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PENGUINS CLOSE HOME SCHEDULE MONDAY AGAINST ISLANDERS

Sunday, 04.16.2006 / 12:00 AM / Pittsburgh Penguins
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PENGUINS CLOSE HOME SCHEDULE MONDAY AGAINST ISLANDERS

The Pittsburgh Penguins close out their home schedule Monday at 7:30 p.m. against the New York Islanders.

Also, 20 fans in attendance at Mellon Arena will win the game-worn jerseys off the Penguins’ backs following the conclusion of the contest. A bevy of other prizes will be given out, too. For more information on the prizes, click here.

This contest marks the second in three days between the two teams. The Islanders won Saturday’s game, 5-4, in a shootout. It was the fourth time this season a Penguins-Islanders matchup was decided via shootout. New York has won all four.

Penguins super rookie Sidney Crosby did not record a point Saturday night. He still needs three points in the last two games to become the youngest NHL player ever to reach 100 points. The 18-year-old has 97 points (38+59) and is the league’s youngest player to reach that mark.

Crosby needs four points to surpass Mario Lemieux’s franchise record for rookie points in a season. The Hall of Famer had exactly 100 in 1984-85. Crosby surpassed Lemieux for most assists by a Penguins rookie this season. Lemieux had 57 in his first NHL season.

Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar scored a power-play goal Saturday night to boost his red-hot scoring streak. He now has 37 points (5+32) in his last 33 games. He has six points (2+4) in his last three games.Andy Hilbert and Ryan Whitney pushed their points streaks to three games apiece. Hilbert scored a goal, while Whitney added an assist Saturday. Hilbert now has four points (1+3) on his streak, while Whitney has four points (1+3) on his run.

FSN Pittsburgh will televise the contest at 7:30 p.m., while 3WS (94.5 FM) will start its radio broadcast with a pregame show at 7 p.m. The broadcast may be found live through streaming audio on pittsburghpenguins.com as well. Tune in for Penguins Hotline following every game on 3WS and the Penguins Radio Network. Join in the conversation with host Bob Grove by calling the Penn Telecom toll-free line at 1-866-922-2874.

For tickets call 1-800-642-PENS or 412-642-PENS or visit pittsburghpenguins.com.

Pittsburgh wraps up its season Tuesday in Toronto.

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