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Crosby returns from groin injury

Thursday, 03.05.2009 / 7:41 PM / News

Associated Press

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -Sidney Crosby is back on the ice for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Penguins captain missed four consecutive games because of a groin injury, but was in Pittsburgh's starting lineup Thursday night against the Florida Panthers.

Crosby, who was injured during Pittsburgh's 5-2 loss to the Washington Capitals on Feb. 22, has 23 goals and 56 assists in 60 games this season. The Penguins have won four straight without the star center.

Going into Thursday night's game, Florida was in sixth place in the Eastern Conference with 74 points, and Pittsburgh trailed the Panthers with 72 points. The Penguins, who have played 65 games, were in eighth place in the East, because the Rangers, who also have 72 points, have played 64 games.

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The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres