PITTSBURGH - In a move the Penguins hope will generate good will that translates into enhanced revenue, the team began a 'home delivery' service today, where Sidney Crosby, the NHL's reigning scoring champion and MVP, Evgeni Malkin, Colby Armstrong and Maxime Talbot, defenseman Ryan Whitney and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury called on female season ticket-holders around the Pittsburgh area, ostensibly to deliver their season tickets.

But that's not all they delivered say sources inside the Penguins organization who asked not to be identified. The players each spent approximately 30 minutes in each woman's home. When they departed, several of the women were seen wearing only bathrobes, adjusting their hair and applying lipstick. They were smiling broadly. "Sid [Crosby] isn't known as the leading scorer in the league for nothing, you know," said a Penguins' source.

Frances Monahan spoke briefly with a reporter after Evgengi Malkin departed her home. "He was so-o-o nice," she swooned. Then she looked around to insure no one was in earshot, "They don't circumcise them in Russia, you know," she whispered.

Sidney Crosby, pictured below leaving Mrs. Judi Haas' Brentwood home this afternoon, said he thought it was "a good opportunity for the guys to say thanks personally."