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PITTSBURGH -- Dan Bylsma has been hearing it seemingly from the moment he took over at Pittsburgh Penguins head coach four years ago. Every time the Penguins hit a rough patch, the murmurs about finding a polished winger to play alongside superstar Sidney Crosby pop up. Bylsma understands the sentiment. Its just that its a little misplaced. Thing is, Bylsma thinks the Penguins already have the winger who can bring out the best in Crosby. Just dont call Pascal Dupuis under the radar anymore. He has a point. Its kind of hard to be under the radar -- even when the radar is sometimes consumed by Crosbys star wattage -- when you keep scoring goals whether Crosbys No. 87 is skating alongside your or not. The NHLs leading goal scorer in the post-season isnt Crosby or reigning NHL MVP Evgeni Malkin. Its not future Hall of Famer Jarome Iginla or All-Star James Neal. Its a 34-year-old chameleon playing perhaps the best hockey of his career by doing all the little things right, and most of the big ones too. Dupuis textbook shorthanded goal that sealed Pittsburghs 4-1 win over Ottawa in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Tuesday night gave him six through the first seven games of the post-season. Heady territory for a player who had never scored more than four times in a given post-season during his 12-year career. The affable Dupuis cant quite explain whats happening. To be honest, putting so much thought process into the "why" might ruin the moment. "I dont know where its coming from, maybe from playing with great players, making the right plays," he said. Maybe, Dupuis is far more than Crosbys sidekick. If anything, hes perhaps Pittsburghs best two-way player at the moment, a fixture Bylsma can throw onto the ice in just about any situation as a security blanket. "Hes an extremely hard worker, extremely diligent," Bylsma said. "He gets good goals. He gets dirty goals, shorthanded goals like the one last night." One that came with Crosby, Malkin and the rest of Pittsburghs roster of bold-faced names sitting on the bench. The Penguins were nursing a 3-1 lead midway through the third period when the Senators went on the power play. Enter Dupuis, who collected a little chip pass from Doug Murray inside the Pittsburgh zone then raced to the Ottawa net with teammate Matt Cooke to his right in a 2-on-1 breakway. Rather than flip a crossing pass to Cooke, Dupuis patiently waited for Senators goaltender Craig Anderson to hedge just a bit in Cookes direction. Given a small gap over Andersons right shoulder, Dupuis fired from just in front of the net. The puck ripped just under the crossbar and the Penguins had a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series that continues on Friday. "I had a little hole and I was confident to shoot it and I put it right there," Dupuis said. Something Dupuis has developed a knack for whether Crosby is in the lineup or not. He collected a career-high 25 goals in 2011-12 even with Crosby missing the majority of the season due to concussion-like symptoms. He added 20 this year in just 48 games. And unlike some of his more heralded teammates, Dupuis didnt build his numbers by working on Pittsburghs potent power-play. His 17 goals at even strength were tied for sixth-most in the league, one spot ahead of Washingtons Alex Ovechkin. That ability to deliver in traffic is the main reasons Dupuis plus-31 rating led the league. "Hes been one of the best even-strength goal scorers in the league for quite some time now," Bylsma said. "His numbers stack up with the best names that we talk about being great players and thats playing with Sidney Crosby and without Sidney Crosby." Dupuis scored one of the bigger goals of Pittsburghs season in Game 6 of the first round series with the New York Islanders. Trailing by one midway through the second period, Dupuis was playing with fourth-line centre Joe Vitale and grinder Matt Cooke when Vitale raced in down the right side. Dupuis sped to the net then redirected Vitales centring pass over Evgeni Nabokov to tie a game the Penguins would eventually win in overtime. At the moment, Dupuis feels like he "has it every night." Pittsburgh will certainly take it as it searches for its fourth Stanley Cup. His production gives opponents another headache to solve. "He seems to have good chemistry with (his linemates)," Anderson said. "He finds a way to get open for Crosby. Crosby is a great passer and when Crosby is cycling the puck down low it seems like Dupuis getting to the net." Its a combination that could be nearing the end of a pretty good run. Dupuis will become a free agent this summer and the Penguins will have other pressing needs, like signing Malkin to an extension. Yet Dupuis remains optimistic he and the Penguins can find a way to make the math work. "Its about being on a team I feel comfortable with, playing with great teammates," he said. "The business side of it will take care of itself eventually." ------ NOTES: Ottawa D Eric Gryba did not practice on Wednesday and his status for Game 2 is uncertain. Gryba sustained a lower-body injury in Game 1 after a collision with Pittsburgh D Brooks Orpik ... Senators C Jason Spezza (back) is skating in Ottawa but coach Paul MacLean says it is unlikely Spezza will be ready for Game 2. Spezza hasnt played since Jan. 29. Blair Brown Jersey . Spiller left Week 3s 27-20 loss to the New York Jets with a thigh injury, but fully practiced with the team all