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Crosby tests new protective face gear

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Penguins

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby wore a protective chin guard attached to his helmet during the team's Tuesday morning skate. 

Crosby was testing out the gear and hadn't decided if he would wear it tonight when the Penguins host rival Philadelphia at PPG Paints Arena.

"I don't love it," he said with a smile. "It's hard to see a lot when you look down. You try to see how you can protect (yourself) without taking away from things. We'll see if I end up going with it or not."

Crosby was taking the extra precaution after he was hit in the face by a shot last Saturday in a 3-0 win in Dallas. 

"A little scare there, but everything is good," Crosby said. 

The play occurred in the waning seconds of the second period. Crosby was in the slot when a Kris Letang shot was deflected and struck Crosby on the side of the face below his visor. Crosby hunched over and skated immediately to the bench. Seconds later the period ended. 

Crosby did not join his teammates on the bench for the start of the third period, but did return and finished the game despite some swelling.

It was hard to tell from the replay if the puck hit his helmet or flush against his face. 

"It felt pretty flush," he said. "I didn't feel it hit my helmet."

He added with a grin: "That would have been nice."

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