Speaking extensively for the first time since he scored the overtime goal Sunday to lift Canada past the United States in the gold-medal hockey game of the Olympics, Penguins center Sidney Crosby didn't know how to put the experience into historical perspective.
"I think that will be up to other people to decide, but for me it was a pretty proud moment," Crosby said during a news conference after the Penguins' morning skate at Mellon Arena.
"Being in Canada, playing hockey growing up as a kid dreaming of playing for your country, then being able to do that and having it work out that way, it's still pretty amazing to think about."
Crosby traveled from Vancouver to Pittsburgh Monday night with Penguins teammate and American defenseman Brooks Orpik, who was on the losing end of the 3-2 game Sunday, which earned him a silver medal.
The two spent time on the flight sharing thoughts.
"It was kind of neat to hear from him about their routine as a team, the things he did," Crosby said. "We were both in the [athletes] village, so we saw a lot of the same things, but it was good to get his point of view on everything. We were just talking about both teams. They had a great team. We talked about how the level of play was so high and things like that."
Orpik and Crosby will be back on the ice tonight as the Penguins resume their NHL schedule with a home game against the Buffalo Sabres. However, Marc-Andre Fleury, who served as Canada's third-string goaltender, will be rested, with Brent Johnson starting in goal.
"The whole experience was great, but obviously, not the outcome we wanted," said Orpik, who is still trying to make a time adjustment from the west coast but doesn't feel worse for wear after the tournament.
"You try to avoid any fatigue or hangover from it," he said. "We're right back into the playoff race here. If anything, you just try to carry the momentum and playoff experience."
First Published March 2, 2010 7:15 PM