The Pittsburgh Penguins welcomed Sidney Crosby back yesterday. It was Crosby’s first practice since taking a puck to the face and breaking his jaw on March 30. Crosby, who has had a rough few years with injuries, is attempting to return to the Pittsburgh lineup in time for the Pens first round match up in the upcoming NHL Playoffs.
Understanding that this was just a practice won’t help the 8th seed New York Rangers get any sleep. Not only could Crosby’s return make it just about impossible for the Rangers to win this series, it could make this much needed trip to the Playoffs a short visit. Crosby will no doubt give the Penguins an added spark. In 65 playoff games Crosby has 90 points, 33 goals and 57 assists. There is no doubt that Crosby’s return is only going to fuel the goal scoring machine that is Pittsburgh.
Crosby’s teammates are happy for him, as reported by Chris Adamski of NHL.com “It was great”, said teammate Brandon Sutter.”It’s been, I’m sure, a long few weeks for him so it’s nice to get him back and see a smile on his face again. It looked like he was having fun again so hopefully he’ll be back (in game action) soon.” Crosby, who is wearing a cage, has a history of hits to the head. The Pens players and coaches will need to keep a close eye on him.
No team, no matter how many super stars are on the roster can afford to lose a top player like Sidney Crosby. Crosby needs to keep his head on a swivel, or next time we may be talking about how good of a player he was, not how good of a player he is.