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Crosby makes immediate impact for surging Penguins

Monday, 03.19.2012 / 12:11 PM / News

Associated Press

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Crosby makes immediate impact for surging Penguins

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma promised to limit Sidney Crosby's minutes when the former MVP returned to the lineup last week following a three-month layoff.

It might be time to take the shackles off.

Crosby had five assists during Pittsburgh's three-game road trip through New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia over the weekend as the Penguins pulled within one point of the Rangers for first-place in the Atlantic Division.

Crosby played less than 18 minutes in each game, down below his usual 21-22 minute per game workload. Bylsma expects Crosby's ice time to increase this week during busy week that starts on Tuesday against Winnipeg.

The former MVP says he is feeling better as each game passes. Crosby missed 40 games when concussion-like symptoms resurfaced following a loss to Boston in early December.

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[He's] real confident with the puck now, getting it off his stick quick and no second-guessing. We need that. He's such a good guy in the room. He works so hard. That's the big thing. For not a big man, he just fights for every puck and when he scores, the guys appreciate that even more.

— Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice on Mathieu Perreault, who scored two goals in win against Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday