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Sidney Crosby Proving He Is Fully Back For Pittsburgh Penguins

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The career of Sidney Crosby has been one that can be looked at in several different ways. Crosby came into the NHL being looked at as the next Mario Lemieux. Crosby was fulfilling a lot of those expectations before a concussion knocked him out for the better part of two seasons. The 2013 season is showing that Crosby is fully back and better than ever. He has scored 47 points during the first 29 games this season for the Pittsburgh Penguins as Pittsburgh hangs near the top of the Eastern Conference standings. There is one thing in particular that I really believe has helped Crosby out more than anything and that thing is sort of surprising.

I think that the lockout really did a lot to help Crosby’s recovery. The long break allowed him to get his head fully clear again and now he is back to doing the things he used to do. Crosby has 16 points in the month of March coming into Sunday’s action and is on pace to score 78 points during this 48-game schedule which is insane.

The long break must have done him some good. I don’t know exactly if it took away all the concussion symptoms, but something happened during the long break. I’m still not positive that Crosby can be the next Lemieux, but he can be the best Sidney Crosby he can be. The fans in Pittsburgh have waited over two years for this Crosby to be back, and I bet they are thrilled with what they are seeing.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.