THN: Dynamic Duos

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In der neuesten Ausgabe des nordamerikanischen Fachmagazins "The Hockey

News" dreht sich die Titelstory um das neue Traum-Duo der NHL: Sidney

Crosby und Evgeni Malkin:

Dynamic Duos    

By Ken Campbell

If you can believe it, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are more popular

with college kids in Pittsburgh than toga parties and panty raids.

The Penguins have a game-day promotion they call ‘student rush,’ which

allows college students to purchase any remaining tickets for $20 each

one hour before the game starts.

“Sometimes there are lines around Mellon Arena,” said Penguins

vice-president, communications Tom McMillan. “We’ve been doing this for

11 years and it’s an overnight success.”

All those kids who will have lots of disposable income in a couple of

years are there to see Crosby and Malkin, two guys who could qualify

for ‘student rush’ tickets themselves if they weren’t busy being the

NHL’s next superstars. The only question remains whether or not the

Penguins will be in Pittsburgh long enough to see those kids graduate.

Whether the Penguins get the new arena they need to stay in Pittsburgh

is pretty much out of Crosby and Malkin’s hands, but McMillan

acknowledges that having the two brightest young stars in the game

certainly can’t hurt the cause.

“There’s no doubt that having these two guys here energizes everyone to try to make that happen,” McMillan said.

What started with Crosby last season has continued to build with the

presence of Malkin and only promises to improve as Malkin learns to

speak English.

Crosby’s sweater has been the top seller on all season and

Malkin is in the top 10. And, at last check, Crosby and Malkin were

running 1-2 in voting for the Eastern Conference team for the NHL

All-Star Game.

Due almost exclusively to Crosby, the Penguins experienced the largest

attendance increase last year, despite finishing in last place in their

division for the fourth straight season.

Television ratings are better than they have been in years and the

Penguins have an owner in Jim Balsillie that they’ve never had – a

billionaire with deep pockets.

On the ice, Malkin and Crosby have been nothing short of spectacular

even though they rarely play together. Although the Penguins are a long

way from being a legitimate Stanley Cup contender, the Crosby-Malkin

combination gives them the kind of 1-2 punch down the middle the

championship Penguins had with Mario Lemieux and Ron Francis, the

Edmonton Oilers had with Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier, the Colorado

Avalanche had with Joe Sakic and Peter Forsberg and the Detroit Red

Wings had with Steve Yzerman and Sergei Fedorov.

“It’s been great to play with someone who is that creative and has that

much fun out there on the ice,” said Crosby of Malkin. “I think myself,

I’m improving just playing with him. He’s still learning English so

it’s hard to communicate, but we’re doing our best.”

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