Crosby, Fleury, Malkin MVPs for Penguins
Who was the MVP for the Pittsburgh Penguins in their first-round win over the Columbus Blue Jackets?
Joe McDonald: The easy choice would be Crosby, with Fleury a close second. The Penguins would not have advanced to the second round without the performances of either, but I have to give forward Bryan Rust a ton of credit for his offensive prowess. He had four goals, including two in Game 5, and finished the series with a plus-5. He now has seven goals in nine career elimination games.
Scott Burnside: I’ll go off the grid and go with the unheralded 22-year-old Jake Guentzel, who finished the first round with five goals and an assist. Guentzel, playing mostly with Crosby, is the first player to score five goals in his first four playoff games since Maurice “Rocket” Richard did it in 1944. Not bad company. And two of those goals were winners.