PITTSBURGH - Sidney Crosby left little doubt about who remains the best player from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia.
That's fine by Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche. At the moment, they'll settle for one of the best records in the NHL.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere turned aside 34 shots and the surprising Avalanche edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 1-0 on Monday night to improve to 8-1 on the young season.
"It's a new season, new attitude," Giguere said. "I would have believed being over .500 (early) but not 8-1."
Gabriel Landeskog scored the game's only goal 5:26 into the second period and Giguere made it stand to post his second shutout in 11 days.
The 36-year-old handled the Boston Bruins on the road on Oct. 10 and might have been better against the Penguins.
Hall of Famer Patrick Roy is thriving in his first season on the bench and his young team - along with its not-so-young backup goaltender - is thriving. The Avalanche have allowed just 12 goals in nine games.
"Yes, our goaltenders have been outstanding (and) everybody is talking about our team," Roy said. "Everyone is part of our success right now. It's a 23-man story."
Crosby pumped a season-high seven shots at Giguere and played more than 26 minutes.
MacKinnon, by comparison, produced two shots in 10:54 of ice time as the Avalanche spent a large portion of the night relying on their penalty killers. Pittsburgh went 0 for 7 on the power play, generating numerous scoring chances but not a goal.
"We did a lot of good things and probably deserved better," Crosby said. "That's how the game works sometimes. Sometimes you don't deserve them and you find a way to win and tonight we deserved better and didn't find a way to win."
MacKinnon spent most of his childhood growing up in Crosby's considerable shadow in the town of about 25,000 bordering the Atlantic Ocean. He followed a similar path to the NHL, playing on the same junior team Crosby once starred for..
Taken with the draft's top pick nearly a decade after Crosby, MacKinnon has a goal and six assists through his first nine games, a pace not too far off the one Crosby set during his rookie season in 2005-06.
The Penguins dominated the early going, but had nothing to show for it as four power plays went to waste.
Colorado steadied itself in the second period and caught a bit of a break when the puck made its way to Landeskog shortly after he exited the box after serving a hooking penalty.
He skated into the Pittsburgh zone and fired a wrist shot from the right circle that handcuffed Marc-Andre Fleury and sailed into the net for his third goal of the season.
McLeod suspended five games for hit on Kronwall
Avalanche forward Cody McLeod was suspended for five games by the NHL on Monday for his hit along the boards on Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall last week.
Kronwall was carried off the ice on a stretcher early in the first period after being rammed into the boards in the Red Wings' 4-2 in last Thursday. He suffered a concussion and cuts to the ear.
McLeod was assessed a 5-minute penalty for boarding and a game misconduct for the hit on Kronwall.
The suspension will cost McLeod $29,487, with the money going to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.