First Call: Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzel pass familiar names on scoring lists; Penguins face challenge from sizzling Jets

It’s a hockey heavy “First Call” for this Friday, as we bear in mind a banner day in Penguins historical past.

We preview the staff’s subsequent opponent, who’s on hearth in the intervening time. Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel are taking some steps up the historic scoring ladders. Some former Penguins contributed to a wild recreation between St. Louis and Washington.

Plus we combine in some ladies’s basketball because the City Game is about to happen.

Familiar names

Sidney Crosby scored twice in the course of the Penguins’ 6-4 victory Thursday in Minnesota. That means he now has 9 targets and 21 factors on the season.

It additionally means he has 526 targets for his profession. That places him in thirty fifth place on the NHL’s all-time profession purpose scoring record. He is now one purpose forward of former teammate Marian Hossa and two in entrance of one other ex-Penguin, Bryan Trottier.

Up subsequent is Hall of Famer Frank Mahovlich with 533.

Meanwhile, as TribLIVE’s Seth Rorabaugh identified, Jake Guentzel (357 factors) surpassed Alexei Kovalev (354) for 18th place on the franchise’s profession scoring record.

Guentzel had a purpose and two assists within the recreation.

Time flies

Yesterday marked the twenty fifth anniversary of Mario Lemieux’s induction into the hockey corridor of fame. He went in alongside Trottier as a part of the 1997 class.

Lemieux was instantly inducted after his first retirement in 1997, waiving the conventional three-year ready interval. He was the ninth such participant to obtain that honor.

When he returned to the ice in 2000, he turned the third Hall of Famer to play after being inducted. The different two have been Gordie Howe and Guy Lafleur. Here is Lemeux’s induction speech.

Taking off like a Jet

After that win in Minnesota Thursday, the Penguins should now face one of many hottest groups in hockey Saturday.

No, not the New Jersey Devils. They are insane, having simply overwhelmed Matt Murray and the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 in time beyond regulation for an eleventh win in a row. The Devils have loads of time to chill off earlier than dealing with the Penguins Dec. 30.

Instead the Pens are in Winnipeg to face a Jets staff that’s 8-1-1 in its previous 10 video games. They simply beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 on Thursday. Kyle Connor had a hat trick.

Winnipeg has 21 factors within the Central Division, only one behind the first-place Dallas Stars. They are permitting simply 2.33 targets per recreation, greatest within the Western Conference and second within the NHL behind solely the Boston Bruins (2.12). They even have the third-best penalty kill in hockey at 84.2%.

Greiss the Great and the Great 8

Former Penguin Thomas Greiss made 47 saves, because the St. Louis Blues received their fifth straight recreation in a wild one by holding off the Washington Capitals. St. Louis outlasted the Caps 5-4 in a six-round shootout Thursday on the Enterprise Center.

After Washington fell behind 3-0, Alexander Ovechkin scored his first purpose in 5 video games to make it 3-1 at 15:12 of the second. Ovechkin tied Trottier for 18th all-time in NHL profession factors (1,425). It’s his 789th purpose of his profession.

Another ex-Penguin, Conor Sheary tied the sport at 4-4 to power time beyond regulation on the 16:57 mark of the third. But Pavel Buchnevich finally scored the game-winner within the shootout for St. Louis.

The Blues now have 16 factors, six behind the Stars within the Central. Washington, the Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers all have 17 factors, tied for fifth within the Metropolitan.

Rivalry renewed

The City Game ideas off at 6 pm Saturday evening on the Petersen Events Center between the Duquesne and Pitt ladies’s basketball groups.

Both golf equipment are 3-0 to start out the yr. Dan Burt’s Dukes have collected wins towards Point Park, Brown and Manhattan.

Lance White’s Panthers have victories over Coppin State, George Mason and Bryant.

Pitt received final yr’s City Game 69-64. Duquesne most not too long ago received in 2019.

The males have not performed the sport since 2018.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review employees author. You can contact Tim at or by way of Twitter. All tweets might be reposted. All emails are topic to publication except specified in any other case.

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