Stat Line Of The Night — 11/20/11 — Kevin Smith
Stat Line Of The Night — 11/21/11 — Sidney Crosby
After sitting out nearly a full year with a concussion, Sidney Crosby returned to the ice for his much anticipated debut this season and it appeared as though he hasn’t missed a beat. In fact, the extra adrenaline rush he must have received from the raucous crowd and all of the build-up surrounding the game actually seemed to make Crosby even more dangerous on the ice than he was at any point prior to his injury.
Right from his first shift, Crosby began to assert himself in the offensive zone, finding open teammates for scoring chances, while manufacturing a few of his own as well. Then the moment finally came. Just over five minutes into the game, Sid took a pass in the neutral zone, sped around the Islanders defense and roofed a backhand shot over the shoulder of Anders Nilsson for his first goal of the season. He would add a second later on, as well as two assists, as his four points helped lead the Penguins to a dominating 5-0 victory.
Approximately 11 years ago, Mario Lemieux made an incredible comeback of his own, recording a goal and two assists in his first game back following a 44-month layoff. Crosby did him one better last night with his four point effort, and it earned him “The Stat Line of the Night” for Monday, November 21, 2011.