PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – Penguins Captain Sidney Crosby led the league in points in the regular season, but all the focus right now is on the playoffs and his nine-game drought without scoring a goal in the postseason.
Terry Koshan of The Toronto Sun recently wrote about Crosby’s inability to score goals in the playoffs saying he is “unfazed” by it. Although Crosby hasn’t scored himself, he has still assisted on four goals, giving him a point per game average.
It’s not just Crosby that is struggling to put the puck in the net right now. Evgeni Malkin has a scoreless streak longer than Crosby’s, while Chris Kunitz and James Neal each only have one goal.
For the Pens to get past their first round matchup with the Columbus Blue Jackets, let alone making a deep run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Pens will need their stars to, at the very least, begin matching the production of their third and fourth line forwards.
Brandon Sutter, Brian Gibbons and Jussi Jokinen have pulled their own weight so far tallying two goals while even defeneseman Matt Niskanen has found the back of the net twice.
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