Cotsonika: Pens Still An Elite Team

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan)- The Penguins finished the first 10 games of the season with a 7-3 record.

The biggest catalyst has been Sidney Crosby, who scored eight goals and nabbed 18 points during that stretch.

Nick Cotsonika of Yahoo! Sports told Bob Pompeani that when looking at Crosby’s performance, he is reminded of another Pittsburgh superstar.

“It’s funny, because it’s almost normal for him now. I’m less amazed anymore just because we’ve seen him do it,” Cotsonika said. “He’s become another Mario Lemieux. He misses time, he comes back, he’s as great as he ever was. His greatness now is almost not news.”

The Penguins lost 4-3 to the New York Islanders Friday, as there were a few defensive breakdowns. Cotsonika said that the Pens are still an elite team, but they do have a few issues to work on.

“As they go forward, they’re going to have to find different ways to score, worry about scoring depth,” Cotsonika said. “They’re going to have to stay healthy, they’re going to have to strengthen their defense and structural play, and they’re going have to get good goaltending.”

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