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It Takes 2 To Make a Thing Go, Right? Dynamic duos hoping to shine in NHL playoffs

  • FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2014, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87), and Evgeni Malkin (71) take the ice for a power play during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche in Pittsburgh. The Penguins' chances of upsetting the New York Rangers rely heavily on stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2014, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87), and Evgeni Malkin (71) take the ice for a power play during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche in Pittsburgh. The Penguins' chances of upsetting the New York Rangers rely heavily on stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) warms up before Game 1 of an NHL Western Conference hockey playoff series against the Nashville Predators Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. The game is Kane's first since having surgery Feb. 25 to repair his fractured left collarbone. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) warms up before Game 1 of an NHL Western Conference hockey playoff series against the Nashville Predators Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. The game is Kane's first since having surgery Feb. 25 to repair his fractured left collarbone. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2015, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) plays in an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers in Pittsburgh. The Penguins' chances of upsetting the New York Rangers rely heavily on stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2015, file photo,¬†Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) plays in an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers in Pittsburgh. The Penguins' chances of upsetting the New York Rangers rely heavily on stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)  (The Associated Press)

The Pittsburgh Penguins have two of hockey's brightest stars in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Yet they figure to have their hands full against the deep New York Rangers when their first-round playoff series begins on Thursday night.

Crosby and Malkin are among a handful of dynamic duos hoping for a breakthrough in the postseason.

The Chicago Blackhawks, Vancouver Canucks, Washington Capitals and Ottawa Senators all had two players who finished in the top 30 in scoring during the regular season. All five duos face teams that take a more defensive-minded approach to the game.

Capitals coach Barry Trotz says the physical nature of playoff hockey makes it harder for talented offensive players to shine.