Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Crosby's Path to Recovery Remains Unclear

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Crosby's Path to Recovery Remains Unclear

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When Penguins center Sidney Crosby was recovering from a concussion and related problems the past couple of seasons, there was a prescribed protocol he needed to follow to get back into the lineup.

He progressed through light workouts, light skating, increased workouts, practice, practice with contact and, finally, games -- all while being monitored for symptoms.

Things aren't so clear in the wake of jaw surgery last Saturday and ongoing dental repairs.

"I don't know what the steps are in his recovery right now," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said.

Bylsma added, though, that one concern is infection, something that could set Crosby back.

"You can't be having that," Bylsma said.

Crosby missed his third game Friday night when the Penguins played the New York Rangers at Consol Energy Center. He has not skated or practiced, and there is no timetable for his return.

Although there were questions about whether Crosby might have gotten another concussion because the injury came when he was hit in the mouth with a puck, Bylsma reiterated that,

"There is not and has not been any symptoms of a concussion with Sid."

SUTTER ON FACEOFFS ...

The first period is Penguins center Brandon Sutter's feeling-out time in the faceoff circle.

"Sometimes, you feel really strong standing in [the circle]," he said. "Other games, it seems like you've got to work a little harder to find the puck. Once you get into the second period, that's when you kind of find out how it's going to go the rest of the night."

Sutter's winning percentage in his first season with the Penguins is 51.3 -- "You just try to stay above 50," he said -- but he has been on a relative tear lately.

In an area where anything more than 50 percent is a bonus, Sutter was winning faceoffs at a 58.5 percent clip (55 of 94) in his five previous games.

He finds the art of the draw can range from rewarding to frustrating with little warning. …

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