April 1 (Bloomberg) -- Sidney Crosby, who has collected a National Hockey League-high 56 points this season while leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to the league’s best record, is out indefinitely with a broken jaw.
Crosby had surgery after being struck in the mouth by a puck in the Penguins’ 2-0 win over the New York Islanders two days ago. He also had dental work -- having lost a few teeth -- and will have more done later in the week, the Penguins said.
“The whole injury could have been a lot worse,” Penguins General Manager Ray Shero was quoted as saying on the team’s website. “When you get hit in the mouth like that on a deflected puck. Hopefully, everything is OK. He didn’t get hit in the eye. The jaw can be repaired.”
Shero said Crosby will be monitored over the next several days for signs of concussion-like symptoms.
“Over the next few days we’ll see how things go and get some sort of time frame on it at some point,” Shero said about Crosby’s status. Crosby has 15 goals and a league-leading 41 assists in 36 games this season.
Pittsburgh has an NHL-best 28-8-0 record and is two games shy of tying its own league record of 17 straight wins. The Penguins next play tomorrow, at home against the Buffalo Sabres.
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