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Sidney Crosby Returns Vs New York Rangers

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Published on Mar 15, 2012

Sidney Crosby Returns Vs New York Rangers


Sidney Crosby was on the ice for three of Pittsburgh's five goals, and defenceman Kris Letang was out there for all of them.

The Penguins are suddenly the picture of health, and the NHL's hottest team is making the Eastern Conference playoff race a fight to the finish.

Crosby returned from a 40-game absence caused by concussion symptoms, and Letang rejoined the lineup after missing the past five because of the same ailment. That gave the Penguins their most complete lineup in months, and Pittsburgh responded with a thorough 5-2 victory over the East-leading New York Rangers on Thursday night.

The Penguins have won 10 straight, including two wins over the Rangers in that spurt, and now trail New York by four points. Pittsburgh has 13 games left, compared to 12 for the Rangers.

Crosby was hoping he wouldn't mess up any chemistry created by his teammates while he was out.

"I didn't want to be that guy," the 24-year-old centre said. "I obviously knew we were playing really well. There was a little bit of adjustment, playing wing, things like that. I thought everyone played great, and I'm happy we got the win."

Crosby played for the first time since he was forced to the sidelines on Dec. 5. He got on the score sheet with an assist, but his presence provided so much more that can't be analyzed by numbers.

Sidney Crosby Returns Vs New York Rangers
Sidney Crosby Returns Vs New York Rangers
Sidney Crosby Returns Vs New York Rangers
Sidney Crosby Returns Vs New York Rangers

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