Sidney Crosby wasted no time in making his mark in his first game since January, scoring on a breakaway 5:24 into the first period and adding another goal and two more assists in Pittsburgh’s 5-0 win over the New York Islanders on Monday night.
It was Crosby’s first game since early January, when he suffered hits to the head in consecutive games on Jan. 1 and Jan. 5. It was his first goal since a two-goal game on Dec. 28, 2010.
Crosby finished the game with two goals, two assists, eight shots and a plus-3 plus/minus rating in 15:23 time on ice. He was awarded the first star of the game. Update: After the game, the Penguins' Twitter account had a quote from Crosby: "I've been waiting a long time to have this chance to go out there. I gave it my best effort. I'm happy it went well. I expect people to be loud, but this was far beyond what I expected. Unbelievable ovation. I always remember that."