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Crosby in Montreal for Game 3 playoffs

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MONTREAL (AP) - For the next few days, he'll likely be public enemy No. 1. But Sidney Crosby has enjoyed a hero's welcome in Montreal.

The Pittsburgh Penguins star was surrounded by an adoring crowd of schoolchildren outside his hotel on Tuesday. Crosby signed more than a dozen autographs before boarding the team bus to practice.

Crosby grew up a Montreal Canadiens fan and endeared himself to fans by learning French while playing junior hockey in Quebec. He's a hero across Canada after scoring the winning goal in overtime against the U.S. at the Vancouver Olympics.

On Tuesday night, his Penguins square off against the Canadiens for Game 3 of their series.

A restaurant laid out a No. 87 Crosby jersey over a red carpet on the sidewalk so that patrons could walk on it.

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