March 26, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) wipes his brow during a time-out against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pens Captain Crosby Feeling Better; No Set Return Date


Pittsburgh Penguins’ star forward Sidney Crosby spoke to the media following Tuesday’s practice (did not participate) for the first time since suffering his injury and said that he is making progress as far as getting healthier – according to Sam Kasan of the Pens’ website.

Here’s what he had to say – per Kasan:

“I think that having gone a week or however long its been now its gotten better.  And you know, I feel a lot better than I did the first couple of days.”

Although he seemed to be alright during the interview, there still is no timetable for the NHL’s leading scorer to return to the ice – per Kasan.

“I’m going to see the doctor this week.  I’ll probably just continue to keep seeing him.  Whenever he feels comfortable and feels like I can go out there and skate, exert, that’s something I’ll wait to hear from him.”

Crosby hasn’t played since he took a puck to the mouth off a deflected Brooks Orpik slap shot in a game against the New York Islanders on March 30th.

And he didn’t really see it coming.

“Yeah I didn’t see it at all.  Felt it, but didn’t see it.  It was kind of a weird bounce and just one of those things that happens.”

When the captain returns he’ll most likely be wearing the cage to protect his jaw, rather the visor.

That’s when he returns.

While the Pens were able to win the game Crosby left, they have gone 1-2 without him, losing their 15-game winning streak and recording just three goals.

And to make matters worse, the team is now without forward James Neal, after the team reported he suffered a concussion last Friday.

With all these injuries, the acquisitions of Brenden Morrow, Douglas Murray, Jarome Iginla and Jussi Jokinen are now proving to be very beneficial for Pittsburgh.

Pens got the Hurricanes tomorrow in Carolina at 7 p.m.

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