Sidney Crosby proved why he's the best player in the world with a magnificent hat trick against the Ottawa Senators on Friday in what is the high point of an astonishing season for the PittsburghPenguins captain.
Seeking to end their four-year run of postseason disappointments, the PittsburghPenguins entered the 2013 NHL Playoffs as the popular choice among many hockey experts to once again hoist the Stanley Cup.
Hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup doesn’t come easy. It takes sweat, blood and grit. It’s a feat given to the most rugged team—the last one standing. Breezing through the playoffs is as rare as finding a two-dollar bill.
When the PittsburghPenguins found themselves in an unexpected, 2-2 first-round series tie with the New York Islanders, head coach Dan Bylsma made the decision to replace struggling goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury with veteran backup Tomas Vokoun.