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Old 02-19-2007, 12:22 AM   #1051
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Cook: Malkin outplays Ovechkin again
Malkin continues to get the best of Ovechkin in rivalry

Monday, February 19, 2007
By Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Where was George Birman when we really needed him?

A Penguins employee, he serves as the team's Russian translator.

Where was he when the Penguins' Evgeni Malkin hooked up with the Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin in the bowels of Mellon Arena early last night after the Penguins' 3-2 win?

Wouldn't you have loved to been a part of that little chat between the two good friends and former Russian national teammates?

Here's a guess how their conversation might have went:

"Hang in there, Ovie. Keep playing hard. One of these days, you'll get the best of Sid and me."

Actually, we won't attempt to speculate Ovechkin's response.

It can't possibly be suited for One of America's Great Newspapers.

"Yeah, of course, I'm enjoying playing against him, especially when we win," Malkin had said through Birman a bit earlier in the Penguins' locker room. "He's getting pretty mad."

No translation was needed to decipher Malkin's and Birman's laughter.

Yes, these are fabulous times for the Penguins, who ran their unbeaten-in-regulation streak to 14-0-2 with another workmanlike performance. These are fabulous times for Malkin, who, strange as it seems now, was something of a consolation prize for the Penguins in the 2004 NHL entry draft. Despite finishing with the league's worst record the season before, the Penguins lost the draft lottery to the Capitals, who took Ovechkin No. 1. The Penguins settled for Malkin at No. 2.

Talk about a lovely parting gift.

Talk about the start of a beautiful rivalry between friends.

For the next 10 or 15 years, the Penguins-Capitals series figures to be noted for the duel between Sidney Crosby and Ovechkin. Because of the NHL lockout in 2004-05, the two came into the league together last season. Ovechkin edged Crosby for the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year.

That's about the only time Ovechkin has beaten Crosby, by the way. His Capitals are 1-6 against Crosby's Penguins.

Ovechkin has had even less success against Malkin, who almost certainly will succeed him as the Calder Trophy winner. The Penguins are 3-0 against the Capitals this season with Malkin playing a huge role in two of the wins. Ovechkin, meanwhile, didn't score a goal.

"I'm sure [Malkin] gets extra motivation when he plays a good friend," Penguins coach Michel Therrien said.

That first showed when the clubs played a mid-December game in Washington. Malkin tied the score with a goal late in regulation, then won it in a shootout. It showed again yesterday when Malkin gave the Penguins a 2-1 lead late in the second period with a sick goal, beating goaltender Brent Johnson to the short side with a rocket shot from a ridiculous angle to Johnson's left.

"An amazing shot," Crosby said.

"An incredible goal," teammate Mark Recchi said.

"A perfect shot," Therrien said.

Yeah, that sick.

"Only a few guys can score that goal. Most don't even try that shot," Recchi said, shaking his head.

Thing is, Recchi has seen that goal before. In the same old building, no less. That goes back to his first stint with the Penguins in the late '80s and early '90s. Though he admits to feeling sacrilegious at times, he has not been afraid to compare Malkin to you know who.

Mario.

"I've said that from day one," Recchi said. "His size, his hands ..."

Malkin has a ways to go to match Lemieux's popularity here, but he's off to a nice start. Look at the adversity he has shrugged off. His odyssey from Magnitogorsk last summer. The language and cultural differences. A shoulder injury in his first exhibition game that wiped out most of his preseason and cost him the first four games of the regular season.

Despite it all, Malkin is the NHL's leading rookie scorer with 29 goals, 37 assists and 66 points. He has scored at least a point in his past 14 home games. And he has been his best in the clutch with 12 goals and 14 assists in the third period and overtime.

There is one more thing.

Malkin has pulled within six points of Ovechkin in their personal battle.

Do you think Malkin might have mentioned something about that to Ovechkin last night?

Really, has anyone seen George Birman?

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Penguins Notebook: No holiday break for Penguins

Monday, February 19, 2007
By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The NHL mandates that teams can't play on three consecutive days. The Penguins are coming about as close as possible to violating that rule.

When they land in Pittsburgh sometime early this evening, they will have played three games in three cities in less than 72 hours. With a practice squeezed in during that time.

