By Ross Guidotti

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Sidney Crosby returned to the Penguins’ lineup Monday night and the fans were happy to see him back on the ice.

Crosby wasted no time in making an impact on the game either. On the first shift of the game, Christ Kunitz received a pass from Crosby and fired the shot off the crossbar.

Minutes later, Crosby took a pass in full flight in the neutral zone, blew by the defense and ripped a backhander over Islanders’ goaltender Anders Nilsson.

“The way he came back was as if he didn’t miss a beat, as if it was the first game of the regular season and last year’s injury never happened,” one man said.

Some of the concerns about Crosby’s return to the ice revolved around how he would respond to taking contact.

In the first period, Crosby received a couple of decent hits and popped right back up.

Now that he’s back, what could this mean for the rest of the season?

“The third line is really a first line for anybody else. So, when you have three first lines that’s pretty impressive. It’s hard to stop,” one man said.

As far as comparisons go, when Mario Lemieux came out of retirement in 2000, he notched a goal and two assists.

Crosby bested Lemieux with two goals and two assists.

The one constant –  their teams both won 5-0.


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