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Crosby out indefinitely after surgery for broken jaw

Mar 31, 2013, 2:55 PM EDT

Sidney Crosby, Pascal Dupuis AP

Sidney Crosby‘s unfortunate incident with a Brooks Orpik shot to his face is going to have him on the shelf for a while.

The Penguins announced Crosby would be out indefinitely after having surgery for a broken jaw following yesterday’s puck in the face. Sid the Kid spent the night in the hospital after reportedly having oral surgery when Orpik’s deflected slap shot hit him in the mouth, knocking out some teeth.

If there’s a positive out of this so far it’s that there has been no talk of a possible concussion, but the Penguins will update Crosby’s condition later this week.

Losing Crosby at all is no small thing, even for a star-studded lineup like Pittsburgh has. He’s leading the league in points with 56, 10 more than the next best scorer in the league, Steven Stamkos of Tampa Bay. Good thing for the Pens that they’ve loaded up on veteran talent, huh?

Here’s the NBC panel discussing Crosby’s gruesome injury.

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  1. bigbadbruins77 - Mar 31, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Ouch! That was tough to watch.

  2. cheesesteak75 - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Should be fine for the playoffs. He’s in great shape and can add to the team even if he only plays on the power play. Shero’s trades look even better now!

  3. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Heard Pierre announce this during the Chicago-Detroit game. Sounded like he was about to break into tears so you know it’s bad.

  4. steelpenbucs87 - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Sounds like they ruled out a concussion which is HUGE. Still tough to see.

    Losing the MVP is going to be so difficult – anyone have a sense for how long broken jaws take to heal? Are we talking out for the season and the playoffs or could he potentially make a return in the second round?

    • steelpenbucs87 - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:06 PM

      Did a little research and the Trib is saying that he could be ready for the playoffs which is welcome news. Heal up Sid, rest of the team will pick you up until then.

      • mp1131211 - Mar 31, 2013 at 9:14 PM

        Wow, I can’t imagine a wired jaw is going to heal that fast. I’m just assuming his jaw is wired shut because that is usually what happens when the jaw is shattered. Anyway, hope is back. I’ve actually enjoyed watching him play this year. Never liked him much in the past, but this year, for some reason, I do.

      • steelpenbucs87 - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:18 PM

        They’re saying that it isn’t wired shut, which is probably the reason for the more optimistic time frame. It sounds like it’s more of a crack (?) in the jaw – not a clean break. Odds are he’ll be rocking one of those jaw protectors like Wayne Simmonds wore last year or two years back.

  5. nicknyhc - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    • steelpenbucs87 - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      Is that directed at Sid’s injury or the Rangers 8th place sitting in the EC standings?

      • nicknyhc - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:15 PM

        Its directed at Sid’s injury. 😉

        …and need I remind you that an 8th seed won the cup last year? Oh and there’s no Pennsylvania “dream team” envy here. You guys were the favorite last year and got bounced first round while the Rangers were 2 games from going to the finals.

      • pitpenguinsrulez - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:39 PM

        theres big difference between the eastern conference finals and the Stanley cup finals

      • nicknyhc - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:42 PM

        There’s a big difference between the Eastern Conference finals and losing to Philly in the first round. 😉

      • upyoursnfu - Mar 31, 2013 at 5:37 PM

        I think its directed at John Tamponarella’s post game interviews

    • crashtheboards55 - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:30 PM

      Must be the same sound your mom makes every time you ask her to shower with you. Crosby coddled by the media and fans? Are you kidding me? Dude gets a broken jaw and concussions and you call him a baby? Other than busting your own cherry with your pinky finger what injuries have you had? Absolute ignorance to wish injury to a player. Lundquist sat out due to headaches and pain from taking a couple of shots to the head the past couple of games. Is he soft? Idiot.

    • theageofquarrel - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      How is that losing streak coming along?

    • pens5829 - Mar 31, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      Keep hatin moron. When the Pens win their next game, they’ll match the Rangers win total for the year.

      • nicknyhc - Mar 31, 2013 at 5:33 PM

        That’s great. The Pens have a great team and are on fire right now and in all likeliness Malkin will probaly go into beast mode with Crosby out.

