Pittsburgh Penguins Continue to Display Bipolar Tendencies

November 1st, 2010 by Matt Gajtka Leave a reply »
Sporting a record of six wins and six losses, one of which came in overtime to confer the illusion of being over .500, the 6-5-1 Pittsburgh Penguins closed out October with a 3-0 shutout victory in Raleigh, N.C., against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Judging by that one result, it would seem everything was going according to script. After all, accumulating 13 points in 12 games has placed the Penguins in a first-place tie in the Atlantic Division with Philadelphia, a status that sounds fairly palatable considering that injured second-line center Jordan Staal has yet to step on the ice for a game.

Looking below the surface, though, much of the season's first month proceeded in a roguish manner, with little transpiring as anticipated during training camp. One bastion of stability has been Sidney Crosby, who is once again on a 100-plus point pace and played a predictably central role in a turn of events last weekend.

But besides the contributions of the star captain, the Penguins seem to be living in the Bizarro World of "Superman" fame. Capped by a scintillating 33-save shutout performance Saturday against Carolina, assumed backup goaltender Brent Johns ...

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