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He’s back: Sidney Crosby to play Monday night

Nov 20, 2011, 3:18 PM EDT

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Crosby Watch is over and now we can just watch Crosby.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will return to action on Monday night against the New York Islanders. It’ll be the first game Crosby has played since January 5 against Tampa Bay with a concussion and for the Penguins, they’ll finally get to see what life is like with a fully healthy and capable lineup. The Penguins’ careful concussion rehab with Crosby is about to pay off.

Crosby rejoins his team with the Penguins sitting tied atop the Eastern Conference with the Flyers and the Pens showing a tougher dedication to defense. Adding Crosby back to the lineup gives the Penguins an offensive lift unlike what any team could add. What will prove to be fascinating is seeing how Sid responds to coming back.

Crosby returns to a Penguins lineup that sees a lot of familiar faces still there but also has a gift awaiting him in the team’s top goal scorer in James Neal. If Crosby returns playing the way he did when he went out last season, Neal and the rest of the Penguins are going to get a huge lift and increases in their stats. Crosby was on a pace steamroll his way to a scoring title before being knocked out of action by Victor Hedman.

Seeing Sid come back in a game against the Islanders in Pittsburgh also sets things up for him to get off to a roaring start given how bad the Islanders have played this season.

Crosby coming back to action now also provides a welcome lift of good news after all the miserable news that’s plagued hockey the last few months. With Alex Ovechkin slumping in Washington, Crosby has the chance to give that superstar spark the Penguins and the league needs.

  1. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Nov 20, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    glad this will he or when he will finally end!

    • t16rich - Nov 20, 2011 at 5:23 PM

      Your grammar sucks.

      • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Nov 20, 2011 at 6:00 PM

        Sorry. Next time I will make sure to add a few commas for you sweetheart.

      • t16rich - Nov 21, 2011 at 12:17 AM

        Add as many commas as you want. That was pure illiteracy.

  2. 8man - Nov 20, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    Who the f##k cares?

    • hockeyfan1701 - Nov 20, 2011 at 8:59 PM

      Probably a lot of people, that is why they are covering the game……

  3. dollaz151 - Nov 20, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    That’s bush league canceling the bruins and habs for this ! Thanks verses abc BUSH LEAGUER!!

    People want to see games that have more history!!

    • mikevee1 - Nov 21, 2011 at 12:43 AM

      Here’s a thought, spring for Center Ice and you won’t miss anything.

  4. carol6645 - Nov 21, 2011 at 2:07 AM

    Here laughing out loud at 3am! What a bunch of comedians you are! Thanks for the memories. Halifax thanks you. :)

  5. carol6645 - Nov 21, 2011 at 2:09 AM

    8man is NOT funny. Did you have a bad day dear?

  6. carol6645 - Nov 21, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    A worse team could not be found for Crosby’s 1st game! It wasn’t picked, it was just scheduled that way.
    No one is protecting Crosby sending him out with hoodlums.
    The NYI’s NEED to play real hockey or have they forgotten?
    Maybe Shanahan has had an affect on them to PLAY HOCKEY not fight! Suspensions galore will NOT help them.

  7. carol6645 - Nov 21, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    The Penguins won so now we see the STARS! Bring on the Teddy Bears!

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