March 2, 2013
Sidney Crosby excited to play in Montreal
By BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby hasn't played in Montreal since November 2011 because of concussion issues. (Rich Pope/QMI Agency)

MONTREAL - Sidney Crosby couldn't hide his excitement Saturday morning at the Bell Centre.

Not only will the Pittsburgh Penguins superstar get a chance to play on one of the NHL's biggest stages on Hockey Night in Canada, he'll get a chance to teach old-friend-turned-foe Michel Therrien behind the Montreal Canadiens bench.

Crosby hasn't played in Montreal since November 2011 because of concussion issues.

"I always enjoy playing here. It's always a great atmosphere and a great environment," said Crosby. "Everyone kind of always gets up for playing here. Anybody who loves hockey with the history here and playing here in the playoffs.

"They're always pretty good games."

Therrien was fired by the Penguins on Feb. 15, 2009. He didn't get another job until the Canadiens brought him back last fall. When he got that job Crosby sent him a text message of congratulations.


Therrien has been looking forward to this game.

"It's going to be a special game," admitted Therrien. "I'm not different than any players. I'm sure it's going to be special for Colby Armstrong as well.

"When I was coaching in Pittsburgh everytime I faced Montreal it was a special game. That's normal. You've got to focus on preparation, focus on the game. I really enjoyed my time in Pittsburgh."

The big surprise is No. 1 goalie Marc-Andre Fleury won't be in the Pittsburgh net. The Penguins have decided to go with backup Tomas Vokoun.

"I'm not going to lie, yeah. I'm a little bit (disappointed)," said Fleury.

The Penguins will be without defenceman Paul Martin, who is day-to-day with a lower body injury. Centre Evgeni Malkin hasn't skated in the last couple of days because of concussion issues.

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