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Crosby KO'd by puck as Pens win 15th straight; host Sabres next

By Mike Harrington

Jarome Iginla got his visa troubles worked out and made his debut for the Penguins today, so that will take some of the circus atmosphere away from the Sabres' visit to Consol Energy Center Tuesday night. But only some.

The Penguins beat the Islanders, 2-0, to win their 15th straight game and pull within two of the NHL record they set in 1993 -- but they lost Sidney Crosby after he was drilled in the mouth early in the first period.

Crosby appeared to take a Brooks Orpik slapshot flush in the mouth and the impact knocked him clear off his feet. He made it to the locker room on his own power but did not return to the game. Postgame update: Coach Dan Bylsma said Crosby lost some teeth and went to a hospital for "oral surgery". There is no word on his status for Tuesday.

Crosby is leading the NHL in scoring with 56 points and came into today 10 ahead of Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos. The Penguins' 15 wins in a row are tied for the second-most in NHL history with a 15-gamer the Islanders put together in 1982 when they were in the midst of their four straight Stanley Cup runs.

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

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