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.