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Bulletin Board: The Sidney Crosby Show

Sidney Crosby posted 4 points in his return

Sidney Crosby posted 4 points in his return

The Bulletin Board keeps you abreast of the latest news around the NHL Monday-Friday.

- If there was any doubt that Sidney Crosby would be as good as ever after sitting out for nearly a year with a concussion, Crosby erased it last night.  He put up two goals and two assists in a virtuoso performance and looked terrific all night.  Crosby’s first goal came on his third shift, just 5:24 into the game.  It was Crosby’s 21st four-point effort and sixth against the Islanders.  In the process, Crosby jumped up 243 spots in the NHL scoring race.  Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Crosby’s game was his speed, which seemed to be much improved.

- Edmonton defenseman Ryan Whitney summarized the reaction of the hockey world with this Tweet, “’yup, this leagues still a joke for me.’ -Sidney Crosby 4 minutes into first game back.”

- In Crosby’s last 82 games, dating back to January 3 2010, he has posted 131 points.

- Crosby’s first goal represented the fifth time this season the New York Islanders surrendered a goal on the first shot by their opponent.

- Only six Islanders have more points than Crosby this season.  The Islanders have scored just 35 goals in 18 games.

- Marc-Andre Fleury’s shutout was overshadowed by Crosby’s return, but it was the 21st of Fleury’s career and puts him just one behind Tom Barrasso for Pittsburgh’s franchise record.

- Zbynek Michalek also returned to Pittsburgh’s lineup after sitting out since the end of October with a broken finger.

- Columbus beat Calgary 4-1 for the team’s first back-to-back wins in 42 triesVinny Prospal picked up three assists in the contest for the first time since February 12, 2007Jeff Carter also scored twice for the Blue Jackets.

- Florida came back from three goals down to upend New Jersey 4-3.  The Panthers are now just two points behind Pittsburgh for the Eastern Conference leadStephen Weiss picked up three points for the third time this week and fourth time this season.  Previously, Weiss had just three three-point efforts in his last 123 games

- The Bruins won their ninth consecutive game as Tim Thomas shutout Montreal 1-0.

- Dallas snapped a five-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over Edmonton.

- Washington also ended a four-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over Phoenix.  Coach Bruce Boudreau made Alex Semin a healthy scratch for the game.

- Carolina sophomore Jeff Skinner undressed Philadelphia defenseman Kimmo Timonen en route to a goal as the Hurricanes beat the Flyers 4-2.

- The Philadelphia Flyers unveiled their Winter Classic jerseys yesterday.  Check them out here and here.

- Scott Gomez has no explanation for his 48-game goal-scoring drought.

- Former Ranger Jason Strudwick has joined Sodertalje of the Swedish second league.

- Buffalo defenseman Tyler Myers underwent surgery to repair a broken wrist and will be out at least a month.

- Toronto center Matthew Lombardi is out with a dislocated shoulder and may need surgery.

- Hockey’s Future released the final installment of its prospect organizational rankings.  Florida came in at No. 1.

- Now it sounds like Wayne Gretzky won’t play in the Winter Classic alumni game.

- The NHL was founded 94 years ago today.

- There are three games on the schedule tonight.  Los Angeles @ St. Louis will be on Versus at 7:30 p.m.


Past editions of the Bulletin Board:

9/21/11 - 2011 First-Round Draft Picks Shine In Preseason Action >

9/22/11 - Jody Shelley Delivers First Controversial Hit of 2011 Season >

9/23/11 - Shanahan Impresses As New NHL Disciplinarian >

9/26/11 – Sidney Crosby Participates In “Controlled Scrimmage” >

9/27/11 – Montreal Signs Chris Campoli >

9/28/11 – Top 2011 Draft Picks Shine In Preseason Action >

9/29/11 – Sestito Suspended Four Games For Hit On Deveaux >

9/30/11 – Kings Lock Doughty Up With Huge Deal >

10/3/11 – Former Rangers’ Prospects Grachev And Horak Make NHL Clubs >

10/4/11 – Steve Valiquette Is The New Goalie Coach At Quinnipiac University >

10/5/11 – Waiving Of Avery Could Wreak Havoc On The Stars’ Salary Cap Situation >

10/6/11 – Hockey Is Back >

10/7/11 – Jagr Picks Up Point #1,600 In Flyers’ Season-Opening Victory >

10/10/11 – Early Goalie Controversy In Washington? >

10/11/11 Prospal Scores Again For Columbus >

10/12/11 – Pittsburgh Rolling Without Crosby And Malkin >

10/13/11 – Sidney Crosby Cleared For Contact >

10/14/11 – Aaron Asham Is The Talk Of The League >

10/17/11 – Mark Messier Will Run The New York City Marathon >

10/18/11 – Colorado Wins Fifth-Straight Road Game, Leads Western Conference >

10/19/11 – New-look Flyers Off To Fast Start >

10/20/11 - Kessel Carrying The Leafs >

10/21/11 - Dale Weise Scores First NHL Goal >

10/24/11 – Vancouver Acquires David Booth >

10/25/11 - Jagr Scores First Two Goals Of The Season >

10/26/11 - Columbus Finally Wins >

10/27/11 – Montreal Fires Former Rangers’ Assistant Coach Perry Pearn >

10/28/11 – Philadelphia And Winnipeg Combine For 17 Goals!? >

10/31/11 - Edmonton And Ottawa Riding Surprising Hot Streaks > 

11/1/11 – Chicago’s Stanley Cup Hangover Is In The Past >

11/2/11 - Ovechkin Benched >

11/3/11 – Brodeur Now Tied For Most Losses In NHL History >

11/4/11 - Predators Lock Up Pekka Rinne >

11/7/11 – Blues Fire Payne, Bring In Hitchcock >

11/8/11 – Boston Is Back >

11/9/11 – Blues Cruise In Hitchcock’s Return >

11/10/11 – Bizarre Scene In Tampa Bay >

11/11/11 – The Blue Jackets Are Awful >

11/14/11 – Milan Lucic Gives Ryan Miller A Concussion >

11/15/11 – Lucic Avoids Suspension For Hit On Miller >

11/16/11 – Malkin And Duchene Trade Beautiful Goals >

11/17/11 – Jhonas Enroth Finally Sputters >

11/18/11 – The Blues Are 4-0-1 Under Ken Hitchcock >

11/21/11 – Crosby Returns >

11/22/11 – The Sidney Crosby Show >


Click here for our full 2011-2012 Season Archive >

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