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NHLDid You See That? Sidney Crosby takes puck to the face

Posted: Saturday, March 30, 2013 | 01:30 PM

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Sidney Crosby (87), shown in this file photo after being struck in the face by a puck, must be getting tired of playing the Islanders since it seems that type of injury keeps happening to him in those games. (File/Getty IMages) Sidney Crosby (87), shown in this file photo after being struck in the face by a puck, must be getting tired of playing the Islanders since it seems that type of injury keeps happening to him in those games. (File/Getty IMages)

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It's safe to assume that Sidney Crosby must feel a bit wary every time he faces the New York Islanders.
It's safe to assume that Sidney Crosby must feel a bit wary every time he faces the New York Islanders.

Saturday's matinee game marked the third time Crosby was hit in the face with a puck in the last year, all in games against the Islanders.

The Penguins announced Crosby needed oral surgery after the game and won't be smiling anytime soon.

"Sidney Crosby took a puck to the teeth, and lost a few of those," said head coach Dan Bylsma. "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."

Although the latest incident -- a slap shot by Pittsburgh defenceman Brooks Orpik that deflected off a stick-- looked to have had the most 'oomph' behind it, the Penguins' captain was wearing a visor, and thankfully the puck struck him in the area of his mouth rather than near his eyes:

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That was the second time this season that a game against the Islanders featured Crosby falling down in a heap clutching his face:



And almost a year to the day of the latest incident, this happened:



Perhaps it's time the Penguins start resting the NHL scoring leader in these games against the Isles?

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