Cleared to play without a plastic apparatus protecting his lower face for the first time since returning from a broken jaw, Sidney Crosby said he'll need a few days to adjust.
It appears he'll get just that.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will begin their quest for a Stanley Cup without Sidney Crosby. The star player said Wednesday his broken jaw will keep him out of Pittsburgh's playoff opener against the New York Islanders on Wednesday night.
The Pittsburgh Penguins' run at a record-breaking streak is over. Playing without injured star Sidney Crosby, the Penguins fell to the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 to end their 15-game winning streak Tuesday night.
The streaking Pittsburgh Penguins have lost their captain. But that's OK, they say. Not only have the Penguins grown accustomed to playing without Sidney Crosby in recent years, they also just traded for two other team captains.
Sidney Crosby's broken jaw was the unfortunate end of an otherwise spectacular month. The NHL named Crosby the first star for the month after the Penguins captain's 25 points in 15 games helped Pittsburgh go undefeated in March.
The headaches are gone. Finally. So are the doubts, the ones Sidney Crosby couldn't outrun as he rehabilitated from concussion-like symptoms that robbed hockey's best player from two years in the middle of his prime.