FILE - Pittsburgh Penguins hockey player Sidney Crosby skates at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh Monday, April 15, 2013. Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby was healthy and productive for most of the season, with 56 points in 36 games, after missing much of the last two years with concussion-like symptoms. A broken jaw, though, has kept him out since March 30 and he's waiting to be cleared by doctors to play in the postseason. (AP Photo/Tribune Review, Chaz Palla, File)The Associated Press
Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby, bottom, kneels on the ice with teammates during an NHL hockey practice on Friday, April 26, 2013, in Canonsburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)The Associated Press
Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby, right, skates by Jussi Jokinen as they participate in an NHL hockey practice on Friday, April 26, 2013, in Canonsburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)The Associated Press
CANONSBURG, Pa. – Penguins star Sidney Crosby practiced Monday but his status remains uncertain for Wednesday's playoff opener against the New York Islanders.
Crosby hasn't played since breaking his jaw a month ago, missing Pittsburgh's final 12 games of the regular season. He underwent dental procedures and was cleared to return to noncontact drills last week. Crosby says he'll see doctors again Tuesday and will not play until he is given clearance.
The Penguins thrived in his absence, going 8-4 without their captain while locking up the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
Crosby still finished tied for third in the NHL in scoring despite missing a quarter of the season. He had 15 goals and 41 assists in 36 games.