Before tonight, Sidney Crosby, arguably the greatest player that is currently under contract to an NHL hockey club, had not played a game since Jan. 5, 2011. Crosby was forced out of the Pittsburgh Penguins lineup after taking shots to the head in consecutive games in January that left him with a concussion.

Since that time, speculation ran rampant in respect to when he would return to the ice.  Throughout it all Crosby made one point clear: He would not return to game action until he was 100 percent ready. …