How a ‘gutsy’ coach transformed the Pittsburgh Penguins into an NHL powerhouse

By ALAN BERMAN, Associated Press Staff WriterPittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby is seen during the team’s game against the Boston Bruins at CONSOL Energy Center in Dallas, Texas, on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021.

Crosby scored his first goal of the season in a 5-2 win.

The Penguins (8-8-2) beat the Dallas Stars (7-10-1) 3-1.

Sidney Crosby scored first of the two goals and has three assists in his past four games against the Stars.

(AP Photo/LM Otero)The Penguins, who haven’t won back-to-back games since Feb. 2-3, are in third place in the Metropolitan Division.

The Pittsburgh Penguins, which haven’t lost back-and-forth games since February 2-4, are 1-3-0 against the New York Islanders this season.

Crosby has six goals and 12 points in his last four games.

He has seven points (3 goals, 6 assists) in his previous nine games.

The Penguins won their fifth straight game, extending their franchise-best win streak to 19 games and advancing to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in franchise history.

Pittsburgh has a 2-0-1 record against New York, which last won the Stanley Cups in 1968.

Crosby has five goals and seven points in the last four meetings.

The last time the Penguins and New York met in the Stanley Championship Series was in 2010.

Crosby leads the NHL with 28 goals this season, tied for third in the league with Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks and Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks.

Corsi has a career-high seven assists in the past four meetings between the two teams.

Crosby’s three goals have been his most in any game this season and he’s tied with Crosby for the NHL lead with seven power-play goals.

The two are tied for fourth in the NHL.

Crosby is averaging 1.9 shots per game and has scored six of his seven goals in the first period.

The Stars have won their last six games in this series, including a 5,000-game franchise record for wins.

The Bruins are 3-2-1 in the series.

The teams played the season series 4-3.