The Pittsburgh Penguins are riding a three-game winning streak after their only loss this season arrived at the hands of the Florida Panthers by a score of 6-3. Regardless, the Penguins are still deservedly boasting a record of 6-1.
Last night, they traveled East to face their arch-rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers, and ended up winning 4-1 in a game where team leader Sidney Crosby netted a goal and also notched an assist. He continues to be the face of the team by being the true driving force that they need in order to bounce back from their recent postseason exit after a sweep by the Boston Bruins.
However, the team needs more than just one player as this is the NHL, a league where entire teams — not superstars — win games.
Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz are two of Pittsburgh’s best assets and when they are on their game along with Crosby, defeating this team is extremely difficult. These three guys can be a traumatizing trio for opponents who are not accustomed to an all-out attack.
The team always seems to play out a brilliant regular season, but they almost always find a way to trap themselves into a hole during the playoffs. They have a great fan base, a smart coach and a roster full of guys who know that they can get the job done with a bit of extra effort during their ice time. All it takes is a team effort from a team that truly wants to win.
Pittsburgh should easily finish in the top three this season and finds a way to make it to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they may struggle a bit but will know how to advance to the Finals.