Sidney Crosby and the Penguins Show Frustration in Brawl Against Flyers

Jason SapunkaCorrespondent IIApril 15, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 15: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins fights with Claude Giroux #28 of the Philadelphia Flyers udring the first period in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center on April 15, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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This is what happens when a team blows multiple 2-0 leads against the same team and sees itself going down 3-0 in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby lost composure for the first time shortly after the Philadelphia Flyers went up 3-1 on a goal by Danny Briere.

As Ilya Bryzgalov was covering a puck, Crosby was cleared away from the goal by the Flyers as he was swatting at the covered puck.

A scrum developed behind the net, during which Claude Giroux grabbed at Crosby with linesmen separating the players. Eventually the two players were separated from the group, in open ice.

Giroux had both gloves off and was grabbing onto Crosby. Crosby had his right glove off and was grabbing onto Giroux.

With the two doing nothing more than wrestling, a linesman came in to separate them. Crosby threw two punches at Giroux after the linesman came to the area, a typical cheap shot from the Pittsburgh captain.

He had five seconds to punch Giroux when nobody was between the two players, but waited until someone was separating the players. The linesman was able to stop the action once the players fell down to the ice.

The players were given fighting majors.

As this occurred, Philadelphia's Kimmo Timonen fought Pittsburgh's Kris Letang. Timonen's jersey came up over his head during the fight. Though linesmen typically step in to protect players in this situation, Letang was allowed to keep punching the Flyers defenseman.

The players were given fighting majors and game misconducts for being involved in a secondary altercation.


In addition to this physical action, this game also included:

A suspendable cross-check from Arron Asham on Brayden Schenn

James Neal jumping at Sean Couturier and aiming elbow at Claude Giroux's head

Craig Adams jumping Scott Hartnell from behind


Jason Sapunka covers the NHL and Philadelphia Flyers. He is available on Twitter for updates, analysis and commentary.