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November 22nd 2011 04:10
It was an electric night at the Consol Energy Center tonight, as Sidney Crosby made his long awaited return. The Consol Energy Center errupted as Sidney Crosby was announced in the starting lineup for the Pens'.

It couldn't have been a greater night for his return from his 10 month recovery. Crosby scored 5 minutes into the first period to make it 1-0. The arena blew up, as did the the Penguins bench. Crosby came up through the neutral zone with speed, took the puck wide and roofed it on his backhand. It was like he hadn't missed a beat.

The Pens' then made it 2-0 with a goal by Brooks Orpik with just under 4 minutes left to play in the first, and who else got an assist on the play but Sidney Crosby. He made a remarkable play to keep control of the puck as it came down the side boards, played it back to Orpik who was at the point, who fired it top shelf.

Evgeni Malkin had a great night as well scoring a goal and adding an assist to his totals. His goal came in the 2nd period on the power play, when Crosby laid the puck off to Kris Letang who shot the puck hard at the net. The puck bounced to the side Malkin took a quick shot, Nilsson stopped it however Malkin burried the rebound to give the Pens' a 3-0 lead, Crosby with 3 points already in his return.

Steve Sullivan scored just under 3 minutes later, with a nice tip in on Malkin's original shot. This made the game 4-0 and put the game out of reach for the Islanders, as if it wasn't already.

Sidney Crosby wouldn't stop there however, the competitor inside him just kept going. He didn't slow down all night, and picked up his 2nd of the night, and 4th point. Crosby took control of the puck behind the net and battled with Milan Jurcina for control, Crosby retained possesion of the puck even after being knocked to 1 knee by Jurcina. He took the puck up the half boards, quickly turned back down to the corner and put a back-hander on net fooling Nilsson.

The Pens' won the game 5-0, with strong efforts from everyone, however Sidney Crosby's effort was unmatched. The story book ending, finished with Sid the Kid being called the first star of the game, which indeed was well deserved.

Welcome back Sid, it's nice to see you haven't missed a step.

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Comment by TimmyH6

November 22nd 2011 18:07
Not good for us Caps fans, but am glad he's back. And here's hoping he stays healthy.

Comment by Anonymous

November 22nd 2011 20:41
Agreed, he brings a great energy to the sport, fans want to see him play regardless of who he beats.

Caps' will do just fine with him back, it just might make the next caps pens' game a little more interesting

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