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Crosby scores in 1st period of season debut

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist in the first period of 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 less than 6 minutes into the game.

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.

He added an assist on Brooks Orpik's goal later in the period that put the Penguins up 2-0.

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