Crosby after getting struck in the face with a puck. He is now out indefinitely. Image via NHL.com
Pittsburgh Penguins captain and NHL-leading scorer Sidney Crosby is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to repair a broken jaw. Crosby was struck in the face with puck after a shot from teammate Brooks Orpik was redirected during Pittsburgh’s game on Saturday vs. the New York Islanders. The redirected shot caught Crosby below the visor and directly in the jaw, breaking it and requiring the aforementioned surgical repair.
Of course, the Penguins should (in theory) be alright. They played most of last season without Crosby, resulting in an MVP campaign for fellow center Evgeni Malkin and a playoff berth for Pittsburgh. And of course, let’s not forget that the Penguins just loaded up their roster with the acquisitions of forwards Brenden Morrow and Jarome Iginla. They’re still comfortably atop the Eastern Conference standings with 12 games remaining.