Despite suffering concussion-like symptoms that side-lined him for almost a year, Sidney Crosby A.K.A. Sid the Kid has established that he is still a strong player.
Crosby missed the first 20 games of the 2011–12 season due to the lingering effects of his concussion. He returned on November 21, 2011 against the New York Islanders, scoring two goals and two assists in a 5–0 shutout win for the Penguins. However, after playing another seven games, for a total of 12 points in 8 games, Crosby’s concussion-like symptoms returned in December 2011, possibly following an elbow hit by David Krejci in his eighth game of the season. Despite passing a successful ImPACT test, Crosby decided not to return on the ice until he felt perfectly fine, stating that he also needs to “listen to [his] body”. Crosby returned to action once again on March 15, scoring an assist in a 5–2 win against the New York Rangers.
Yesterday marked the 10th time in 48 games that the Flyers held Crosby without a point. Crosby was a minus-1 with seven attempts at the net and no hits in 17:37 of ice time in his third game back since suffering a concussion/neck injury on Dec. 5.
Crosby entered the game with 36 assists and 26 goals for 62 points in 36 career regular-season games against the Flyers. It was his first game in Philadelphia since Dec. 14, 2010, when the Penguins also had a lengthy (12-game) winning streak snapped
In response to his team’s subtle defeat, Crosby stated, “I had a couple of good chances in overtime. We just need to execute, hopefully those go in. We did some good things, but probably left it to the back end a little bit there in the third [period]. It’s just a matter of executing. But they are a good team and they battled back.”
But the Penguins are a force to be reckoned with: “Yesterday was just the 13th time over the last two seasons that Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and defenseman Kris Letang all played in the same game. That trio could spell trouble for the Flyers in the playoffs, as the two teams remain each other’s most likely first-round opponent in a 4 vs. 5 matchup.”
The Flyers have kept Crosby scoreless in only two of 11 career playoff games, as compared to eight times in 37 regular-season games.
Hopefully Crosby’s health will stay in tact for the remainder of the season.