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Penguins F Pascal Dupuis stealing spotlight - and goals - from superstar teammates

Wednesday, 05.15.2013 / 3:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Penguins F Pascal Dupuis stealing spotlight - and goals - from superstar teammates

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - It's no surprise the Pittsburgh Penguins have the leading goal scorer in the playoffs. The surprise it that it's not superstars Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin but veteran forward Pascal Dupuis.

The unheralded Dupuis has found the net an NHL-high six times through seven post-season games, including a short-handed goal that capped a 4-1 win over Ottawa in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Tuesday.

Dupuis says his confidence level is at an all-time high after a productive regular season in which he scored 20 goals in just 48 games. Dupuis rarely works on Pittsburgh's potent power play. Instead he scores most of his points at even strength, finding his way to open spaces or getting to the front of the net for rebounds.

Game 2 is Friday night.

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That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.

— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4