Penguins rookie winger Beau Bennett enjoys hearing from those who go back to his days as a roller hockey player growing up in Southern California, so he was thrilled when two of his former coaches and a former teammate contacted him.
"We're coming up," they told Bennett.
"All right. I'll get you tickets," he said.
Coaches Ken Murchinson and Terry Winters and Winters' son Josh, all from the Anaheim Bulldogs when Bennett was about 8-14 years old, were in the stands Saturday at Consol Energy Center.
"They're great guys," Bennett said. "I'm glad to have them in town. I love their support."
They didn't have to wait long to justify their trip.
Bennett scored the first goal of the game and second of his season and career in the Penguins' 3-0 win against the New York Rangers.
"It was nice to get it out of the way early," Bennett said of the game's opening goal just 1:30 into the first period.
Tyler Kennedy sent a pass ahead off of the boards, and Dustin Jeffrey tapped it over to Bennett, who ripped a slap shot from the right dot past Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.
"It was kind of laid out on a 'T' for me, and I got to step into one," Bennett said.
Later, from near the same spot, Bennett sent a rocket of a pass up-ice toward Jeffrey at the New York blue line for very nearly a breakaway.
"It's something we've been doing," Bennett said. "We know the help is coming to one side. I took a look a couple of seconds before and was hoping he was still on that same route. I had to pass it hard. If it was on his forehand, he probably would have gotten it."
No update on Malkin
Center Evgeni Malkin did not skate Saturday, and there was no update in terms of his status for a home game today against Boston, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said.
Malkin has missed four games because of what is believed to be a right shoulder injury he got March 9 in Toronto. Bylsma said last weekend that Malkin was expected to miss about one to two weeks. He's in that window now, but Bylsma didn't update that time line.
"I don't have a sense for that," Bylsma said.
Kennedy pitches in
Kennedy's first two-point game in nearly a year -- he had two goals March 20, 2012 against Winnipeg -- had him feeling better about himself after he had just five points over the first 28 games.
"Obviously, it wasn't the start I wanted, but I'm the only guy that can change it," Kennedy said after adding a power-play goal to his assist on Bennett's goal. "I want to play better. I have to remember I'm a good player."
A name from Crosby's past
Sidney Crosby knew Lynn Seibel was the public-address announcer for hockey games at Shattuck-St. Mary's in the year Crosby spent at that Fairbault, Minn., prep school. He knew Seibel was a drama instructor at Shattuck, too.
What the Penguins center and team captain didn't know until long after he had left the school was that Seibel was accused of molesting students in his time there.
Seibel was arrested in California in 2012 and has been charged with 14 felony counts of criminal sexual conduct for the alleged sexual abuse of six male students between 1999-2003, as well as three related counts.
He recently was extradited to Minnesota, and the story got a new wrinkle earlier this month, when a Minnesota Public Radio investigation turned up information that some school administrators and teachers were aware of Seibel's actions, but did not notify police about them.
Crosby was 15 when he spent the 2002-03 school year at Shattuck-St. Mary's, which is renowned for its hockey program. Numerous NHLers, including former Penguins winger Ryan Malone and Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise, played there.
Although he saw Seibel occasionally on campus or at the rink, Crosby said they had little, if any, contact or interaction.
"He was the drama teacher at the school, and I didn't take drama, so I didn't really ... I saw him at the games when he would announce [them]," Crosby said.
"The only thing I knew him for was, he was in '[D3:] The Mighty Ducks,' the movie. I remember that."
Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury tied Lundqvist with 37 wins in day games. They are second among active goalies. ... A crowd of 18,658 was the Penguins' 267th sellout in a row and tied the record for the largest hockey crowd at Consol Energy Center.
For much more on the Penguins, read the Pens Plus blog with Dave Molinari and Shelly Anderson at www.post-gazette.com/plus. Shelly Anderson: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-1721 or Twitter: @pgshelly. First Published March 17, 2013 4:00 AM