June 5, 2013; Boston, MA USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) skates with the puck during the second period in game three of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Crosby & Niskanen Respond To Analyst Mike Milbury


During the second intermission of Wednesday night’s game between the Pens and Flyers, NBC hockey analyst Mike Milbury had said some controversial comments directed towards the Pittsburgh Penguins, specifically comparing Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to ‘crack addicts.’

Milbury is quoted as saying,

“The big guys, Malkin and Crosby. They’re like crack addicts. They can’t get enough of this offensive stuff. They want to go coast to coast and score goals, but it leads to some trouble.”

This isn’t the first time Milbury has gotten underneath the Penguins skin. In the past, when criticizing Crosby’s play, he referenced the captain to a “little goodie two shoes,” and a “punk.”

When told of Milbury’s latest rant, Crosby would go on to say,

“I wasn’t aware of it.  He watches so much hockey, he must know.  I’ll try to do a better job of playing defensively.”

Clearly unamused with Milbury, Crosby and the Pens know that this is just something that is going to slow them down. Ultimately, you can’t let these unjust comments get in the way of what the team is trying to do.

Matt Niskanen didn’t care to much on what Milbury had to say, but he acknowledges it’s expected from him,

“It’s a little irritating, I try not to get too flustered by it.  He always has a bonehead remark to make.  We’re used to it,  I’m not losing any sleep over it.”

Milbury’s always finds himself right in the middle of a controversial comment towards the Penguins, and more specifically Crosby. If it’s one player in the NHL to criticize, it’s Crosby, so Sid should just realize that it’s just another critic doing his job.

There has yet to be any more detail regarding this incident.

Let’s see if Crosby “listens” and plays “defense” tonight when the Pens take on the Florida Panthers in the CONSOL Energy Center at 7 p.m.

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