Stars’ team plane turns back due to smoke in cockpit

A plane carrying the NHL’s Stars was forced to return to a St. Louis-area airport when smoke filtered into its cockpit shortly after takeoff Sunday morning.

According to the Belleville News-Democrat, the flight departed St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, Ill., at 11:52 a.m. headed for Los Angeles, where the Stars play the Kings on Monday. But the Boeing 737 turned around within five minutes, the report said, and landed safely back at the airport.

The true mark of a difference-maker in the NHL can be his ability to score a goal from the most pedestrian looking play. Crosby split the defense and, while falling down, turned nothing into something.

In the early stages of his career, Crosby was very unkind to the Flyers. His first game in Philadelphia ended with him scoring the overtime winner. Early in his second season, Crosby and the Penguins traveled to the Wachovia Center (now the Wells Fargo Center) for the teams’ first matchup of the 2006-07 season. Crosby and the Penguins easily won the game, 8-2, and Crosby had his name all over the scoresheet, completing his first-career hat trick midway through the second period.

Crosby was already at the top of the NHL when the calendar turned over to 2011, and it looked like the league’s top player was somehow taking his game to yet another level. In the first 38 games of that season, Crosby couldn’t stop scoring, racking up 32 goals and 33 assists in Pittsburgh’s first 38 games.

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