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Sidney Crosby, Penguins not fazed by P.K. Subban guarantee

Sidney Crosby, Penguins not fazed by P.K. Subban guarantee
Published On: Sat, Jun 03
Nov 11, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) skates with the puck as Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban (76) and center Alex Galchenyuk (27) defend during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said they have paid little, if any, attention to P.K. Subban's guarantee that his Nashville Predators will win Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVA Sports).

"Nobody's really talked about it, to be honest with you," Crosby said Friday. "I think we know that this time of year, there's no shortage of motivation. Going into this situation, we expect their best game and we expect a desperate team. It's not something we've discussed. At this point, you're motivated enough. We know that we've got to be ready tomorrow."

The Penguins, who lead the best-of-7 series 2-0, are more concerned about their own issues heading into Game 3, particularly their power play, which is 1-for-10 in the series after going 0-for-7 in Game 2.

"It probably starts with me," Crosby said. "I've got to win a few more faceoffs. That will go a long way as far as getting possession. They pressure a lot. They're trying to force mistakes. I think once you make a little mistake, they're jumping and make it difficult on you.

"It really comes down to execution. We have guys out there that can make plays and are capable of, when there is a mistake, finding a way to make a play that we get a chance out of. Just being patient it's not always going to be pretty. You're just making sure you execute well, and that's the biggest thing for us."

The Penguins are 15-for-66 (22.7 percent) on the power play in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, second to the Washington Capitals (25.0 percent) among teams that advanced past the first round.

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