Why the Pittsburgh Penguins Will Repeat…and Repeat…and Repeat

May 6th, 2010 by Dan Noon Leave a reply »
There are many reasons why I think the Pens will repeat. but there is quite simply only one major reason....that guy called Crosby.

Ever since Sid entered the NHL the Pens have improved every season in the playoffs. He has proven himself to be a formidable opponent to any top D pair or checking line. Odds are he is stronger, faster and smarter than any player on the ice at any time.

This guy is a natural winner, and when he gets a chip on his shoulder, he gets better. That's just scary. He knows how to lead and motivate his team around him. A natural winner. Come the middle of June, in one year Sid will have won two Stanley cups and Olympic Gold. That has never happened before to anybody.

If you think Sid is the only reason then you are wrong. I believe the next most important reason is...not Malkin, not Fleury, but Jordan Staal. A consummate penalty killer and constant short-handed threat, Staal keeps the Power Play D man on edge.

He has the size and grit of a third line centre, which is where he plays on the Pens, but he also has the faceoff skill, the hands, vision and shot of a first line centre, which is where he would be on ...

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