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Jordan Staal has been even better than Sidney Crosby

Apr 20, 2012, 10:23 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 20: Jordan Staal #11 of the Pittsburgh Penguins moves the puck up ice against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on April 20, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

Jordan Staal is known primarily for his defensive abilities, but in a series that has been much more offensively-oriented, he’s still made his presence known. Staal had a hat trick on Wednesday and contributed another goal and assist in Friday’s 3-2 victory.

Overall, he has six goals and nine points in this series — which is one more than Sidney Crosby. Staal has also been one of the Penguins’ more disciplined players, having accumulated just two penalty minutes in the wild series.

Staal is a great all-around talent and his offensive abilities have been somewhat underrated, due in part to his injury-shortened 2010-11 and 2011-12 campaigns. He was a big part of the Penguins’ first Cup run and if they manage to get past the Philadelphia Flyers, it will be due in no small part to his contributions.

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  1. bleed4philly - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Briere doesn’t play defense! Hello!

    • kitshky - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:48 PM

      Does anyone on Philadelphia play defense?

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 21, 2012 at 12:27 PM

        Can underdog Flyers put away the big vegas favorite in game 6 ?

  2. lameasish - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Why does this blogger try and set up crosby to be a target? Sure stall has played better than him, but he’s also played better than Malkin and most of Philly. Dumb post…

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:51 PM

      Sunday after the Flyers eliminate the Stanley Cup favorites Iam gonna make a samich with french fries on it and throw it in the street ! HAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH WHOOOOOOOOOOOHAHAHAAHAHAHAHA !

    • Ryan Dadoun - Apr 20, 2012 at 11:02 PM

      I said ‘even better’, which is meant to imply that Crosby hasn’t been bad himself. To play better than Crosby is a compliment to Staal, not an insult to Crosby.

      • kitshky - Apr 20, 2012 at 11:08 PM

        Be careful Ryan, stepping between these two fan bases is about as smart as stepping between two rabid dogs.

      • lameasish - Apr 20, 2012 at 11:11 PM

        i wont even try to lie man, im seeing double right now (too many rye’s) my bad. i see what you meant now. dumb comment by me, my apologies

  3. eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 20, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    If the FLYERS had a goaltender this series be over !

    • bmscalise - Apr 20, 2012 at 11:15 PM

      Bryz played a decent game. Not great – but certainly not bad.

      Now, Flower, on the other hand, was great – he’s got his groove on now. He’ll need to steal at least one of the next two for the Pens to come out of this.

  4. bmscalise - Apr 20, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    I mean no discredit to J. Staal, who is fantastic: this team’s back-breaker and a largely unrecognized leader on this team.

    But the reason he’s the back-breaker is because Sid and Geno eat up the other team’s best defensive forwards and defensive pairings. It’s no surprise to see the offense come from the third line. To their credit – Cooke and TK too – they’ve risen to the occasion. “The Nightmare Line” was the difference in 2009 – and hopefully will be the difference here.

    • chizmo - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:01 AM

      I think you also have to keep in mind that Staal frequently is the guy playing against the better offensive forwards. So Staalsy makes his offense happen while being one of the more defensively concious forwards.

      Just wanted to point that out, I know you’re not attacking him.

  5. eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 20, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Friday night in Pittsburg ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,CRICKETS !

    • aglumac - Apr 20, 2012 at 11:46 PM

      We do have a gentlemens club called the cricket in pgh, we call them gentlemens clubs here, in philly you call them your moms basement, try making the stupid comment about a primanti’s sandwich in every thread, then maybe total you’ll get two thumbs up that were not from you. Here we invent new sandwiches not just put the word philly in front of them, kind of like hartnells philly herpes, i mean hairpiece.

      • maalea - Apr 21, 2012 at 1:06 AM

        We don’t call them Philly cheese steaks here, they are just cheesesteaks. The Philly tag was put on the sandwich by people who started making them outside the area.

        Is sticking the side on the sandwich really inventing a new sandwich?

        Are the fries on those sandwiches hot?

        I just don’t know about how hot fries would taste on a cold cut sandwich. I tried to have one about 20 years ago but the place was packed and didn’t have the time to wait.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 21, 2012 at 12:28 PM

        are you still collecting unemployment from the mill closing ?

  6. spavs412 - Apr 20, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    J Staallzie as his hair gets more swagger he gets more swagger boom

  7. ray2013 - Apr 21, 2012 at 3:36 AM

    This comment actually has nothing to do with the Penguins but with the Oilers’ pick in the Draft. To me, this is the exact reason why the Oilers should keep the first overall pick and take the best player available. Depth is so critical for success, and thinking that the Oilers will keep all top-6 players healthy all season is completely unrealistic. Take Yakupov, and enjoy depth in the forward position. Good couple of games by Staal. He’s been impressive.

  8. ironcity6pak - Apr 21, 2012 at 6:05 AM

    Who score first loses is a really stupid stat to follow. Pens woke up, the monster is out of its cage. The Flower is back!!

  9. toegoat - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Primantis serves hot sandwiches actually, u should have waited 20 yrs ago my man u missed out. This is madness from both cities tho, I mean its about hockey and we r discussing regional foods… lol funny stuff

  10. blacc24 - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    How are you gonna talk unemployment when Philadelphia unemployment rate is 3% higher lol. Phi-10.7% Pit-7.3%. I can see why now smh !?

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