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CROSBY, OVECHKIN BATTLE ONCE AGAIN AS PENGUINS WELCOME CAPITALS

Sunday, 02.18.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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CROSBY, OVECHKIN BATTLE ONCE AGAIN AS PENGUINS WELCOME CAPITALS

The Penguins welcome Alexander Ovechkin and the Capitals to Mellon Arena for the last time this season Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

NBC will televise the contest nationally at 3:30 p.m., while 105.9 The X will start its radio broadcast with a pregame show at 3 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.It’s the second meeting between the two teams in Pittsburgh in 15 days as the Penguins posted a 2-0 win on Feb. 3. It’s the Penguins’ sixth win in their last seven meetings against Washington.

Sidney Crosby has 11 points (4+7) in six career games against the Capitals, while Ovechkin has eight points (3+5) in that same span. Both players were held off the scoresheet in the teams’ last meeting.

The Penguins (31-17-9) remain one of the NHL’s hottest teams with points in their last 15 games (13-0-2). They hope to extend their steam to 16 games on Sunday.

Crosby maintains a double-digit lead in the NHL scoring race with 90 points (26+64) in 54 games. Tampa Bay’s Vincent Lecavalier is second with 80 points (39+41) in 60 games – six more than Crosby, who has points in his last three contests.

Evgeni Malkin owns a 13-point lead in the rookie scoring race with 65 points (28+37) in 53 games. Los Angeles center Anze Kopitar is second with 52 points (17+35) in 60 games – seven more than Malkin. Jordan Staal (24+6) is sixth in rookie points in 56 games, but is second in rookie goals behind Malkin. Staal continues to lead the NHL in shooting percentage (28.2) and short-handed goals (5).

The Penguins return to action Monday at 1 p.m. in New York against the Islanders.

 

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