        That doesn’t change the fact that Sid is a punk. A talented punk yes, but a punk none the less.

    • whammy71 - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      Doesn’t matter douchNYhc……Might have lost Sid….now the MVP will take over when he get reunited with Kunitiz and Neal!

      Still have great D and stellar goaltending.

      You should worry about your squad holding onto the 8th seed. But then again – you probably want them to miss so they don’t get swept.

  6. jaybaileys - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Note to Ottawa fans, before you say Karma or whatever, notice there is no press conference complaining about the guy who tipped the shot from the Islanders. Freak accident and unfortunately part of the game. Rest up Sid the Pens will need you come playoff time.

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      Forensic analysis revealed that indeed S#!t does happen.

  7. eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Its all fun and games till someone gets a jaw broke ! That’s not nice news and all the teeth jokes aside that just took it to a different level ! Anyone who questions his toughness is a jo that may have knocked out a lot of dudes ! That’s the equivalent of a Mike Tyson right hand and he popped back up ! Get well dude and with all due respect it would be great to see you back on the ice for the flyers in the first round !

  8. ironman721 - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Very classy eiggles! Totally agree. RESPECT!👍

  9. steelers88 - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    A broken jaw usually takes 6 weeks to heal. There is only 4 weeks of the season left. If the Penguins want Crosby to play again this season they will have to win in the 1st round without him.

    • nicknyhc - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      This is the guy who took a year off over a concussion, came back played a few games and then took a few more weeks off. You think he’s coming back from this fast? I doubt it.

      • soj83 - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:30 PM

        Bone and brain injuries are not the same thing. Ask Pronger or Ian Laperriere.

      • nicknyhc - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:40 PM

        Very true, but my point is he doesn’t rush back period. He’s so used to be coddled and babied by Pittsburgh fans and the hockey media.

        Extremely talented? Yes. Grit and determination? No. Guy should have been a baseball player.

      • 19to77 - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:53 PM

        I’d love to hear you preach about toughness through a shattered jaw.

      • aso513 - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:30 PM

        nicknyhc you do realize Sid played in the ’08 playoffs with a broken foot. You are a typical joke of a fan with no real knowledge of the game. And questioning the hardest working player in the games determination just proves your ignorance. Get a clue.

      • nicknyhc - Mar 31, 2013 at 5:11 PM

        Oh and who are you to decide who the hardest working player in the game is?

        Just wondering how that was decided…

      • crashtheboards55 - Mar 31, 2013 at 5:17 PM

        Its easy to figure out who the bigget f*****g idiot is on here. You said he is soft and has no grit. He has played through so many injuries just like every other hockey player. If you are going to continue to emabarass your sorry ass at least tey and come up with something that is remotely close to being true. Its easy to hate what you envy but will never have. I am willing to bet that if 87 was on your team you would be typing something completely different. If you are gonna hate be accurate.

    • nicknyhc - Mar 31, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      aso513 you do realize that players all throughout the league play through injuries especially late in the season and during the playoffs? The difference is no one makes a huge deal over it and talks about them like they’re Gods….unless its Crosby. Pens fans talk about Crosby doing the most ordinary things as if he’s going above and beyond and doing extraordinary things. It gets old fast and that’s a big part of the reason people hate him.

      I have no knowledge of the game because I don’t like Crosby and don’t get sucked into media hype? I like how that works. Like I said….tremendously talented guy with a terrible personality.

      Stamkos breaks the 50 goal mark last year and Pens fans (and the hockey media for the most part) won’t even acknowledge the guy…..but I lack knowledge of the sport because I dislike a whining crybaby who scores a ton of goals in Pittsburgh. Gretzky didn’t even get the publicity Sid gets. Ridiculous.

      My point is the “you only hate his because is talented and you’re jealous” argument is stupid. There are a TON of extremely talented players that play for other teams that I don’t hate….because they aren’t punks. Stamkos, Kopitar, Kolvachuk, Giroux, Vanek, Kane, Toews, Ovi, etc.

