Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will be sidelined indefinitely after surgery to repair a broken jaw and damaged teeth, the National Hockey League team said on Sunday.
Crosby left Saturday's 2-0 victory over the New York Islanders after taking a puck to the face and was immediatly hospitalized for treatment.
Penguins general manager Ray Shero visited Crosby on Sunday. The Canadian star's jaw didn't have to be wired shut, and he lost several teeth. The Penguins said he hasn't shown signs of concussion symptoms.
"I was surprised. He looked really good for what I was expecting," Shero said. "He was in good spirits, up and around.
"Over the next few days we'll see how things go and get some sort of time frame on it at some point. We'll try to update later in the week if we can.
"The whole injury could have been a lot worse," Shero added. "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."
Crosby leads the NHL in scoring with 15 goals and 41 assists in 36 games this season, helping the Penguins build a 15-game winning streak that has matched the Islanders' run from 1982 as the second-longest in league history.
The Penguins set the NHL record with 17 consecutive wins during the 1992-93 season.
Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center on February 7, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Crosby will be sidelined indefinitely after surgery to repair a broken jaw and damaged teeth, the National Hockey League team said on Sunday.