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Pens Extend Win Streak To 15, Lose Crosby To Broken Jaw

April 1, 2013

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.

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