week and expects to be ready to go on Sunday. Donte Moncrief Jersey . -- Adam Snyder returned to the San Francisco 49ers this season because the offensive lineman thought it was his best opportunity to win a championship. . But now that hes in the NHL, the Calgary Flames centre showed big improvement in that department by scoring the winner in the eighth round of a 5-4 shootout victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday. Rashad Greene Jersey . It might not have mattered. While the Dodgers are preparing for the playoffs, the Padres showed their future has promise behind two rookies. Chris Reed Jersey . -- PGA TOUR Canada member Steve Saunders took a three-stroke lead Saturday in the Web. DENVER -- Don Mattingly knows this wont be the last time he jogs out to right field to check on his rookie phenom. The Los Angeles Dodgers manager was cautioned well in advance that Yasiel Puig has one speed -- all out. Puigs simply going to run into things, including fences. Hanley Ramirez had four hits, including a solo homer in the ninth, to help the Dodgers hold off the Colorado Rockies 10-8 Wednesday night in a game Puig left early with a bruised left hip after his leaping catch in right field. "He just plays like that," Mattingly said. "They kind of warned us coming up he plays like that and hes going to get hurt." Puig reached up to rob Nolan Arenado of a hit in the fifth, only to smack his hip on a padded column below the scoreboard in right. Puig stayed down on the warning track for several minutes before jogging around the outfield and remaining in the game. The next inning, Puig drove in a run with a sacrifice fly before being taken out when the Dodgers made a double switch. Puig, who was just named the NL player of the month, finished 1 for 3 with a double. Team officials said a precautionary X-ray was negative and hes listed as day-to-day. "I think hell be able to play but well see," Mattingly said. Puig has been sensational since being called up on June 3, hitting .440 this season with eight homers. And when he fell to the dirt, Dodger fans held their breath. Matt Kemp quickly rushed over to check on him, along with Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez. Mattingly also jogged out to the outfield to see how Puig was feeling. Earlier in the day, Puig won the National League player and rookie of the month awards. It was hardly even a contest after he hit .436 in June. His 44 hits were a Dodgers rookie record for a month. "Now, its getting to be where you kind of expect him to do something all the time," Mattingly said. Juan Uribe, Gonzalez and Kemp added homers for the Dodgers, who have won 10 of their last 11 games to climb back into the thick of the NL West race. Zack Greinke (6-2) struggled on the mound but still earned his third straight win. He gave up five runs in five innings and tied a career high with seven walks. "I felt I did as good as I could do today," Greinke said. "Its not very good, but thats how bad it was. We played well. Tough game but we pulled it out." Reliever Paco Rodriguez pitched 1 1-3 scorelesss innings to set up Kenley Jansen, who recorded the final four outs to pick up his eighth save in 11 chances.dddddddddddd Jansen got pinch-hitter Tyler Colvin to pop up to end the game in front of a sellout crowd waiting to see the fireworks. Tyler Chatwood (4-2) never found his grove, surrendering a season-high six runs, five earned, and 11 hits in five innings. Chatwood entered the game with a 2-0 mark at Coors Field, with a 3.14 ERA. "He didnt get away with much," manager Walt Weiss said of his starter. "I didnt think Chat threw that bad. I thought he threw the ball all right. "I think right now theyre a tough lineup to get through." With the Dodgers leading 8-7 heading into the ninth, Ramirez and Kemp hit homers to give them some breathing room. The Dodgers would need the insurance runs as Arenado had an RBI single to drive in Wilin Rosario after the catcher led off the ninth with a walk. Every starter in the Dodgers lineup had at least a hit, with Ramirez extending his hitting streak to 14 games on a single in the first. "Hanleys just a beast," Mattingly said. "He seems to be on a mission this year. He had a rough start to the year being hurt, but hes been focused all year." A day after Michael Cuddyer had his 27-game hitting streak snapped, the outfielder singled in his first at-bat and later drove in a run by drawing a bases-loaded walk. Carlos Gonzalez added a solo homer off Greinke in the first inning. The Rockies couldnt hold an early 4-1 lead against a hot-hitting Dodgers team that had 17 hits. "Every team goes through those good runs. Every team goes through a downward turn," said Cuddyer, who got a haircut with his long streak over. "The good ones go through the good runs a couple of times over the course of the season. Theyre on a good run right now, playing really well, hitting the ball really well." NOTES: After a rehab stint with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, Dodgers OF Carl Crawford (strained left hamstring) could rejoin the team in San Francisco for the weekend series. ... Rockies OF Dexter Fowler (bruised right hand) is hoping he will be ready to go when hes eligible to come off the disabled list on July 11. "We dont want it lingering on the rest of the year," Fowler said. ... Weiss said SS Troy Tulowitzki (broken rib) is progressing, but hasnt started hitting live pitching yet. 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