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

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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

 

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Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi is the lead sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has been called many names, but “Rossi” is the one to which he most often responds. He joined the Trib in November 2002 and was promoted to the columnist role in July 2014. Previously, he had covered the NHL’s Penguins (2006-14) and MLB’s Pirates (2006), while also working on beats associated with the NFL’s Steelers (2005-06) and the NCAA’s Pitt (2004-06). He has won national and local awards for his coverage of youth concussions and athletes’ charities. Also, he is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association executive committee and the Pittsburgh chapter chair. Raised in Crafton and Green Tree and a graduate of West Virginia University, he has covered a Super Bowl, All-Star Games in baseball and hockey, the NCAA basketball tournament and over 100 Stanley Cup playoff games, including the Cup Final twice. Oh, and his sports reporting has led him to brief chats with Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen; so that’s pretty cool. He is a regular contributor on TV with WPXI, Root Sports Pittsburgh and TSN. Also, he is the authorized biographer of Penguins star Evgeni Malkin.

 
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