Yeah, Boston is built for hte play offs. Big and rugged. Pittsburgh has been amazing since Crosby has been back and even before that. Caps are capable of a lot if they can put it all together for hte play off.s
I think you're confused. The Pens are 6-4-1 since Crosby's return and during that time, the power play has only scored 6 goals on 36 attempts (16.7%). Their penalty kill dropped by over 4% since his return.
The team is giving up an average of an entire goal per game more since his return than over the course of the regular season. Part of that is his play with his silly no look behind the back pass to no one in the slot from beside his own net like he did on Sunday against Philly.
The guy has put up a ton of points in a few games since his return, but the overall performance of the team is down across even strength and special teams play. Maybe the offense has picked up since he came back, but at the expense of everything else.
Here's ESPN's power rankings comment about the Pens this week after they dropped 4 spots:
A bit of the bloom is off the rose for the high-flying Penguins as they've lost three of four, including the blown lead at home Sunday and losses in a home-and-home affair with the New York Islanders earlier in the week. Does it mean anything? We'll tell you in about 10 days.
Since his return, the Pens have lost to the Flyers twice, after having leads in both games, lost a home and home to the Islanders (27th worst team in the league), and got spanked 8-4 by Ottawa.
Prior to the first loss against the Flyers, then Pens were on a roll with a 11 straight wins, only 2 of which had Crosby in the lineup. They were cruising toward catching the Rangers. They were 26-13-1 from when he went out in December and returned in March. 26-13-1 = 0.6625% of possible points. 6-4-1 = .5909%.
They simply have not performed at the same level since his return. I'm in no way saying Crosby is the reason, it's just in line with his return. I'd put it on the coaching. Any time you have a guy put up points during his 19 game return that would equate to a 133-point season if he were healthy, and your team performance goes down, something isn't right.