Crosby said Wednesday his broken jaw will keep him out of Pittsburgh's playoff opener against the New York Islanders on Wednesday night. Crosby hasn't played since taking an errant shot to the face in a game against the Islanders on March 30. He met with doctors on Tuesday and while they told him they were pleased with his progress he still has not received clearance to play.
Crosby said he has been given no timetable for his return. Game 2 is Friday night.
The Penguins went 8-4 while playing without Crosby for the final quarter of the season and beat the Islanders in four of the team's five meetings this year.
If you want to prove people wrong, you've just got to go out and do it. Yeah, we blew 3-2 series leads the last two years, but no one is going remember that if we go out there on Saturday night and beat these guys and go play in the Stanley Cup Final. We need to get back to work and we'll start to do that tomorrow.
— Ducks forward Kyle Palmieri following a loss to the Blackhawks in Game 6 on Wednesday