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SUROVY CONTINUES TO SHINE IN PITTSBURGH

Saturday, 12.31.2005 / 12:00 AM / Pittsburgh Penguins
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SUROVY CONTINUES TO SHINE IN PITTSBURGH

The Pittsburgh Penguins are on a roll – and so is Tomas Surovy.

Since he was recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Dec. 11, the left winger has responded. In eight games, Surovy has eight points for the Penguins.

On Saturday against the Rangers, Surovy scored two goals for the second game in a row. He has six goals in his last six games.    

“He has a great shot. You just have to give him the puck somewhere near the net and he’s going to take advantage of his chances,” Penguins rookie Sidney Crosby said. “He’s just hot right now. It seems like every chance he gets, he’s putting it in the net. We want to keep getting him the puck. If he keeps playing like that, he’s going to be successful.”

Since Surovy, a native of Slovakia, was placed on a line with countryman Ziggy Palffy on the right wing and Crosby at center, the 24-year-old has flourished.

“I am lucky. Those two guys are great players. There’s no question about that,” Surovy said. “I just try to find my role there and what I should do – go to the corners and go to the net. I am just trying to do my stuff. Those guys are good players, so they know how to pass it to me and to each other.”

Surovy worked a nice two-on-one with Crosby in the first period for his first goal. He took Crosby’s pass on the left wing and wristed a shot past Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

His second tally came late in the third period. On the power play, Surovy ran the right point. He took Dick Tarnstrom’s pass and shot the puck at the goal. In the process, Surovy’s stick snapped in half. However, he was able to get enough wood on the puck to sneak it through a crowd in front of the net and between Lundqvist’s legs.

“It was basically just a lucky shot. Guys were in front of the net like John LeClair and other guys who were screening the goalie,” Surovy said. “I was just lucky. I am happy it went in.”

Surovy, who had 28 points in 25 games in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season, hopes he can continue to play well in Pittsburgh. However, he shrugs off all individual accomplishments for the sake of team victories.

“Right now, it’s just a couple good games [for me],” he said. “I am just looking to win the games. It’s all about the team. If you’re not playing defense, you can’t create offense. The last two games have been good for me, but it’s still a long way to go. It is a good feeling right now.”

The win over the Rangers gave the Penguins consecutive victories for only the second time this season heading into a three-game road trip.

“It’s good confidence for us,” Surovy said. “After the losing streak before, it was good to get two wins before we go to Canada and Atlanta.”

 

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