Penguins notebook: Crosby gets permission to ditch protective shield
Sidney Crosby's playoff beard will be a little more noticeable now.
Crosby has been given permission to scrap the protective shield that he has been wearing since returning from breaking his jaw.
Starting with Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final against the Boston Bruins — the game will be played at Consol Energy Center, likely Wednesday or Thursday — Crosby will look like himself again. He practiced on Sunday without the shield.
“I definitely can see better on the ice now,” said Crosby, whose jaw was broken on March 30 by a deflected Brooks Orpik shot.
Crosby admitted to being slightly apprehensive when first hitting the ice without the shield.
“I think that's pretty typical,” he said. “It might take a couple of days probably before I'm sticking my face in front of the net as much as I would have with the full cage.”
The injury has not hindered his work.
Crosby is third in NHL postseason scoring with 15 points and first in points per game with a 1.5 total.
He recorded nine points in five games against the New York Islanders and six points in five games against the Ottawa Senators.
Crosby, who has never faced Boston in a playoff series, has produced 32 points in 22 career games against the Bruins.
“It actually feels weird being out there without it,” Crosby said. “But it's much better.”
• Left wing Chris Kunitz did not practice Sunday. He was banged up in Game 4 but returned for the third period of that game and played in Game 5.
• Coach Dan Bylsma, who is unsure of the conference final schedule, said he might give the Penguins another day off before the series begins.
• The Penguins practiced for about 45 minutes on Sunday at Consol Energy Center and are scheduled to practice again Monday.
— Josh Yohe
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Penguins confident Pouliot will be healthy, ready for camp
- Penguins GM insists new coach Johnston was no afterthought
- Penguins alumni rally to help Mitch Wilson, who is fighting ALS
- Penguins goalie Fleury likely to enter season without new contract