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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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The Bruins have struggled this year in matinee games, but "struggle" doesn't do the first period of Sunday's game against the Penguins justice. Whether it's the Bruins having a bad 20 minutes or just that the Pens are really, really good, NESN Nation's Dan Duquette was impressed by the Penguins without Sidney Crosby. But do they need Sid the Kid to contend...
It will be an immense day for the National Hockey League on Thursday, when the game's best player is planning to return. Since January 1st, 2010, more than a year ago, Sidney Crosby has played only 9 games. He tried to make a comeback earlier this season but went back to the injured reserve when his concussion-like symptoms returned."I feel good, and the plan is to play...
There are currently four teams that have more points than the Pittsburgh Penguins. Don’t let the standings fool you. With Sidney Crosby returning to the lineup, the Penguins are undoubtedly the NHL’s team to beat.The current winning streak the Penguins are on – nine games, by the way – is fascinating. Their level of competition hasn’t been great, but winning that many...
Pens (42-21-5, 18-13-3 road) at NYR (44-18-7, 24-7-2 home), Madison Square Garden, 7:00 pm EDT
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Sidney Crosby might not be the only one that could be back in the Penguins lineup tomorrow. It’s rumored that Kris Letang, who was out for the last several games with a recurrence of concussion like symptoms, could dress for Thursday’s showdown with the Rangers. The return of Letang would be a huge boost for the power play and would virtually complete the Penguins’ season...
We all know it's any day now we will witness the second coming of Sidney Crosby. But when 87 returns, who will be on his wings?Obviously the line of James Neal, Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz has been one of, if not the top line in the NHL. Adding a player like Crosby into a line like that sounds promising, but it's the wrong move.Why would you want to break up the chemistry...
Looks like the Rangers are listening (via New York Times)...Brian Boyle..."Look, don't get me wrong. I'm happy for him that he's healthy. But our mentality cannot change and it will not change. When we play against Crosby, we have to play him hard."Carl Hagelin...“It’s always fun to go up against the best player. We just have to make sure all our emotion...
NBC Sports and the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will be offering a comprehensive slate of college hockey and NHL action over the next week. It all starts tonight as NBCSN has the return of Sidney Crosby as the Penguins take on the Rangers in New York. College hockey takes over Friday and Saturday as the
“I believe he will play the way he knows best, which is to compete at the highest level he can.”
“He is very strong mentally and will be ready for it. If he had any doubt about his abilities he wouldn’t risk it. Hockey is also what he loves to do.”
-Pat Brisson, player agent for Sidney Crosby. More on Crosby from Helene Elliott of the LA Times.
This is what many hockey folks are wondering when it comes to tonight’s tilt between the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden.
For starters, it is both a divisional- and conference- battle. The Blueshirts currently hold a six point lead over the Penguins as the top spot in both the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference.
On the other side, the Penguins...
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It would be very easy for the Blueshirts to simply forget about tonight and turn their attention to Thursday night’s tilt with the Pittsburgh Penguins. With Sidney Crosby announcing that he will definitely be in the lineup for that game, it would...
Glen Sather at GM meetings: with a healthy Sidney Crosby, the Penguins are the best team in the NHL.— Chris Botta (@ChrisBottaNHL) March 14, 2012
...assuming Sather is trying to deflect some pressure off his team, but until the Pens overtake the Rangers in the standings I'm going to continue to say the Rangers are better.Remember to follow me on Twitter & Facebook or...