Penguins Marching On: Recent Surge Has Pittsburgh Defying the Odds

March 28th, 2011 by Andrew Pregler Leave a reply »
Detroit, Philadelphia, and New Jersey.

Just a week ago, this stretch of games looked like a trip through Dante's Inferno for the still injury-ridden Penguins. Even at the beginning of the year, this stretch of games looked to be a measuring stick for the Pens as the playoffs loom in the near future.

Three shootouts later, the Pens grabbed six points and made it eight with another shootout win over the Panthers. With Crosby and Malkin, Pens fans would be ecstatic as these wins show the Pens that they can take on Stanley Cup contending teams.

However, without two of the game's best players, these wins show that this scrappy bunch of players aren't ready or expecting to bow out early of Lord Stanley's dance.

For the Pens, these teams are all a unique challenge for the Pens in areas where the Pens were expected to struggle without a healthy line up. Detroit is a deep team with veteran leadership with every line. Philadelphia is a rival who plays physically and can take good players out of games by drawing penalties. New Jersey poses the challenge of dealing with a true defensive minded team led by Martin Brodeur and causes headaches for M ...

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