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Sidney Crosby's Jaw Injury Is Only a Minor Setback for Penguins Star

March 28, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) glances over his shoulder at the face-off circle against the Winnipeg Jets during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IMarch 31, 2013

Bad luck seems to follow Sidney Crosby.

The 25-year-old Pittsburgh Penguins star has been in the league for less than eight years and he's already had four seasons cut short, whether it be a high-ankle sprain, concussions or—most recently—a broken jaw.

Crosby suffered the broken jaw after getting hit in the face with a puck in Saturday's 2-0 victory over the New York Islanders. He will miss the rest of the regular season, but is expected to be ready for the playoffs, according to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

But Crosby will bounce back once again.


He's a superstar, and that's what superstars do.

When Crosby is on the ice, he can be virtually unstoppable. He has 56 points in 36 games this season (15 goals, 41 assists), the most in the NHL. He has also posted a plus/minus of plus-26, which is the second-best mark in the league.

In Crosby's last three seasons in which he's played at least 77 games, he has ranked in the top five in points. That dates back to the 2006-07 season, in which he led the NHL with 120 points. That gives you an idea of how dominant he can be when healthy.

But it's about more than the regular season. That's what should make Penguins fans thrilled that Crosby may be back for the playoffs.

The Nova Scotia native has also been splendid when it matters. In 68 career postseason games, he has posted 90 points (33 goals, 57 assists).

It's a good thing Crosby doesn't appear to have sustained another concussion. He's going to be fun to watch when he leads the Penguins in the playoffs. You don't score as many points as Crosby without being incredibly tough, and the 25-year-old has certainly exhibited that throughout his career.

The former No. 1 overall pick just keeps going and going.
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