The speculation around the hockey world ended on Sunday with word that Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby would return to the lineup after an absence of over nine months due to the effects of a concussion.

Crosby was a likely most valuable player candidate when his season was shortened after taking blows to the head in successive games in early January.

Hopes were raised when Crosby began skating with teammates in late March, but he never did return.

The Penguins admitted just before training camp that the 24-year-old had suffered a setback in offseason training and had undergone tests with a pair of renowned concussion specalists.

You couldn't help but wonder how good the Cole Harbour, N.S., native would be upon returning.

Well, Crosby didn't take long to answer that question, scoring early en route to a four point night against the New York Islanders on Hockey Night in Canada on Monday.

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