"It's quick. Everything happens fast," center Sidney Crosby said yesterday after a 3-2 win against Washington at Mellon Arena as the Penguins were scurrying to pack and fly to New York for a Presidents' Day matinee against the Islanders.

"You don't have time to dwell on the games that you just played. You just look to the next one, try to be sharp mentally when you get to the rink."

The weekend started with a 5-4 win at New Jersey Friday night and flight home. Then came a later-than-usual afternoon practice Saturday, followed by the midafternoon game yesterday and the early afternoon game today.

"I think it's just about trying to be ready to play," Penguins defenseman Ryan Whitney said. "Obviously, your legs aren't going to be fully there, but you've got to be mentally prepared."

No matter the mix of mental or physical demands, the Penguins have handled the tightly packed schedule well. Their two wins so far this weekend make it six in a row, part of 14-0-2 string.

Penguins coach Michel Therrien expanded the stretch to include Wednesday's 5-4 shootout win against Chicago to make it four games in six days.

"The schedule is pretty demanding," he said. "We're going to try to get the most energy that we can have. We talk about conditioning, and I think it's right [where it needs to be]. This is where it's important to play six defensemen and have [backup goaltender Jocelyn] Thibault play [yesterday] and rotate four lines. This time of year, it starts to pay off."

Recchi still going strong

Mark Recchi tipped in a Sergei Gonchar shot for the first goal of the game and his 20th goal.

Recchi, 39, has reached 20 goals 15 times in the NHL, and he doesn't appear to be slowing. He skated 24 shifts totaling 17 minutes, 24 seconds, was even in plus-minus rating, dished out two hits, had a takeaway and didn't make a turnover.

"Obviously, knock on wood, I've been able to stay healthy," Recchi said. "It's kind of nice. I'm proud of my consistency. I've played with a lot of great players who have helped me.

"It's been fun. I hope I have another year or two under my belt."

Penalty shot stopped

Washington's Alexander Semin rang a shot off the crossbar behind Thibault at 14:04 of the third period, the first penalty shot awarded to a Penguins opponent this season.

The Penguins have stopped three penalty shots in a row, dating to a goal by Toronto's Chad Kilger March 31, 2006.

The Penguins once went eight years, four months between penalty-shot goals by opponents, from October 1983 until February 1990, a total of 12 stops.

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Crosby missed the first 2:53 of the third period. He said he had a problem with a skate. ... Penguins center Dominic Moore was 7 of 8 on faceoffs. ... The Penguins scratched center Chris Thorburn and defenseman Alain Nasreddine. The Capitals scratched center Kris Beech and defensemen Ben Clymer and Steve Eminger. ... The Islanders will be without captain Alexei Yashin, who is expected to miss his 10th consecutive game with a knee injury. ... Ray Shero left the Capitals game early to travel to Naples, Fla., for league general manager meetings. ... The Penguins raised more than $332,000 for the Western Pennsylvania chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at their Penguins at Your Service dinner last Monday.
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Thibault brilliant in 3-2 win

Monday, February 19, 2007
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Jocelyn Thibault didn't steal the Penguins' No. 1 goaltending job from Marc-Andre Fleury yesterday.

He didn't earn his own segment in the team's highlights tape, and didn't make the folks who selected the Eastern Conference All-Stars second-guess the decision to leave him out of the game.

But he did stop 29 of the 31 shots he faced during the Penguins' 3-2 victory against Washington at Mellon Arena. And, in the process, reinforce bosses' and teammates' faith that he can be a significant contributor during the stretch drive.

Whether they all share center Maxime Talbot's feeling that "he's definitely the best backup in the league" isn't clear, but they clearly expect quality work from Thibault anytime he's called upon.

"We have full confidence in him," defenseman Mark Eaton said. "He showed us again today that he's a top-notch goalie."

The start was Thibault's first since a 7-2 victory in Phoenix Jan. 27, but he isn't likely to go three weeks without working again this season. Not with 17 games shoehorned onto the schedule in March.

"We're going to have to use both goalies, because there's a lot of hockey to be played in a short period of time," coach Michel Therrien said. "It was great to see Jocelyn performing the way he's capable."

Thibault helped to extend the Penguins' surge to 14-0-2, raise their record to 32-17-9 and move them back into sole possession of fourth place in the Eastern Conference, two points ahead of Ottawa.

