VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Contrary to Sidney Crosby's earlier prediction, he will have at least one fan back in Pittsburgh.
After the Canadian team practiced Saturday on the eve of its gold-medal game with the United States, the Penguins' captain said he had gotten a text message from Mario Lemieux earlier in the morning, which read, simply: "Good luck."
Lemieux, the Penguins' co-owner, has not attended these Games, but he played for Canada's most recent gold medalist at Salt Lake City in 2002.
After Canada beat Slovakia in the semifinals late Friday night, Crosby was asked if he could imagine how Pittsburghers might react to the matchup Sunday. He laughed and replied: "No, and I'm not sure I want to. It's an American city, so I'm sure they're not going to be cheering for me."