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Sidney Crosby – The day after edition

Nov 22, 2011, 8:11 AM EDT

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All right so Crosby’s first game back was just about everything anyone who is a fan of his or the Penguins could’ve hoped for. Scoring two goals and adding two assists after missing nearly a year of action makes for a pretty special night no matter how you look at it. What can we take away from his first game in general though? There’s a few things.

1. There’s no doubt about Crosby’s legs. The speed in which Crosby got around Andrew MacDonald to score his first goal must’ve taken MacDonald by surprise because he was slow to react on the play and got blown right by before Sid finished with a backhand roof shot to beat Anders Nilsson.

2. Dan Bylsma stuck to his plan after letting Crosby run wild in the first period. Crosby played 7:10 of the first leading us to believe that there was no way he was going to just play 12-15 minutes. He finished the night just over 15 minutes of ice time cycling Crosby out of his line at times with either Evgeni Malkin or Jordan Staal. Nice options to have.

3. Sid looked a bit winded at times and hey, who can blame him. Yes, he’s had nearly a year away from the game but spinning your wheels for the first time in a real game sequence can burn you out fast. It happens to the best of the players out there and definitely happened to Crosby. The Penguins might be most thankful to Travis Hamonic for not treating Crosby with kid gloves.

4. I’ll be the party pooper a bit here. Yes, Crosby lit up a emotionless wet blanket of a team in the Islanders who were more than happy to throw out 21 year-old rookie Nilsson in goal to deal with that circus atmosphere last night. We’ll get a slightly better judgment of how far along Crosby is when the Pens face the Blues on Wednesday night and Ottawa on Friday.

There’s plenty to like out of what Crosby did in his first game, now we’ll get to see how he follows things up on Wednesday night.

  1. BlackandGoldMNBruinsFan - Nov 22, 2011 at 8:33 AM

    Talk to me when he plays a real team.

    • davemeisner - Nov 22, 2011 at 9:34 AM

      your an idiot. you couldn’t get 4 points in a Tim Bits game.

      • BlackandGoldMNBruinsFan - Nov 22, 2011 at 12:01 PM

        But it’s apparent that Sid the Kid could…all I’m saying is, make a difference when you’re NOT playing a tim bits team like the Islanders…why is that so scandalous to say? I hope he is back and can dominate a top-tier team…Concussby homer, are you?

        Also, I’m not the idiot, *you’re* the idiot.

      • tk1966 - Nov 22, 2011 at 1:36 PM

        Whats with the obnoxious Bruins fans all of the sudden? You win a cup and the morons come out of the woodwork – not saying that all Bruins fans are morons, just some of the new, more vocal ones. (I should be careful throwing around the term “moron”. I just might get hit with the playground classic “I know you are but what am I” comeback)

        And speaking of playground… Concussby? Really? Dude, thats lame. Come back and try again after juice and nap time.

      • danphipps01 - Nov 22, 2011 at 2:26 PM

        Isn’t that usually what happens the year after a team wins a Cup? Bandwagon fair-weather types run their mouths for a season then vanish when their team inevitably fails to win two in a row. Last year a lot of ‘Hawks “fans” (note: real ‘Hawks fans, no quarrel with you, I know you’re better than this) talked shit and waxed egotistical. This year? Haven’t seen one. Next year it’ll be someone else. The obnoxious Bruins fair-weathers will go away next year, leaving the true fans, who love their teams enough not to make them look bad by being classless and stupid.

      • BlackandGoldMNBruinsFan - Nov 22, 2011 at 3:55 PM

        “Obnoxious?” For wanting to see Crosby put up these types of numbers against a real team? Sorry, didn’t realize we were so sensitive on this site. I’m all for a great comeback story when a heinous concussion occurs like it did to Sidney, but what’s with fawning all over the kid? I make a lighthearted joke towards the fool who doesn’t check his spelling before his character attack, and you start whining immediately?

