Penguins' Sidney Crosby out for playoff opener against Islanders
PITTSBURGH -- The painful wait continues for Sid the Kid.
He suffered a broken jaw on March 30 in a game against the Islanders and has not played since, missing the final 12 regular-season games.
Crosby met with his doctor Tuesday, but was not given the green light to return to game action because his jaw is not completed healed. He has been practicing.
"He said everything looks good, he just wasn't prepared to clear me to play," Crosby said after Wednesday morning's skate. "Obviously, I would have loved to have the chance to play, but it's not the way it is and I'll make sure I'm ready when the time comes."
Crosby said there still is no timetable for his return and he doesn't have another appointment scheduled with his doctor. Game 2 is Friday.
"[The doctor] just said that he'll be in touch with me, to let him know if I feel anything different," Crosby said. "But I'm sure he'll be around and checking up things pretty closely.
"[He] didn't give me a date, and I'm sure if he gives me a date, he knows I'll have a pretty high expectation [of coming back]."
For the third consecutive day, Crosby worked with the Penguins' fifth line during the morning skate. He also had a half-hour session with Mike Kadar, the team's strength and conditioning coach.
"Whenever I kind of take a regular morning skate, I'm sure that will be a pretty good sign I'm in," Crosby said.
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma believes his team will succeed, with or without Crosby. The Penguins went 8-4 in the regular season after Crosby was injured against the Islanders when a slap shot by Brooks Orpik deflected off the Islanders' Brad Boyes and hit Crosby in the face.
At the time, Crosby was leading the NHL scoring title by a wide margin and was the favorite to capture the league's Most Valuable Player Award.
"We've played a lot of hockey without Sid on our lines and we played most of our games this year with him," Bylsma said. "We've been playing and preparing with or without Sidney Crosby in our lineup.
"If you are talking about the impact of not having one of the best players in the game in your lineup, certainly you would like to have him in there. But we've played the last section of our season without him and we've been practicing that way for this week."