Reports came out about a week ago that Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby's concussion symptoms were behind him and he was nearing a return. Hockey fans can finally exhale, as Crosby officially announced that he would be making his comeback this week against the New York Rangers. 

"I feel good and the plan is to play Thursday," he said after Tuesday's session. "I had a good practice and I'm looking forward to getting out there."

Crosby, who has missed 40 games since his setback against the Bruins on Dec. 5, will play on the line with Matt Cooke and Tyler Kennedy and will likely have some time at point as well. 

“[Playing the point] is a different spot for me. I played there in juniors, so it’s been a few years since I’ve been back there. I like it. I’m able to see a lot of the ice and have [Evgeni Malkin] with the big shot on the sidewall. My job is to distribute the puck amongst everyone. When he’s shooting the puck like that, just give it to him in that area.”

The round of 64 begins and a Crosby return both on Thursday? #bestdayever

[via Pittsburgh Penguins]

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