Sidney Crosby is again.
The Penguins have thrived regardless of the prolonged absence of the three-time Stanley Cup winner, posting a 18-6-Four file since Nov. 9, tied for the second-best mark within the league throughout that span.
“I do not suppose it is ever simple to be affected person whenever you’re watching,” Crosby mentioned. “I imply you need to play. However like I mentioned, it has been nice to see [the results] and we have to proceed to do the identical factor.”
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Crosby had been coping with a core harm earlier than aggravating it in opposition to Chicago on Nov. 9. He had 5 objectives and 17 factors in 17 video games with Pittsburgh earlier than occurring injured reserve. The 28 video games he missed was his longest absence since he was restricted to 22 video games in the course of the 2011-12 season whereas coping with concussion-like signs.
The workforce initially estimated Crosby would miss not less than six weeks. When he pulls on his acquainted No. 87 sweater Tuesday night time, it will likely be almost 9 weeks since his surgical procedure.
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“It is a gradual course of,” mentioned Crosby, including “Guys who’ve been injured, and we now have quite a lot of them this 12 months, know what that is like, you are simply pleased to get again.”