The Pittsburgh Penguins extended their winning streak to fifteen on Saturday afternoon, posting their third consecutive shutout in a 2-0 home win over the New York Islanders, but losing team captain Sidney Crosby indefinitely after Crosby was hit in the mouth by a shot by teammate Brooks Orpik.
Crosby suffered a broken jaw, lost several teeth and has undergone oral surgery. A second surgical procedure is scheduled, and the Penguins say they will re-evaluate the NHL’s leading scorer later in the week. Sources report that Crosby did not show signs of a concussion.
Matt Cooke and James Neal scored for Pittsburgh (28-8) in Saturday’s win in a game that marked the Steel City debut of Jarome Iginla, the third of three veterans acquired in trades by the Penguins last week. Tomas Vokoun (10-3) earned the win with his second consecutive shutout and the 51st of his career. The Islanders (16-16-3) outshot the Pens 35-27.
With the victory, Pittsburgh, who went 15-0 in the month of March, became the only team in NHL history to win every game they played in a calendar month. The Penguins need four more wins to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Pittsburgh will conclude a five-game homestand on Tuesday night at 7:30 PM with a contest against the Buffalo Sabres (13-17-6). Radio pregame airtime on 96.3 KQW will be 7:00 PM.