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Penguins halt slide, anticipate Crosby's return

Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 25 shots to 1 win over Florida at BankAtlantic Center on Friday.

Pittsburgh got really good news earlier in the day as superstar and captain Sidney Crosby returned to the ice for the first time in more than a month during the day's morning skate.

He has been out since developing concussion-like symptoms following a December 5 game against Boston. It's still unknown when Crosby will be cleared to practice. He said his symptoms are "a lot better" but added that he's not symptom-free.

The 24-year-old missed more than 10 months after suffering a concussion last January, and only returned to action November 21. In eight games played this season, Crosby has two goals and 12 points.

In Friday's game, James Neal, Steve Sullivan, Tyler Kennedy and Evgeni Malkin all scored to help the Penguins snap a season-high six-game losing streak.

Michal Repik scored the lone goal for the Panthers, who have lost three of four. Scott Clemmensen was tagged for all four goals on 41 shots.