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Crosby feels better; No timetable for return

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins
Crosby spoke to the media after practice at Southpointe. He did not participate.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said he is feeling better a week after having surgery to repair a broken jaw, but has no timetable on when he will be able to return to the lineup.

“Having gone a week or so it’s gotten better and I feel better than after the first couple of days,” said Crosby, who has missed the team’s last three games. “I’m going to see the doctor all this week. Whenever he feels comfortable and feels like I can go out and skate, that’s something I’ll wait to hear from him.”

Crosby was struck in the face by a deflected puck on a Brooks Orpik slap shot in the Penguins’ 2-0 victory over the New York Islanders March 30 at CONSOL Energy Center.

“I didn’t see it at all, felt it but didn’t see it,” Crosby said of the puck. “It was kind of a weird bounce. Just one of those things that happens.”

Following the game, Crosby had surgery to repair a broken jaw and underwent major dental work. Crosby, who was unsure of the number of teeth lost in the incident, had one procedure on his teeth so far and anticipates more down the road.

“I’m not too worried about the teeth,” he said. “I’m more worried about making sure I’m healed. Hopefully, that’s sooner.”

Crosby has been unable to consume solid food, which has caused him to lose some playing weight.

“It’s impossible to keep weight. I’ll be excited when I can eat,” Crosby said. “It’s been shakes. It hasn’t been too enjoyable that way. Maybe this week I’ll start doing that.”

Crosby is the NHL’s current scoring leader with 56 points (15G-41A) through 36 games.

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