Originally Posted by brlfvr
"Team bailed out by the Russian once again" is a bit dramatic. He was amazing and a huge factor but I think there are quite a few stars including Guerin, Stahl & Fleury.
Staal and Talbot has a great series. By "bailed out", I mean a little more encompassing than just the finals: dating back to the first day Crosby bowed out in the regular season with a soar groin, Malkin carried that team from 11th place in the East to the Stanley Cup. Right before he took a 2 week break, the Crosby led Pens were doing horrible, something like 3-16. Crosby decided to rest and Malkin took over and immediately the Pens went on a big winning streak and Malkin took control of the NHL points race.