It has been almost two years since Sidney Crosby sat in a dark Mellon Arena, the final member of the defending Stanley Cup champions to leave the building following a shocking Game 7 loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

That night signaled the beginning of the most tumultuous time of Crosby`s life, a period that saw him battle a career-threatening injury and forced him to defend his character, even if no tangible evidence existed for such a defense being necessary.

The hardest part appears over.

Now comes the time for Crosby`s redemption.

The playoffs are here, and no current hockey player lives for this stage quite like Crosby.