Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby was a scratch for Saturday's game as he nurses a slight groin tweak but he still took the short afternoon flight with his teammates and even met the media between periods, discussing his role as the team's new captain.
Defenseman Brooks Orpik, the East Amherst product, was marveling about Crosby before the game.
"Mark Recchi (a scratch) asked Sid today, 'What are you doing tonight for dinner?' " Orpik said. "So Sid said, 'You're not going to Buffalo?' He said, 'Of course I'm not going to Buffalo. I'm not playing.' Sid said, 'It's Saturday night. I've got nothing better to do.'
"He literally lives and dies hockey 24 hours a day,'' Orpik said. "He's really something to watch.''