity to be the game-changer and has shifted his focus onto Game 2 and what he and his teammates need to do put more pucks past Varlamov.

"You have to put pressure on a goalie to see if he's cool or not," said Crosby. "We did a pretty good job of that and he made some good saves. Early on we had some really good chances (and) we didn't execute. Whether that was him or us, who knows? I think we felt we could have made it more difficult on him."

Crosby said to make it more difficult on Varlamov they had to get more bodies at the net.
"He's a big guy (6-foot-1, 183 pounds)," said Crosby. "He challenges. He's pretty good with his feet. Every goalie is different, but with goalies nowadays you need traffic. You have to make sure you get guys there for second opportunities. That's how you have success against anyone."
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