Penguins Playoff News & Notes

By: Mike Vukovcan
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(Photo: KDKA)

(Photo: KDKA)

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Pittsburgh (KDKA)- Here are some news & notes with the Pittsburgh Penguins as they prepare for the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs.

How dominant was Sidney Crosby this season? Despite missing the final 41 games of the season, he still led the Penguins in goals (32).

Crosby recorded a team-high in goals (32), points (66), power play goals (10) and plus/minus (+20).

Here are the other Penguins regular season leaders:

Assists- Kris Letang (42)
GW Goals- Jordan Staal and Alex Goligoski (4)
Short-handed Goals- Pascal Dupuis (4)
Blocked Shots- Zbynek Michalek (149)
Hits- Brooks Orpik (194)
Penalty Minutes- Matt Cooke (129)
Shots- Kris Letang (236)

*For the first time in franchise history, the Penguins finished the NHL with the top shorthanded unit in the league (86.1%).

*Crosby is not expected to be cleared to play in the first round but Tampa Bay doesn’t believe that. Here’s what Tampa Bay head coach Guy Boucher told the St. Pete Times, “To me, he’s playing period. If he’s not….we can’t say if he’s not, they don’t have a great team. They’v been winning without those guys.”

“They’re a great team and with him, they’re an amazing team. So we’re playing against a great or amazing team, so we have to be at our best.”

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