May 24, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) breaks up ice as Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza (19) and left wing Milan Michalek (9) defend during the first period in game five of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins won 6-2 to close out the series. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Sidney Crosby Cleared To Play Without Jaw Protector


Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has been skating with a jaw protector ever since he returned from injury May 3rd – and now he doesn’t have to.

According to Sam Kasan of the Pittsburgh Penguins team website, number-87 was cleared by doctors to play without the face-shield and he skated without it in the teams’ Sunday afternoon practice.

Removing the protector probably makes his head seem a little lighter – but when he had it on it certainly didn’t affect his play all that much.

Making his playoff debut in Game 2 against the New York Islanders of round one, Crosby has dominated since – scoring seven goals and dishing eight assists.

His seven goals ties fellow teammate Pascal Dupuis for the NHL’s league lead in that category.

Crosby’s 15 points also ranks third in the league for scoring – two behind Boston’s David Krejci.

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