The NHL, like all other North American professional sports leagues, is driven by its stars. Sure, it is more of a team game than Major League Baseball, which revolves around one-on-one matchups between pitchers and hitters, or the NBA, where one or two superstars can turn any team (except maybe the Knicks) into an instant contender.
In the NHL, throwing together a talented fantasy roster does not ensure success because everyone on the roster needs to adhere to the team system.
But that does not mean a team of second-, third- and fourth-line pluggers can win a Stanley Cup if they all stick to a coach's well-thought-out game plan. Star power, or players with generational talent, are required.
So in Sidney Crosby's second return to action of the season on Thursday night, he joined Hart Trophy favorite Evgeni Malkin to help the Penguins beat the Rangers 5-2 in New York. He also showed why, despite the current the standings, Pittsburgh and not New York, or the reeling defendin...