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Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby out indefinitely after jaw surgery

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is out indefinitely after having surgery for a broken jaw, the team’s Twitter account announced Sunday.

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby out indefinitely after jaw surgery

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) is helped by referee Ian<br />Walsh (29) after being hit in the face with a puck during the first<br />period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders in<br />Pittsburgh, Saturday, March 30, 2013. Crosby left the game. (AP<br />Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) is helped by referee Ian Walsh (29) after being hit in the face with a puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders in Pittsburgh, Saturday, March 30, 2013. Crosby left the game. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is out indefinitely after having surgery for a broken jaw, the team’s Twitter account announced Sunday.

Crosby was hit in the face by a slap shot from teammate Brooks Orpik during Saturday’s game against the New York Islanders. The puck knocked out several of Crosby's teeth.

The Pens still managed to defeat the Isles, 2-0, despite the injury to their 25-year-old captain. The victory extended the team's winning streak to 15 games and secured an undefeated month of March.

Losing Crosby, arguably the NHL’s best player, is still a huge blow for the Eastern Conference-leading Penguins with the playoffs roughly a month away.

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