Crosby returns for Pens in Game 2

This can't come as good news for Islanders fans.

Already reeling from Wednesday night's 5-0 rout in Pittsburgh in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, the Islanders now have to contend with the game's greatest player, too.

Penguins forward Sidney Crosby told reporters in Pittsburgh Friday morning that he will return to action in Game 2 for the first time since suffering a fractured jaw on March 30.

An already deep Pens lineup easily dispatched the Isles in the series opener without their superstar center, making Friday's task for New York all the more daunting.

Before sustaining the injury, Crosby was scorching his way through the lockout-shortened season with 15 goals and 56 points in 36 games. In fact, it wasn't until the last week of the season that veteran Marty St. Louis passed an idle Crosby in the scoring race to capture his second Art Ross Trophy.

Can Crosby pick up where he left off?

Puck drops in Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. Stay tuned...