As everyone probably knows by now, Sidney Crosby made his return to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night, making his first appearance since suffering a concussion last spring. After months of setbacks and recurring headaches that he couldn't get rid of, Crosby finally got completely healthy and was able to take the ice against the New York Islanders. His debut went as well as anyone could have possibly imagined, as he scored twice and recorded two assists for a four-point debut. Here's video of Crosby talking about his return with reporters.
Crosby's been skating in full-contact practice for some time now, so it was just a matter of when the Penguins thought he was ready for full game speed, not if he would return soon. Not to disrespect the New York Islanders organization or fans, but this game probably did not just coincidentally fall on the day Dan Bylsma and Ray Shero thought Crosby was ready to go. A home game against a struggling opponent was always going to be the best game for Crosby to return in.
Crosby's second game should be a bit more of a challenge, as the St. Louis Blues come to Pittsburgh on Wednesday. The Pens are about to face a tough road trip after that game and another home match against the Ottawa Senators. In three consecutive games that will all be televised nationally, the Penguins play on the road against the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and Washington Capitals.
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