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by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins are looking to make it five in a row Thursday as the Montreal Canadiens visit Mellon Arena at 7:30 p.m.

All fans in attendance will receive a Marc-Andre Fleury wall banner.

The Penguins (24-17-8) have won six of their last seven and recorded points in all seven contests. They continued their momentum Tuesday night with a 3-0 shutout of Florida at Mellon Arena. The victory snapped a seven-game home losing streak against Florida for the Penguins.

The win came on the heels of a successful two-game roadtrip that kicked off the team’s post-All-Star break schedule. They upended Dallas in a shootout, 4-3, and blew out Phoenix, 7-2.

“We wanted to make sure we came back here focused. It would have been easy to come back here, maybe a little overconfident,” Penguins center Sidney Crosby said. “I think we came with a strong work ethic and just tried to play the way we did on those two road games. We have to continue this. We’re seeing results and we’re getting some bounces now, but we’re working for them. We just have to keep it up.”

Crosby maintains his 10-point lead in the NHL scoring race. The 19-year-old superstar has 79 points (25+54) in 46 games this season. Washington’s Alex Ovechkin is second with 69 points (32+37) in 51 games played.

In addition, Crosby’s 54 assists top the league. San Jose’s Joe Thornton is second with 49 helpers in 51 games.

Penguins center Evgeni Malkin continues to lead all rookies in scoring with 53 points (24+29) in 45 games. Los Angeles center Anze Kopitar is second with 45 points (13+32) in 53 games.

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 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 and maybe Bob Grove or Phil Bourque will answer your question during the second intermission of the game.

The Penguins wrap up their three-game homestand Saturday at 1 p.m. against the Washington Capitals. Then, they hit the road to take on Montreal again on Sunday at 2 p.m.




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