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He’s back: Sidney Crosby will return on Thursday against Rangers

Mar 13, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

Sidney Crosby AP

Time to fire up the hype machine: “The Kid” is going to play.

The Penguins announced after practice this afternoon that Sidney Crosby will rejoin the Pittsburgh lineup Thursday night against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN). Crosby has been out since December 5 after suffering another concussion against the Bruins.

Crosby’s first comeback this season saw him play in just eight games before being knocked out of action, but in that time he scored two goals and added 10 assists including a dazzling display against the Islanders in his first game back notching two goals and two assists.

Crosby’s return to the Penguins lineup obviously means big things for Pittsburgh as they’ll have a healthy trio of Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Jordan Staal to work with, a rarity over the past two seasons. Now it’ll be up to coach Dan Bylsma to figure out how to set his lines with the league’s top talent returning to action. There’s tougher jobs out there I suppose.

Update (1:02 p.m.):  Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Bylsma will start Crosby off on a line with Tyler Kennedy and Matt Cooke. Nothing beats a challenge.

With the Penguins in the middle of a nine-game win streak, having Crosby rejoin them for a game on Broadway against the Eastern Conference’s No. 1 team certainly sets quite the stage for Thursday night.

  1. Stiller43 - Mar 13, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    OLE SOUP CANS BACK

  2. bct11554 - Mar 13, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    This is good now when the rangers beat them they will have no excuses

    • sportsfreak13 - Mar 13, 2012 at 1:13 PM

      you mean like the last game when the pens shutout the rangers 2-0 without Sid.

      • drewsylvania - Mar 13, 2012 at 7:06 PM

        I’m a Bruins fan, but damn, that’s a pwning.

  3. napoleonblownapart6887 - Mar 13, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Extremely excited, but remaining cautious in my optimism. Getting Sid and Letang back makes us the favorites for the cup in my estimation. That said, they both could be back in the press box come playoff time.

    Either way…..
    Let’s. Go. Pens.

  4. nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 13, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    As a hockey fan I would much rather see him play than not. But the nature of his injuries leaves many of us nervous about further problems. I wish him the very best of luck and hope we get to enjoy his brilliant abilities for many years, and I hope our worst fears come to nought.

  5. govtminion2 - Mar 13, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    The Soup Can has arrived, The Franchise is almost whole!!! Major Game Changer Time

    • scotch679 - Mar 13, 2012 at 5:34 PM

      Govt, speakin’ about soup, I hope Cynthia has no qualms with strained peas and straws.

  6. illcomm - Mar 13, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    I give him 45 minutes into the Rangers game till somebody taps on him and he will be sideline again.

  7. sidsgirthysoupcan - Mar 13, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    this is what the world has been waiting for. the return on jesus himself!!!! soup can army unite!

    • nyr1 - Mar 13, 2012 at 1:53 PM

      Wow you are gay. Cindy will be hurt again soon, don’t worry

      • fleurysteeth - Mar 13, 2012 at 2:08 PM

        the only injury he might sustain is a sore shoulder from lifting Lord Stanleys Cup over his head again with that sexy mustache over top those big luscious beautiful lips. mean while your mo goalie will be shreadin’ some blues on his guitar with some tennis Has Been.

        “when crosby came back… do doo do dooo do

        there was thing i could do… do doo do dooo do

        with his soup can talent and sexy lips… do doo do dooo do

        my puck stopping ability really blew… do doo do dooo do”

        feel free to add more verses.

      • fleurysteeth - Mar 13, 2012 at 2:27 PM

        “Marc cant defend Jordan… do doo do dooo do

        Tortorella looks like goblin… do doo do dooo do

        and when Pringles Can Malkin gets the puck… do doo do dooo do

        I cant stop him… do doo do dooo do”

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 13, 2012 at 2:34 PM

        nyr1: gay? Cindy? Seriously? Mindless ridicule based on gender and/or orientation isn’t even acceptable from someone in kindergarten, let alone from a teen or adult. It’s 2012. Grow up or shut up, please.

