Crosby feeling better but no return date; Neal concussed Staff

4/8/2013 7:01:36 PM

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby says he's feeling better just one week after undergoing surgery to repair a broken jaw.

Speaking to the media for the first time since the injury, the star forward said he has no timetable on returning to the lineup.

"Having gone a week or so, it's gotten better and I feel better than after the first couple of days," Crosby said. "I'm going to see the doctor all this week. Whenever he feels comfortable and feels like I can go out and skate, that's something I'll wait to hear from him."

Crosby was hit in the face with a deflected puck during the Penguins' 2-0 victory over the New York Islanders on March 30. He had surgery to repair a broken jaw and underwent major dental work.

"I didn't see it at all," Crosby said of the shot. "Felt it but didn't see it. It was kind of a weird bounce. Just one of those things that happens."

Up until the injury, Crosby had played in all of Pittsburgh's games this season. Prior to that, he was limited to just 22 regular season games since early 2011 with a variety of concussion-like symptoms and neck issues.

The 25-year-old still leads the league in scoring this season with 15 goals and 41 assists in 36 games.

The Penguins also announced Monday that forward James Neal has been diagnosed with a concussion and will miss the club's upcoming three-game road trip.

Neal was elbowed in the head by New York Rangers defenceman Michael Del Zotto midway through the third period of Friday's 2-1 shootout victory for Pittsburgh.

Defenceman Kris Letang, meanwhile, returned to team practice on Monday. The 25-year-old has missed the past five games with a lower-body injury.

"I'm feeling good" Letang said. "It's exciting to be back and practicing with the boys."

Letang did not have an update on when he could return to the lineup.