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Crosby to return vs. Rangers

New York -- Sidney Crosby will make his second return on Broadway when The New York Rangers host the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday at Madison Square Garden.

Crosby confirmed Wednesday that he will be in the lineup for the first

time since December 5, following yet another lengthy absence as he battled post-concussion symptoms.

The 24-year-old captain has played in only eight games over the course

of 14 months because of a head injury initially sustained last season. After making a triumphant four-point return to action back in November, the

superstar center was sidelined yet again the following month because of "concussion-like symptoms."

Penguins general manager Ray Shero told reporters following Wednesday's practice that the team plans to ease Crosby in on the third line with Matt Cooke and Tyler Kennedy.

The Eastern-Conference leading Blueshirts, who lead the Penguins by

four points in the Atlantic Division standing entering Tuesday's game

against the Hurricanes, limited Crosby to two points in his fifth game

this season November 29.