- The Washington Times - Monday, February 19, 2007

Yesterday at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh

BY THE NUMBERS

81 Goals scored by Penguins players who are not yet of legal drinking age in the United States. Evgeni Malkin (age 20) has 29, Sidney Crosby (19) has 26, Jordan Staal (18) has 24 and Kristopher Letang (19) had two earlier this season before being sent back to his junior team.

9 Hits for Caps defenseman John Erskine, six more than any other teammate. Erskine was playing in his second game after missing 25 with a broken ankle.

QUOTABLE

“I don’t know what category you put them in, but we’ve got a handful of players that are all great guys. They work their tails off, do everything they are asked of and are a coach’s dream. But they’re not goal scorers, and right now the 12th forward that has been inserted is Eric Fehr, and he is a goal scorer. We’re trying to create some offense.”

— Caps coach Glen Hanlon on why Ben Clymer has been out of the lineup as a healthy scratch in four of the past six games

OVECHKIN WATCH

Alex Ovechkin had no points for the fifth time in seven games. He spent most of January as the goal scoring leader in the NHL or within one tally of the lead.

Currently stuck on 34, he has some work to do in the final 23 games to catch Tampa Bay’s Vincent Lecavalier.

— Corey Masisak

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