The Pittsburgh Penguins are on top of the hockey world right now, but the team’s fans held their collective breath when superstar Sidney Crosby suffered a scary moment when Brooks Orpik's slap shot hit him in the face.
The incident occurred right at the start of the first period, and Crosby did not return to the ice. Pittsburgh was still able to record a 2-0 victory to earn its 15th consecutive win—just two shy of the NHL record.
As the video shows, Crosby has had poor luck against the Islanders. About a year ago against New York, the puck struck him in the face. And just last month, a similarly painful incident took place in a game with the Isles.
But this recent knock was the worst of the bunch.
This was a rocket shot that took a deflection, and Crosby never had a chance. His immediate reaction after getting blasted with a rock-hard piece of rubber shows how painful it must have been.
Fortunately, he was able to skate off before taking the rest of the day off. The Penguins reported the following on the injury:
Sidney Crosby lost a few teeth, had oral surgery, continue to monitor that, per coach Bylsma #Pens— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) March 30, 2013
Pittsburgh will surely be careful with its superstar given his history with concussions.
He has been healthy this season, and his prodigious talent has been apparent. Crosby is leading the NHL with 56 points from 15 goals and an incredible 41 assists. Throughout this abbreviated season, he has once again looked like the best hockey player on the planet.
In addition, Pittsburgh loaded up at the trade deadline and managed to acquire Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow and Douglas Murray. The team undoubtedly has its sights set on the Stanley Cup trophy this year.
But Crosby is the Penguins’ centerpiece, and if he isn’t healthy, the team’s grand aspirations will be difficult to attain.