      • number87sidneycrosby - Mar 13, 2012 at 3:20 PM

        Cmon man, seriously? I thought I told you your comments were a bit too much for us to handle. If youre a real fan youll cut it out, the guys would really appreciate it if you did.

      • fleurysteeth - Mar 13, 2012 at 3:38 PM

        “So many haters on Pro Hockey Talk… do doo do dooo do

        I’m only here to support the Franchise… do doo do dooo do

        but when I post pure gold comments… do doo do dooo do

        unfunny sensitive nerds love to b1tch and whine… do doo do dooo do”

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 13, 2012 at 4:46 PM

        Pure gold comments? That one actually made me laugh. You’re incredibly delusional.

  8. lsxphotog - Mar 13, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Scoring on Henrick is a little more difficult for a return this time around. I look forward to seeing him back on the ice, and I look forward to the game.

  9. philk0731 - Mar 13, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    I hope he gets his head drilled into the boards, save your whining for next season Sid!

    • kitshky - Mar 13, 2012 at 1:49 PM

      you sir … are a massive and complete douche.

    • hockeyfan1701 - Mar 13, 2012 at 1:52 PM

      Did Mommy and Daddy let you use the computer when you got up from your afternoon nap????

    • Kristenaux - Mar 13, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      And you’re a fan of what? Licking dog sh!t off sidewalks? No mature fan of any sport wishes for athletes to be hurt seriously.

    • griffy66 - Mar 13, 2012 at 2:11 PM

      Must be a dumbass Flyers fan to make a comment like this…anyone wishing an injury on another player, even a hated rival is totally classless & clueless.

    • drewsylvania - Mar 13, 2012 at 7:08 PM

      Go say that at the game, internet coward.

  10. kitshky - Mar 13, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    As expected … 9 comments / 4 commenters ha.

    Best news I’ve heard all year, changes the East completely (hell changes hockey completely) and with the news that it was more of a soft tissue neck issue than another concussion you would think he’s back for good but ya … how can you not be nervous?

  11. lameasish - Mar 13, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Cindy, how original. How old are you dude? Grow up.

  12. fleurysteeth - Mar 13, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Look at all these fake Soup Can Army members. Let it be known that they were never official soldiers in the fight, but rather minions who were tossed aside like the weak babies in 300. Soup Can’s epic comeback game will be fully dedicated to the real fallen heroes who spent their time fighting the good fight: james.makes.your.mom.neal, mrs.kunitz.drippin.lips, myself (orpiks.eyes), letang.uses.pert.plus, richard.parks.dong, letangs.hair, and let us not forget the man who deserves a statue right next to Mario’s… pittsburgh.poon.slayer.

    • kitshky - Mar 13, 2012 at 2:21 PM

      of course youre the kind of kid who thumbs up his own post…

    • number87sidneycrosby - Mar 13, 2012 at 3:24 PM

      If I knew who you were Id ask the guys at the arena not to let you anywhere near it. The guys in the room love our fans but we think your obsession is over the top. Maybe even unhealthy. Its not helping us win games, thats for sure

      • fleurysteeth - Mar 13, 2012 at 4:04 PM

        This fraud has no sense of humor… do doo do dooo do

        he’s a dull as them come… do doo do dooo do

        he stole SoupCansArmy’s idea of using Penguins as personas… do doo do dooo do

        god, what an unoriginal bum… do doo do dooo do

  13. ottograham - Mar 13, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Just wann see the guy stay healthy and be a productive player. People consider the best case scenario, but it could also get ver yugly very quickly. One bad hit and it could be lights out all over again. Lets get healthy and that number one seed baby.

  14. icecoldpens37 - Mar 13, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Seeing a lot of comments about the potential matchup problems for other teams. Bylsma is doing a great job in this regard. Think about it:

    1) The top two lines have been on a tear this entire streak and shouldn’t be ripped apart. That’s how you “fix something that isn’t broken”

    2) Everyone remembers the offensive tear Sid was on before the concussions. What they don’t remember is how drastically better he was in the defensive zone. Remember, he even started killing penalties.

