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Penguins draw 200th straight sellout crowd

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The Pittsburgh Penguins played before their 200th consecutive sellout crowd at home Saturday when 18,310 attended their afternoon game against the Montreal Canadiens.

The streak includes 171 regular-season games and 29 playoff contests and began with a Valentine Day's sellout against the Chicago Blackhawks at Mellon Arena on Feb. 14, 2007 -- despite an ice storm that hit the Pittsburgh region that night. Every NHL game in Pittsburgh since then has sold out.

The Penguins have averaged 17,281 fans during the streak, which encompasses play at two facilities -- Mellon Arena and the new Consol Energy Center, which opened in October and has been sold out for all 36 games this season.

The Penguins' total attendance during the streak is 3,456,219.

No doubt the strong home-ice support has helped the Penguins, who were 123-57-19 during the first 199 games of a streak that includes their two most recent appearances in the Stanley Cup Final. They went into Saturday's game with a 104-49-19 regular-season record and a 19-10 playoffs mark during the streak.
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