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Sidney Crosby On Eastern Conference Finals

Posted By Sports Talk Florida On May 31, 2013 @ 5:23 PM In NHL | No Comments

Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby spoke with the media Friday about the Eastern Conference Finals and the Boston Bruins.

SIDNEY CROSBY: Yeah, I mean, I think we are just excited to get started. We have practiced a lot. I think we’ve had some good practices and we’re well prepared. I think you just get excited to start the games.

Q. I guess the one advantage maybe to the long layoff is you’ve had an opportunity to get used to not having the bottom part of your visor on.
SIDNEY CROSBY: Yeah, I mean, that has not been a big adjustment. It’s been nice being able to see a little bit better. But other than that, you know, I think it’s just something that I’m sure at some point was going to happen. Glad I was able to take it off and feels a lot better without it.

Q. Do you think the Bruins might test you a little bit, maybe come up high or maybe come in?
SIDNEY CROSBY: Maybe. I mean, I’m sure whether I broke a jaw or not, I’m sure they will be pretty physical and try to finish their hits, everything you could expect in the playoffs. So I don’t think that really changes anything I don’t think.

Q. Do you feel normal without the bottom part?
SIDNEY CROSBY: Yeah, the first couple of days, it felt weird. You wear it that long and then you’ve got to wear a full face for that long, it definitely took a couple days, but it’s much better and obviously really happy that was able to get it off.

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Q. Are you at all superstition, playing so well now, that if you take it off, it could change anything?
SIDNEY CROSBY: No, not that way. I’m superstitious but not to that point. I think if it’s something they felt comfortable with, and honestly, I’ve played a long time without wearing a full face, so I was glad to get it off.

Q. Seeing Jarome continuing on, do you expect any more competitive motivation for him to have a good series?
SIDNEY CROSBY: I don’t think‑‑ I think he’s pretty motivated. But if he does use that, then great. You know, I mean, whatever it takes.
But I think for him, I think he’s pre I focused at this point on making sure he plays well for other reasons besides that.

Q. Ray Shero said he didn’t know anything abouthim (inaudible) so he asked a couple players, I assume you being one of them, playing so much with him on Team Canada, what did you tell him?
SIDNEY CROSBY: I just told him what a great guy he was, what a great player he was, and he’s just a true professional. Obviously he’s been a captain for a long time, and you know, to add a guy with that type of character, that kind of experience, I think we’re pretty lucky to have him. All good things.

Q. Did he fit in better than maybe you expected? Has he had a better adjustment than maybe you guys had predicted?
SIDNEY CROSBY: Yeah, maybe. I mean, like you said, it was pretty short. It was quick. But on top of that, we added, was it four guys, pretty quickly there, within a short period of time.
I think it worked out as best as it could have and I think that says a lot about the guys and their character and obviously our team, but we did have some injuries to it at that time, which might have helped them make that transition a little easier. So, a lot of things, but definitely pretty smooth.

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