Plenty of Pittsburgh Penguins deserve credit as the team is really heating up, but the hottest streak belongs to the most obvious catalyst: Sidney Crosby.
As of this writing, the Penguins lead the San Jose Sharks 5-0 in what was a lopsided rematch of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.
Crosby – the guy who you may remember as the 2016 Conn Smythe winner – now has eight goals in six games after firing in two on Saturday. He now has three multi-goal games in his last four contests (six goals, one assist).
Here’s his first of the night:
And his second, a one-handed sensation:
So, yeah, he might still be the best player in the world, and the Penguins are impressive with him back in the mix.
Tortorella said very Tortorella things after Blue Jackets loss
They took three of a possible four points from a back-to-back set against two likely playoff teams. The Blue Jackets are also an impressive 5-1-2 in their last eight games, largely erasing the bad taste from a tough start to 2016-17.
Still, this is Torts, so he’s going to get upset about things, often to the hockey world’s collective entertainment.
Look, it wasn’t always pretty on Saturday night, but the Montreal Canadiens will take their 10th win over losing 10-0.
Credit the Habs by bouncing back from Friday’s historic 10-0 defeat to the Columbus Blue Jackets by scrapping their way to a 5-4 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers. That improves their record to a resounding 10-1-1, even if that second one was a big one.
Hey, it only counts as one game though, right?
Some might argue that the difference, ultimately, was Carey Price vs. Al Montoya. Those folks will cite this save, in particular:
Price stopped 34 out of 38 shots on goal, while Montreal made the most of its chances; five goals scored on just 17 shots for Philly.
Are there problems to clean up? That seems like a safe assumption, but most teams would envy Montreal’s results (10-1-1) and the problem-solver they throw out most nights in net.