Islanders-Penguins Final Score: Crosby Scores Two Goals As Pittsburgh Blanks New York, 5-0

Sidney Crosby makes his season debut against the Islanders after extensive rehabbing to get past the lingering effects of a concussion he suffered last season.

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Sidney Crosby Talks NHL Return; Winning Performance In Penguins 5-0 Blowout Over Islanders

Penguins' captain Sidney Crosby made his triumphant return to professional hockey on Monday night, scoring two goals with two assists in Pittsburgh's 5-0 shutout over the New York Islanders at the CONSOL Energy Center.

"Sid the Kid" bounced back from a ten-month layoff stemming from head trauma suffered in consecutive games last season, but showed nos signs of rust in his much-ballyhooed return to the home ice.

Said Crosby:

"I can't even describe it. I was excited. I was anxious. I had a lot of different things going through my mind. But the main thing was just enjoying playing. That's what I've missed the last 10 months. I was mad at myself for putting myself in that position [to get checked]. I'm glad I kind of got that over with too, early on. There's going to be more hits and probably harder ones."

The Islanders were no match for the red-hot Penguins and remain in last place in the Eastern Conference after losing back-to-back games.

For more on the fallout from tonight's game visit our Islanders blog Lighthouse Hockey and our Penguins blog Pensburgh.

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Islanders-Penguins Final Score: Sidney Crosby Leads Pittsburgh To 5-0 Shutout Win Over New York

Ladies and gentlemen, Sidney Crosby is back.

The Penguins captain only needed one goal to beat the New York Islanders on Monday night at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Instead, he got two.

Crosby also had two assists in his return from a 10-month layoff stemming from head trauma suffered in consecutive games last season, leading his team to a 5-0 rout over the Islanders.

After Crosby broke a 0-0 tie with a first period backhand (assisted by Pascal Dupuis and Zbynek Michalek), Brooks Orpik slapped one in with a little help from Crosby and Dupuis.

The second period brought more abuse from the home team, as Evgeni Malkin (assisted by Crosby and Kris Letang) scored on the power play followed by Steve Sullivan's tip-in (assisted by Malkin and James Neal) just over two minutes later.

Crosby (assisted by Dupuis and Michalek) put the icing on the cake at 2:06 of the final frame to make it five-zip. The Penguins improve to 12-6-3 with the win while the Islanders fall to 5-10-3 in defeat.

For more on the fallout from tonight's game visit our Islanders blog Lighthouse Hockey and our Penguins blog Pensburgh.




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Sidney Crosby Scores In Return Against The Islanders

The Pittsburgh Penguins had a pretty good record coming into Monday night’s face-off against the New York Islanders at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Now, with the return of Sidney Crosby, it looks like it’s about to get even better.

Crosby, who was riding the pine for nearly a year following a severe concussion, scored the opening goal of the game, assisted by Pascal Dupuis and Deryk Engelland.

The CONSOL Energy Center, as expected, went bananas.

Crosby’s goal lit a fire under the keisters of the already-red hot Penguins, who now lead the Islanders 4-0 heading into the third period.

In addition to "Sid the Kid," Brooks Orpik, Evgeni Malkin and Steve Sullivan all had goals for the home team.

And there is still 15 minutes of hockey to be played.

That’s bad news for the visitors, who need a miracle (or at least a huge third period) to make this thing competitive.

Stay tuned.




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