PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Sidney Crosby has missed the last three games with a broken jaw, but he remains in good spirits during his recovery.
Crosby spoke with the media for the first time since a shot by Brooks Orpik hit him in the face during a 2-0 win over the New York Islanders on March 30.
“I didn’t see it at all – felt it, but didn’t see it so it was kind of a weird bounce and just one of those things that happened and I think that having gone a week or however long it’s been now, it’s gotten better and I feel a lot better than I did obviously after the first couple days,” Crosby said.
Crosby went to the hospital following the incident and said he has had one dental surgery so far.
“I’m not too worried about the teeth. I’m worried about making sure I’m healed and hopefully that’s sooner than later,” Crosby said.
While he is unsure of how many teeth he lost, Crosby said three or four were on the bottom and the ones on top had already been replaced.
However, he does not have a timeline yet for when he could resume skating and get back in the lineup.
“I’m going to see the doctor this week and I’ll probably just continue to keep seeing him and then whenever he feels comfortable with everything set in and feels like I can go out there and skate and exert, I think that’s something I just kind of wait to hear,” Crosby said.
As for his current diet. Crosby said he’s only consuming shakes.
“It hasn’t been too enjoyable that way,” Crosby said. “It’s pretty much impossible to keep weight right now so I’ll be excited when I can eat for sure.”
The Penguins have nine games left in the regular season and will begin a three-game road trip in Carolina Tuesday night.