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Penguins star Sidney Crosby hit in mouth by puck, will not return against Islanders

The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby lost several teeth and needed oral surgery after he was hit in the mouth with a puck during a 2-0 victory against the New York Islanders on Saturday.

Coach Dan Bylsma wasn't sure if the injury affected Crosby's jaw and didn't know if he would miss any more time. The Penguins, who have won a league-high 15 straight games, host Buffalo on Tuesday.

"I just know he had some issues with his teeth," Bylsma said. "Just from the replay I know that."

Bylsma saw enough to become concerned about the health of the team's biggest star, particularly because of his well-documented history battling concussion problems.

Crosby missed considerable time the past two years because of concussions. He was sidelined for the final 41 games in 2011 and the Stanley Cup playoffs, in addition to skipping most of the 2012 regular season as symptoms lingered.

"I think every time that type of thing happens to a player you think about it," Bylsma said.

Crosby has enjoyed a resurgence this season, leading the league with 41 assists and 56 points. He holds a 10-point lead over Steven Stamkos in the NHL scoring race.

Saturday's injury could hinder Crosby's march to the scoring title.

A bloodied Crosby, who did not return to the game, skated off the ice with a towel covering his mouth after Brooks Orpik's slap shot from the point deflected off a stick and hit the Canadian centre just 1:28 into the game.

"When you see the replay, he had no chance to move," said newly acquired star forward Jarome Iginla, who made his Penguins debut after a blockbuster trade early Thursday morning with the Calgary Flames.

"He didn't see it hit him. It's a very, very unfortunate play."

Crosby immediately fell to the ice and tossed his stick in the air. He then went to the hospital for surgery.

"It's very tough to see that happen to anybody on the ice, but this is your teammate, and Sid's such a great player and a big part of this team," Iginla said.

"He's a tough guy and a competitor. Guys were definitely checking to see how he was doing."

Pittsburgh still managed to go on to its 15th straight win, moving within two of the NHL record set by Mario Lemieux and the 1992-93 Penguins.

by Sidney's bubble buttreply 1204/01/2013

Like he's never had anything round and hard in his mouth!

by Sidney's bubble buttreply 103/30/2013

Hockey? Really?

by Sidney's bubble buttreply 203/30/2013

I feel so badly for him; I hope he recovers and gets some nice new teeth.

He's so pretty.

by Sidney's bubble buttreply 303/30/2013

Poor guy. He's so beautiful... I hope the new teeth look very natural.

by Sidney's bubble buttreply 403/30/2013

Since he had emergency surgery on his jaw last night, orally speaking Sid can only be a 'receiver' for several weeks now.

I hope this doesn't impact his social life too significantly.

by Sidney's bubble buttreply 503/31/2013

NHL-Crosby out indefinitely with broken jaw

by Sidney's bubble buttreply 603/31/2013

We still love you, Sid!

by Sidney's bubble buttreply 703/31/2013

He's so gorgeous. When will he come out?

by Sidney's bubble buttreply 803/31/2013

He's so beautiful - stop hurting him!

by Sidney's bubble buttreply 903/31/2013

It could have been worse. He could have broken his leg and had the bone sticking 6 inches out like the basketball player from Louisville.

by Sidney's bubble buttreply 1003/31/2013

He's no Sean Avery.

by Sidney's bubble buttreply 1104/01/2013

That is devastating, R6.

by Sidney's bubble buttreply 1204/01/2013
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