One thing going into the season was that Sidney Crosby was not going to be around for the beginning. I along with several other Penguin fans remained optimistic to see #87 on the ice for the opener. It did not turn out that way but the season was not a total letdown for Penguin fans and Sidney Crosby.
Months and months dropped off the calendar. Penguin fans kept getting more and more impatient. Then on a night in November the Captain returned to lead his team once again. With all the excitement that has been building for nearly almost a year the fans within Consol Energy Center were able to let it all loose. Crosby returned to action on November 21st against the Islanders and did he ever have a return by scoring 2 goals and added two assists as he led his team to victory.
All looked like the ship was headed in the right direction. The Penguins had their Captain back once again and looked poise to take the Eastern Conference by storm. Then a game on December 5th against Boston sidelined Crosby once again with concussion like symptoms.
I was probably one of the many Penguin fans that thought Sidney Crosby will not be on the ice for the rest of the season and playoffs for another year. Crosby persevered and returned to the Penguins on March 15 against the Rangers. When Crosby returned for the 2nd time he recorded 6 goals and 19 assists en route to helping the Penguins secure home ice in the first round of the playoffs.
Crosby finished the very short 2011-2012 campaign with 8 goals and 29 assists. One bright spot from the season is that the Penguins will have Sidney Crosby healthy, barring any unforeseen incidences, for the 2012 season.