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Plague of Injuries Won’t Keep Pittsburgh Penguins Down

Kevin Hoffman – USA TODAY Sports

This past Saturday was not a good day, in terms of injuries, for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Prior to the game against the New York Islanders, the Penguins reported that defenseman Paul Martin suffered a broken bone in his hand.  He underwent successful surgery this past Sunday and will be out of the lineup for approximately 4-6 weeks, but will be able to resume skating in about a week and a half.

Then just 50 seconds into his first shift of the game against the Islanders, Sidney Crosby was hit in the mouth with a puck deflected off a shot by defenseman Brooks Orpik.  News came later that Crosby lost a few teeth, underwent oral surgery, and will be out indefinitely. 

Within the last four minutes of the same game, the Penguins lost another crucial player to their top line when Chris Kunitz was assessed a checking major and a game misconduct.

Despite losing Martin, Crosby and Kunitz, the Penguins managed to hold the Islanders scoreless and beat them in a shutout by a score of 2-0.  This was the Penguins third consecutive shutout and 15th consecutive win.  The win also enabled Pittsburgh to become the first team in league history to win all games played in an entire month.  The NHL also named Crosby the first star for the month of March.

Even when they are losing key components to their team, the Penguins still find a way to rise above the adversity and come out on top.  This team can be knocked down, but can never be counted out.

Stephanie Lewark is a featured Pittsburgh Penguins writer for Follow her on Twitter (@steelcitysports), check out her Facebook page, or add her to your Google+ circle.