Crosby hit with puck, leaves game

Pittsburgh Penguins star center Sidney Crosby exited Saturday's win over the New York Islanders early in the first period after being struck in the face by a shot from teammate Brooks Orpik.

The incident occurred just 1:28 into the matchup, with Orpik's long drive from the left point deflecting off the stick of an Islanders' player and hitting Crosby in his mouth. The Penguins' captain did leave the ice under his own power, but did not return to the contest and was taken to a local hospital for an emergency dental procedure.

"Sidney Crosby took a puck to the teeth, and lost a few of those," Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma following his team's 2-0 win. 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."

Crosby leads the NHL with 41 assists and 56 points this season, while his plus-26 rating is second only to teammate Chris Kunitz for tops in the league.

Pittsburgh extended its winning streak to 15 games with the triumph, tying the second-longest unbeaten run in league history.