The rookie scored. So did the enforcer. The Norris Trophy-candidate defenseman too. And the underrated forward in the midst of a career season did it twice.
Not bad for a team missing arguably the best player on the planet.
The Pittsburgh Penguins crushed the New York Islanders 5-0 in their playoff opener on Wednesday night, looking very much like a Stanley Cup contender even with captain Sidney Crosby relegated to well-dressed cheerleader due to a broken jaw that isn't quite healed.
And maybe that - and not the way the Penguins toyed with an eighth-seed making its first playoff appearance in six years - is the scary part.
''He's Sid so it will be amazing when we do get him back,'' forward Jarome Iginla said. ''It speaks for itself. He controls games with his speed and everything he does; it will be great when we do get him back. Hopefully, it's the next game. I know he's close. The focus is just to keep trying to play well as a group.''
So far, so very good.
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