Pens recall Caron. (30-Jan-2004)
The Penguins have recalled G Sebastien Caron from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The move was after the team sent G Marc-Andre Fleury to Cape Breton of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Pens lose 5-1 to Lightning. (29-Jan-2004)
Tampa Bay scored on three of their first seven shots and cruise to an easy 5-1 win over the Penguins. The Lightning added two more goals in the second before Pittsburgh got their lone goal from Ryan Malone. The loss was Pittsburgh's eight straight defeat. The Pens were outshot 32-14.
Fleury to be sent to juniors (29-Jan-2004)
TSN.ca is reporting that G Marc-Andre Fleury will be sent to Cape Breton of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League as early as tomorrow. The full story is available at http://tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?id=70125.
February Practice Schedule released. (28-Jan-2004)
The Pittsburgh Penguins February Practice Schedule at Iceoplex has been released. The Pens will have 7 open practices during February.
Pens beaten 6-2 by Lightning. (27-Jan-2004)
The Penguins allow four third period goals and lose 6-2 to Tampa Bay in front of an announced crowd of 9,391 at Mellon Arena. The loss was the Pens' eighth in a row at home which is a new club record. Tampa Bay went three for six on the power play and also added a short-handed empty-netter. The game also featured two missed penalty shots. One by Lightning's Dan Boyle in the second and the other by Brian Holzinger in the third. Dick Tarnstrom and Josef Melichar scored for the Penguins. Melichar's was his first NHL goal and ended a 136-game scoreless streak, the longest in Penguins history at the start of a career.
Malone and Orpik selected for NHL YoungStars game (24-Jan-2004)
D Brooks Orpik and RW Ryan Malone were selected today to the 3rd annual NHL YoungStars game to be played on Saturday February 7th in St. Paul, Minnesota during NHL All-Star Weekend.
Senators defeat Penguins 6-5 (23-Jan-2004)
The Pens' third period rally falls short and they lose 6-5 to the Senators in Ottawa. Pittsburgh trailed by three goals heading into the third period but scored twice and saw Tom Kostopoulos hit the post with under two seconds to go. Marc-Andre Fleury gave up all six goals on 23 shots in two periods of play before pulled and replaced by Jean-Sebastien Aubin. Milan Kraft (8:49 - 1st period), Drake Berehowsky (pp 14:07 - 1st per.), Tom Kostopoulos (pp 9:47 - 2nd per.), Brian Holzinger (sh 2:28 -3rd per.) and Dick Tarnstrom (pp 17:38 - 3rd per.) scored for the Penguins. The Pens have now lost five games in a row. Kudos to TV color analyst Bob Errey who showed viewers the play the Pens would attempt off a faceoff with five seconds to go in the game.... Read more
Devils blank Pens 3-0 (20-Jan-2004)
Rookie New Jersey goaltender, Scott Clemmensen, got his first NHL start and shut out the Penguins 3-0 in front of 10,146 at Mellon Arena. Turner Stevenson got the eventual game-winner at 9:27 of the first period. Pittsburgh outshot the Devils 13-4 in the first. The Devils then added a Jeff Friesen goal at 2:13 of the second and another Stevenson goal at 16:53. Stevenson has scored 10 of his 65 NHL goals against the Pens.
Team sends Caron to WBS (19-Jan-2004)
The Penguins have sent G Sebastien Caron to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Caron has appeared in 26 games this season with a 5-17-3 record, 3.87 GAA, .881 save percentage and one shutout.
Pens lose 4-3 to Capitals (18-Jan-2004)
Ex-Pen Robert Lang figures in on all four Washington goals as he helps lead the Capitals to a 4-3 victory over Pittsburgh. Lang had a goal and three assists in the game. Both teams scored twice on the power play. Milan Kraft, Konstantin Koltsov and Drake Berehowsky scored for Pittsburgh. Sebastien Caron stopped 22 of 26 shots he faced.
Pens collapse in third and lose 4-2 to Wild (16-Jan-2004)
Pittsburgh fails to hold a two goal lead in the third period and lose 4-2 to Minnesota. Tom Kostopoulos opened the scoring at 17:19 of the first period with a shot that beat Minnesota goaltender, Dwayne Roloson, high short-side. Ryan Malone made it 2-0 with a backhanded rebound shot on the power play at 18:17 of the second. The Pens did not allow a shot in the third until the eight and a half minute mark as Marc-Andre Fleury looked well on his way to a shutout. But the Penguins then proceeded to give up four goals in a 5:20 span including two breakaway goals. The final three goals all beat Fleury between the legs.
Pens lose 3-1 to Lightning (14-Jan-2004)
The Penguins give up two goals under a minute apart early in the first period and go on to lose 3-1 to Tampa Bay in front of 10,039 at Mellon Arena. Corey Stillman got the Lightning's first goal on the power play at 3:32 of the first period with a slapshot from between the points which beat a screened Jean-Sebastien Aubin. Brad Richards got the eventual game-winner a mere 46 seconds later when his centering pass from behind the goal line found its way into the goal after hitting Josef Melichar. Ryan Malone cut the lead to 2-1 with a power play goal at 15:27. Dave Andreychuk closed out the scoring with a rebound goal at 17:07 of the third period.
