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Crosby responds to Milbury; Briere says injury was Vitale's intent

| Tuesday, April 3, 2012

BOSTON — A miffed Sidney Crosby spoke about NBC analyst Mike Milbury following the Penguins' morning skate in Boston.

Crosby was asked about Milbury's critical comments to a Philadelphia radio channel on Monday.

"I don't want to get into that," Crosby said.

But then he did.

"I don't know what he's looking for, if he's looking for attention," Crosby said. "I don't know what it is. I really don't know where that came from."

Milbury was cavalier about Crosby's "35 concussions" and made a number of derogatory comments about the Penguins' captain.

"I really don't know where that came from," Crosby said. "You can really twist something a certain way and he's obviously shown that he's more than capable of doing that. He's pretty good at twisting things around, that's for sure."

Crosby also took a subtle shot at Milbury's reference to Crosby not being a "perfect gentleman" on the ice. Milbury said Crosby is a "goody-two-shoes" and has a "little bit of punk" in his game.

"As for me slashing someone," Crosby said, "I guess I'm not a gentleman on the ice sometimes. It's a contact sport."

Crosby wasn't the only person speaking about Sunday's events.

Philadelphia center Danny Briere, who is out indefinitely with a back injury following a hit from Penguins center Joe Vitale, did not speak kindly of the center-ice collision.

"Everybody knows the intent," Briere said. "He was obviously trying to hurt me."

Many of the Penguins rolled their eyes at Briere's assertion.

Vitale was mobbed by reporters and attempted to laugh off the incident. He said he hasn't been notified by the league for any disciplinary punishment. Vitale met with reporters before word broke about Briere's comments in Philadelphia.

"I keep my phone on silent," Vitale said. "I'm off Facebook. I don't do that Twitter stuff. If the league wanted to contact me, they would have. They haven't so far."

Milbury issued a statement regarding the situation this afternoon.

"I reached out to (president) David Morehouse and the Penguins about the comments I made yesterday on Philadelphia radio. In hindsight, I realize what I said was inappropriate and wrong, and I want to apologize to the Penguins organization and their fans."

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