They have the third-highest total in the East, but are ranked fourth because Tampa Bay, which has four fewer points, leads the Southeast Division. Division winners get the top three seeds in each conference.

Penguins center Sidney Crosby recorded a narrow victory in his head-to-head competition with Capitals left winger Alexander Ovechkin, who beat him out for the Calder Trophy last season.

Crosby picked up one assist, raising his league-leading points total to 91. He has one goal and two assists in three games against Washington this season, and four goals and eight assists in seven all-time meetings; Ovechkin has two assists against the Penguins this season, three goals and five assists all time.

Ovechkin tied Alexander Semin for the team lead with five shots on goal yesterday, but was held fairly well in check. Therrien credited that mostly to the defense pairing of Eaton and Sergei Gonchar.

"They were really solid," he said. "They didn't give [Ovechkin] much."

The Penguins did a lot of solid things, like neutralizing Ovechkin. The only spectacular moment of the game, however, carried the signature of Penguins rookie Evgeni Malkin.

With the score 1-1 late in the second period, Gonchar threw the puck to Malkin, who was along the right-wing boards, near the bottom of the circle.

The logical play was for Malkin to take the pass, then look for a teammate in a more favorable scoring position and try to set him up.

Malkin apparently didn't see the need to involve a middle man, however, because he rifled the puck past Capitals goalie Brent Johnson from a ridiculously sharp angle without ever bothering to stop it.

Therrien described it as "a perfect shot," which might have been understating its brilliance. And while Malkin isn't the only one in the world who could pull that off, the contingent of guys who can could commute to work together in a minivan.

"Probably nobody in the building was thinking that he would shoot from that angle," Gonchar said. "But he's a special player who sees the ice differently.

"I'm sure he saw an opportunity, and decided to take advantage of it. That's why he's a great player."

And why Thibault, who watched the play unfold from about 175 feet away, could empathize with Johnson.

"I thought [Johnson] got across [the crease] pretty good," he said. "But it was just one of those shots where it's almost impossible to stop."

Penguins right winger Mark Recchi (5:59) and Richard Zednik of the Capitals (7:04) had traded goals in the first period, and the outcome was in doubt until Malkin scored at 18:44 of the second.

His goal invigorated the Penguins -- "We attacked the third period with confidence," Therrien said -- and Talbot put them ahead by two at 1:10 of the final period.

Semin, who hit the crossbar on a third-period penalty shot -- "It was luck," Thibault said. "I was beaten" -- made the score 3-2 on a blind backhander with 43.6 seconds to play, but that infusion of suspense didn't last.

"That was one of the better thirds we've had in a while," Recchi said. "We did a lot of good things. They scored at the end, but we really had a good, solid third period."

And their goalie had three of them.

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Penguins rookie Malkin continues to impress

By Mike Prisuta
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Monday, February 19, 2007

The second period was winding down, the Penguins and Capitals were deadlocked at 1-1 and not much was happening Sunday afternoon at Mellon Arena.

That's when Evgeni Malkin took it upon himself to try to make something happen.

Frustrated to an extent that the Penguins hadn't been getting more pucks on Capitals goalie Brent Johnson, Malkin decided to launch one from an almost impossible angle with a minute-and-change remaining before the second intermission.

"You don't teach those things," Penguins head coach Michel Therrien said. "It's an instinct."

Malkin's instinct resulted in a spectacular goal that put the Penguins ahead to stay in what became a 3-2 triumph.

"It was a little bit of a lucky goal," Malkin said through his interpreter, George Birman. "We didn't shoot enough. This time was a little bit lucky."

The play began with winger Michel Ouellet beating defenseman John Erskine to a loose puck in the Capitals' end. Ouellet was able to dig it off the boards and push it ahead to Malkin, who kept up a head of steam as he looped behind the Washington net.

Malkin re-emerged in the far corner and wristed the puck to defenseman Sergei Gonchar at the left point. Gonchar took one stride and then gave it back to Malkin.

Malkin did the rest, unleashing a one-timer from the bottom of the left face-off circle, almost between the face-off circle and the goal line. The puck came off his stick like a rocket and beat Johnson high to the short side at 18:44 of the second.

