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Sidney Crosby says his scoring drought isn’t weighing on him, but it seems like it is

06.07.13 at 12:52 pm ET
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Sidney Crosby has no points in the Eastern Conference finals. (AP)

Sidney Crosby is finding no silver lining when it comes to his scoring drought.

In going the first three games without a point, Crosby is in his longest scoreless streak in since November of 2009. He won a faceoff against Patrice Bergeron in Game 3 to set up a Chris Kunitz goal, but through three games this series, he has a total of zero points and is a minus-2.

“Sometimes that’s the way it goes,” he said when asked if his drought has been a weight on his shoulders. “You get chances and they don’t go in. Unfortunately they haven’t the first few. You’ve got to trust that they will. I don’t think it’s something that I’ve thought about too much, to be honest with you.”

Here’s the thing, though. Evgeni Malkin doesn’t have a point, either. Nor do Jarome Iginla, James Neal or Kris Letang. Yet all anyone’s talking about is Crosby. As a captain, he could welcome the heat as a means of letting his teammates avoid criticism as the Penguins trying to get back in the series. Does he?

“I don’t welcome not scoring,” Crosby said.

Well, obviously.

“I want to score,” he said. “I think that everybody wants to. The playoffs are tight-checking. You have to realize that you have to take advantage of your chances, but if you don’t, you’ve got to find ways to put it in. There’s no way around it. There’s no trying to make something positive of it besides [recognizing] they’re good chances. You’ve got to find a way to score goals.”

The Penguins have just two goals this series.

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