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Game 4 postgame quotes: Sidney Crosby

by NHL Public Relations
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 stand.

Q.  Obviously the whole team is disappointed, but after the game [Evgeni] 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 [Red Wings forward] 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.  [Red Wings defenseman Nicklas] 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 players, 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.

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