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PENGUINS WELCOME ST. LOUIS TO MELLON ARENA ON TUESDAY

Monday, 12.18.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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PENGUINS WELCOME ST. LOUIS TO MELLON ARENA ON TUESDAY

The Pittsburgh Penguins return home Tuesday at 7 p.m. to take on the St. Louis Blues at Mellon Arena.

All fans in attendance will receive a Sidney Crosby rookie season coin, which commemorates the 19-year-old’s remarkable first year in the NHL in which he became the youngest player in league history to reach 100 points.

For tickets call 1-800-642-PENS or 412-642-PENS or visit pittsburghpenguins.com. The game is nationally televised on Versus.

Crosby earned another honor Monday as he was named the NHL’s first star for last week.

“It was a logical choice. He deserved it,” Penguins coach Michel Therrien said. “He played really well this week. At 19 years old, to be the leading scorer is quite an accomplishment.”

Crosby leads the NHL in scoring with 52 points (16+36). He had 10 points in two games last week.

“He’s playing well and there’s a good chemistry with Mark Recchi and Ryan Malone,” Therrien said. “Those guys seem to fit well together and they are playing well together. It was a good thing for him.”

The Penguins (15-12-5) welcome St. Louis to Mellon Arena for the first time since Feb. 22, 2003. The Blues (7-19-6) are tied with Philadelphia for the least points in the NHL (20).

“It’s not about the Blues, it’s about the Penguins. That’s the way I always approach our game,” Penguins coach Michel Therrien said. “We’re a team that focuses a lot on how we should play, the way we should play. Tuesday night, it won’t be any different. We’re facing a team that you can’t look at the standings and say it’s going to be an easy game. They’ve played better and with more energy. We have to make sure that we’re going to be sharp and play well at home. Last week I was stressing to our team that, if we’re going to have some success through the course of the season, we need to play well in our building because we have great fan support. Last week we did a great job at home and we have to build on that and make sure we keep going the same way.”

Marc-Andre Fleury gets the start in goal for the Penguins. Meanwhile, Evgeni Malkin maintains his lead in scoring among NHL rookies. The 20-year-old has 32 points (16+16) in 28 games. Los Angeles forward Anze Kopitar has 28 points (8+20) in 34 games.

On the radio, 105.9 The X will start its broadcast with a pregame show at 6:30 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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