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Kontinental Hockey League

Penguins hoping more depth behind stars leads to deeper run

Mike Johnston spent his first season coaching the Pittsburgh Penguins preaching the same message over and over to his talented but almost pathologically unselfish lineup:


For long stretches in a maddening and injury-marred year that saw the Penguins meekly exit the playoffs in five games, that message appeared to fall on deaf ears. Pittsburgh ranked just 20th in scoring, an alarmingly low number for a team featuring two of the game's most dynamic talents in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

While Johnston appreciates a pretty play as much as anyone, he'd prefer more goal lights and not quite so many attempts at making the highlights.

That shouldn't be an...