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Sidney Crosby improving but return remains uncertain; James Neal out with concussion

Monday, 04.08.2013 / 1:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Sidney Crosby improving but return remains uncertain; James Neal out with concussion

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Sidney Crosby says he's feeling pretty good but still isn't certain when he'll return from a broken jaw.

The Pittsburgh Penguins star addressed reporters Monday for the first time since taking a redirected slap shot off his face in a win over the New York Islanders on March 30. Crosby underwent dental surgery and spent two days in the hospital. He says he's not quite sure how many teeth were either lost or damaged.

Crosby is still on a liquid diet but isn't concerned about weight loss. He has not been cleared to practice. Crosby can afford to take his time. The Penguins clinched a playoff spot on Sunday night and barring a massive collapse will lock up the Atlantic Division title.

Pittsburgh begins a three-game road trip on Tuesday in Carolina.

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