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|Titlu||Matt Niskanen of Capitals says no absorbed to abuse Sidney Crosby|
|Descriere||Washington Capitals defenseman Matt (for more info about NHL 17 Coins click NHL 17 Coins) Niskanen said he has not approved to acquaintance Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby aback he cross-checked him in the arch in Bold 3 of the Eastern Conference Additional Annular on Monday. Crosby was diagnosed with a draft and will absence Bold 4 of the best-of-7-series at PPG Paints Arena on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports). The Penguins advance 2-1. "I don't anticipate there's annihilation I can say that's traveling to accomplish him feel bigger about it," Niskanen said afterwards the morning skate. "I'm abiding he's [angry]. If the time is appropriate I'll apparently adeptness out to him afterwards the baking over affectionate of cools down. But at this time there's apparently not abundant I can say to him that's traveling to accomplish him feel bigger about it or accept me." Niskanen played with Crosby on the Penguins for four seasons afore signing with the Capitals as an complete chargeless abettor on July 1, 2014. He said they had a acceptable accord as teammates. "I haven't talked to him as much, obviously, aback I afflicted teams, but if I was actuality I got forth with him absolutely well," Niskanen said. "He's a acceptable leader, a abundant teammate. I consistently stood up for him if I was here. I anticipate he could say the aforementioned affair about me, that we were acceptable teammates and got forth well." Their accord adeptness never be the aforementioned now, but Niskanen common that he did not intend to hit Crosby in the arch on the play, which came 5:24 into the aboriginal aeon Monday. Crosby was active to the net on a 2-on-1 with Jake Guentzel if Capitals advanced Alex Ovechkin whacked him on the appropriate arm and afresh bent him in the arch with his stick. Ovechkin's appropriate skate aswell bent the aback of Crosby's larboard leg, causing him to blunder as he cut beyond the crease. As Crosby was falling, Niskanen cross-checked him in the appropriate ancillary of his head. "My absorbed was not to angrily cross-check in him in the face," Niskanen said. "I anticipate anybody that knows me, I'm not aggravating to hit guys in the head. I'm aggravating to play harder aural the rules, hit guys in the body, and to be honest with you I wasn't even aggravating to hit him on that play. It was a draft that happened because he was advancing in with a austere bulk of acceleration and aggravating to score. He was accepting lower and lower, partially because he was falling down." Niskanen accustomed a five-minute above for cross-checking and a bold misconduct. Crosby remained down for a few account afore accepting helped up and gliding off the ice. Penguins drillmaster Mike Sullivan said Tuesday that Crosby will absence Bold 4 afterwards accepting diagnosed with a draft and will be re-evaluated daily. "It's harder to see a amateur go down and it's harder to see him get hurt," Ovechkin said. "As a player, you don't ambition that accepting to happen. I achievement he's traveling to be accomplished and he's traveling to be aback in this series." Niskanen was asked if he had any abjure about what he did on the play. "I affliction that it happened, but I am determined that I'm not abiding at that bold acceleration what I could accept done different," he said. "Obviously, in cool slo-mo and in hindsight I ambition I had one duke on my stick and my easily were way down, but the draft happened fast and Sid's aggravating to account a ambition and he's accepting lower and lower as it happens." Ovechkin aswell said there was no absorbed to abuse Crosby. "It's hockey," he said. "As a player, you don't ambition to aching anyone and you don't ambition to see somebody on the ice with the doctors. But again, we're absorption on the games. This happens. It's [the media's] job to allocution about what happened and we'll move forward. They are. I'm appealing abiding they're traveling to be able on the puck, they're traveling to play concrete and it's traveling to be just a game." Niskanen said if the Penguins seek avengement he'll accord with it. "It's a hockey game," he said. "Hockey players are affecting guys. If that happens, we'll cantankerous that arch if it happens." The Capitals apperceive the Penguins are a appalling opponent; even afterwards Crosby, with assiduously Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel. "Obviously, they still accept lots of accomplished players, accomplished players," Ovechkin said. "[Sidney is] their captain, their baton and he's the best amateur in the bold and he's a key for their success. So I anticipate Malkin is traveling to footfall up appealing big, so we accept to play actual acute adjoin his line." But there's no debating that accident Crosby, a Hart Trophy finalist and the Conn Smythe Trophy champ if Pittsburgh won the Stanley Cup endure season, creates a cogent aperture for the Penguins. "They're still a abuse acceptable team, aboriginal and foremost," Niskanen said. "We're traveling to accept to be absolute acceptable to exhausted them, but he's the best amateur in the apple and he's arena as acceptable as anybody has anytime apparent him, so [he's] boxy to adapt for sure."|
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