Crosby's return energizes Penguins

PITTSBURGH — The Penguins, who have been good without superstar Sidney Crosby, believe his return tonight from concussionlike symptoms might make them great.

Crosby, who hasn't played since taking head shots in consecutive games in January, takes to the ice against the Islanders in his season debut.

Coach Dan Bylsma said Sunday that he will pair Crosby, 24, with Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz. How many shifts Crosby will take is unclear, though Bylsma said it's unlikely he'd be out there for 20-plus minutes.

"We know what he means to this team, this city," defenseman Kris Letang said. "He's a special player."

When he glides out tonight, Crosby will end speculation his career was over. His teammates never doubted he would return. "All that stuff you thought you heard, I didn't pay any attention to it," Jordan Staal said.

Crosby's comeback pushes a team considered a Stanley Cup contender into a Cup favorite. Pittsburgh is tied with Philadelphia atop the Atlantic Division.

Game highlights: Patrick Marleau had a hat trick, Thomas Greiss stopped 35 shots and the visiting Sharks beat the Avalanche 4-1. … Chris Higgins scored 2:18 into in overtime as the host Canucks beat the Senators 2-1.

at Hurricanes 1 1 1 3
Maple Leafs 0 0 2 2

First Period1, Carolina, Harrison 2 (Skinner, E.Staal), 19:31. PenaltiesPhaneuf, Tor (hooking), 8:46.

Second Period2, Carolina, Jokinen 4 (Faulk, Ponikarovsky), 7:05 (pp). PenaltiesFrattin, Tor (hooking), 5:06; Kessel, Tor (hooking), 7:54; Bra.Sutter, Car (roughing), 7:54; Gunnarsson, Tor (slashing), 13:24; Ruutu, Car (slashing), 14:10; Bozak, Tor (high-sticking), 19:21.

Third Period3, Toronto, Kessel 15 (Lupul, Phaneuf), 4:31 (pp). 4, Carolina, Skinner 8 (E.Staal, Allen), 13:08. 5, Toronto, Kessel 16 (Liles, Connolly), 19:00. PenaltiesColborne, Tor (slashing), 3:08; LaRose, Car (cross-checking), 3:08; Ponikarovsky, Car (elbowing), 4:06; Kessel, Tor (slashing), 16:24. Shots on GoalToronto 5-7-13—25. Carolina 10-19-12—41. Power-play opportunitiesToronto 1 of 2; Car. 1 of 5. GoaliesTor., Scrivens 2-4-1 (41 shots-38 saves). Carolina, Ward 7-8-2 (25-23). A13,187. T2:22.

Red Wings 1 2 1 4
at Ducks 0 2 0 2

First Period1, Detroit, Zetterberg 4 (Hudler, Smith), 1:26. PenaltiesBeauchemin, Ana (interference), 5:22; McMillan, Ana (delay of game), 7:11; Lidstrom, Det (hooking), 17:27.

Second Period2, Detroit, Franzen 10 (Datsyuk), :14. 3, Detroit, Stuart 2 (Franzen, Datsyuk), 7:10. 4, Anaheim, Koivu 3 (Fowler, Cogliano), 11:24. 5, Anaheim, Selanne 7 (Perry, Getzlaf), 16:21 (pp). PenaltiesSelanne, Ana (tripping), :54; McMillan, Ana (roughing), 8:22; Emmerton, Det (interference), 14:55; Smith, Det (interference), 17:59; Smith-Pelly, Ana (cross-checking), 19:16.

Third Period6, Detroit, Stuart 3 (Kronwall, Zetterberg), 19:12 (en-sh). PenaltiesGetzlaf, Ana (high-sticking), 3:06; Abdelkader, Det (boarding), 14:14; Ericsson, Det (hooking), 17:26. Shots on GoalDetroit 9-12-9—30. Anaheim 6-13-15—34. Power-play opportunitiesDetroit 0 of 6; Anaheim 1 of 5. GoaliesDetroit, Howard 10-5-1 (34 shots-32 saves). Anaheim, Hiller 5-8-4 (29-26). A17,229. T2:48.

Sharks 1 2 1 4
at Avalanche 1 0 0 1

First Period1, Colorado, Duchene 9 (Wilson, Landeskog), 7:25. 2, San Jose, Marleau 7 (Vlasic, Thornton), 12:16. PenaltiesQuincey, Col (tripping), 10:15; Landeskog, Col (goaltender interference), 19:14.

Second Period3, San Jose, Marleau 8 (Vlasic, Clowe), 7:35. 4, San Jose, Pavelski 11 (Thornton, Couture), 16:47. PenaltiesO'Byrne, Col (delay of game), 1:50; Boyle, SJ (interference), 8:38; Kobasew, Col (interference), 19:25.

Third Period5, San Jose, Marleau 9 (Vlasic, Thornton), 19:17 (en-pp). PenaltiesYip, Col (high-sticking), 12:10; O'Brien, Col, misconduct, 17:30; Johnson, Col (interference), 17:30. Shots on GoalSan Jose 6-9-3—18. Colorado 9-14-14—37. Power-play opportunitiesSan Jose 1 of 6; Colorado 0 of 1. GoaliesSan Jose, Greiss 4-3-0 (37 shots-36 saves). Colorado, Giguere 4-3-0 (17-14). A15,013. T2:16.

at Canucks 0 1 0 1 2
Senators 0 0 1 0 1

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesGreening, Ott (interference), 2:31; Da Costa, Ott (high-sticking), 5:09; Alberts, Van (hooking), 14:18.

Second Period1, Vancouver, H.Sedin 7 (D.Sedin, Kesler), 2:31 (pp). PenaltiesGonchar, Ott (tripping), :44; Alberts, Van (boarding), 8:40; Bieksa, Van (high-sticking), 14:56; Volpatti, Van (hooking), 18:28; Gonchar, Ott (high-sticking), 18:46.

Third Period2, Ottawa, Greening 6 (Spezza, Gonchar), 3:32. PenaltiesBieksa, Van (tripping), 8:46.

Overtime3, Vancouver, Higgins 7 (Hamhuis, Salo), 2:18. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalOttawa 8-8-11-2—29. Vancouver 8-6-10-3—27. Power-play opportunitiesOttawa 0 of 5; Vancouver 1 of 4. GoaliesOttawa, Auld 0-3-1 (27 shots-25 saves). Vancouver, C.Schneider 3-4-0 (29-28). A18,890. T2:27.

Crosby's return energizes Penguins 11/20/11 [Last modified: Monday, November 21, 2011 12:15am]

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