Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Penguins 6 - Canadiens 4: Venerate This!

So, once upon a time, Sidney Crosby used to worship at the shrine of Les Habitants du Hockey. You can imagine the media made a big deal about Crosby playing against his old favourite team IN CANADA. Yes, he already played them in Pittsburgh, but somehow this is like 1,000 times more special!

Crosby certainly put on a show as the rest of the team did their best to give the game away to the struggling Canadiens. After building a 3-0, the Pens gave away 4 straight goals before they smartened up and took the game back.

With between 30 and 40 family and friends watching in the sold-out Bell Centre seats, Crosby scored two goals, including the winner, as the Penguins posted a wild 6-4 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

It was Crosby's first NHL game in Montreal against the team he cheered for as a child in Cole Harbour, N.S., and which in 1984 drafted his father, Troy, who was in attendance.

And to top it all, Crosby got a rousing ovation when he was named the game's first star.

"To come here, where I saw my first NHL game, to play against the team I grew up watching and to get the win and score a couple of goals, was a really nice feeling," he said.

Crosby finished with 2 goals and +2 in 18:59 of ice time. El Sid the Kid fired 5 shots on goal, but once again sucked eggs in the faceoff circle (3 for 14)

Crosby now has 12 points in 6 games since he was rejected for Team Canada's Olympic Roster. What has Todd Bertuzzi done? Nothing, as expected.

Full game recap here.

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