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Penguins say Crosby’s return will “be like Christmas morning”

Mar 5, 2012, 2:04 PM EDT

Sidney Crosby, Tyler Kennedy AP

It’s tough for the Pittsburgh Penguins not to think about Sidney Crosby. They’re 8-2 over their last 10 and one of only two Eastern Conference teams to crack the 80-point plateau, which is pretty good.

This naturally leads to thoughts about how they be even better with No. 87 in the lineup — something the Pens can’t help but think about.

“We’re hoping it’s going to be like Christmas morning one day,” defenseman Ben Lovejoy told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “We’re going to walk in and, ‘Oh, cool. We get the best player in the world back.’”

“A lot of us think about the possibilities,” defenseman Paul Martin added. “I think a lot of us realize how good we are right now. You get the best player in the league back — and don’t forget about how well [Evgeni Malkin] is playing — and yeah, we realize how good we can be.”

What’s stunning is that, despite being among the leaders in man-games lost to injury, Pittsburgh’s depth continues to overwhelm opponents. Kris Letang (a potential Norris candidate when healthy) has missed almost a third of the season while Zbynek Michalek, Jordan Staal, Tyler Kennedy and Dustin Jeffrey have all missed at least 20 games.

But on the flip side…James Neal is scoring at a point-a-game clip. Chris Kunitz is on pace for just the third 50-point season of his career. Pascal Dupuis should break 40 points for the first time since the lockout and Steve Sullivan — who has been an injury nightmare since the lockout — has played in all 64 games. That’s depth.

And that’s why the Penguins keep daydreaming about Crosby’s return.

“You don’t want to get too excited, because you never really know,” Martin said. “But in the back of our minds, we’re thinking about it.

“We hope it happens.”

  1. me6661973 - Mar 5, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Why is this guy news? He a bum I let him go and find better talent invest in james neal.

    • kitshky - Mar 5, 2012 at 2:26 PM

      Someone’s clearly looking for attention…

      • fleurysteeth - Mar 5, 2012 at 3:29 PM

        and some Rosetta Stone.

      • fleurysteeth - Mar 5, 2012 at 3:30 PM

        scratch that… Muzzy.

    • hockeyfan1701 - Mar 5, 2012 at 3:57 PM

      Let the grown ups have the PC and go back and work on your English homework little boy.

    • susanschuchts - Mar 6, 2012 at 4:46 PM

      You’re an idiot!

  2. letangusespertplus - Mar 5, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Let’s be honest with ourselves here. The only reason Sid isn’t playing right now is because the world isn’t ready. You got a sample size of his talent when he lifted the cup like he was born to do. The everyday struggle of finding hockey pants with space for a soup can up front is daunting but he knows the task is his and his alone. He’s Maverick from top gun and everyone else is just Goose.

    SOUP CAN ARMY!!!

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 5, 2012 at 4:01 PM

      That must be why he’s not playing. Nothing else makes sense.

  3. jagrbomb18 - Mar 5, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Blah blah blah

  4. buffalomafia - Mar 5, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Pittsburgh is playing well without Cynthia Crosby crying to refs he is getting checked!

  5. buffalomafia - Mar 5, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Pittsburgh is playing well without Cynthia Crosby crying to the refs for getting checked!

    • yuckygeo - Mar 5, 2012 at 7:12 PM

      You thought this was so funny/clever/original that you had to post it twice?

  6. taytay099 - Mar 5, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Can someone explain what this soup can army is? Why do they call him Soup Can Sid? Is my IQ not low enough to understand? What do real Pittsburgh fans think?

    • govtminion - Mar 5, 2012 at 5:56 PM

      Find me a real Pittsburgh fan, and we can ask. Problem is, most of the Pittsburgh fans around here are all the same jackass with a few dozen accounts.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 5, 2012 at 7:55 PM

        …and the whole “Soupcan Army” thing started when this guy was calling himself something else and was obsessed about how big he imagined Sid must be. He figured he was as big as a soup can and the rest is history.

  7. nsmiff87 - Mar 5, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    It’s funny to see all the haters on the pens and Sid. And it’s most likely the haters team is below us in the standings. Go Pens!!

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