NEW YORK, NY - FILE: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on November 29, 2011 in New York City. It was reported that Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins is out indefinitely with concussion-like symptoms after a recurrence of the problems that sidelined him for more than 10 months earlier this year December 12, 2011. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Sidney Crosby's Concussion Saga: Comprehensive Coverage

Sidney Crosby has been plagued by concussion for months, but he'll return to the Pittsburgh Penguins yet again on Thursday against the New York Rangers.

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Penguins Vs. Rangers: Sidney Crosby Notches Assist In 10th Straight Pittsburgh Win

Sidney Crosby notched an assist on Chris Kunitz's third period goal and Kris Letang put in 19:06 worth of work as the Pittsburgh Penguins won their 10th straight game — this one a huge victory over the New York Rangers. The 5-2 win moves Pittsburgh within four points -- with one game in hand, too -- of the Rangers for first place in the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference.

Crosby and Letang were big parts of the win, but it was a full team effort for Pittsburgh. Matt Cooke scored two goals and Evgeni Malkin notched a goal and an assist in carrying the Pens to victory. Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves and turned the calendar on a full month without a loss. His last defeat came on Feb. 15.

Here's a look at Crosby's helper, via NHL.com:

The Penguins are back in action Saturday against the New Jersey Devils. New York hosts the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday evening.

For more on the Pens, check in with SB Nation Pittsburgh and Pensburgh. For more on the Rangers, check in with Blueshirt Banter and SB Nation New York.

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Sidney Crosby Status: Penguins Star Will Return To Lineup Thursday

Sidney Crosby will make yet another return from concussion on Thursday night when the Pittsburgh Penguins visit their division rival New York Rangers. The team announced the news Tuesday morning. It'll be the second time this season the NHL's golden boy has returned to action following concussion problems, and the hope is that it'll be his last triumphant return to action.

After failing to play for 10 months due to his injury, Crosby played his first game of 2011-12 back on Nov. 21 against the New York Islanders. He scored four points in the process, but after a hit in a game vs. Boston on Dec. 5, Crosby was pulled from the lineup yet again. He's been making a slow recovery since and hopefully won't suffer another setback this time around.

With Crosby back in the lineup, the Penguins have to be considered the favorites in the Eastern Conference. They've been red-hot of late as winners of nine straight games, and inserting the best player in the world back into the lineup should do nothing to hurt that. It's perfect timing, too, as the Rangers sit just four points up on Pittsburgh for the top spot in both the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference.

For more on Sidney Crosby's concussion recovery, stick with our StoryStream. For more on the Penguins, check in with SB Nation Pittsburgh and Pens blog Pensburgh.

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Sidney Crosby Injury: Pittsburgh Penguins Star Cleared For Contact

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has been cleared for contact and could return to the lineup soon. The NHL's star player made the announcement following practice in Pittsburgh on Tuesday afternoon, according to NHL.com, although he reiterated that there's no timetable for his potential return to the lineup.

"I was cleared to do contact," Crosby said. "We'll see how that goes. There is no real timetable, but it's a good step. Hopefully, I can keep the momentum and get out there soon.

"I've been through this before. Contact is the big step. It's nice to be symptom free, but it's not as fulfilling until you get out there. I just want to make sure that I take the right steps here and get back out there soon."

Crosby certainly has been through this before. He made a triumphant return to the Penguins lineup back in October, but played only a handful of games before returning to the sidelines with concussion symptoms. Doctors seemed puzzled as to what ailed Crosby, and there were serious concerns about his status for several months.

There still are concerns, of course. After his brief return to action earlier in the season, those concerns will still exist even after he returns to the Penguins lineup -- whether that's next week, in the first round of the playoffs or next season. But in this case, the news is good. The best player in the world has been cleared for contact once again. Let's just hope there's not another setback.

For more on Sidney Crosby's concussion problems, stick with our StoryStream. For more on the Penguins, check in with SB Nation Pittsburgh and Pens blog Pensburgh.

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Sidney Crosby Injury Press Conference Yields More Questions, Frustration ... But Perhaps A Glimmer Of Hope?

