PENGUINS RETURN TO ACTION THURSDAY IN FLORIDA
One streak came to an end, but the Pittsburgh Penguins hope another begins as they continue their road trip Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Florida.
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.
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The New York Islanders snapped the Penguins’ 16-game point streak (14-0-2). It is the second-longest spree in franchise history as the 1992-93 Penguins squad earned a point in 18-straight (17-0-1).
Nevertheless, the Penguins (32-18-9) hope to get back in the win column as they wrap up a three-game road trip with games Thursday in Florida and Sunday in Tampa Bay.
Sidney Crosby increased his NHL scoring lead to 14 points with four points against the Islanders. The 19-year-old has 95 points (26+69) in 56 games for the Penguins. Tampa Bay’s Vincent Lecavalier is second with 81 points (39+42) in 61 games – five more than Crosby, who has a five-game point streak (1+8).
Penguins center Evgeni Malkin has tallied at least a point in his last five games (3+5), too. The 20-year-old has 67 points (29+38) in 55 games on the year. Los Angeles center Anze Kopitar is second with 54 points (17+37) in 61 games.
Penguins winger Jordan Staal is sixth in NHL rookie scoring with 31 points (24+7) in 58 games. He ranks second behind Malkin in rookie goals, but is first in the NHL with a 27.3 shooting percentage and five short-handed goals.
Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar has tallied a point in his last three games (0+4). He is tied for second with Sheldon Souray in defenseman scoring. Gonchar has 50 points (9+41) in 50 games, while Souray has 50 points (20+30) in 61 games. Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom leads all defensemen with 51 points (10+41) in 60 games.