Pens' Crosby out indefinitely following surgery on jaw
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - The Pittsburgh Penguins announced on Sunday that captain Sidney Crosby is out indefinitely after having surgery Saturday night to repair a broken jaw and undergoing major dental work.
Crosby left Saturday's 2-0 win over the New York Islanders after taking a puck to the face. He immediately went to the hospital.
Penguins general manager Ray Shero visited Crosby in the hospital Sunday afternoon.
"I was surprised, he looked really good for what I was expecting," Shero said. "He was in good spirits, up and around. Over the next few days we'll see how things go and get some sort of time frame on it at some point. We'll try to update later in the week if we can."
Crosby's jaw did not require to be wired and he lost a few teeth. The team said he hasn't had any sign of concussion-like symptoms.
"The whole injury could have been a lot worse," Shero said. "When you get hit in the mouth like that on a deflected puck. Hopefully, everything is OK. He didn't get hit in the eye. The jaw can be repaired."
Crosby leads the NHL in scoring with 15 goals and 41 assists in 36 games this season.
The Penguins also announced that defenseman Paul Martin had surgery Sunday morning on a broken bone in his hand. He has six goals and 15 assists in 33 games this season.
"Everything went well. That was good news," Shero said. "There were no wires put in his hand. That will help the healing process. That's good. Maybe he can get back on the ice conditioning-wise in a week-and-a-half or two weeks. We'll see how it goes. The time frame is 4-6 weeks, but we'll see. We don't want to get ahead of ourselves."
The Penguins, who have won 15 in a row, will play the Sabres on Tuesday.
03/31 19:00:56 ET