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Pre-Game 6 Quotes: Sidney Crosby

by NHL Public Relations

Q.  Sid, how much do you believe in momentum and it being a tangible thing, and do you carry what you did over from Monday night into this one?

SIDNEY CROSBY:  I believe momentum, but I think more so being at home.  I think it's always a little bit more of an advantage to be at home, and especially in the playoffs and later parts of the series.  It's always nice to have that home ice, that boost.  So I would say a little more of us being at home is something that we're eager to have right now.

Q.  Can you just talk a little bit about two of your teammates that are hurt and struggling a little bit, but are going to play tonight, [Sergei] Gonchar and [Ryan] Malone?

SIDNEY CROSBY:  Yeah, I think those guys have certainly played through some tough injuries there, and I've said it before, but it doesn't really surprise me.  Every guy on our team is willing to do whatever it takes to win, play through what it takes.  Unless they're physically not able to go out there and do what they can, they're going to be out there.  So that's just part of the playoffs, and you play through injuries.

Q.  Jordan Staal said you've been joking about this with each other, when they bring the Stanley Cup in the room and they put the champagne in it, you're both under the legal age, are they going to let you have a drink?

SIDNEY CROSBY:  I don't know.  We'll worry about it if the time comes.  But we've still got a ways to go yet.

Q.  You guys are playing in the Stanley Cup Final two years after you were 29th in a 30-team league.  It's an amazing progression in two years.  Can you talk about that?

SIDNEY CROSBY:  Yeah, I think we've been fortunate enough to just have the right pieces.  We have young guys who have been pretty successful early on, and we've had a great mix of veterans to lead the way, and especially this year, added some pieces in the trade deadline to help our team as well.  I think we've tried to fast track the learning curve as far as the younger guys are concerned.  We have great older guys to show the way and a great mix of players.

Q.  Sidney, a lot of goalies on game days, a game like this, would never talk to the media, but Marc-Andre [Fleury] was just yapping in the dressing room, seems to be willing to chat at almost any time about anything.  You've gotten to know him over the last couple of years.  Can you give me an example of what kind of guy he's like?

SIDNEY CROSBY:  He's an easy-going guy.  I would say an example would be Game 1 when he falls coming out the door.  If that happens to anyone else, they're embarrassed.  They don't know what to say.  And of any guy we were saying, talking about it afterwards, it's the best guy for it to happen to because he doesn't really care.  He's an easy-going guy.  He'd laugh at himself and move on.  So he's just an easy-going guy.  He's always laughing, joking around.  And what you see is what you get with him.

Q.  How does an effort like the one you got from Fleury the other night trickle down to the rest of the team, even while you're on the ice during that game, can you carry it over?

SIDNEY CROSBY:  I think it just gives you a sense of confidence when your goaltender is that strong.  You know he's going to be there to make key saves.  And he just gives you that extra boost, I think.  And I think like you said, it feeds to everyone else.  And gives you a certain sense of confidence.  So we have that especially with him back there.

Q.  Can you give us a feel for your mind-set, like last night, easy to fall asleep?  Difficult?  And how about waking up this morning, do you beat your alarm clock and let's go and here we go again?

SIDNEY CROSBY:  No, it was okay falling asleep last night.  It was a bit of a long one the night before.  No, just another situation, basically the same as last game.

You go with the same preparation and your mind-set is the same, as far as I'm concerned, it is for me.  We're facing elimination, and we're in the same situation we were in Game 5.  So just go with everything the same and try to prepare the same way, and I would say it's pretty much business as usual.

Q.  This morning, Jacques Demers, the former Montreal coach, commented on your teammate Marc-Andre, compared him to a former great Patrick Roy.  And he said he's starting to see the series turn to the Penguins' favor.  How do you react to that, having your teammate compared to Patrick Roy?

SIDNEY CROSBY:  It's a compliment for Marc, obviously.  He coached Patrick, so if anyone knows him, it would be him.  It's a great compliment, I'm sure.  Marc takes everything in stride, so he'll take it in stride.  But I think him personally, and us as a team, we still have a ways to go here.  So it's a great compliment for Marc, and he has been playing great.  He deserves all the praise he gets, because he's been a big part of us getting this far.

Q.  In your mind, is there any relevance at all to what happened with Detroit in the previous series, when they lost at Dallas in Game 5, went home with all kinds of momentum, and were behind 3-0 before they could blink their eyes?  Is that completely irrelevant because it wasn't your team they were playing, or is there something to be wary of there?

SIDNEY CROSBY:  I think you have to be aware of that, as far as making sure that you erase the last game and get ready for this one.  That's the most important thing.  So we've done that, and we realize that, like I said earlier, we're in the same position we were in Game 5.  We're at home, and we want to make sure we use that to our advantage.  And that's basically it.  I don't think our mind-set changes.

Q.  [Red Wings coach] Mike Babcock said the Red Wings played like "nervous nellies" in the first 20 minutes of Game 5.  I gotta assume they won't play like that tonight.  How do you guys make sure that you still own that first period like you have in the last couple of games this series?

SIDNEY CROSBY:  We've just got to make sure we move our feet early on.  I've said it all series long, but when we move our feet, we're a different team.  We're reacting.  We're not thinking out there.  We're not hesitant.  So being at home, I think that helps.  You have a little more energy.  And I think moving your feet is a key for us, and we have to have the mentality to attack and get on pucks.  And if we do that, we're fine.

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