The Penguins' Sidney Crosby drops to the ice after taking a slap shot to the face in the first period of a game March 30.
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James Neal is helped from the ice by Evgeni Malkin and a trainer during the third period of Friday's game against the New York Rangers at the Consol Energy Center. The Penguins won 2-1 in a shootout, but Neal was knocked out of the game with a concussion.
By Shelly Anderson Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Penguins winger James Neal has a concussion, coach Dan Bylsma said today, the result of a hit Friday that left him disoriented.
There is no timetable for his return, which is standard with such an injury, although Bylsma said Neal was feeling better over the weekend. Neal will not travel with the Penguins on a three-game road trip that begins Tuesday at Carolina.
With Neal out, left winger Chris Kunitz moved onto a forward line with Evgeni Malkin and right winger Jarome Iginla.
In the meantime, defenseman Kris Letang practiced with the team,and center Sidney Crosby visited with the team and spoke with reporters.
Letang, who has a toe injury, had been skating on his own for several days. He said he feels "pretty good" but his leaving his return up to the coaches. Bylsma said Letang will travel with the team and his status is day-to-day.
Crosby is not skating as he recovers from March 30 surgery for a broken jaw. He said he has no timetable for a return but "I feel a lot better than I did."
Crosby is still on a diet of various types of shakes but said he's not concerned about nutrition or regaining any weight he loses.
He also lost several teeth. He has had his upper front teeth repaired but still needs work, including root canals, on his lower teeth.