      • crashtheboards55 - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:01 PM

        If you have a problem with the MEDIA making Crosby into something you hate that is your problem. Tell media. Crosby never asked to be the center of attention. Crosby didn’t make himself the “face of the NHL”. The NY media never makes anyone out to be anything that what they are either. Like I said earlier if you are gonna hate be a little educated. Making fun of someone bc of injury is ridiculous. Is marc staal soft and coddled bc of his history of concussions and his recent injury? How Pronger? LaFontaine? Savard? Manny Malhotra? I can keep going. Dumba$$

      • badintent - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:09 AM

        Potvin sucks !

  10. operwapitsai - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    ovi best player in the game

    • cheesesteak75 - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      And his team is where in the standings?

    • crashtheboards55 - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:33 PM

      Maybe in Russia. Not even the best player in WSH. How many cups does he have?

      • theageofquarrel - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:50 PM

        Wait!! Wait!!! I know this answer…….Ahhhhhhh That would be..ummmmm ZERO!!!!

    • upyoursnfu - Mar 31, 2013 at 5:28 PM

      Hahahahahahahahahahaha…..yeah ok

    • drwang13 - Apr 1, 2013 at 7:01 AM

      What are you high?

  11. ravenscaps48 - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Speedy Recovery, Sidney. I hate you for rivalry reasons, but I don’t want to see anyone get hurt

  12. 19to77 - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Oh COME ON. Can’t the guy catch one break? Repeated injuries, misdiagnosis and rushed returns cost him most of the last two years of hockey and just as he gets healthy, the NHL and NHLPA decide to screw everyone out of half of this season. Then, when THAT finally settles, Shero builds a nearly perfect Cup run roster… and Sid suffers an injury that takes well over a month to rehab the literal day Iginla dresses for the first time as a Penguin.

    What the hell, hockey gods? What is your problem with the guy?

  13. capsrockva - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    As much as I don’t like him get well soon

  14. csilojohnson - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Ovi better, what a joke. Heard that before. He isn’t even in the same league as Crosby. Better then Kunitz or Dupuis..Debatable….Amazes me that people waste their time commenting on stuff they aren’t even up to date on the facts about. If your thinking the Rangers are the next LA Kings..well I wouldn’t bet on it. That circus has looked more like the Jets then a team that can turn it around.
    Hate on haters. Keep stroking our egos.

  15. steelers88 - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Crosby is a great player but his always injured.

  16. steelers88 - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Penguins fans let’s get real here I’d rather have Crosby the sit the rest of the and be healthy for his life after hockey.

    • aso513 - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:33 PM

      I’d rather you type something that someone could understand.

  17. pitpenguinsrulez - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Well this just sucks simply put but now its time for Malkin to step up his game and play a full like 60 Sids done all year except yesterday. I compare this to when we lost Paul Coffey to a broken jaw during the 1991 Stanley cup run. Despite Coffeys injury we still won the cup without him…so it is possible just have to see how long it takes. I know darn well that it will kill Sid having to watch games from the box with Mario because he said it bothered him having to watch his team play while dealt with concussion issues for the past two years. Im also 1000% positive that Sid wont MISS these putrid alternate jerseys one bit…they’ve brought nothing but bad luck. I hope the team burns these jerseys after this season. So get well Sid and I hope to see you back by the playoffs.


  18. neelyisgod - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Wonder how Iginla feels now about the trade?

    • 19to77 - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:51 PM

      Probably about the same, since he skates on the Malkin line.

      • cheesesteak75 - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:01 PM

        Which will now be the #1 line. It’s Geno & Iggy time!

  19. btlpper68 - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    There goes my fantasy team…

  20. 19to77 - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Man, Brooks Orpik must feel terrible right now… I mean, it’s a freak accident and certainly no-one can blame him for it, but you have to believe the guy’s blaming himself anyway.

  21. 950003cups - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Crazy!!! Wow!

  22. 950003cups - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    And so the Matt Cooke karma begins.

    • pens5829 - Mar 31, 2013 at 5:27 PM

      Let it go dude. Let it go.

  23. sjsblitz - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Down goes the Glass Cannon yet again. Rest up Sid, its always sad to see talent fall to an injury.

