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Penguins – Panthers Fallout

Highlighted by a Sidney Crosby hat trick in a 10:45 span, Crosby and his line took over the game in a Penguins 4-0 win over the Panthers on Sunday afternoon.

Jake Guentzel (3 primary assists) and Conor Sheary assisted on all three Crosby goals.

“They’ve been a dynamic line for us,” Mike Sullivan said afterwards…..”The three of them, to a man have all played terrific for us,” said Sullivan.

As was the case today, the Crosby line was unstoppable again.

What all three continue to do so well is support each other away from the puck below the dots that is making the line so hard to defend, despite the smallish stature of the line.

“Biggest thing that makes them is how well they support each other down low,” said Sullivan. “They play that give and go game.”

— A big sidebar in the victory was the Penguins defensive coverage.

What made the Penguins so hard to beat last post-season was their defensive play through the neutral zone. That showed up today for the shorthanded Penguins where Pittsburgh’s forwards limited the Panthers skating lanes and the forward group as a whole tracked the puck extremely well Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

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