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PensLog: Crosby out with broken jaw, more known later this week.

The Penguins will be without captain Sidney Crosby.

For how long they are not sure, though there is optimism he could be ready for the Stanley Cup playoffs, which begin April 30.

Crosby had oral surgery after he was struck in the face with a puck on Saturday in a win over the New York Islanders at Consol Energy Center. He played only one shift.

Crosby was diagnosed with a broken jaw, which required the surgical procedure. A time frame for his recover is not know, but the Penguins anticipate having one later this week.

Crosby had not missed a game this season. He is the NHL leader with 56 points.

The Penguins have won 15 straight games. They play host to Buffalo on Tuesday.

–Rossi

 

Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi has covered the Penguins for parts of every season that Sidney Crosby has played in Pittsburgh. So, since 2005. He has led the Trib's NHL coverage since 2007, when he became the primary Penguins beat reporter. He joined the Tribune-Review in November 2002. Rossi, 35, is local chapter president of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. He also dabbles in radio, as ClearChannel's "Penguins Insider," and TV, as "NHL Insider" for Root Sports Pittsburgh, and as a semi-regular contributor to The Final Word, a Sunday sports show that airs on WPXI. In 2012, Rossi was recognized nationally by Penn State's John Curley Center for Sports Journalism for his coverage of youth sports for a Trib series that investigated concussion protocol. In 2013, he teamed with Carl Prine for an investigative piece about athletes' charities what was honored regionally. A graduate of West Virginia University and Keystone Oaks High School, Rossi was raised in Crafton and Green Tree and currently resides in Brookline. He is currently working on the authorized biography of Evgeni Malkin. Follow him on Twitter: @RobRossi_Trib

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