HALIFAX, Nova Scotia - The Ottawa Senators spoiled homecoming for Sidney Crosby and Stephen Dixon on Tuesday night.
The local boys accounted for both Penguins goals and three points in a 5-2 setback to the Senators in preseason action at the Halifax Metro Centre.
"It was special," Crosby said. "It would have been nice to get a win, but I can't complain. It was a fun night."
Crosby is from Cole Harbour, which is about 10 miles outside of Halifax, while Dixon was born and raised in Halifax. Both players responded with a goal, while Crosby added an assist.
"It was nice. I never thought I would have the opportunity to play here. We got a great reception, so it was nice," Crosby said. "I am glad Dixon got the goal, too. It's something that, hopefully down the road when we're done playing, we can talk about it and people won't think we're lying because we scored a couple goals."
Crosby set up Dixon's goal 5:05 into the third period.
"I'd be lying if I said I was passing to him. I was passing to [Daniel] Carcillo, but it went through his legs to Dixon and he buried it," Crosby said. "He did a good job putting it in. It was a good moment."
Indeed. Dixon roofed the shot into the net to trim Pittsburgh's deficit to 3-1.
"It's pretty cool. I grew up playing against Sid and we played together a couple of times," he said. "Being from here, he probably never thought he'd be setting me up for a goal with an NHL team in Halifax. It was a big thrill and I am sure my parents were excited too."
Crosby added his goal late in the game when he deflected a puck from the slot into the net.
However, the Senators held on for the victory. Dany Heatley scored two goals, while Patrick Eaves, Cody Bass and Denis Hamel all had goals.
The Penguins return to action Wednesday night in Moncton, New Brunswick, against Philadelphia.