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It just so happens Malkin and Crosby have been on-again, off-again, on-again linemates over the last few weeks as Penguins coach Michel Therrien alters his lines depending on matchups. (The pair played together for a five-game stretch in early November, but have recently found themselves back together when Therrien is looking for a goal in the third period.)"It's a lot of fun," Crosby said of playing with No. 71. "I think we've got used to each other. We've played together for a while now. We enjoy it. It's one of those things where hopefully teams will focus on one of us and the other guy will get a little more space." In his fourth NHL season, Crosby is on pace for 46 goals and 121 points, which would both be NHL bests for him. He's been more of an assist guy since entering the league, although his 39 goals in his rookie season are nothing to sneeze at. He already has 13 goals this season. "Capitalizing on chances and getting a few more chances," Crosby said in trying to explain his scoring surge. "I've played with Gino a few times, too, and that doesn't hurt." He was asked about the magical 50-goal barrier. "It's not something I think about a whole lot," Crosby said. "I don't consider myself a sniper, per say. You look at the guys who score 50, guys like [Dany] Heatley and [Alex] Ovechkin. But you never know. ... It'd be something I'd love to do for sure, but whether or not it's possible, I really couldn't tell you." Here's what we do know. After a slow start to the season, both Crosby and Ovechkin are once again piling up points for their respective teams (Ovechkin was named the "first star" for the month of November). All is right again in the hockey world. A dream Cup finals?
A rematch of last season would also be tantalizing, Pittsburgh against Detroit. Aside from the obvious revenge factor for the Penguins, you'd also have Marian Hossa trying to stick it to his former team and proving he made the right decision to go to Hockeytown.Montreal-Detroit or Rangers-Red Wings have the nice Original Six flavor to them. Those would be good ones, too. A good cause