The Pittsburgh Penguins are peaking at the right time and creeping up on the New York Rangers for the Atlantic Division title. They are also playing like a team that can be considered among the favorites for the Stanley Cup.
Even though Feb. 19 in Buffalo might have been one of the worst days of Pittsburgh's season, that Sunday was also a turning point for the Penguins.
After a disappointing 6-2 loss to the Sabres, an opponent that has spent most of the season outside the top eight in the Eastern Conference, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma described it as "a letdown."
Since that low point, Pittsburgh's play has been anything by a letdown. The Penguins have not lost since and stretched their winning streak to eight games with Friday's 2-1 shootout victory over the Florida Panthers.
And as a result of being one of the NHL's hottest teams during that stretch, Pittsburgh has made the race to the top of the Atlantic Division suddenly very interesting.
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