NHL: Penguins core hungry for more

26 January 2022 19:50:37 GMTPlus10
The Penguins are on a winning run

After extending their winning streak to six games, coach Mike Sullivan said the Pittsburgh Penguins' success stems from their core players constantly being hungry for more.

Pittsburgh, 10000/1 to win the Stanley Cup in 2021/22, had a goal and two assists from Captain Sidney Crosby to beat the Arizona Coyotes 6-3 on Tuesday.

Strong stats in the Met

The victory was their 17th in the last 19 games taking their season record to 27-10-5 which ranks second in the Metropolitan Division, one point behind the New York Rangers with a game in hand.

34-year-old Crosby has lifted the Stanley Cup three times with the Penguins (2009, 2016, 2017) and was voted the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the most valuable player in the playoffs in 2016 and 2017.

Multiple other individual awards have also been given to the Canadian centre during an NHL career which has seen him play 1,069 regular season games producing 1,359 points (497 goals, 862 assists). 34 of the points have come this season (11 goals, 23 assists) in 30 games.

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Playoff record to impress

In the playoffs, Crosby has appeared 174 times with 191 points (69 assists, 122 goals).

Against Arizona, 34-year-old defenceman Kris Letang had two goals and 35-year-old forward Evgeni Malkin two assists.

The pair, like Crosby have spent their entire NHL careers with the Penguins and both played instrumental parts in the three most recent Stanley Cup championships.

Sullivan, coach for all three, said to the media: "I think the expectations inside of our dressing room are extremely high. So, there's never a sense of satisfaction.

"That starts with our core players. These guys, they're accomplished players. They've built such an impressive legacy to this point. But they're hungry for more."

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