Today the Pens left no doubt in my mind that they are legit contenders to bring the cup back to Pittsburgh when they convincingly beat the Devils 5-2. Even the most casual of hockey fans has taken notice of the Pens current win streak (11 games!) and the fact that this team is really playing beyond solid hockey. Even on nights when they don't look like they are playing their best, they are still playing good enough to win.
What is even more amazing is that the "star" player on this team, Sidney Crosby, hasn't even been playing but now that he has returned from injury he has picked up right where he left off. In the second period of the game verse the Devils, Crosby set up Evgeni Malkin for the one timer from his knees! So many players couldn't make that pass on their best day, and yet here's Crosby in only his second game back dishing these amazing passes oh and don't forget collecting his 5th assist in 2 games.
We can't overlook the play of the rest of this team. Pittsburgh is getting points from everywhere including Matt Cooke, James Neal, Chris Kunitz, Evgeni Malkin, Pascal Dupuis..... I could keep going but you get my point. While we are at it I can't forget to at least mention how well the defense is playing as well as the PK units and the PP team. Oh yeah, and finally it should be said that Marc-Andre Fleury is playing SUPERB hockey right now. I have been known to bash Fleury pretty hard sometimes but I will 100% give him props right now, he is on it.
If what we are seeing is only the build up to the playoffs...... I CAN'T WAIT!!!