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Drive to the Net: Competition brings out best in Pettersson

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Marcus Pettersson drives to the net Friday night at PPG Paints Arena. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

For the first time since Feb. 11, a span of 21 games, Olli Maatta was in the Penguins' lineup. Marcus Pettersson was there too, though that should hardly come as a surprise. Whether they will be in the lineup together come the week of April 10, well, that still remains to be seen.

Since being acquired from Anaheim for Daniel Sprong on Dec. 3, arguably Jim Rutherford's best trade this season, Pettersson has been as much a cog in the Penguins' success as anyone outside of Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzel, Kris Letang and Matt Murray. That's not hyperbole either.

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