The Pittsburgh Penguins’ top line of Jake Guentzel, Sidney Crosby and Bryan Rust stands as an island in a sea of chaos churned up by injuries and other absences. And it’s not just because that trio has remained intact while all the other forward line combinations have been in severe flux.
It’s hardly a revelation that those three guys are good. OK, better than good. A lot better. Their cupboards all carry a slew of accomplishments that would make any hockey mom beam nearly to the point of bursting.
The three veterans also have a good deal of experience playing with one another.
But the way Guentzel on the left wing, Crosby at center and Rust on the right flank have come through for the Penguins during the challenges of so many players being on the shelf surely stands out to the point of being recognized as a separate accomplishment.