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Crosby’s return will be on NBCSN

Mar 13, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

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Sidney Crosby announced after Tuesday’s practice that he plans to make his return on Thursday against the New York Rangers (7pm ET). If you want to watch the game, be sure to check out NBCSN.

The Penguins will ease him back into the lineup by putting him on the third line with Tyler Kennedy and Matt Cooke. However, Crosby got four points in his first return attempt on Nov. 21 while being limited to 15:54 minutes of ice time.

Even before Crosby announced his return, this was a big game for both teams. The New York Rangers lead the Eastern Conference, but the Pittsburgh Penguins aren’t far behind. Both have a legitimate shot of finishing the 2011-12 campaign with the top seed in the Eastern Conference, while the other will be forced to settle for the fourth seed or worse.

  1. reachers87 - Mar 13, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Game on to the rest of the NHL! Welcome back 87! And hopefully soon to 58.

    • nyr1 - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:21 PM

      Keep blowing this guy, bettman! What a joke. That’s why this guy is hated by every real nhl fan except pens fans. Fairweather fans like watching him because of his skill, because they don’t see how he acts on the ice. Biased officiating in pens games and preferential treatment by the league- hence this game being picked up by NBCSN. We hate him not because of jealousy (we all know he’s good)- it’s because of the whining and crying that he does to the refs, and then going around slewfooting people like a coward.

  2. sidsgirthysoupcan - Mar 13, 2012 at 5:13 PM


    • soupcansid - Mar 13, 2012 at 7:20 PM

      welcome back sir.

  3. blacc24 - Mar 13, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    Here comes OUR cup!

  4. govtminion2 - Mar 13, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Can’t wait til this years parade, they will need a heavy duty flat-bed to carry around soupcan and his cup!! Of course this game is gonna be nationally televised, watching the pens is like watching an all star game. Tune in folks the soupcan is coming and taking no prisoners

    • stakex - Mar 13, 2012 at 10:47 PM

      Its bad luck to plan a parade without a victory to celebrate you know.

  5. bmoreredfury311 - Mar 13, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Now was this game originality scheduled to air on NBCSN or is this going to be solely on the fact that Cindy coming back? If that’s the case, that’s pretty sad. I know ratings rule all when it come to NBC but come on.. Glad hes back, because now pit fans doesn’t have the excuse ” well if we had Cindy we would of won”.. your right game on.

    • bcs1283 - Mar 13, 2012 at 6:29 PM

      You mean during their 9 game winning streak? Get back under your bridge, troll.

    • soupcansid - Mar 13, 2012 at 7:17 PM

      sounds like your team and backstrom. wonk.

  6. govtminion2 - Mar 13, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Don’t knock NBC for going where the money’s at. Personally, I think SID’s comeback should be broadcast on every major tv outlet, much like a president’s speech. I would skip the birth of my next born child to watch the almighty soupcan return to action

  7. buffalomafia - Mar 13, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Welcome back Cynthia Crosby! I know you will be crying as soon as u get checked!

    Cynthia Crosby will hoist the cup this June!

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 13, 2012 at 6:48 PM

      I’m shocked that you of all people would post something like this. You make fleurysteeth look like a mature and upstanding member of society.

      • fleurysteeth - Mar 13, 2012 at 7:03 PM

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 13, 2012 at 7:20 PM

        Fleury does look damn good whenever he’s not scoring on himself.

  8. soupcansid - Mar 13, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Soup Can Army OG checking in!

  9. govtminion2 - Mar 13, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Fluerysteeth, keep up the wonderful work, you make my loins ache with laughter, also, If it’s not top secret, where do you get all the wonderful gifs?

    • fleurysteeth - Mar 13, 2012 at 7:32 PM

  10. sidsgirthysoupcan - Mar 13, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    soup can sid is going to poop on all of your mothers chest.

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  12. sjsharksfan11 - Mar 13, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Thanks for the heads up NBC. I’ll make sure to not have the channel on. Oma side note: pretty pathetic this soup can guy makes a gazillion usernames to post the same immature crap.

    • fleurysteeth - Mar 13, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    • bmoreredfury311 - Mar 13, 2012 at 11:16 PM

      Wtf is soup can sid, please explain it to me. because god knows I’m a small minded caps fan and i don’t give gay names like that to players… and i agree with you sjsharkfan11, thank you NBC, for being non bias O wait.. YOUR’RE NOT ALONG WITH PHT… lets go rangers !!, we all know, (even pit fans) that the rangers are a better team. And winning nine in a row doesn’t mean sh”*”t in the regular season..let’s see what happens in the post season.. Cindy held to one goal against the Habs in his last post season appearance in 2010. I would have something to say about 2011, but he wasn’t there.. i wonder why? P.S. We all know we cant touch him without a call, but we’ll( the other 29 teams) will find a way around it.. go F yourself Campbell’s Chunky soup nation. I’m so glad hes back.. NO EXCUSE’S :) hate on that all you want.

  13. reachers87 - Mar 13, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Game originally scheduled for NHL Network, but NBCSN picked it up immediately.

  14. acieu - Mar 13, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Head shot coming

  15. stakex - Mar 13, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    I’m glad to see Crosby back despite the fact I can’t stand him. Its a shame to see anyone suffer a career threatening injury no matter who it is.

    I’m also glad the game is on NBCSN since thats the only way I can get Rangers games in my area (no MSG, and Rangers games on NHL Network/Center Ice are blacked out in this area). With that said, I am against the network carrying the game JUST becuase Crosby is coming back…. again. It was understandable the first time around when he was coming back from a year long injury and all, but this time it makes little sense. I doubt many casual fans who aren’t Pens fans to begin with will tune in since, well Crosby already made his big come back. This is kinda like the B reel version of it, and I think it would have been fine to leave it on the NHL Network instead of showing favoritism to Crosby and the Pens.

    Either way though, I’m happy I get to watch the Rangers bring the pens back down to earth. Going to be a great game.

  16. pensfan8718 - Mar 14, 2012 at 7:12 AM

    fury311 really? when was the last time the Caps won the cup? And while very true winning a bunch of games in a row in the regular season means very little towards the playoffs I’m pretty Damn sure that the Caps have had their own problems with the Pens in the playoffs. I would expect u to root for the Rangers, but all of these Ranger fans saying bow the Pens won’t have and excuse? I think we played the Rangers just a few weeks ago without Sid, and the final was 2-0 Pens.

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