Containing Crosby

For all the excitement over the goals scored, the most impressive part of the Kings’ victory last night might have been Sidney Crosby’s scoreline: one shot on goal, a minus-1 rating and two penalty minutes. Crosby was no doubt a presence, particularly on the power play, but he didn’t do anything to beat the Kings. Here’s what Terry Murray said last night about keeping Crosby quiet…

MURRAY: “There was no special strategy. We’re looking at our forecheck game, and a big part of our responsibility is that high third man, is to cover over the center iceman. We ask that against any team that we play, but I think there’s greater awareness when you have the elite player, that Crosby is, out on the ice against you. That third guy in the offensive zone, in the middle of the ice, was well taken care of. I thought every one of our forwards, against them, read that the right way.”

Murray was also asked about the continued strong play of Kings defenseman Davis Drewiske, and Murray brought that subject back to Crosby as well…

MURRAY: “You’ve got to play big and strong down below the goal line against this team. Crosby is not a huge, physical guy, like a Rupp is, but he’s one of the strongest guys on the puck in the league. He’s got a low center of gravity, and there’s incredible stuff he can do with it. You’ve got to have big, bulky guys that are able to lean on those kinds of players and shut down the cycle. That’s where (Drewiske) excels.”

On the other side, the Penguins allowed five goals in a game for the first time this season. They hadn’t allowed five goals in a regular-season game since a Feb. 22, 2009 loss (5-2) to Washington, although it did happen to them three times in the playoffs last season.

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