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Crosby's touch evident as Penguins open new arena

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Penguins have won three Stanley Cups, and played for a fourth. They've experienced two bankruptcies, and multiple retirements by Mario Lemieux.

What they've never done until now is play a game in their own, brand-new arena.

All that changes Thursday when the Penguins officially christen Sidney Crosby Arena - er, actually, Consol Energy Center - with a season-opening game against the Philadelphia Flyers in front of their 167th consecutive sellout crowd.

The arena took one bankruptcy, one Lemieux retirement and seven years of politicking to achieve but, if three exhibition games there are any indication, the 18,087-seat structure should soon move near the top of the NHL's new arena hierarchy.

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