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PENGUINS HOPE TO CONTINUE HOT STREAK ON WEST COAST

Tuesday, 10.31.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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PENGUINS HOPE TO CONTINUE HOT STREAK ON WEST COAST

The Pittsburgh Penguins are hot.

And, they hope to keep it that way.

The Penguins resume their season-long, four-game roadtrip Wednesday in Los Angeles at 10:30 p.m. EST.

FSN Pittsburgh will televise the contest at 10:30 p.m., while 105.9 The X will start its radio broadcast with a pregame show at 10 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.

The Penguins (6-3) have won their last four games, including an 8-2 romp in Philadelphia to kick off the road voyage. The last time the team won four in a row was during the 2003-04 season (Mar. 6-11, 2004).

In addition, the Penguins have won their first three road games for the first time since the 1994-95 season when the Penguins began the season 5-0-1 on the road.

Now, the team travels to the West Coast to meet Pacific Division foes Los Angeles, San Jose and Anaheim. The four teams have combined for 47 points in the standings through Monday.

“It was a good start, but there’s no doubt, we’re going over there and it is going to be a good measuring stick for us,” Penguins coach Michel Therrien said. “We had a good start, but we can’t just be satisfied. We have to be looking for more. I really like the chemistry of our team and I really like their work ethic. Guys are trying to pay attention to detail. This is what we’re trying to do in practice. I like our spirit right now.”

Penguins rookie Evgeni Malkin looks to continue a scintillating start to his NHL career. On Wednesday, he will be looking to become the first modern day player to score a goal in each of his first six NHL games. He has scored a goal in first five NHL games and added four assists for nine points.

The last player in NHL history to begin his career with a goal in each of his first five games was Boston’s Dimitri Kvatalnov in the 1992-93 season. The only players in NHL history to score in their first six games were Hockey Hall of Famers Joe Malone, Cy Denneny and Newsy Lalonde, who accomplished the feat in the NHL’s inaugural season of 1917-18.

In addition, since making his debut on Oct. 18th, Malkin has the top selling T-shirt on NHL.com and his Penguins jerseys are the fourth-highest seller over that period. Teammate Sidney Crosby, who tallied his first NHL hat-trick Saturday, has the second-best selling T-shirt on NHL.com and the second-best selling jersey.

 

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