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Key to Playoff Success for Penguins? It Hangs in the Balance (+)

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Pittsburgh Penguins, Jake Guentzel, Sidney Crosby
Pittsburgh Penguins' Jake Guentzel (59) celebrates his goal with Sidney Crosby during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins in Pittsburgh, Thursday, April 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

NEW YORK — Jake Guentzel is convinced that his line, which includes Sidney Crosby and Bryan Rust, can be one of the best in the National Hockey League.

Their numbers for the Pittsburgh Penguins make it hard to disagree. After all, those three combined for 95 goals and 131 assists in 205 man-games during the regular season.

Of course, the New York Rangers, who the Pittsburgh Penguins will face in Game 1 of their opening-round playoff series Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, are keenly aware of how much offense Crosby’s line can generate.

That’s why coach Gerard Gallant will make shutting that unit down one of his top priorities in the series.

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