Let’s recap the Penguins hate that has been unleashed in just one short week, shall we?
- First we had the Flyers coach Peter Laviolette losing his shit during a game and then calling Dan Bylsma “gutless.”
- Then Flyers assistant coach Craig Berube called Sid and Geno “the two dirtiest players on their hockey team.”
- NBC hockey commentator Mike Milbury went on Philly radio and ripped on the Pens, calling our captain a goody-two-shoes punk, which, OXYMORON, and our coach a girl.
- Then late last week, Rangers coach John Tortorella flipped out, referring to the Pens as “one of the most arrogant organizations in the league.” He also said of Crosby and Geno, “They whine about this stuff all the time, and look what happens. They’ll whine about something else over there, won’t they, starting with their two (expletive) stars.”
This? IS AWESOME.
Also awesome? That the Pens aren’t taking the bait:
“I vaguely have an idea of what he said,” Crosby said Friday, referring specifically to Tortorella’s comments. “I’m sure he’ll apologize today about it and everything will be forgotten.”
This is all very good news. So much hate being spewed at our team from so many different places means we’re getting under their skin at exactly the time we need to become the maddening itch they can’t scratch.
In all of these hilarious spats, it seems only the Penguins are holding to one very important truth:
Goals speak louder than words.