Boileau sent to WBS (14-Jan-2004)
D Patrick Boileau cleared waivers on Tuesday and has been assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Boileau had seven points (3g, 4a) and a -16 +/- rating in 16 games for Pittsburgh.
Pens down Flyers 2-1 (12-Jan-2004)
The Penguins defeat the Atlantic Division-leading Flyers 2-1 due largely to the excellent play of goaltender Jean-Sebastien Aubin. Dick Tarnstrom opened the scoring with a power play goal at 16:12 of the first period. Tarnstrom scored with a wrister at the top of the left circle which beat a screened Robert Esche. Tom Kostopoulos got the eventual game-winner with a power play goal at 12:32 of the second. Kostopoulos picked up a rebound of a Rico Fata shot and cooly shot the puck topshelf. Mike Comrie broke Jean-Sebastien Aubin's shutout bid with a deflection of a Chris Therrien point shot at 4:35 of the third.... Read more
Montreal 8 - Penguins 0 (10-Jan-2004)
Pens lose 3-1 to Bruins (9-Jan-2004)
The Penguins get a tough call against them late in the third and lose 3-1 to the Bruins. Sean O'Donnell opened the scoring for Boston with a goal scored from the top of the right faceoff circle at 8:23. Pittsburgh tied the game at one with Martin Strbak's fourth of the season at 6:29 of the second period. The Pens thought they had a 2-1 lead three minutes into the third when Tom Kostopoulos had the puck go off his upper arm and into the net. The goal was reviewed and disallowed due to Rule 57c [http://nhl.com/hockeyu/rulebook/rule57.html#c]. Pittsburgh had a very iffy call go against them when Konstantin Koltsov was called for roughing at 15:22. On the ensuing power play, Patrice Bergeron made a nice move on Marc Bergevin at the blueline, skated in and beat Jean-Sebastien Aubin with a wrist shot from the left circle. The Bruins added an empty-netter from Mike Knuble at 19:28.
Pens defeat Devils 4-2. (8-Jan-2004)
The Penguins snap their four game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the Devils. Mike Eastwood opened the scoring by floating a shot over Martin Brodeur's right shoulder from the slot at 10:38 of the first. Pittsburgh then got a gift goal from Devil defender, Scott Niedermayer, as he threw the puck on net from the right corner which got by Brodeur with 18 seconds to go in the first. Ryan Malone made it 3-0 Pittsburgh with a power play goal at 7:58 of the second. (It was the first time the Pens have had a three-goal lead all season.) Scott Niedermayer atoned for his own goal by scoring a power play goal for NJ at 15:42 of the second. The third period was all Devils. Patrik Elias cut the Penguin lead to 3-2 with a one-time slapshot at 2:39 of the third. Jean-Sebastien secured the victory with an incredible glove save on Erik Rasmussen with 34 seconds to go. Eric Meloche closed out the scoring with an empty-netter at 19:40.
Mario done for the season. (6-Jan-2004)
The Penguins have announced that Mario Lemieux will undergo hip surgery and be out the rest of the 2003-04 season. According to Dr. Charles Burke, the team doctor, Lemieux will have "hip arthroscopy to remove degenerative labrum and perform a partial release of his iliopsoas tendon." Lemieux stated that he will play next season.
Team lowers F balcony prices (6-Jan-2004)
The Penguins have announced that tickets in the F balcony will be $20 for the final 20 games of the season. The first game with the new pricing will be next Tuesday vs Tampa Bay.
Pens blanked 5-0 by Maple Leafs. (5-Jan-2004)
Toronto gets goals from five different players and soundly defeat the Penguins 5-0 in front of an announced crowd of 10,216 at Mellon Arena. The lone positive (and it's a stretch) is that Pittsburgh won the faceoff battle 36-25.... Read more
Pens fall 4-1 to Rangers. (3-Jan-2004)
New York got goals from ex-Pens Dan LaCouture and Peter Nedved on their way to a 4-1 victory over the Penguins in front of 10,078 at Mellon Arena. Dan LaCouture opened the scoring at 1:50 of the first period. Eric Meloche had a penalty shot near the midpoint of the first but his attempt was stopped by NY goalie, Jussi Markkanen. Peter Nedved made it 2-0 when he notched his 11th of the year with 5 minutes to go in the second. Eric Meloche scored the Pens' lone goal and his first of the season at 13:28 but the Rangers responded quickly with a Jed Ortmeyer goal after Sebastien Caron misplayed the puck behind the Pittsburgh goal. Bobby Holik added an empty-netter to finish off the scoring. Pittsburgh outshot New York 41-27. Dan Focht was injured early in the game after suffering a concussion from an Eric Lindros check.