PENGUINS LOOK TO REMAIN HOT THURSDAY IN PHILADELPHIA
The Penguins look to keep their momentum going Thursday at 7 p.m. in Philadelphia.
FSN Pittsburgh will televise the contest at 7 p.m., while 105.9 The X will start its radio 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.
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The Penguins (27-17-9) have picked up points in their last 11 games – with no regulation losses – and won seven of their last eight. Their most-recent win came against the NHL’s top team in Nashville. The Penguins posted a 4-1 home triumph over the Predators on Tuesday.
“I don’t think you can judge based on one game. We’ve been playing well lately. We’ve been on a roll here, but we have to keep doing things the way we have been doing them,” Penguins center Sidney Crosby said. “We realize that it’s everybody contributing – it’s not one or two guys, it’s from the goalie out every night and that’s the way we need to play to be successful.”
The Penguins have dominated the Flyers this season, winning six of the first eight games in the season series.
“I think we’re confident, but I don’t think we are any more confident than we were coming out Tuesday night,” Crosby said. “We’re happy with the way we’re playing, but we have to realize every time we step out there, it’s a new game. If we don’t do what’s made it successful, then we’re not going to be. Every guy out there has to chip in and keep doing what they are doing.”
Crosby has increased his lead in the NHL scoring race to 14 points with 86 points (25+61) in 50 games played. Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis is second with 72 points (32+40) in 55 games. Crosby leads all players 61 assists. San Jose’s Joe Thornton is second with 56.
Evgeni Malkin owns a 12-point lead in NHL rookie scoring with 59 points (26+33) in 49 games. Los Angeles center Anze Kopitar is next with 47 points (13+34) in 56 games. Malkin leads all NHL rookies with 26 goals, while teammate Jordan Staal is second with 19 tallies.
The Penguins return to action Saturday at 7 p.m. in Toronto.