Sidney Crosby took the ice this morning for the first time in months, the Twitter-verse exploded, and thousands of Penguins fans shouted, pounded their desks, or otherwise acted inappropriately in the workplace. No sooner had this news sunk in though, that hockey observers and even Crosby himself started telling everybody to rein in the excitement. Sid has "no clue" if he'll be back in the lineup this year. He may experience concussion symptoms again as early as this afternoon, in which case he'll have to scale things back. Today was a positive step, but in the end, it doesn't mean much. This is a process. Fair enough. We're going to be holding our collective breath over Crosby's health for the foreseeable future. That's understood. But with everything the fan base has had to endure these last few months, it's OK to be happy. Exhale. Pet a dog. Smile at a stranger. Listen to a "Bachelor" podcast. We don't know what tomorrow will bring, but for today, at least, there is hope it will bring a Crosby-Neal-Kunitz line.
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- Kris Letang is wearing down. Saturday's game
- I really cannot emphasize enough how much I hate the Montreal Canadiens. I hate Mike Cammalleri and his smile. I hate P.K. Subban. I hate the Montreal fans. I hate that stanchion they have in their rink. I hate their Mario Lemieux bandwagon-riding owner. But more than anything, I don't want to see them in the playoffs.
- James Neal sure does create a lot of goal mouth scoring chances. He might benefit from playing with guys who crash the net a bit more than Letestu and Kovalev.
- The Penguins power play might benefit from kidnapping Edmonton's Linus Omark. Not that Mike Rupp isn't dangerous when setting up shop on the half-boards. Shades of Mario.
Here's the video of Sid's post-skate Q&A with reporters: