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Listen, it is apparent that the Penguins cannot score in droves as they used to with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
But for the love of God, can we all get through our heads that Crosby will not be making a miraculous comeback to save the day in Game 7?
Crosby has to be seriously hurt to miss this much time with a concussion.
Consider this: We are five days away from it being four months since Crosby sustained his initial hit from David Steckel that is believed to cause his concussion.
If you place this in football terms, that is the equivalent of a quarterback sustaining a concussion in Week 1 and missing the entire regular season.
Crosby is taking every precautionary measure, and rightfully so.
As a Penguins fan, would I love to see him come back for the game? Absolutely.
But the fact of the matter is, do we want to see him go the way of Eric Lindros or more recently Marc Savard? No.
Therefore, the Penguins need to play strong defensive hockey within their limitations.
Marc-Andre Fleury has to be outstanding in net, and the defensemen need to stick to their assignments and not try to be offensive heroes.
If the Pens stick to fundamentals, I believe it will be on to the second round.
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