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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Unbreakable by @LCJS

The Pens are seemingly unbreakable at home.  They have now won 11 straight and are 18-3 overall at the CEC.

Likewise, Marc-Andre Fleury has been on fire, winning his 8th straight at home.  He is leading the league in wins with 23 and is second in the league in shutouts with three.  He played so well last night that it would not have been a surprise had he achieved number four.

Crosby has added to his league leading points statistic, now clocking in with 62 (number 2, Patrick Kane, sits at 54pts) and almost had a Gordie Howe hat trick when he scrapped a bit with Ryan McDonagh (no fighting major was called).  Crosby even passed Kevin Stevens on the Pens all-time goal list (261) with this beauty:

Chris Kunitz continues to prove that he's as close to being a superstar without actually being a superstar as one can be.  His 46 points are 4th in the league, his 23 goals are tied for 3rd (with Crosby and Kane) and his plus/minus is tops in the league at +23.

These big time players have come to play, and they must if they want to continue to overcome the M.A.S.H. unit that the injury report has been.

No Malkin.
No Letang.
No Dupuis.
No Vokoun.
No Bennett.
No Conner.
No Martin.  

No problem.

I'm not saying we don't need the players listed above... far from it.  I'm saying that Crosby, Kunitz and Flower are playing so well at just the right time to compensate for the losses through injury.  Even superstars have cold streaks, and we as fans must hope that our wounded begin returning before that happens.

There will be plenty of slack to pick up.

Guys like Deryk Engelland have picked up their fair share of slack.  Because of need, Engelland once again was playing forward.  He was a minus 2 on the evening, but he did have a beauty of a hit on John Moore:

With Kunitz scoring twice and Jussi Jokinen getting off his personal schneid and scoring twice, the team was more than a match last night for the New York Rangers.

It seems that when they play at home, they are more than a match for anyone.

Lee can be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/LCJS 

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