Crosby emotional reflecting on time with Malkin, Letang in 1,000th game

Crosby emotional reflecting on time with Malkin, Letang in 1,000th game
Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby, foreground, skates back to teammates during a ceremony honoring his 1000th NHL hockey game with the team before an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, in Pittsburgh. . (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) (Keith Srakocic)

PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby has many superstitions. Probably too many to list here.

One of his long-standing superstitions as part of his pregame routine is to retie both skates in the middle of warmups, always at the same spot just off of the center ice circle.

Crosby’s teammates paid tribute to him during warmups in honor of his 1,000th game, with every player wearing a No. 87 Crosby jersey with a ‘C’ on the front. They took the Crosby cosplay a step further, though, and all dropped to a knee to copy Crosby retying his skates.

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He laughed and said “That’s good, that’s awesome,” when he realized what was going on.

Overtime 11 on the Ice (2/20/21)