"I think (Malkin) set himself up," Penguins center Sidney Crosby said. "He knew what he was doing when 'Gonch' got the puck. A lot of good goal-scorers will do that, set their body up. He was set up perfectly there."

The goal was Malkin's team-leading 29th of the season and might have been his most impressive.

"Probably one of the best," Malkin said.

His next goal will tie Mark Recchi (30 in 1989-90) for sixth place on the Penguins' all-time single-season rookie goal-scoring list.

Malkin would have been given credit for his sixth game-winning goal of the season had the Caps not sliced into a 3-1 deficit with 44 seconds remaining. Malkin leads the Pens with five of those in 2006-07 (Crosby led the team with five last season).

Malkin settled for extending his franchise-record rookie scoring streak at Mellon Arena to 14 games, and for impressing Capitals winger and fellow Russian Alexander Ovechkin.

"It was a great goal, a great slap shot," Ovechkin said. "It was very fast and upstairs, just a great goal.

"He's a good player. Of course, you have to have some luck."

Malkin was skating with his regular linemates, Ouellet and Jordan Staal, at the time.

Malkin had previously been paired with Cosby during a four-on-four stretch in the first period and periodically throughout the second.

"When coach sent me and Crosby out on the same line, that meant we had to shift the game," Malkin said.

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Pens right back in action vs. Islanders

By The Tribune-Review
Monday, February 19, 2007

The Penguins face the New York Islanders in a 1 p.m. game today at Nassau Coliseum. It will be their third game in four days and their fourth in six.

"I think we're ready for it," center Maxime Talbot said. "We're hot right now and it's nice to get a couple games in a row so we can keep that momentum. It's nice that the games keep on coming."

• Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury will be back in net today against the New York Islanders at Nassau Colisuem. It will be his 49th game of the season, and with two more wins he will tie Tom Barrasso for the second-most wins in a single season by a Penguins goaltender. The two are now tied at third with 29. The record is 43, set by Barrasso in 1992-93.

• Yesterday was the second game in a row against the Capitals in which the Penguins kept Alexander Ovechkin completely off the scoresheet.

"(Defensemen Mark) Eaton and (Sergei) Gonchar played really solid," coach Michel Therrien said. "They didn't give Ovechkin much. Those two are demanded to play against tough players game in and game out, and they're certainly doing a great job."

• The Penguins raised more than $332,000 for the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at its annual "Penguins At Your Service" dinner Feb. 12. Since the dinner's inception in 1986, the event has raised more than $4.3 million for research toward finding a cure for cystic fibrosis.

• Yesterday was another sellout for the Penguins at 17,132, their 19th of the season. Twelve of the past 14 games at Mellon Arena have been sold out.

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15 - 20-goal seasons for Mark Recchi after registering his 20th yesterday against the Capitals.

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By The Tribune-Review
Monday, February 19, 2007

Today's game

Penguins (32-17-9) at NY Islanders (28-23-6)

When, where: 1 p.m. - Nassau Coliseum (Uniondale, N.Y.)

TV/radio: FSNP/105.9 FM

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (29-12-7, 2.85 GAA); Rick DiPietro (24-18-5, 2.60 GAA)

Notable: Captain Alexei Yashin remains out of the lineup indefinitely with a sprained right knee. ... The Islanders have points in 10 of their last 12 games but are coming off a 2-0 shutout loss to the New Jersey Devils at home Saturday, one day after the Penguins beat the Devils, 5-4. ... The Islanders' power play is fourth-worst in the league at 15.4 percent. They have scored only one power-play goal in the last seven games (1 for 21). ... The Penguins lead the season series 4-2, outscoring the Islanders, 23-19.

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For what it's worth, on the news yesterday they stated that the Penguins are in talks with Columbus. Supposedly we are trying to grab Anson Carter.
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For what it's worth, on the news yesterday they stated that the Penguins are in talks with Columbus. Supposedly we are trying to grab Anson Carter.
Maybe send a draft pick.
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Could some PLEASE GIVE AN EFFORT. They just blew a 3-1 lead and are now down 4-3.
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This is going to be a tough one. Back to back games against a rested Islander team who normally gives us fits to begin with while on a 14-0-2 streak.

But, it's only 4-3 in the 2nd. On that note, 5 on 3 for 1:14 for the Pens with 2:15 left in the 2nd
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