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Newly-Healthy Penguins Getting Recognition As NHL's Top Team

Pensburgh has a compilation that shows the Penguins' standing in various NHL power rankings. They were a consensus top-five team even before Sidney Crosby's return, but now, they're at or near the top pretty much everywhere. The Hockey News:

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Evgeni Malkin and Marc-Andre Fleury have been Pens' MVPs this year, but by the time the playoffs are over, Sidney Crosby could be in that role; talk about an embarrassment of riches.

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That sounds about right. It's late March now, and with the returns of Crosby and Kris Letang, the Pens are finally firing on all cylinders, as the Winnipeg Jets found out is losing to the Pens 8-4 Tuesday night. The Jets' Bryan Little on the Pens' offensive firepower:

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''You can't really match up against that,'' Little said. ''They've got so much depth. Every time you're out there you're going to be playing against one of the better players in the league. We had to be tighter defensively and we didn't do that.''

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Now that the Penguins have all their key players, they're going to be very, very hard to beat in the playoffs, assuming they can keep everyone healthy.

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For more on the Penguins, check out PensBurgh.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.