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With no Crosby, name power lands with Lightning

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - Sidney Crosby? No. Evgeni Malkin? No.

But Steven Stamkos, Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier? Yes, they'll all be on the ice this week.

And that's why, for a change, the Pittsburgh Penguins enter a playoff series with the lesser-known players. For once, they are the team more concerned about containing the high-end offensive talent its opponent has.

Stamkos was second in the league in goals, St. Louis was second in points, and Lecavalier, a former No. 1 overall pick, finished his season with 14 points in the last 11 games.

Pittsburgh, meanwhile, veered from recent tradition and relied on defense after Crosby (concussion) and Malkin (knee) were lost for most of the season's final half.

Indeed, it is a new feeling.

"It's a completely different feel than the past few years," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said, "with the teams we've had and the expectations."

Game 1 is 7 p.m. Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

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