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Crosby whacked, then helps whack Coyotes

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Sidney Crosby left the game against the Coyotes with an injury but returned to score a goal. — MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Under Mike Sullivan, the Penguins play with a speed and passion that often overwhelms the opposition.

On the one-year anniversary of his hiring, Sullivan guided the Penguins to their most lopsided victory during his tenure. All the traits of Sullivan's preferred brand of hockey were on display, as they destroyed the Coyotes, arguably the NHL's worst team, 7-0, Monday night at PPG Paints Arena to extend their winning streak to six.

Everything that Sullivan believes in played a role: The Penguins were fast early and often, making the Coyotes look slow throughout the night. The Penguins' depth was on display. Members of all four lines scored goals, as did two defensemen. The Penguins turned the other cheek on more than one occasion, as the Coyotes tried to bait them into a nasty contest. And a mentally weaker team may have overlooked the Coyotes, but this rarely happens to Sullivan's team.

"I thought we played hard," Sullivan said. "We're coming off an emotional game against Tampa. I thought, to come back with a strong effort and with a lot of energy, playing the game the right way consistently, is the kind of identity we want to have. We're getting better and better."

That's a scary thought.

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