Sidney Crosby didn’t know the Oilers were a team he had yet to score against in his career, coming into Friday night. But someone alerted him to that on Thursday and Crosby claimed to have extra motivation to remedy that. The Penguins centre would score Friday night in his team’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Oilers.
Edmonton Head Coach Dallas Eakins paused in the middle of his post-game availability to, jokingly, give the media a talking to.
“Can I ask you a question?,” the bench boss said. “Were you the one who told Sidney Crosby he hasn’t scored here? Because whoever that was, we try everything we can do not to motivate the other teams and I know you guys are impartial, but please don’t tell that kid that. Jesus, I knew it was coming as soon as I read it this morning. I knew he was going to score, because somebody had alerted to him and he was thinking about it all night. So, whoever did that, thank you very much.”