That Penguins center Jordan Staal ripped into his teammates following a sloppy first period against Colorado on Tuesday is no surprise. Leadership has always come naturally to him.

Consistent scoring has always seemed more of a challenge for the 23-year-old.

Until now, anyway.

Staal, long considered one of the game's elite defensive forwards, has become an offensive force. His vision and creativity — never strengths in his first five seasons — have seemingly caught up with Staal's immense size and defensive gifts.

His teammates aren't surprised by his overall dominance.

"I've always seen it, ever since I've been here," right wing James Neal said. "I saw it in juniors, too. That talent has always been there. It just gets overshadowed because of how great defensively he is."