Pittsburgh Penguins: Sidney Crosby Leads Pens Past New Jersey

March 17th, 2012 by Joe Heidkamp Leave a reply »
There's no question that the biggest story in the NHL right now is the return of Sidney Crosby.  In just two games, Crosby has already racked up five assists, and his play in both the offensive and defensive zones have driven the Penguins to another level. 

The Penguins went into New Jersey on Saturday afternoon, where Crosby had been held without an assist for eight straight games. 

Just 1:59 into the first period, Penguins center Evgeni Malkin won an offensive zone faceoff back to James Neal, who ripped it behind Marty Brodeur to give the Penguins the first goal of the game.  This is a play that the Pens have perfected and have scored on against Washington and Winnipeg as well.

Andy Green scored his first goal of the season to even up the game going into the second period, but the Penguins would explode for three goals in just under three minutes to jump out to a 4-1 lead.  Pascal Dupuis would start it off by burying a slap shot behind Brodeur.  Then the Crosby show began, as Sid made a beautiful cross crease pass to Matt Cooke on the rush, and an unbelievable pass to Evgeni Malkin on the power play to give Geno ...

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