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Penguins' Crosby says he feels 'a lot better'

| Monday, April 8, 2013, 7:06 p.m.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
The Penguins' Sidney Crosby lays on the ice after being hit by a Brooks Orpik shot during the first period against the Islanders on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.

Sidney Crosby spoke to reporters Monday for the first time since suffering a broken jaw, but the Penguins captain has no timetable for his return to eating solid food, let alone playing hockey again.

“It's gotten better,” said Crosby, whose diet consists of nutritional shakes. “I feel a lot better than I did after the first couple of days.”

Crosby was injured March 30 when he was hit in the face by a puck from a Brooks Orpik slap shot. Crosby has had oral surgery but didn't know how many teeth he lost — only that it was “three or four” on the bottom with new tops.

“I didn't see it at all. It was kind of a weird bounce, just one of those things that happened,” Crosby said of the shot. “I'm not too worried about the teeth. I'm worried about making sure I'm healed, and hopefully, that's sooner.”

Seeing Crosby back around the team was a boost, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said.

“I know he was talking hockey with the guys, talking about the power play and different plays,” Bylsma said. “He's watching, and he was a part of it.”

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