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Crosby to return for Game 2 against Islanders

Friday - 5/3/2013, 10:04pm  ET

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby sits on the bench watching a power play drill during NHL hockey practice in Canonsburg, Pa., Tuesday, April 30, 2013. The Penguins take on the New York Islanders in the first round of the NHL hockey playoffs on Wednesday, May 1, in Pittsburgh. Crosby hasn't played since breaking his jaw a month ago. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- It's game on for Sidney Crosby.

The Penguins' star says he will play Friday night in Game 2 of the playoff series with the New York Islanders after missing more than a month with a broken jaw. Crosby skated with usual linemates Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kuntiz on Friday morning and expects to be in the lineup as Pittsburgh tries to go up 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.

Crosby underwent a series of dental procedures after taking a shot to the face against New York on March 30. He returned to practice nearly two weeks ago and will wear a protective cage as an additional safety measure.

While Crosby will return, Pittsburgh forward James Neal is likely out after leaving Pittsburgh's 5-0 romp in Game 1 with an undisclosed injury.


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