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Sutter finding his zone with Pens

Fitting into the third-line center role key to realizing Pittsburgh's postseason run

Updated: April 18, 2014, 4:54 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

PITTSBURGH -- As Brandon Sutter broke down the right side on an odd-man rush midway through the third period of Game 1, the buzz of expectation rose perceptibly in a sold-out Consol Energy Center.

They'd seen this before.

Taking a pass from Beau Bennett, the lanky Sutter cut slightly toward the center of the ice and just inside the right faceoff circle and unleashed a quick, hard shot that took Columbus Blue Jackets netminder Sergei Bobrovsky by surprise, whistling between ...

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