Sunday, January 16, 2011

Staal Making Impact in Crosby's Absence

-When Sidney Crosby went down with a concussion, Penguin fans said "It's time for Evgeni Malkin to step up." Crosby has missed the team's past five games and is still out indefinitely. The team has gone 2-2-1 in that span. Malkin has scored two goals and recorded two assists for a total of four points in the last five games. Jordan Staal, who missed the team's first 39 games with a foot and a hand injury, is on a hot streak.
Staal has scored a goal in the past two games which have resulted in Penguins victories. Both were the game winning goal. The 2nd overall pick in the 2006 NHL Draft has also recorded three assists in the last two. It seems the more Staal plays, the more productive, which makes sense with his injury problems this season. Staal was also the first star of the game the past two games. With Crosby's return timetable uncertain, the Penguins will be looking for more of the latest production from Jordan Staal.

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