Sidney Crosby's latest meeting with the media regarding his injury status again left more questions than answers, but as he disappears behind the curtain yet again, he's doing so with a glimmer of hope.

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Sidney Crosby Injury Update: Penguins Star Speaks After Skating In Florida

Sidney Crosby spoke with the media after skating Friday in Sunrise, Fla., and while the elephant in the room was a morning report that suggested the Pittsburgh Penguins locker room was coming unglued in the wake of Crosby's prolonged absence, the main focus of his discussion with reporters was still his health.

On that front, Crosby is still experiencing symptoms, although he's been allowed to exert lightly, which is why he was able to skate at BankAtlantic Center on Friday. In his own words, via George Richards of the Miami Herald:

The highlights:

- Crosby still has symptoms. "Symptoms are a lot better, but I wouldn't say symptom free. I'm allowed to lightly exert. That's positive. When you're sitting around for a bit, it's nice that symptoms have been better. It's nice to get that step on the ice. We'll see how it goes."

- Is this worse than last year? "This is a tough injury. It's not clear-cut all the time. I think I know a lot more know about what I'm feeling and how to improve it, and I think being familiar actually probably helps a bit. At the same time, it's tough to be out and come back."

He has not been cleared to play. He has not been cleared for contact. He's just sick of riding the bike and skating around with his teammates isn't going to make it any worse, so that's essentially what he's doing.

For more on the team, check in with Penguins blog Pensburgh. For more on the injury to Sidney Crosby and his ongoing recovery, keep tabs with our StoryStream.

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Pittsburgh Penguins Players Also In The Dark On Sidney Crosby's Injury Status

It's one thing if a lack of information leads those of us on the outside to speculate, but in the case of Sidney Crosby's lingering injury, it's become evident that his Pittsburgh Penguins teammates are also in the dark regarding their captain.

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Sidney Crosby Injury: Ray Shero Updates Status In Attempt To Quell Speculation

The news that Sidney Crosby has begun skating and that he's travelling with his Pittsburgh Penguins teammates on road games is obviously good news for all hockey fans, but does it mean that a return to the lineup is imminent? No, according to Penguins general manager Ray Shero, who clarified a few things to the media on Thursday.

"I'm happy he's joining the team on the trip," Shero said. "Sid is a hockey player and he wants to play hockey. He wanted to join our team because we're in a tough stretch. He badly wants to play and be out there. But he's not cleared to play. We want to be very careful. Once he's cleared to play, he'll be the most excited guy on the ice."

The clarification from Shero shouldn't really be necessary, but there are some around Pittsburgh who have questioned Crosby's desire to be around his teammates and on the ice.

Columnist Dean Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review wrote about those concerns Friday morning. They're wide-ranging, from fans questioning his desire to remain in Pittsburgh to teammates apparently discussing a temporary captaincy. It's all a little silly, considering the topic of debate is the best hockey player in the world, and the point Kovacevic tries to make is that the speculation is unfounded.

But again, when it's the best player in the world and he's not on the ice, this is the sort of thing that happens, for better or worse. In the meantime, Crosby will continue to to move along in his recovery, and he won't be back on the ice until he's medically cleared to play.

For more on the team, check in with Penguins blog Pensburgh. For more on the injury to Sidney Crosby and his ongoing recovery, keep tabs with our StoryStream.

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Sidney Crosby Placed On Injured Reserve List

Sidney Crosby missed about 10 months with a concussion. His recovery was a slow, arduous process that dragged out so long out of the need for caution. Simply put, the Pittsburgh Penguins and doctors were extremely careful with Crosby, not allowing him to return to the ice before returning to 100 percent health.

By doing this, the team was hoping he'd lack the susceptibility to future concussions that many similar patients carry through the remainder of their careers. Well, we don't know if Crosby's return to the sidelines is related to his prior concussion or not, but we do know that he's been having similar symptoms, and now, he's been placed on the injured reserve yet again.

The Penguins announced the news late Saturday on their website and via Twitter.

Crosby has been placed on the IR retroactively, which likely dates back to at least Tuesday, December 6, the day after he suffered this most recent injury in a game against the Boston Bruins. Injured reserve players must stay on the sidelines for seven days, meaning Crosby would be eligible to come off at any point now. But the fact that he's been placed on there at all means he's obviously not ready to return in the imminent future. 

