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Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby will make his long-awaited return to the lineup Thursday night at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers, the team announced. The 24-year-old superstar has been out of the lineup since early December with what doctors described as a treatable soft-tissue injury in his neck which caused neurological symptoms similar to a concussion. "I feel good and the plan is to play Thursday," Crosby said after practice, according to NHL.com. "I got a good practice and I'm looking forward to getting out there Thursday." Crosby, who was cleared a week ago to participate in contact drills in practice, has been undergoing massages and other therapy for the injury, which was causing swelling in his top two vertebrae. The imminent return of one of the league's most dynamic players will give the NHL a boost with the playoffs less than a month away. The Penguins have managed to stay within four points of the East-leading Rangers behind their other star forward, Evgeni Malkin, who is leading the league in scoring with 38 goals and 46 assists. The former NHL MVP has played just eight games since suffering a concussion in Jan. 2011. After a prolonged recovery, Crosby finally returned to the lineup Nov. 21, tallying two goals and 10 assists in just eight games. The 2009 Stanley Cup champion was forced back to the sidelines after reporting he was again suffering symptoms thought to be concussion-related.
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