  24. icelovinbrotha215 - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    This is why I wear a cage during adult league. I wonder if there will ever be an outcry for them in the NHL…

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      Brotha its a great argument and my answer may be off the wall but here goes anyway ! In all reality the NHL is a niche league as it is 4th in the 4 major sports and I think taking away their faces would not translate well for the sport ! You have to understand they are aware of the risk and growing the game is a big part of growing their salaries ! Believe me you make perfect logical sense but money is at the root of all and I think the men that pay the bills just may think this also ! Now the argument that you can lose a star to permanent injury is valid argument the NHL would not be better without Sid and this may sound cold but stars do seem to come back around for some reason !

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Mar 31, 2013 at 5:28 PM

        Trust me, I understand the monies/politics behind the ‘no-cage’ mentality. Personally, I think it’s dumb but we all know how the NHL is. They wait till tragedy to strike before they make the self-conscience move.

    • valoisvipers - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      Everyone should be caged!

  25. dkphilly1122 - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Even as a Flyer’s fan I feel for Sid on that. Nobody wants to see one of the best players in the game take a puck to the mouth like that especially to get a broken jaw too on top of losing the teeth. Get well soon…….

    • pens5829 - Mar 31, 2013 at 5:31 PM

      Classy statement by a rated rival. Sign of a true hockey fan.

    • ironman721 - Mar 31, 2013 at 8:47 PM


  26. blackhawks2010 - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Duncan Keith broke jaw and lost 7 teeth, played 3rd period. Just sayin. Expect Crosby to be out for 2 weeks minimum.

    • theageofquarrel - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      Yeah, because having a broken jaw is exactly like losing some teeth.

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Mar 31, 2013 at 5:30 PM

        But he did break his jaw so the DK comparison isn’t outrageous.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:48 AM

      Duncan Keith also missed time nursing a finger injury the following season. Yes, singular as in 1 finger. I wouldn’t have had to bring that up if you didn’t make stupid analogies between injuries in the the regular season and injuries in the SC Finals game where you are about to win a cup. EXTREMELY different situations.

      There is absolutely no benefit of Crosby getting back out there and finishing a regular season game with a broken jaw when the Pens have a 6 point lead on everyone else in the East and have essentially locked up their division already for the most part. The faster you get him into surgery the less mangled the injury will be and the faster his overall recovery will be. In 2007 he played on a broken foot in the playoffs, yet he missed regular season time with an ankle sprain. After the playoffs is one of my favorite times because you get to hear of all the creative and terrible injuries that players have actually been playing on. I remember in 2009, Lidstrom was listed as having a “lower body injury”. It turned out he had what was post-playoffs described as a “nearly catastrophic” testicle injury after being speared in the junk during the WCF. There are a lot of ways to describe the testicles, but being in a “nearly catastrophic” state is one that makes me cringe and I’m a girl. If the Wings have their division locked up and a month left to go in the season, do you think Lidstrom skates with his testicles in a catastrophic state for a couple weeks or do you think he lets his them heel properly so he can come back 100% for the playoffs?

    • chanceoffleury1 - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:54 AM

      P.S. I don’t think Keith actually broke his jaw. I have never read that from any credible source. If you can find an article on it to prove me wrong, by all means go ahead, but from what I remember he just lost a bunch of teeth. When you google “Duncan Keith broken jaw” nothing comes up. That was a really defining moment of their cup victory so I feel like it would have been reported on if he actually did break his jaw. Getting a bunch of teeth knocked out by a slapshot without any pain killers and coming back to play is still a hell of a hockey player and he deserves all the “tough guy cred” he’s gotten from it, but Crosby could be missing 8 or 10 or 12 teeth plus the broken jaw. They haven’t released any exact numbers.

  27. andyisfat - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    That’s a shame. Haha.

  28. govtminion - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Get well soon, Sid. That injury sounded pretty gruesome, glad I missed the video of it! Hoping he doesn’t miss a ton of time from this… I’m looking forward to both teams being as healthy as possible for the eventual Bruins/Penguins series this spring.

