For Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins, their opening game of the Stanley Cup playoffs against the Philadelphia Flyers couldn’t have gone any better.
The Penguins got off to the fast start – on Crosby’s power-play goal five minutes into the game – built momentum and confidence and cruised to a 4-1 win to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
“It was important (to start strong) because you want to start the series off right, especially being at home,” Crosby said. “You want to start out on the right foot. We certainly want to be tough at home and establish that early.”
If nothing else, Pittsburgh established that they are a confident and dangerous team.
“That comes with hard work,” Crosby said. “That comes with every guy doing the right thing. That’s where confidence comes from. Everyone is able to depend on each other and that’s important for the team.”
Crosby, who is no stranger to the Flyers having tallied 55 points (23G-32A) in 32 games against the cross-state rivals, jump started his team with a man-advantage score 4:41 into the first period. The goal helped the Penguins gain some early momentum that carried them to victory.
“You have to believe what you’re doing out there, believe in working hard and believe that you’ll get results,” said Crosby, who added an assist for a two-point night. “We have that belief. It’s very important.”
Crosby is optimistic that the Penguins can continue their strong play but knows that the series is far from over. He expects that the Flyers will play their best in Game 2 on Friday night.
“In their case, they came here to win (at least one road game),” Crosby said. “So we have to follow it up (Friday).”