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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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What we expected is what we got. Very mature young individual that's focused. He is on the right track. He's not only a great hockey individual, but he's a good person off the ice. He seemed to take a leadership role with this group right off the hop and ran away with it, and was vocal, was respectful, was everything it takes to be a Panther. His future looks bright.

— Florida Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland on defenseman Aaron Ekblad's performance at development camp