Sidney Crosby taking a dive? That's what coach Ken Hitchcock and other Flyers apparently insinuated before and after Saturday's game between the Penguins and Philadelphia.
During that game, Crosby had one of his first on-ice confrontations with an established star, yelling expletives at Peter Forsberg when the Flyers' star made a hand gesture suggesting Crosby dives to take penalties -- a theme initiated earlier in the week by Hitchcock.
"It's not the first time I've been accused of something, but it's pretty obvious what they're trying to do. Obviously, they're trying to get me off my game. ... But it's something that isn't there," said Crosby, who has four goals and two assists in three games against Philadelphia.
Forsberg laughed about the exchange of words, saying, "It looked kind of suspicious to me. That's all I said."
However, he seemed to acknowledge the Flyers' talk about Crosby is all a ploy, saying, "I know I was [accused of it] in my first couple of years, too."
Crosby was disappointed by Forsberg's reaction and Hitchcock's talk, but added, "Obviously they're the ones who are happy right now and we're not."
The Flyers and the Penguins play again Dec. 23 in Pittsburgh.
"This isn't me against [Hitchcock]; it's our team against his team," Crosby said to reporters after the game. "If he wants to turn it into that, let him do it. But I'm not going to sit here and do that. I play for this team, and I'm going to worry about helping this team win."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.