Sidney Crosby Will Play Without Jaw Protector vs. Boston Bruins


Mar 14, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby (87) buckles up his helmet during the first period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby took the ice for the team’s Sunday afternoon practice at CONSOL Energy Center and he was sporting a new look. For the first time since returning from a broken jaw on May 3, the team doctors have cleared Crosby to skate without his jaw protector. That means the Penguins captain will be back to normal for Pittsburgh’s Eastern Conference Finals matchup against the Boston Bruins.

“They’re comfortable with it coming off, being hit and things like that,” Crosby said through the Penguins official team website. “That’s what it came down to. It doesn’t really change anything. It’s nice to see a little bit better.

“It feels weird cause I’m used to wearing the full-face (shield) for a month. It feels weird, but much better. Seeing is much better. It might take a few days. I won’t be sticking my head in front of the net as much as I would with a full-face on. But a few practices and I should be back to normal.”

Here is a photo the Penguins shared of Crosby without the jaw protector:

It definitely looks like Crosby has some scruff and a killer mustache going on.

Crosby wearing the jaw protector didn’t do much to affect the way he played in those ten playoff games, so perhaps the Bruins should be a little worried that Crosby can only improve his play by being able to see the ice a lot clearer.

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