Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jarome Iginla as LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh?

Milan Lucic thinks so.

To that, Crosby says thank you very much.

Lucic, the Boston Bruins power forward, told reporters this weekend he views the Pittsburgh Penguins as the equivalent of the NBA's Miami Heat.

Led by James, Wade and Bosh, the Heat are two wins away from their third consecutive Eastern Conference title and can play for their second straight NBA championship after that.

"We appreciate the compliment," Crosby said. "I'm sure he won't have too many once we start playing. I think it's a compliment."

The Penguins have three former NHL scoring champions on their roster, Crosby, Malkin and Iginla, in addition to recent 40-goal scorer James Neal, Norris Trophy finalist Kris Letang, the League's seventh-leading regular-season scorer this season Chris Kunitz, and the playoffs goals leader (tied with Crosby) Pascal Dupuis.

Star-studded, yes. But guaranteed to win the Stanley Cup? Hardly. Not in the anything-can-happen Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"I think we want to be confident and know we are a good team, but I don't think there's anyone in here with big egos or expecting anything's going to be given to us because of who we are," forward Brenden Morrow said when asked about Lucic's Heat comparison.