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Welcome back, Sidney


After missing almost 11 months of hockey, the Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby returned to the ice Monday night and didn't miss a beat.

Rarely has a hockey game in mid-November been must-see television, but Crosby's much-anticipated return made it a can't-miss game.

Boy, did Crosby deliver.

He picked up right where he left off in January when two concussions forced him from the game when he was the best player on the planet.

Less than six minutes into Monday's game against the Islanders, Crosby delivered his first goal. He followed with two more assists.

In the third period, Crosby's backhand found the back of the net to give him two goals and two assists in his return.

Every time he touched the puck, it was excitement. It felt like watching an overtime hockey game in the playoffs. You just knew something could happen at any second.

And it nearly did, too.

Crosby's game sure hasn't missed a beat while he was gone, but we sure did miss seeing him play.


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