The regular-season finale today against bitter rival Philadelphia will offer Penguins captain Sidney Crosby a new experience.

"I've never been in that scenario before," Crosby said of a game that is meaningless in terms of the standings and yet intriguing because the Penguins and Flyers already know they will meet in the first round of the playoffs, beginning Wednesday or Thursday at Consol Energy Center.

What's far from new for Crosby is the rhetoric that has dogged him and the Penguins, particularly over the past week.

Although for the most part the Penguins have been subdued in their reactions to various rants aimed at them by member of the Flyers, NBC analyst Mike Milbury and, most recently, New York Rangers coach John Tortorella, Crosby lashed back Friday.

He called the harsh criticism "garbage," "crap," "nonsense," and said, "It's getting pretty old."

The NHL apparently is taking notice. It fined Tortorella $20,000 for his comments Friday after the Penguins 5-2 win Thursday night against the Rangers, although the league did not get more specific.