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Streaking Penguins get a bad break

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Cheers and Jeers,Sports,NHL,John Keim

Pittsburgh's season took a turn last week when the Penguins acquired future Hall of Famer Jarome Iginla. For little, we might add. The Penguins' season took another turn Saturday. But what sort of turn remains to be seen.

That's when star Sidney Crosby, the leader in the MVP race, broke his jaw. He likely will miss the rest of the regular season, but early reports suggest he will be back for the playoffs, which start April 30. That seems optimistic, but it's what the Penguins are telling reporters for now.

Crosby's absence won't impact the Penguins' standing in the Eastern Conference. They entered Sunday with a seven-point lead for the top spot; that will be tough for Montreal to make up. And thanks to the addition of players such as Iginla, the Penguins made themselves even stronger. Did we mention their current 15-game win streak?

But what about the playoffs? And what if the Capitals do sneak in? They would play Pittsburgh in the first round. If Crosby isn't ready, that series would look a little different.

- John Keim

jkeim@washingtonexaminer.com

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