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PENGUINS HOPE TO EXTEND WINNING STREAK FRIDAY VS. ISLANDERS

Thursday, 12.14.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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PENGUINS HOPE TO EXTEND WINNING STREAK FRIDAY VS. ISLANDERS

(PRESS RELEASE: Penguins re-assign DuPont)

The Pittsburgh Penguins hope to make it four-straight on Friday when the New York Islanders visit Mellon Arena at 7:30 p.m.

All fans in attendance will receive a Seven Springs Penguins ski cap. For tickets call 1-800-642-PENS or 412-642-PENS or visit pittsburghpenguins.com.

The Penguins (14-11-5) are surging. Following an overtime win Saturday in Atlanta, the Penguins posted a dramatic, come-from-behind 5-4 shootout win in Washington. Pittsburgh returned home to blast Philadelphia, 8-4, on Wednesday. They hope to keep things going against the Islanders, who have split their first four games against the Penguins this year.

“Right now, I think our confidence is back. Offensively, we’re able to produce and score some goals. It’s good for the confidence,” Penguins coach Michel Therrien said. “In the meantime, guys understand when we are on top of our game, we play a certain way and we buy into it. When we get away a little bit from the way we’re supposed to play, we end up being in trouble. I think the guys believe and they understand. At this time of the year, there’s no doubt it’s a good sign. Sometimes, it’s coming from the players – they know when they’re not doing the things they have to do. Even though it’s not a mature team, they are learning.

“If you don’t score at least three goals in a game, you put yourself in a tough position. Right now, it’s tough to win games in the new NHL – 2-1 or 1-0 – it’s tough. Lately, offensively, we’re starting to get enough goals.”

Sidney Crosby has been at the center of the offensive onslaught for the Penguins. The 19-year-old center tallied the first six-point game of his NHL career against the Flyers. He now has 15 points (5+10) in his last six games. The surge has carried him into the NHL scoring lead with 47 points (15+32).

“There are a lot of good players in this league. But, right now, the way that young man is playing on the ice and focusing and the way he is concentrating is phenomenal. In my mind, he is the best player in the NHL right now,” Therrien said. “There’s no doubt in my mind.”

Jocelyn Thibault will get the start in goal for the Penguins on Friday.

FSN Pittsburgh will televise the contest 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.

Email crashthenet@pittsburghpenguins.com and maybe Bob Grove or Phil Bourque will answer your question during the second intermission of the game.

 

 

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