THE CANADIAN PRESS
Former NHL coach and general manager Mike Milbury added more life to the drama between the Penguins and Flyers after calling out Pittsburgh superstar Sidney Crosby on a Philadelphia radio station.
Speaking on Sports Radio 94WIP Monday, Milbury ripped Crosby for his role in instigating a game-ending line brawl in Sunday’s game between the Penguins and Flyers. The chaotic scene resulted in 52 minutes in penalties being assessed between the two teams.
The fighting was touched off in part by Flyers forward Brayden Schenn’s cross-check to Crosby.
"Little goody two shoes (Crosby) goes into the corner and gives a shot to Schenn. Schenn was late to the party, he should have turned around and drilled him right away, but I guess better late than never," said Milbury, who is an analyst on CBC and NBC.
"So you know, Crosby gets cross-checked, big whoop. He said after he came back from his 35th concussion, ‘I’m not going to do this anymore, I’m not going to get into this scrums, I’m going to stay away from that stuff.’ He couldn’t help himself because there’s a little punk in Crosby.
"He’s not the perfect gentleman. He’s not the sweet kid you see in interviews with his hat pulled down over his eyes. I’d say screw him, hit him."
Earlier Monday, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette was fined US$10,000 for out counterpart Dan Bylsma over the incident. Laviolette was upset that the Penguins’ fourth line took a shift shortly after Jakub Voracek’s empty-net goal concluded the scoring.
During the shift, Penguins forward Joe Vitale levelled Flyers centre Daniel Briere shortly after the ensuing faceoff, starting off a chain of events that included Crosby’s run-in with Schenn, as well as Laviolette smashing a stick over the glass.
"Those guys hadn’t been out there in 12 minutes," Laviolette said in his post-game press conference. "It’s a gutless move by their coach. It’s gutless."
Penguins assistant Tony Granato, who stepped on the top of the side boards and in between the two head coaches, was also fined $2,500.
"It’s not totally uncommon," Milbury said of Laviolette’s behaviour after the game, while the Flyers won 6-4. "I can remember being on such a perch, or at least trying to climb over the boards to get at somebody to make a point. And I thought Dan Bylsma should have taken off his skirt and gone over there."
– With files from The Associated Press.