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Crosby, Penguins beat ‘best team in the league’ Sharks

San Jose Sharks v Pittsburgh Penguins

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 5: Scott Hannan #27 of the San Jose Sharks and Simon Despres #47 of the Pittsburgh Penguins get into a scuffle during the second period on December 5, 2013 at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Vincent Pugliese/ Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Scott Hannan; Simon Despres

Vincent Pugliese

The San Jose Sharks didn’t live up to the billing levied upon them by Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma.

The Sharks gave up four goals in the second period and lost to the Penguins by a final score of 5-1 on Thursday, not long after Bylsma heaped praise on them for being the “best team in the league right now.”

Sidney Crosby, who many would state is the best player in the world, had three assists to lead the Penguins’ offensive attack. He now has a league-leading 41 points on the season.

The Penguins erupted for four goals in the second period, chasing Antti Niemi from the San Jose net. Interesting, because the Sharks had 24 shots in the middle frame, but scored only once.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 44 saves for his 16th win of the season.

Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis, who opened the scoring, played only two shifts in the second period, and didn’t see the ice after that. So far, there has been no explanation as to why he left the game.

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