Changes in rules, strategy help to clean up NHL

Updated: March 21, 2013, 5:12 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- The fear is gone. The doubt too for that matter. Ditto the hesitation.

A year into his comeback from the concussion-like symptoms that nearly derailed Sidney Crosby's career, the Pittsburgh Penguins superstar is back atop the NHL scoring race thanks to his unparalleled mix of artistry, speed and grit.

It wasn't the avalanche of points -- 50 and counting heading into Friday's game against the New York Islanders -- that let Crosby's teammates know their captain was back ...

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