Mar. 15, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) before the game against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE
Sidney Crosby's return may have been the major storyline, but it was another one of his returning teammates that stole the show.
Crosby had one assist in his first game since December 5, but Kris Letang finished with a plus-5 in his first game since February 29 as the Pittsburgh Penguins won their 10th straight game in a 5-2 win over the New York Rangers.
Matt Cooke scored twice, while Evgeni Malkin finished with a goal and an assist. It was just the fifth game this season that Malkin, Crosby and Letang all played in the same game and it was obvious as the Penguins earned the fourth 10-game-plus winning streak in franchise history. Pittsburgh pulled within just four points behind New York for first in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference.
With Crosby and Letang back as well as Malkin firing on all cylinders, the Penguins are the team to beat in the NHL.