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Crosby to play

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March

Talk about kicking a team when it's down.

The last-place Lightning had enough of a challenge tonight in Atlantic-leading Pittsburgh, but word is Penguins star Sidney Crosby will make his return after missing 21 games with an ankle injury. Perhaps it is fitting, because he hurt the ankle in the first period of a Jan. 18 game against the Lightning.

It's not like the Pens have fallen apart without last year's MVP. They were 11-6-4 in his absence, and center Evgeni Malkin has busted out bigtime, with 14 goals and 22 assists in those 21 games. He leads the league in scoring with 88 points.

Crosby has 20 goals and 43 assists, despite missing a fourth of the season.

[Last modified: Sunday, August 16, 2009 4:38pm]

    

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