Two weeks ago, the Penguins were sitting at the top of the NHL and looked next to unbeatable, with four lines performing at a very high level. The 5-1 hammering of St. Louis was one of the most dominant three periods of hockey you'll see, outshooting the Blues 20-3 in the first and 43-23 in the game. That now seems like a very long time ago. The following afternoon, Head Coach Dan Bylsma revealed that powerplay quarterback Sergei Gonchar would once again be heading to the injury report, and he would miss four to six weeks. At that moment, the Penguin faithful held their breath, but felt like the defensive corps had enough depth now to overcome an injury. Bylsma's Penguins then defeated Florida in a shootout without Gonchar, and all was "OK" for the time being. Then, the New Jersey Devils ...
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