Dan Bylsma promised to keep Sidney Crosby's minutes under control as his star center eased his way back into the lineup following a three-month layoff.
It might be time to take the shackles off.
Crosby collected five assists during Pittsburgh's three-game road trip through New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia that saw the Penguins pull within a point of the Eastern Conference-leading Rangers with three weeks to go in the season.
Flashing the speed and playmaking that made him the best player in the world before concussion-like symptoms in January 2011 sidelined him for basically 14 months, Crosby skated a combined 49 minutes over four days as Pittsburgh extended its winning streak to 11 straight before falling in the final second of overtime to the Flyers on Sunday.
The former MVP hardly seemed taxed by the workload, his No. 87 a blur during the extra session.
''He looked good, had some jump,'' Bylsma said. ''You saw that right through the overtime. He had a couple of good opp...