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Crosby celebrates scoring a goal.
When Crosby returned briefly before being sidelined again, he netted two goals and helped on two more in the Penguins’ 5-0 win over the New York Islanders.
However, he only had an assist in his return to action in March. He eventually found his timing and finished the season with eight goals in 22 games.
After spending the lockout representing the NHL Players’ Association in labor negotiations, it took Crosby a little while to get his timing down pat for the abbreviated season. It wasn’t until his third game that he finally found the back of the net.
It didn’t take long for his timing to click again. Since that third game of the season, Crosby has scored six more goals—including one two-goal night.
Crosby’s playmaking skills were seemingly unaffected by his injury, but his timing took a little while to come back. Regardless, Crosby is just as capable of putting the puck in the net as he is making the pass that turns into a goal.
For someone who has missed so much ice time between an injury and the lockout, Crosby looks as good as ever—hardly showing any signs of a concussion.
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