    These two facts combined with the line combos in practice are great for the TEAM. Top line is clearly the goal scoring line. Second and Third lines can grind, shutdown, and still put up huge points. No other team in the NHL can matchup against two lines, let alone three. This is also great for keeping Crosby’s minutes down while he adjusts to playoff-type hockey, especially with the penalty situation the way it is in the NHL.

    This is why Bylsma is (and could be again this year) the Jack Adam’s winner.

  15. martysbetter - Mar 13, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Adds more drama to an already exciting game, should be a good one.

  16. ironcity6pak - Mar 13, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Everything has changed now! Interesting to see how the lines will end up come playoff time.

  17. ottograham - Mar 13, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Lets get ten in a row and match the longest win streak of the season with Boston. Followed by complete domination over the weekend. Its good to be a Pittsburgh fan. This squad redeems all of the nonsense The Steelers displayed this season.

  18. bulldozer20 - Mar 13, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Spoiler Alert: Career ending concussion in the near future for sid the kid rosby. Pens suck and stink. Doesn’t it stink to suck?

    • miketoasty - Mar 13, 2012 at 4:59 PM

      You know he didn’t have a concussion right? You must not read very much as a couple months back he was diagnosed with spinal inflammation that cause concussion like symptoms, although it isn’t a concussion.

      Doesn’t it suck to be an idiot?

    • drewsylvania - Mar 13, 2012 at 7:09 PM

      Uh…look at the standings.

  19. nsmiff87 - Mar 13, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    For all the people who call Crosby ” Cindy crosby”, you obviously have nothing bad to say about him. GO PENS:)

  20. buffalomafia - Mar 13, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Cynthia Crosby is coming back to cry when the first player checks him!

    Regardless when Cynthia comes back the Pengiuns win the East!

  21. modellforprez - Mar 13, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    dear nhl fans you’ve been warned top 3 centers together tanger on his way back fleury on top of his game the special teams will b the difference this year. I believe that they’re 1 for 35 last yr In playoffs vs. tampa killed us now u gots sid geno neal kuny and tanger that’s all folks deliver lord stanley to 1001 5th ave. pgh pa 15222 thank you come again and hurry up and buy!!! INFAMOUS RECORDS CLINTON SPARKS.

  22. sidsgirthysoupcan - Mar 13, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    fluerys teeth, you’ll be happy to know I am the second coming of pittsburgh poon slayer. let the soup can army games begin boys!!!

    • fleurysteeth - Mar 13, 2012 at 6:14 PM

      we missed you. welcome back sir.

  23. elscorcho66 - Mar 13, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Please ignore the worst of the Penguins’ fan base.
    Welcome back Sid.

    • kitshky - Mar 13, 2012 at 6:15 PM

      We do pal … we do.

  24. steelcityfranchise - Mar 13, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    can’t wait for soupcan and geno to hoist the cup again this year. don’t try to fight it, it is just meant to happen, like being born with a soup can or pringles can between your legs….history will be made. yes, history will be made. just like this:

  25. buffalomafia - Mar 13, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Get it right! Cynthia Crosby will hoist the cup up with his skirt & high heels!

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

    Wait, there’s Pens fans who hate on Crosby?

  27. sidsgirthysoupcan - Mar 13, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    thank you. we will all have to meet up at the parade after they win the cup and slam down some beers and talk about how girthy sid and malkins cans are between their legs. I’m gonna have to say soup can sid is probably 7 inches…. around. the franchise has spoken!

    • steelcityfranchise - Mar 13, 2012 at 11:00 PM

      Indeed, sir. The dominance that will be unleashed once Letang and his greasy, yet masculine hair return to make the Franchise whole again will be studied by scientists for years to come.

      • chizmo - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:45 AM

        Crosby making triumphant return, Letang in the wings! Rejoice PENS fans!

  28. Buffalo Grumblings - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    Why don’t all you tough guys with your stupid comments lace on your skates and see how you do on the ice with all these guys. Everyone is tough sitting at a keyboard.

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