  29. aces79 - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Jarome Iginla got rocked he came to the penguins to play with Crosby they aint going to happen now

  30. bradygirl12 - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    That was really tough to watch…you can actually see his teeth fall to the ice when NBC replays it in slo-mo. The fact that Crosby stood up and skated off is a testament to his toughness,in my book. I have always been a fan of his,even though I live in Bruins country. He’s one of the best ever when healthy. It seems like something always happens just when he’s got it cranked up. I wish him a speedy recovery.

  31. dropthepuckeh - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    solador78 – Mar 28, 2013 at 10:18 AM
    “That’s good karma for the Pens. Shero, Crosby, Lemieux were rewarded for helping to end Jeremy Jacob’s lockout. I bet the Bruins owner had *nothing* to do with Jerome’s decision. LOL!”

    How’s the good karma? A lot of time left in the regular season. Enjoy the fantasy lineup trophy Pens..

  32. holeecowman - Mar 31, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    oh no whos going to take care of gary and refs now??? i guess mario still has some oral skills left him huh. maybe eva can d/t like this girl could who knows lets see.

  33. holeecowman - Mar 31, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    the next thing is a neurological test to see if his weak noodle is ok i would sure hope so after all he does do alot of bobbing

  34. sportsfreak13 - Mar 31, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Sorry to disappoint all the Crosby haters but Shero just said they put the “indefinite” tag on Crosby because they have to wait a few days for the doctors feedback not because he will miss significant time. Shero and players visited him today and he was up and in good spirits. His jaw was not wired shut and he hasn’t had any concussion like symptoms at all. Ill never understand any fan taking joy in any other players injury but it just shows their lack of class and I’m glad their not a pens fan. When I read all the comments laughing at Sid I just look at the standings for the league and individual stats and laugh right back. Happy Easter everyone.

  35. jelliot1978 - Mar 31, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    With his history of concussions I would still worry until he is fully cleared. Years ago Roenick took a nasty puck to the face, had to have his jaw wired shut and had a concussion to boot.

    • valoisvipers - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:36 AM

      We should sue the doctor that removed Roenick’s wire from his jaw.Silence is golden!

  36. broadstbully33 - Mar 31, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    How is the puck?

    • cheesesteak75 - Mar 31, 2013 at 5:24 PM

      Most likely in the HOF as a result of setting a record for most consecutive wins by a team in the month of March.

  37. csilojohnson - Mar 31, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    It is decided on the ice. When he consistently takes over the game. Stamps has a great shot. No where near the all around player Crosby is. If you want all these guys to get more media attention get mad at them. For not taking their game to the next level. Get mad at NBC. Not the guy that proves his dominance every game. He centers a line with two undrafted wingers that are top five in scoring, plus rating, goals. Not a fluke. Your hate is clouding your vision. Crosby fan or not. You are being ignorant to the obvious.
    Every heard the saying. “If 10 people tell you, you have a tail. You might want to look in the mirror.”

  38. andyisfat - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    I hope Cindy doesn’t miss her appearance on the diving show, Splash.

    • sportsfreak13 - Mar 31, 2013 at 8:01 PM

      Is that the one where he’s diving into Mario’s pool with the Stanley cup? Beat it troll.

  39. joewilliesshnoz - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    The best player in the game, just showed you why he is. See ya in a couple weeks Kid.

  40. wicky888 - Mar 31, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    He will most likely have some conditioning issues from not skating / lack of nutrition from jaw being wired shut. Never the less, get well soon Sid, the Penguins are no fun to hate when your aren’t playing.

  41. jkaflagg - Mar 31, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Know a lot of people have an intense love-or-hate attitude towards Sid, but nobody deserves a shot like that….hope he is resting comfortably and is back in form sometime in the playoffs….

  42. whatthepuck2012 - Mar 31, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Who the hell said his jaw was “shattered”?? That’s a Jurassic sized jump to a conclusion. And his jaw isn’t wired shut.

  43. comeonnowguys - Mar 31, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    First guy to breathe on him when he returns gets a lifetime ban.

  44. c1md6 - Apr 1, 2013 at 7:30 AM


  45. graymalkin26 - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Can this guy play a full season or what…Mr. Brittle. .

  46. acieu - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Please wire his mouth shut./s/ NHLOA

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