Time off could be just what rested Crosby needs for another playoff run

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – In three months’ time, Sidney Crosby has won an Olympic gold medal with an overtime goal and returned the Pittsburgh Penguins to an enviable position in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

A gifted player previously known as a playmaker first and a scorer second tied for his first NHL goal-scoring championship. He also is one of three finalists for the Hart Trophy, an award he’s already won once.

What he hasn’t done is take much time off. Until now.

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When his Pittsburgh Penguins open their Eastern Conference semifinal series against surprising Montreal on Friday night, Crosby will be coming off a six-day break. It’s the most time off he’s enjoyed since training camp began in September, or three months to the day since the Penguins won the Stanley Cup.

Considering he’s played 38 games, counting the Olympics, during the past 2