Crosby: 'I'm not sorry' for hurting Giroux

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Posted: October 18, 2012

FOR A LITTLE more than a month, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby - like most locked-out NHL players not already overseas - has been twirling around the rinks of suburban Pittsburgh waiting for a labor resolution.

With that surplus of energy comes a little boredom - and perhaps bravado.

Crosby, in a wide-ranging interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, addressed Claude Giroux's claim that he broke both of Giroux's wrists during the Flyers' epic first-round series against the Penguins last season.

"I don't try to go after his wrists, but if I caught it, I'm not sorry for it," Crosby said. "I really like to win the faceoff. I think it's hilarious that I hear that stuff from Philly. It's comedy to me, to be honest with you. They're probably involved in that stuff more than any team in the league and they're the ones always talking about it.

"I guess I'm not apologetic. I was trying to win a faceoff and if I caught his wrist, then I caught his wrist. He seemed to play OK so I couldn't have hurt him that bad."

Giroux told the Timmins Press (Ontario) this summer that Crosby would, "hack me across the wrists instead of going for the puck when it was dropped."

Giroux had offseason surgery on both wrists. After netting six goals and eight assists in the six-game series against Pittsburgh, Giroux was limited to two goals and one assist in four games in the following series against New Jersey. Giroux was suspended for the Flyers' season-eliminating game against the Devils for his high hit on Dainius Zubrus in Game 4.

Giroux has since recovered and has been tearing up the DEL (German Elite League) for Eisbaren Berlin with teammate Danny Briere.

With at least some semblance of progress having been made in the NHL labor negotiations in the last 48 hours, this banter should whet your appetite for hockey. Remember how great that series was?


Contact Frank Seravalli at seravaf@phillynews.com.

Follow him on Twitter @DNFlyers. For more Flyers coverage and opinion, read his blog at philly.com/FrequentFlyers.

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