Sidney Crosby Islanders
November 22, 2011 by staff
Sidney Crosby Islanders, After patiently waiting 320 days to resume his NHL career, Sidney Crosby needed just 5 minutes, 24 seconds to remind fans why he’s the face of the league. Crosby celebrated his return from a concussion Monday by scoring a goal on his third shift of the game and finished with two goals and two assists in a 5-0 win against the New York Islanders.
“You have a sense that is going to happen because it has happened on more than one occasion,” said Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma. “Certainly, he showed another knack for coming up big when the spotlight is on.”
Crosby received a thunderous ovation when he came out to play for the first time since Jan. 5 when he was injured on a hit by Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman. Crosby also received a hit in the head in the game before that.
“I can’t even describe it,” Crosby said of Monday’s game. “I was excited. I was anxious.
“I had a lot of different things going through my mind. But the main thing was just enjoying playing. That’s what I’ve missed the last 10 months.”
It was 21st time Crosby has scored four or more points in a game. His last time was Dec. 28, his final game in a 25-game point streak.
“I don’t think I could ever be surprised by the man because you learn to expect the unexpected,” said Pittsburgh forward Matt Cooke.
Crosby played 15:54, about six minutes less than last year’s average, and had a game-high eight shots on goal. He also went 14-7 in the faceoff circle.
After scoring his first goal since Dec. 28, Crosby uncorked a passionate celebration pose and an R-rated yell.
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