A broken jaw has put Sidney Crosby's career on hold and led to a severe change in his diet.
It doesn't seem to have affected his upbeat demeanor, though.
That's what teammates who have visited him in the hospital say, and that certainly was the tone of an email Monday that Crosby sent.
Crosby wrote that he's resigned to a diet of "soup and shakes for a while" and that verbal communication is pretty much out of the question "for another couple days" because he is "pretty swollen right now."
Crosby was struck in the face by a puck in the second minute of the Penguins' 2-0 victory Saturday against the New York Islanders, and subsequently was hospitalized so that he could undergo extensive dental work and have his fractured jaw surgically repaired.
Crosby, who could be discharged as early as today, has been receiving visitors since Sunday.
"People have been awesome at the hospital and guys have been in to visit," Crosby wrote. "Staff [from the Penguins] as well.
"[I] appreciate the help from everyone here at the hospital and people visiting. They have done everything they can to make get me healed and feel good, and I appreciate that."
Dave Molinari: Dmolinari@post-gazette.com and Twitter @MolinariPG. First Published April 2, 2013 4:00 AM