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Crosby skates without jaw protector for first time

May 26, 2013, 12:38 PM EDT

Sidney Crosby

Sidney Crosby is going to be a bit more streamlined during the Eastern Conference finals. At this morning’s practice in Pittsburgh, he skated for the first time without the large, plastic mouthguard attached to his helmet.

During the first two rounds of the playoffs, Crosby looked more like a guy ready for football than hockey by sporting the added protection for the broken jaw he suffered during the regular season. Now that he’s skating in practice without it, you’d have to assume his jaw is back to full health.

Of course, it’s not as if the extra equipment hindered his game. During the first two rounds of the playoffs, Crosby has seven goals and eight assists in 10 games, including two power play tallies. If skating without that added plastic makes him feel more comfortable on the ice, the Bruins are going to have a lot more to worry about than they thought.

(Photo: Penguins’ Instagram)

  1. colossal87 - May 26, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    This is just one example of Thickney Crosby laughing in the face of such an irrrlevant opponent

    • atwatercrushesokoye - May 26, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      No it’s just an example of it being practice, Crosby doesn’t even where her Jill strap in practice.

  2. dan46778 - May 26, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    He should have wore a full face shield

  3. JoeAvg - May 26, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Ratnose has begun to drool like Pavlov’s dog.

  4. Stiller43 - May 26, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    I sure hope its healed because he’s about to get shoulders and gloves to the jaw every time he’s around a Bruin. Im sure he and his doctors would think about that first though…LETS GO PENS!

  5. jeff2000m - May 26, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Boston is the wrong team to do such a thing…..that jaw will be a target. Bring on the pens….we wouldnt want it any other way. Isles banged (or atleast tried to bang) and series went 6. Ott tried to run and gun and got smoked in 5. Bruins will be VERY physical…this series will be hard fought for either team and well deserved to the winner

  6. nunan - May 26, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    I know Seids and Chara will be out there against the Crosby line but I wonder what forward line the Bs will match-up against them. My first guess is the Bergeron line, which makes sense given how good Bergeron is defensively. Marchand is strong defensively, too, and he can irritate that line all night. Then the Bs can counter the Malkin line with their big line (Lucic, Krejci, Horton). However, from a pure entertainment point of view, I’d like to see Krejci vs Crosby because I think there would be some bad blood there.

  7. penguinslove18712987 - May 26, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Just watch out for the bruins squad. Everyone knows the playoffs get more and more violent as they go on, and the bruins have tough players that are gonna go for his jaw. Though the pens have tough guys too. And the penguins have a great roster and amazing goal scorers, so this will be an interesting series. GO PENS!

    • nunan - May 26, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      They do have tough players but this idea that they would specifically target his jaw is ridiculous. Why would they go after another player’s head, especially when that guy is the NHL’s golden boy, and risk getting major penalties and suspensions? Nobody does that. They are physical and there will be contact but it’s not because they are trying to re-injure his jaw, which is unlikely anyway given that the Pen’s doctors have cleared him. If he were at risk of easily re-injuring it, they wouldn’t have cleared him. ..People make up some bogus things when two teams like this meet…

      • drone501 - May 26, 2013 at 4:33 PM

        jaw is part of the head, a head shot is a major penalty. crosby could play with a bucket over his head and he is better than anything boston has. pens in 6

      • nunan - May 26, 2013 at 4:40 PM

        And your response, given my post, makes ZERO sense..I have no idea why you would even write that…I guess you’re agreeing with me that the Bruins won’t target his jaw?? Good job! And I can throw out random guesses, too. Here: Bruins in 5.

  8. csilojohnson - May 26, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    I didn’t think it would come off this season. Crosby still has a lot of major dental work to get done this offseason. Multiple root canals, and surgery to remove one of the plates holding his jaw together. From what I’ve read.
    Guess the docs know what they are doing. Can’t see them rushing it considering his play to this point.
    Hes been playing with blinders.
    Pierre gets wet over his vision now.
    Impeded non the less. NBC will be buying flood insurance before this series.

    • drone501 - May 26, 2013 at 9:57 PM

      no genius im saying they will target his jaw. read before you type. like i said genius, pens in 6. book it

  9. jimthebear - May 26, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    DUMB move.. Not just the way the Bruins play, but with the way these playoffs have been officiated. Look how many high sticks caused cuts and stitches in the Bruins game 3 on BOTH sides, and no one got called. If I was playing with these refs, I’d be wearing full face shields like NCAA.. With or without a recently broken jaw..

