Sid the Kid Returns in Pens Win

Crosby notches assist, plays well in 2-0 victory over Lightning
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 4, 2008 11:30 PM CST
Pittsburgh Penguins' Marc-Andre Fleury, right, is congratulated by teammate Sidney Crosby on his 2-0 shutout win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 4, 2008, in Tampa, Fla....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Sidney Crosby returned from a six-week layoff to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 2-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. The 20-year-old had been out since January with a high ankle sprain, but there didn’t appear to be any lingering effects as Crosby set up multiple scoring chances, with Maxime Talbot finally lighting the lamp with 2:47 remaining, reports the Associated Press.

Another valuable Penguin made his return to the lineup as goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury had 35 saves to earn his first shutout since November. Evgeni Malkin scored the Penguins final tally on an empty-netter with 5 seconds remaining; he is now just one point behind Alexander Ovechkin for the NHL lead. Mike Smith had 21 saves in the loss.