SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- After snapping a team-record
18-game losing streak, the Pittsburgh Penguins visit the San
Jose Sharks on Friday.
The Penguins had been 0-17-0-1 since a 2-1 win at Philadelphia
on January 12 before rallying from a two-goal deficit for a 4-3
overtime win at Phoenix on Wednesday. The NHL was not
recognizing it as a record since the skid included an overtime
loss but the streak officially was the longest in league history
without a win or tie.
Pittsburgh's 18th straight loss was Sunday's 6-3 home setback to
the Ottawa Senators. The Penguins avoided a 19th straight loss
when defenseman Ric Jackman scored on a deflection 1:48 into
overtime at Phoenix.
"We all breathed and now we can smile and not worry about
everything," rookie left wing Ryan Malone said Wednesday. "The
celebration felt like a ton of bricks was lifted of our back."
Pittsburgh has won consecutive games just twice this season,
most recently on December 13 and 16 when it beat Columbus and
San Jose had won four of five before Thursday's 3-2 overtime
loss at Vancouver. Marco Sturm scored for the third straight
game and has five goals and four assists during a six-game
The Sharks have won five straight home games and lead Dallas by
six points in the Pacific Division.
Defenseman Kyle McLaren and Mike Ricci may be out for the
Sharks. Ricci suffered a shoulder injury and McLaren took a
puck to the forehead.
San Jose is 7-1-1 in its last nine games with the Penguins.