PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is returning, and will play in game 2 of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs against the NY Islanders.
The Penguins made the announcement Friday morning.
Sid said he met with a doctor earlier in the week, and at that time the doctor wasn’t ready to clear him to play.
The Penguins didn’t need Crosby’s help on Wednesday night, as they beat up on the Islanders 5-0.
The Penguins, the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, beat Evgeni Nabokov four times in the game’s first 22 minutes, including goals by Letang and Dupuis 32 seconds apart early in the second period to send Nabokov to the bench after he stopped just 11 shots.
Crosby, who has been out of the lineup since March 30 with a broken jaw, has been skating in full gear. Crosby also had an attachment added to his helmet to help protect his jaw.
Crosby was injured when a shot by Brooks Orpik deflected off of a New York Islanders’ player into his face. He lost several teeth in addition to the broken jaw.
Despite missing 12 games, Crosby still finished tied for third in the NHL scoring race with 56 points and he has torched the Islanders throughout his career, scoring 20 goals and dishing out 55 assists against the Islanders, the most points has against any team.
Game 2 is Friday night at CONSOL Energy Center.