For more on the news, check in with Penguins blog Pensburgh

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Sidney Crosby Injury: Penguins Star Will Miss Two Games After Taking Hit Vs. Bruins

Sidney Crosby will miss the next two games for the Pittsburgh Penguins as a precautionary measure following a heavy hit in his team's game Monday evening vs. the Boston Bruins. In the third period of that game, Crosby collided with teammate Chris Kunitz and limped off the ice, eventually coming back before the end of the game. 

He's not in bad shape and it doesn't appear to be a serious setback in his concussion recovery, but they're playing things safe here. Via a team press release, here's general manager Ray Shero on Crosby's injury setback:

"Sidney took a hard hit during our game against Boston Monday night and wasn't feeling 100 percent," Penguins General Manager Ray Shero said. "He saw Dr. Micky Collins of UPMC today and took an ImPACT test, which showed no problems. However, we all think it's best that he sits out the next two games as a precaution."    

He didn't travel with the team to Philadelphia on Wednesday as they prepare for Thursday's game against the rival Flyers. If he sticks to the timetable detailed by Shero, he'll also miss Saturday's game at the New York Islanders and will be ready to return to the lineup when the Pens host the Red Wings on Tuesday evening.

For more on Crosby and the Pens, check in with SB Nation Pittsburgh and Penguins blog Pensburgh. For up-to-date updates on No. 87's status, stick with this StoryStream.

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Islanders Vs. Penguins: The Crosby Show Returns To Pittsburgh In 5-0 Win

In his first game since Jan. 5, Sidney Crosby picked up right where he left off, leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-0 win over the New York Islanders after a four-point performance, including two goals.

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VIDEO: Sidney Crosby Scores Goal On Third Shift Of Comeback Game

Everybody wondered how Sidney Crosby would look in his first game back from his concussion. Would he be the same player? Would he look sluggish? Would he be Sidney Crosby?

Well, just a few minutes into the first period, he certainly looks like he same Sid The Kid that we all know. On just his third shift of the game, Crosby streaked in on goal, shook a defender, then went backhand and top shelf over Anders Nilsson for the first goal of the game.

It's also (obviously) Crosby's first goal of the season, and it came on Pittsburgh's first shot of the game. Love him or hate him, he's just an incredible spectacle to watch. Hollywood really couldn't have written his return much better than it's gone so far tonight. Of course, there are still about 55 minutes of hockey remaining. 

For more on the return of Sidney Crosby from the fans who care about him most, check in with Penguins blog Pensburgh.

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Islanders Vs. Penguins Preview: Game Time, TV Coverage For Sidney Crosby's Return

Sidney Crosby will make his first appearance with the Penguins since suffering multiple concussion last January. The Islanders will look to regroup from losses in five of their last six games.

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Sidney Crosby Will Return On Monday

Sidney Crosby will make his long-awaited return to the ice on Monday when the Pittsburgh Penguins host the New York Islanders, NHL.com announced on Sunday. Crosby has not played since Jan. 5 because of concussions but has been practicing with the Penguins for quite some time. The Penguins said Crosby will speak with the media on Monday after practice.

At the time of the injury, Crosby was having a particularly strong season and was leading the league in points. He had 32 goals and 34 assists through 41 games. The Penguins would eventually finish in fourth in the Eastern Conference, but lose in the first round of the playoffs to the Tampa Bay Lightning, who won the seven-game series. This season, the Penguins are once again sitting fourth in the Eastern Conference through 20 games.

For more insight and analysis into Crosby's return, be sure to check out Penguins blog Pensburgh.

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Sidney Crosby Injury: Penguins Star Cleared For Contact

Sidney Crosby is still some distance away from competitive action even if his recovery goes perfectly, but the Pittsburgh Penguins captain took a huge step towards returning to game action on Thursday. The Penguins have confirmed that Crosby has been cleared for contact in practice, which ESPN.com NHL reporter Pierre LeBrun passed along via Twitter. Thursday's practice will be the first time since January that Crosby has seen contact on the ice.

