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World Cup of Hockey: Crosby picks up three points in opening win for hosts

Reporter: Jonas Gilbert 丨 CCTV.com

09-18-2016 15:53 BJT

The other game at the World Cup involved the hosts from Canada steamrolling past the Czech Republic 6-nothing.

Captain Sidney Crosby leading the way picking up three points. Known as Sid the Kid, he is now a veteran, and despite getting a win in the opening game, Team Canada's captain knows there is plenty of work ahead if he is to hoist the World Cup trophy.

Even among a team laden with superstars like the hosts and favourites from Canada, Sidney Crosby stands alone.

Once again, it is Sid. Certainly, no longer the "kid". That will sport the captain's "C" at the World Cup in a tournament where the stakes are sky high once again.

Sidney said, "The pressure is there tregardless. No matter where, we understand that, we've played before. We embrace it, but it's special to play here at home though."

After a couple of down years by his standards, due mainly to injury, Sid was back at his all-world best last season, leading his Penguins to the Stanley Cup title and re-cementing his status as the best in the World along the way.

Crosby feels the extended run into the summer on the way to the Cup and gives him a head start as he looks to lead Canada to another World title.

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He also said, "I think when you're fresh off a long playoff run, all those things and need to adjust over the course of a run are a little more fresh. That helps, individually, playing a lot helps being able to jump into games lie this at a high intensity. That's probably the biggest advantage."

For the past decade, Sid has been the face of Team Canada. He's been there, seen it and done it all throughout his remarkable career.

And even on a Team Canada stacked with captains from their respective clubs. That experience Crosby and some of the veterans on the team brings will be a calming factor, even for his superstar mates.

"There are going to be some nerves, some jitters, but you look around the room and you see all those guys that have worn the jersey and won. It's very re-assuring," said Steven Stamkos, Team Canada forward.

Sidney said, "You do play for Team Canada, and you find that out quick what you've done in the past has got you here. But now it's all to help the team win. I think you carry that with you when you play.

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