Crosby has not scored in four career games against Anaheim while Cooke has six goals in as many meetings, the latter a trend the visiting Penguins hope to see continue Friday night as they seek a fifth straight win over the Ducks.
Pittsburgh (6-6-1) hasn't been able to find any consistency since its four-game winning streak ended Oct. 23, scoring 10 times during a 1-3-1 stretch in which its captain has failed to record a goal.
Crosby tried to get the Penguins fired up in a different way Wednesday at Dallas. Tied for the league lead with 51 goals in 2009-10, Crosby engaged in just his fifth fight in six NHL seasons, taking on Matt Niskanen after the Stars scored twice in less than a minute to take a 4-1 second-period lead.
It turned out to not make much of a difference. Pittsburgh extended its drought without a power-play goal to 27 chances in a 5-2 loss, a sloppy performance that didn't please coach Dan Bylsma.
"In a game where we got outbattled and outplayed, I'd say it's a concern," he said.
The game's final goal was scored by the pesky Cooke, who's never shown an aversion to dropping the gloves or trying to get into an opponent's head.
When he's faced Anaheim (5-7-1), though, he's earned a mental edge in a much different way -- by scoring. Cooke entered 2010-11 with 38 goals in 233 games over the last three seasons, but six have come in six games against the Ducks -- three victories while playing for Vancouver and three with Pittsburgh.
He's scored four times against Anaheim in a Penguins uniform, helping Pittsburgh stretch its series winning streak to four. That unexpected offense has been instrumental to the run as Crosby has been held to three assists versus Anaheim.
The Ducks won 5-2 over Dallas on Oct. 26 to close a four-game road swing, but totaled three goals in losing their next two games. It looked like they were headed for a third straight defeat Wednesday against Tampa Bay, but Kyle Palmieri's first NHL goal tied the score at 2 late in the third. Ryan Getzlaf then gave Anaheim a 3-2 win in overtime on an assist from Teemu Selanne.
"We had some big-time plays," coach Randy Carlyle said. "The speed Selanne showed down the left wing and then getting it back to Getzlaf, those are big-time plays and those are point-getters. And we need points."
The 40-year-old Selanne, who will play in his 1,200th game Friday, has certainly been providing them. He has six goals and seven assists in his last 10 contests.
"He seems to still have that breakaway speed -- that getaway speed," Carlyle said. "When he's around the net, he's a very very dangerous hockey player."
Selanne has a 13-game point streak versus Pittsburgh dating to 1998 in which he's compiled eight goals and 15 assists.
Right wing Corey Perry has four goals in five games against the Penguins.
Marc-Andre Fleury has started all four games during Pittsburgh's win streak against Anaheim, posting a 2.50 goals-against average.
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