Crosby has no time for Sub­ban’s games in Cup Fi­nal

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

NASHVILLE, TENN. | P.K. Sub­ban says ask the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins if he’s get­ting un­der their skin. The All-Star de­fense­man only knows he ap­par­ently needs to work on his breath on the ice and loves the chal­lenge of help­ing shut down Sid­ney Crosby and Ev­geni Malkin.

And he loves games­man­ship.

Crosby isn’t in the mood to play if it doesn’t in­volve his stick and a puck. No, the Pitts­burgh cap­tain in­sists he did not com­plain about Sub­ban’s breath in Game 3, say­ing Sub­ban made that up.

“He likes the at­ten­tion and things like that so I mean if he wants to make stuff up, ... what can I do?” Crosby said Sun­day.

The Stan­ley Cup Fi­nal has some bad blood brew­ing, and the best-of­seven se­ries for the NHL cham­pi­onship has the mak­ings of be­com­ing a bat­tle royale. The de­fend­ing champs a chance for a sweep Satur­day night when the Preda­tors scored five straight goals in a 5-1 rout of the Pens, win­ning the first Cup Fi­nal game in the state of Ten­nessee.

Now the Preda­tors want to tie it in Game 4 on Mon­day night. They are 8-1 at home this post­sea­son, and Sub­ban made it clear he ex­pects Nashville fans to find a way to crank the vol­ume up even higher Mon­day night.

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