Sidney Crosby a no-go for Penguins in Game 1
Hasn't played since March 30 for No. 1 East seed
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will not play in Game 1 of the playoffs Wednesday against the New York Islanders.
Crosby told reporters Wednesday morning he's yet to receive medical clearance to return to game action.
"[The doctor] said everything looks good, he just wasn't prepared to let me play," Crosby said. "Obviously I would love to have the chance to play tonight but that's not the way it is and [I'll] make sure I'm ready when the time comes."
The 25-year-old has been out since March 30 against the Islanders, when a Brooks Orpik shot was re-directed and struck teammate Crosby in the face.
Crosby suffered several broken teeth and a broken jaw, leading to reconstructive dental work.
"He didn't give me a date and I'm sure if he gives a date, I'd have pretty high expectations of that date," Crosby said. "I'm sure he's waiting until he feels comfortable."
He had 56 points at the time of the injury, and was only surpassed in the NHL scoring race in the final week of the season.
The Penguins went 8-4 without Crosby in the lineup down the stretch.
Pittsburgh is the top seed in the Eastern Conference, but they've been knocked off in the first round of the playoffs the last two seasons.
Game 2 of the series is in Pittsburgh on Friday, but Crosby hasn't been officially ruled out for that contest.
with files from the Associated Press