  10. nikodmus - May 26, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    @nunan apparently you’ve never heard of a facewash…

    • nunan - May 26, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      @nikodmus apparently, you think a facewash is ‘targeting’ the jaw. Grow up…

  11. chanceoffleury1 - May 26, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Why is everyone saying dumb move? By the time the Bruins and Pens series gets started it will have been 9 weeks. That’s more than enough time for a bone to completely heal. Your jaw doesn’t need the muscle restrengthening a broken wrist or broken leg does.You don’t need all your teeth for your jaw to be 100%. Pittsburgh has some of the best doctors in the world and if there was even a sliver of doubt that he was going to be predisposed to a greater chance of injury than they would not have let him remove it. Perhaps the mask was making him more susceptible to injuries outside the jaw because of his impaired field of vision? So maybe it is actually going to be safer to take the mask off since his jaw is healed anyway.

    If the Bruins are going to be preoccupied with trying to reinjure Crosby then that’s great. The Pens will just slide McIntyre into the lineup so he can start beating the crap out of every Bruin until they get the message. People underestimate the Penguins physicality. Engelland, Kunitz, Iginla, Morrow, Murray, Orpik, Adams, Glass, etc. You think those guys are just gonna sit around and be like “Oh darn! They high sticked Crosby right in the jaw again! What ever will we do!?!?!” The Pens are a pretty versatile group which is what makes them so hard to beat. If you want to play physical then they’ll play physical. If you want to play fast then they’ll play fast. If you want a goaltending showdown then they’ll give you goaltending. If you want defense first then they’ll give you great defense. If you want offense then they’ll definitely give you some offense. The Bruins will definitely challenge them and Crosby but there is way too much assumption that they are just going to be able to come in and start shoving gloves and sticks in Crosby’s face without any repercussions.

    And coming from the organization that continually cries about Matt Cooke still being in the league, I would hope they would never attempt to *GASP* purposefully injure another player?

    • polegojim - May 26, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      I won’t say…dumb… but will say FOOLISH.

      It’s still an area prone to re-injury, even in a fluke situation.

      Why would he want to risk that NOW?… In the Playoffs?… One of the best player in the game?

  12. drone501 - May 26, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    he practiced without the equipment. doesnt mean he going to play without it.

    • Kristenaux - May 27, 2013 at 8:18 AM

      I think that’s what was implied tho’…he will likely play the series without it. It’s pretty hard for him to see the ice well with it strapped to his helmet. Hopefully there’s some amount of integrity left in players that they can play without purposefully rebreaking his jaw but it seems there’s less and less of it all the time.

  13. drone501 - May 26, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    didnt a buffalo player give shawn thornton a concussion in a fight this season. just asking. i could be wrong. pens in 6

    • itsallniceonice - May 26, 2013 at 7:49 PM

      A 6’8″ goon who can barely skate. What Pens player has the stones to do the same? Oh right none.

      • live4hockey - May 26, 2013 at 9:52 PM

        I’m pretty sure Steve MacIntyre would kick his ass…too bad he is currently in wilkes-barre. Derek Engelland wouldn’t shy away from him…I’d like to see that fight actually.

      • drone501 - May 26, 2013 at 10:02 PM

        bruins beat the rangers in 5. your talking like they just eliminated the 1977 canadiens. pens have more skill, more scoring and will match up physically with the bruins. better power play, should i go on?

      • itsallniceonice - May 27, 2013 at 11:58 PM

        Learn to read.

  14. banger60 - May 26, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    please Sid, keep the shield off, rangers out, Go Bruins!

    • Kristenaux - May 27, 2013 at 8:20 AM

      Classy. Not that I would expect any…

  15. jayricex - May 26, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    LOL the Rangers have how many scoring threats? They were pathetic on the power play. You bruins fans act like you just shut down Chicago! Get physical with Crosby, there’s 7 to 8 more people that will step right up. I can’t wait for this series. Should be fun. Can’t wait to see this so called “physical play”. This isn’t the Rangers fellas, give us those power play chances and see what happens.

  16. whammy71 - May 26, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Pens in 5…they won’t be as complacent as they were in the earlier series. Bs don’t have the O to keep up.

    Hate away!

  17. yougotgirouxed - May 26, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Did he take of his training bra too?

    • drone501 - May 27, 2013 at 11:01 AM

      giroux. wasn’t he the best player in the world at some time in his life.

  18. matto8929 - May 27, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Sidney Crosby ate a hockey puck.

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