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Sidney Crosby undergoes oral surgery after losing a few teeth

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The Pittsburgh Penguins provided an official update on Sidney Crosby: Saturday’s puck to the face prompted oral surgery. He lost a “few teeth,” according to head coach Dan Bylsma.

“Sidney Crosby took a puck to the teeth, and lost a few of those,” Bylsma said. “He lost a few of those. He had to have oral surgery. We’ll continue to evaluate and monitor that. That’s the report on ‘Sid’ going to the hospital and losing teeth.”

It’s hard not to worry about a concussion when any player takes a puck to the general face area, but there’s no word on that. The Penguins didn’t provide specifics about whether he’d miss any time, either.

Here are their next few games to allow you time to consider when he might sit … and who might threaten their 15-game winning streak:

Tuesday: home against Buffalo
Wednesday: at the New York Rangers
Friday: home versus the New York Rangers
Tuesday, April 9: at Carolina

Much like Crosby’s unlucky mouth, the team has some gaps in its schedule, so maybe they’ll decide to give him a little extra time to heal.

Jarome Iginla traded to the Penguins; re-united with Sidney Crosby

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Jarome Iginla was traded Wednesday night.

The end of an era in Calgary did take place. But Iginla was not traded to the Boston Bruins, as was initially reported and supposedly confirmed.

Calgary Flames general manager Jay Feaster dropped hockey’s equivalent to a bombshell, when he announced during a press conference that Iginla was actually traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he will be re-united with his 2010 Olympic teammate Sidney Crosby.

You may remember that Iginla set up Crosby for the gold medal winning goal for Team Canada in the 2010 Olympics.

Penguins general manager Ray Shero has certainly been busy these past few days building his team that is now the clear favorite to take the Eastern Conference.

Not only do the Penguins possess Crosby, the league leader in points with 54 in 34 games, but they picked up veteran forward Brenden Morrow from the Dallas Stars and defenseman Douglas Murray from the San Jose Sharks.

The Penguins also lead the East with a 26-8-0 record and 52 points, which is five ahead of the Montreal Canadiens.

Iginla will speak to the media in Calgary tomorrow morning.

Sidney Crosby walked to the rink in Winnipeg, and it made headlines

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Granted, it’s super cold today in Winnipeg (-7 F at last glance). But if there’s any better indication how much hype is surrounding Sidney Crosby’s first game against the Jets at the MTS Centre, we haven’t found it.

As reported by the Canadian Press, Crosby said he braved the sub-zero temperatures because he misses Canadian winters.

As for tonight’s game, Crosby’s Penguins (2-1-0) are hoping to bounce back from a 5-2 home loss to the Maple Leafs on Wednesday.

When asked about the reception he expects from the raucous (and creative) Winnipeg crowd, Crosby says he’s ready for anything.

“I’ve played in Philadelphia for a long time now and if I can get through that, hopefully I’m somewhat prepared for what happens tonight,” he said, per the Winnipeg Free Press.

“It’s all in good fun.”

PHT Morning Skate: Sidney Crosby provides a charity surprise

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Leave it to Sidney Crosby to provide a little bit more juice to a charity game in his hometown of Cole Harbour. (The Chronicle Herald)

Curious: Ken Campbell says Donald Fehr is negotiating against himself and losing. (The Hockey News)

Former NHLer Louie DeBrusk says playing a short season will make for a tough transition. (Sportsnet)

At the very least, former Canadiens coach Jacques Demers believes in the Habs. (Montreal Gazette)

Today marks Day 105 of the NHL lockout. 19 players in NHL history have scored 105 points in a season. The last to do it? Dany Heatley with the Ottawa Senators in 2006-07.

Top 2012: Not one, but two Sidney Crosby comebacks

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When Sidney Crosby went on the shelf in early January 2011, few expected him to need until late November to return. The Pittsburgh Penguins star was worth the wait, though, as he made a bombastic return – and then did it again after another setback.

Let’s reminisce about his triumphant comeback(s) from concussions.

Echoing Mario

Crosby’s four-point reemergence against the New York Islanders on Nov. 21 reminded many of Mario Lemieux’s triumphant comeback in 2000.

One of Crosby’s four points came on his first shot – and second shift – against the Isles:

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Crosby indeed left Pierre McGuire and Jeremy Roenick flabbergasted after that memorable night:

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Overall, Crosby produced two goals and 10 assists in an eight-game span that ended with a Dec. 5 game against the Boston Bruins when his concussion issues resurfaced after a collision with David Krejci. Crosby eventually returned to the injured reserve on Dec. 12.

Another comeback

Kris Letang accompanied Crosby off the injured list on March 15 as the Penguins beat the New York Rangers 5-2. Amazingly, that victory pushed Pittsburgh’s streak to 10 straight wins.

For a while, Crosby was piling up far more assists than goals, but that didn’t stop him from becoming the seventh-youngest player to hit the 600-point mark on March 30.

Sid the Kid’s second regular season set of games was truly impressive; he scored six goals and 19 assists in 25 games to finish the season. Overall, he had eight goals and 29 assists for 37 points in just 22 regular season games.

A wild (and ugly) postseason

Crosby’s production in a 4-2 series loss to the Philadelphia Flyers was just fine, particularly on paper. He had eight points – all in the first four contests.

Still, to many, that series was all about Claude Giroux getting the upper hand, with this hit saying the most:

Those matches often brought out the dark side of Crosby and the Penguins. Here’s some video evidence:

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(There’s also the claim that Crosby’s slashes forced Giroux to undergo surgery. Crosby sort of denied that.)

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Overall, Crosby has shown that he can return with aplomb. Just imagine how he’ll react to coming back from a lockout, not injuries …