Shero said that Crosby “looked good” and was in “good spirits” after having surgery Saturday night to repair a broken jaw and undergoing major dental work.
Crosby, who is out indefinitely due to the injury, was hit in the face with a puck in the Penguins’ 2-0 win over the New York Islanders Saturday afternoon at CONSOL Energy Center. He did not return in the game and went to immediately to the hospital.
“I was surprised, he looked really good for what I was expecting,” Shero said. “He was in good spirits, up and around. Over the next few days we’ll see how things go and get some sort of time frame on it at some point. We’ll try to update later in the week if we can.”
Crosby hasn’t had any sign of concussion-like symptoms. Shero said the team is being cautious, but “there is no sign of that at all.”
Dr. Bernard Costello of UPMC performed the surgery. Crosby’s jaw did not require to be wired and he lost a few teeth.
“The whole injury could have been a lot worse,” Shero said. “When you get hit in the mouth like that on a deflected puck. Hopefully, everything is OK. He didn’t get hit in the eye. The jaw can be repaired.”
Crosby leads the NHL in scoring with 56 points (15G-41A) in 36 games this season – a 10-point lead on second-place Steven Stamkos of Tampa Bay.
“It’s only been 24 hours. We’ll get through this and monitor him over the next few days,” Shero said. “It’s good to see him up and about and doing OK.”
Note: The Penguins also announced that defenseman Paul Martin had surgery Sunday morning on a broken bone in his hand. Dr. Robert A. Kaufmann performed the surgery, which did not require wires.
“Everything went well. That was good news,” Shero said. “There were no wires put in his hand. That will help the healing process. That’s good. Maybe he can get back on the ice conditioning-wise in a week-and-a-half or two weeks. We’ll see how it goes. The time frame is 4-6 weeks, but we’ll see. We don’t’ want to get ahead of ourselves.”
By Sam Kasan