        Don’t worry, I won’t call you a moron, don’t want this to denigrate in to just character attacks like you all are trying…bandwagon fair-weather types? Based on what? Good assumptions, I guess, when fighting in a comments section on a blog?

  2. toegoat - Nov 22, 2011 at 9:03 AM

    there isn’t one player on the bruins ,or any other team for that matter, that is as good as sid… first it was “he won’t score last night” (then he scored 4x), now its “they didn’t play a good team” or “it won’t last”, get over it THE MAN IS BACK SO LOOK OUT LEAGUE

  3. hockeybiasdotcom - Nov 22, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    In case you’ve been living in a snow cave the last 24 hours. Sid is back and had an awfully good night last night! Here’s a video of his first goal early on:

    http://www.hockeybias.com/hockey-news-past/2011/November/Sidney-Crosby-Return-Goal-vs-Islanders-11-21-11–video.html

    • hystoracle - Nov 22, 2011 at 4:17 PM

      Lots of stick checking on that goal. If mcdonald steps up and puts him on his rear instead of doing his impersonation of a turnstile there is no goal. Soft defense. And the second one was horrid goaltending – about as soft as they come.

  4. davemeisner - Nov 22, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    No matter what team you play, 2 goal and 4 points don’t “just” happen. It’s good for the NHL that he’s healthy and back. I’m not even a Pens fan and I’m happy to see him back on the ice.

    • kellyb9 - Nov 22, 2011 at 11:22 AM

      Agreed… but as a Flyers fan I’m looking forward to beating him. :-)

    • polegojim - Nov 24, 2011 at 2:15 PM

      Evidently Dave, they do.

  5. polegojim - Nov 22, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Great first game. I just hate all the phenom crap.

    • jpelle82 - Nov 22, 2011 at 10:45 AM

      i would agree he is no longer a phenom…he is the proven best hockey player in the world…he was a phenom 5 years ago.

      • hystoracle - Nov 22, 2011 at 4:17 PM

        I bet he can’t play goal.

      • polegojim - Nov 23, 2011 at 12:27 AM

        He had a great game…. and he’ll have many others with ZERO points.

        I give him all the credit he deserves for being one of the ‘current’ best. That’s it.

        Your man crush is disgusting.

        Do you smoke a cigarette after each time you look at his poster on your ceiling?

  6. nhmac - Nov 22, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Dude is absolutely disgusting. Welcome back Sid!

  7. brianforster - Nov 22, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    You can’t discredit Sid because of the Islanders. I’m a huge Caps fan and I want Ovie to be dominate again. Every time we play a team/goalie that I think Ovie might dominate, I am let down.

    • brianforster - Nov 22, 2011 at 10:50 AM

      damn typos… dominant*

  8. toegoat - Nov 22, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    jpelle82: I agree

  9. lsxphotog - Nov 22, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Phenomenal comeback, that’s for sure. I hope the Versus team finished up with him early enough for him to get some sleep…they were licking their lips all night. What a joke. Glad he’s back, just relax and enjoy and stop talking about it so much.

  10. jpelle82 - Nov 22, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    the points were nice but as a pens fan i was mostly excited about the much needed face-off wins. malkin is terrible, i almost cheer for him to get kicked out of the face-off because kunitz, neal, sullivan seem to win more than he does anyway. its nice to have sid back for those initial powerplay face-offs, its not an easy clear for the opponent and 15 seconds wasted right off the bat.

  11. toegoat - Nov 22, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    concussby… wow that is very clever Lmao(not really)

  12. toegoat - Nov 22, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    the bruins would take crosby in a heartbeat and he would man the top line… just saying

  13. hystoracle - Nov 22, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Penguins had a lot of emotion from the comeback and the crowds energy that was driven by it. The played with a playoff intensity. The Islanders were trying to get out of town as fast as possible and were clearly disinterested in playing a playoff level game.
    I definitely not a Bruins or Flyers fan but those are two matchups with the Pens I would be interested in seeing.

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