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Good idea.

Despite the giddy atmosphere at Consol Energy Center on Monday, the Penguins need only point to the calendar for motivation.

It’s not even Thanksgiving yet. No need to start thinking about what happens after Easter.

“We didn’t have a party or celebration last night,” Bylsma said. “There are areas we need to get better. We have a long way to go.”

And plenty of time to get there. There are 61 games left in the regular season. Few, if any, will match the electric atmosphere Crosby provided in his return.

The next five months will require more than emotion and adrenaline, and the Penguins know it.

“We don’t think we’ve come even close to what our potential is as a hockey club,” forward Steve Sullivan said.

Maybe, but Sullivan knows where that potential can take him. It’s why he signed with the team as a free agent in the offseason, to get a taste of what it’s like to play with arguably the world’s best player.

Crosby more than delivered, putting months of speculation to rest with a mixture of grace and grit.

He knows, however, that it was just a start. He’s just thrilled his long, achingly methodical comeback is finished.

“I was just enjoying the moment,” he said. “It was good to be back.”