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Sidney Crosby talks about getting back to the Stanley Cup Final

Watch the captain talk about appreciating the opportunity the Pittsburgh Penguins have again at trying to win the Stanley Cup.

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Sidney Crosby was on with NHL Network's Jon Morosi last night

"Every night. I think every night you appreciate the opportunity. There’s not much time left in the season and really every night you’re going out there and leaving it all out there and trying to find ways to win games as a team, so this is an exciting time of the year to be playing. The intensity is high, the emotion is high, and this is why you play the game. I think you just appreciate the whole atmosphere, the whole environment and try to do your best."

It made me think of the piece last week with Mike Rupp and Ryan Whitney talking - two players who made it to finals early in their career and figured it would happen all the time, and then it didn't. Hard to believe but it's been seven years an a ton of injury tribulations for Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to get back to the main stage and now that both are approaching the age of 30, who knows when or if it will happen again.