Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby was able to shed his protective shield that covered his previously broken jaw late in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but the center is not completely out of the woods just yet. Crosby is happy with his recovery to date, however, he will still be needing additional procedures throughout the offseason to completely fix the injury.
The good news for Penguins fans? The procedures will be minor.
“Jaw’s good,” Crosby said, via CTV. “I think I have to do some things once I get back to Pittsburgh, but pretty minor procedures and stuff that, hopefully, I really won’t have to worry about once I get it done.”
Crosby struggled in the postseason after returning from a month long absence from the slapshot he took to the face, but Crosby is not using the broken jaw as in excuse for his drop in production.
“It was pretty good,” he said. “I got a couple of shots that didn’t feel great, but nothing that I felt hindered my play, anything less than anyone else was playing through at the time.
“So, I was really happy with the way it responded.”
Pittsburgh is hoping to make another deep postseason run next season that will provide better results than their disappointing collapse against the Bruins during this season’s playoffs, and having Crosby 100 percent and ready to return to his old form will be key in their return.