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.
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.