The Penguins have been responsible about not rushing Crosby back to action too soon, but even the most patient of Penguins fans probably aren't going to stop themselves about thinking about his imminent return upon hearing this news. Though no timetable has been set by the Penguins, Crosby could return to game action in a couple of weeks if he does not suffer any recurring symptoms from his January concussion.

For more on Crosby and the Pens, check out SB Nation Pittsburgh and SB Nation's Pittsburgh Penguins blog PensBurgh.

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Sidney Crosby Concussion Recovery Continues; Star Won't Return Until He's 100 Percent

Sidney Crosby met with the media on Wednesday for the first time in months, addressing the ongoing concussion problems that have plagued him since January. There's still no timetable for his return, and the doctors that have handled his case stressed repeatedly that they'll take their time in "reconditioning" Crosby for a return to the game. 

They did, however, express their extreme confidence in his eventual return at 100 percent health. 

Dr. Michael Collins said that Crosby has seen "significant improvements" of his symptoms lately. He called Crosby's concussion one of the vestibular system in the brain, the part of the brain that takes in sensory information. The doctor explained that with a vestibular system injury, the brain gets "foggy" when there's a lot of motion -- as there is when one is playing hockey. 

Collins also said that Crosby is a "Ferrari" when it comes to his vestibular system, and that it's that system that makes him such an elite player. In other words, his sensory perception is incredible and above and beyond that of most other people, but this concussion has affected that. When asked if the doctors feel he'll be able to regain the full health of that system, they expressed even more confidence. But they also stressed that it hasn't happened yet.

Dr. Ted Carrick explained that Crosby's brain injury gave him issues with stability and understanding where his body was in relation to space, but that after treatment, they've been able to correct those issues and that Crosby is progressing. It was pretty in-depth stuff the doctor discussed, but essentially, it seems as though they've almost reconstructed the way his brain processes such information. 

All parties stressed that Crosby will not make a return to the ice until he's at 100 percent, even when it's hard to gauge exactly when he's 100 percent because his 100 percent is so superior to that of a normal patient. He was at about 89 percent, according to doctors, when symptoms returned during his recovery and he was forced to take a step back in that recovery.

In essence, there's really no news on this Wednesday. Crosby isn't retiring -- or even thinking about it, he says -- just as he isn't making a triumphant return to the ice right away. As expected, the Penguins, the doctors and Crosby himself are taking their time in assuring that they get to 100 percent before an eventual return. We don't know when that's going to happen. 

For more on the Penguins, check in with SB Nation's Pensburgh.

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Sidney Crosby Cleared To Practice With Teammates, According To Report

The Pittsburgh Penguins received great news on Wednesday morning.

Their star, leader and captain will be joining them on the road. Sidney Crosby has been cleared to skate with his teammates in practice, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

The Post-Gazette is reporting that it's just a return to game-day morning skates, which don't include contact. The Trib report seems to insinuate that he will take contact. 

No. 87 will travel with his team to Florida for a two-game swing against the Panthers and Lightning, and while he won't play in game action, it's still a huge step in his recovery. He's been out since January 5 with a concussion, and there's been talk that he won't return at all this season.

That's still a possibility, of course. Crosby hasn't experienced any negative effects in the individual workouts he's been going through over the last few weeks, but there's no telling what will happen with full-speed, full-contact practices. 

Obviously, the Penguins are a much more dangerous team with Crosby in the lineup. Time is running out on the regular season, and there's no guarantee he could be back for the postseason, but this encouraging news is at least reason for optimism in Pittsburgh. Should Crosby return, the Pens will be even more of a force in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

For more, visit SB Nation's Pensburgh.

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Sidney Crosby Out With Concussion

Multiple sources have reported that Sidney Crosby’s mysterious “upper body injury” is officially a concussion. Coach Dan Bylsma said in his post-game that Crosby will miss one week and that he was symptom-free following the hit from David Steckel in the waning moments of the Winter Classic.

Bylsma had no comment when asked if Victor Hedman’s hit, a hit for which Hedman was assessed a boarding call in Pittsburgh’s 8-1 win over Tampa last night, caused the concussion.

Pensburgh has all of the latest news, including speculation that the Penguins may have let Crosby play with a concussion against Tampa last night.

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