Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby is out indefinitely while recovers from oral surgery for a broken jaw after being hit in the mouth Saturday during the Penguins' 15th straight victory, the team announced Sunday.
The Penguins did not give a timetable for Crosby's expected return but said no concussion symptons are present. A string of concussions that sidelined him for parts of the past two seasons make head injuries a concern.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that Crosby should be back in time for the playoffs.
Crosby was struck in the face by a slap shot from teammate Brooks Orpik that apparently deflected off the stick of another player just 1:28 into the game against the New York Islanders. The bloodied Crosby, who lost several teeth, was taken from the game to a local hospital for the surgery and remained there overnight.
The impact of Crosby's loss on the Penguins could be somewhat mitigated with the recent additions of Jarome Iginla and Brenden Morrow. Crosby is leading the NHL in scoring with 56 points, 10 more than Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos.
The Penguins need two wins to tie franchise and NHL records for consecutive victories after defeating the Islanders 2-0 on Saturday.