While the imminent NHL lockout has hockey fans as sour as ever, fans of the Pittsburgh Penguins got some news today that should brighten their days as much as possible: Sidney Crosby is doing swell.
One-hundred-percent swell, in fact, which is a term we haven’t heard in regards to the 25-year-old in quite some time.
Crosby joined teammates for an on-ice workout Tuesday and has been working out both on and off the ice recently and says he’s been “feeling 100 percent.”
Sid told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Tuesday that he began working out earlier than usual this summer in order to make up for lost ice time over the last two seasons.
The Penguins captain made his 2011-12 season debut on November 21 last season, recording two goals and two assists against the New York Islanders after missing nearly 11 months of game time. He would go on to record 11 points in his first five games but soon after would have to sit out another three months after concussion symptoms returned.
On March 15, Crosby recorded two assists against the New York Rangers in comeback number two. He finished 2011-12 with 37 points in 22 games for a league-best 1.68 points per game.
He added eight points in six playoff games.
Having played just 63 of Pittsburgh’s last 164 regular season games, Crosby – along with the rest of the NHL – likely won’t get a full 82 games in this season either.
Crosby’s 609 points in 434 games (1.403 p/g) rank him fourth on the NHL’s all-time points-per-game leaders list, behind Wayne Gretzky (1.921), Mario Lemieux (1.883) and Mike Bossy (1.497).
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