E.T. give finger
Sidney Crosby. Unbelievable.
Hidden in all of this is the Penguins overcoming a 2-goal deficit.
It certainly has been a treat watching the maturation of Crosby.
His goal-scoring tear began in the playoffs last spring, and he hasn't let up.
He got his third hat trick of the season in this one.
We don't care where the Penguins fall amidst the 8 seeds going into the playoffs.
Their play on the road this year doesn't leave us concerned about 4 away games in a series.
Plus they closed out all four series last years on the road.
Regardless, any team with Crosby wearing its sweater is a threat.
Then add Malkin to the equation. And Fleury.
Not to mention Jordan Staal. He has become a force. His last handful of games have been unlike any stretch in his career since his rookie campaign. Finally got a goal. Such a shame that the first question he had to field in the locker room after this game was about Crosby.
Speaking of unknown stats, the Pens have had 4 giveaway nights this year.
And there's been a hat trick on three of those nights.
Those numbers may be made up.
Stunned pics galore after the jump.
TRADE RUMOR SPECIAL
Somebody called into Grover Monday night and mentioned RJ Umberger.
Is Staal's play of late making the Pens contemplate a shift in thinking?
As in, bumping Staal up to number-2 center and trying to acquire a solid two-way third-line center?
The resounding theory is that Shero is fishing for a defenseman.