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Crosby scores in 1st period of season debut

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby scored his first goal less than 6 minutes into his season debut on Monday night against the New York Islanders.

Crosby weaved past three New York defenders then beat Anders Nilsson with a backhand to give the Penguins an early 1-0 lead.

It was Crosby's first goal since scoring a pair against Atlanta on Dec. 28, 2010. Crosby hadn't played since Jan. 5 after being diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms.

He was cleared to play Sunday and needed just three shifts to score, raising his arms in triumph while letting out a scream drowned out by the crowd at an electric Consol Energy Center.

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