Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is back.
After missing the whole month of April and Wednesday’s Game 1 quarterfinal matchup with the New York Islanders due to a broken jaw – the Pens reported that the Hart Trophy finalist was cleared by doctors Thursday to play in Friday’s Game 2.
Crosby had this to say:
“It’s going to take an adjustment period stepping into the playoffs after missing that much time. That being said, this is when you want to play. I’m pretty excited.”
It was reported yesterday by that Crosby skated on his normal top-line with forward’s Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz — which led speculation to believe he would return Friday.
While the reinsertion of Crosby is arguably the greatest news Pittsburgh could receive — there’s still a question as to how much ice-time the star forward will ultimately get.
Knowing Crosby — and acknowledging it’s the playoffs — he’ll most likely play his fair share of minutes.
Crosby was leading the entire NHL in scoring when he went down and thus finished the season tied for third with 56 points (15G, 41A) — four shy of Tampa Bay Lightning forward Martin St. Louis.
And considering Crosby played in 12 less games — it’s safe to say he would’ve easily won the scoring title.