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At the Rink blog

Malkin, 'BizNasty' all-a-Twitter over Sid's return

Monday, 11.21.2011 / 12:34 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  / At the Rink blog

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Malkin, 'BizNasty' all-a-Twitter over Sid's return
The long-awaited return of Sidney Crosby for tonight's game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders at Consol Energy Center (7 p.m., Versus, CBC) got plenty of attention among NHL players in the Twitterverse after the announcement about the star center was made Sunday.

Perhaps the simplest and happiest came from Crosby's fellow superstar on the Penguins, Evgeni Malkin.

"Sid will play tomorow)))))))87," the tweet from @malkin71_ read.

Steve Sullivan signed with the Penguins hoping to get the chance to play on a line with Crosby at some point. That probably won't come Monday -- coach Dan Bylsma said Sid the Kid would skate with Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz -- but it didn't leave @Sullivan26 any less excited.

"Looking forward to seeing 87 in the lineup tomorrow night. Consol will be rocking!" he said.

Penguins forward Tyler Kennedy (@tk1448) added: "Excited to see the number 87 back in line up!# Hottest ticket in town#"

And of course the news couldn't escape the attention of Twitter sensation Paul Bissonnette of the Phoenix Coyotes, who had his own humorous take on things.

"Had to drop myself in fantasy hockey today. Welcome back Sidney Crosby," read the tweet from @BizNasty2point0.
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