FLEURY WILL BE IN GOAL AGAIN SATURDAY WHEN PENS HOST COLUMBUS
The Pittsburgh Penguins wrap up their stretch of three games in four days Saturday as Columbus visits Mellon Arena at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets remain for the contest. Call 1-800-642-PENS or 412-642-PENS or visit pittsburghpenguins.com to get your seats.
The game will be televised locally on The CW (formerly UPN) at 7:30 p.m., while 105.9 The X 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 105.9 The X 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.
This contest marks the first regular-season meeting between the two teams since Dec. 13, 2003, when the Penguins posted a 4-3 overtime victory.
The Penguins (3-3) hope to carry the momentum of Thursday’s 4-3 overtime win against the Islanders at New York into Saturday’s game.
“Columbus has a good bunch of forwards. We have to be really cautious because we don’t play those guys often,” Penguins coach Michel Therrien said. “It’s the same thing for them, too. But, we want to focus on how we’re playing, skating, moving the puck and how we’re going to be disciplined. We’re going to try and build on the win we got [Thursday]. Consistency is key for us. We got two solid efforts in a row. Saturday will be a challenge for us.”
Rookie Evgeni Malkin remained hot Thursday night. A day after scoring a goal in his NHL debut against New Jersey at Mellon Arena, he had a goal and an assist against the Islanders. Sidney Crosby handed out three assists in the game, too.
Nils Ekman scored his first goal in a Penguins uniform, while Sergei Gonchar’s overtime game-winner was his first tally of the season.
Marc-Andre Fleury was sharp in goal for the Penguins. He stopped 34 of 37 shots to earn the win. He will be in net once again on Saturday. The youngster is 3-3 with a 2.71 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage.
“He’s playing really well, really solid,” Therrien said. “He’s giving us a chance to win. Even when we’re losing, he’s making saves that keep us in the game. He has a really good start to the season like we were anticipating.”