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Pens give their takes on Steelers-Patriots

by Nicole Jelinek / Pittsburgh Penguins

Tomorrow will be a Sunday Funday filled with Boston and Pittsburgh matchups.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will kick it off (no pun intended), hosting the Boston Bruins at 3 p.m. at PPG Paints Arena. After that, the Pittsburgh Steelers will be in Foxboro to take on the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game. 

While the Penguins are a Pittsburgh team, there are some New England boys in the locker room. Here's what they were saying about the big football game…

Evgeni Malkin is excited to support his adopted team:

"I'm excited for the game because I like the Steelers, I follow the Steelers, it's my favorite team. I hope they win, I hope they have a chance to play in the Super Bowl. I know they played so hard this year and they have a great offensive team. I hope they have a little bit of luck tomorrow, that Tom Brady doesn't play great (laughs) and we have a lucky day tomorrow. The Steelers win and we win."

Sidney Crosby is looking forward to cheering the Steelers on:

"I'm hoping a big win for the Steelers. It would be nice to see them in the Super Bowl again. We get a chance to watch it. Our game is at three, so we'll get a chance to see their game, which is nice. We'll miss the first one, but we'll get to see the Steelers game. I am pulling for a Steelers win, so hopefully they can pull it off."

Carl Hagelin is rooting for Pittsburgh, but is torn by the Patriots' skill:

"I think the Patriots are going to win. I will be rooting for the Steelers. My heart says the Steelers, but my brain says the Patriots. Brady is going to have a big game. That's all I know for now."

Connecticut native Nick Bonino is not subject to either team:

"Well, I'm actually a Giants fan. Tomorrow will be tough. Steelers have a good offense. Brady and (Patriots head coach Bill) Belichek are the best ever. It will be a tough matchup for both teams. I am going to say Steelers though. I am in Pittsburgh and play for the Penguins."

Olli Maatta is getting in on the rivalry:

"I will definitely be watching the game. I have got to go with the Steelers, obviously. It is tough to say, but I hope the Steelers will win by a field goal. I have to root for the Steelers because a couple of these guys are Patriots guys. I have to go against them."

Conor Sheary is a Massachusetts native, but knows what city he plays in:

"I can't give my prediction. I think there are too many people on both sides. I think it will be a good game though. Of course I will be watching the game. I am a big football fan, so when it gets down to the AFC championship it's always a good game."

Brian Dumoulin is another New England native, but is happy to support whoever wins:

"Yeah, I am a Boston boy. I like the Steelers anytime they play the Patriots, but I am going to have to root for the Pats. I grew up watching them. If the Steelers win I will definitely cheer for them. "

Head coach Mike Sullivan is another Boston native, but is very diplomatic about the matchup:

"I know I am a Boston native and loyalties die-hard. I have to tell you that during my time here in Pittsburgh, I have been overwhelmed by how great of a sport town it is. To be a part of this fraternity of the major sports in this city is really a privilege. The support we get from the Steelers and the Pirates is pretty cool. From that standpoint, I am certainly obligated to offer that same support in return. I will enjoy the football game, I promise you that."

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