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Who needs Crosby? Pens win, sit atop East

Colorado Avalanche v Pittsburgh Penguins

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 15: Jordan Staal #11 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates his first period goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the game at Consol Energy Center on November 15, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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It’s easy for a team to take their time with their superstar captain when things are going well. For the Penguins, things are going well—very well. Pittsburgh scored five unanswered goals against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night to win 6-3 and take the lead in the Eastern Conference. Aren’t the Penguins supposed to have a hard time winning without Crosby in the lineup? Aren’t the supposed to have a hard time scoring?

Then what are they doing exploding for four goals in the third period?

Judging by Tuesday night’s game, it doesn’t look like they have any problems on any fronts. It must be nice to have guys like Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, and Kris Letang as backup plans as the team looks for goals over the first two months of the season. Looks like they have plenty of skill: