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Poll Question
In which place will the Pens finish this season in the Metropolitan Division?
First (19%)
 [tally] 29

Second (24%)
 [tally] 36

Third (31%)
 [tally] 46

Fourth (6%)
 [tally] 9

Fifth (5%)
 [tally] 7

Sixth (1%)
 [tally] 2

Seventh (1%)
 [tally] 1

Eighth (13%)
 [tally] 19

Total Votes: 149
Last Five Games
Record: 3-2-0
 11-24  CLB  4-2  W
 11-27  WPG  4-3  W
 11-28  COL  3-6  L
 12-1  PHI  2-4  L
 12-4  COL  6-3  W
February, 2004

Pens beat Isles 3-2 in overtime (29-Feb-2004)
The Penguins earn a hard-fought come-from-behind 3-2 overtime victory against the Islanders. After a first period which saw Pittsburgh kill off four penalties, Janne Niinimaa scored for New York with 6 seconds to go. Tomas Surovy tied it 1:08 into the second with a one-timer that went in off of the crossbar. The Islanders went up 2-1 when Oleg Kvasha scored a shorthanded rebounder at 12:14 of the second. Ric Jackman tied it up with 35 seconds to go in the second on the power play. After a scoreless third period, Ryan Malone got the game-winner with a rebound shot from in close at 2:45 of overtime. Andy Chiodo was named the game's number two star with his 38 save performance.

Pens playoff hopes end with 4-2 loss to San Jose (27-Feb-2004)
Whatever slender hopes the Penguins had of making the playoffs have now ended with their 4-2 loss to the Sharks. San Jose opened a 2-0 lead through two periods on goals from Brad Stuart (PP, 13:30 - 1st period) and Patrick Marleau (12:39 - 2nd per.). Konstantin Koltsov cut the lead to one with his 7th of the season at 7:29 of the third. The Sharks got the next two goals from Tom Preissing (PP, 10:25 - 3rd) and Alexander Korolyuk (14:13 - 3rd). Milan Kraft closed out the scoring with just under two minutes to go in the game.

Pens w-i-n! (26-Feb-2004)
The Penguins ended their 18 game (0-17-0-1) winless streak with a 4-3 overtime victory over Phoenix. Pittsburgh came back from a 3-1 deficit in the second period to tie the game and then Ric Jackman got the streak-ender at the 1:48 mark of overtime with a deflection of a Dick Tarnstrom shot from the right point. Andy Chiodo had a strong game in net, made 28 saves on 31 shots and was the game's number three star in his first NHL win. The victory was the first ever for the Pens in Phoenix (1-5-2-0).... Read more

February Prospect Ranking (23-Feb-2004)
The first Pens Prospect Ranking has been completed. Check it out at Pens Prospects.

Pens acquire RW Landon Wilson from Phoenix (23-Feb-2004)
The Penguins have acquired RW Landon Wilson from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for the ever-popular future considerations. Wilson, 28, has 4 points (1g, 3a) with 16 PIM and a in -3 +/- rating in 35 games this season with the Coyotes. For more on Wilson, go to http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/teams/player_bio.asp?player_id=834&hubName=PIT.

Pens lose 6-3 to Senators; home losing streak at 14 (22-Feb-2004)
Despite battling back from a 3-1 deficit, the Pens lose to the Senators 6-3 in front of 11,780 at the Igloo. Pittsburgh found themselves down 3-1 after one period with Aleksey Morozov getting the lone Pens goal in the first. Milan Kraft made it 3-2 early in the second and then Ryan Malone scored a beautiful goal with just under three to go in the second. Unfortunately, the tie and momentum lasted all of 56 seconds as Ottawa jammed a puck by Jean-Sebastien Aubin to regain the lead. The Senators then added two, including an empty-netter, in the third period. The Penguins are now winless in 18 games (0-17-0-1) overall and have an NHL record 14 game losing streak at home.

Pens recall Murley; send down Meloche (22-Feb-2004)
The Penguins have recalled LW Matt Murley from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and have sent down RW Eric Meloche to WBS after he cleared waivers.

Pens shut out 2-0 by Panthers (20-Feb-2004)
The Penguins extend their NHL record home losing streak to 13 with a 2-0 loss to Florida. Kristian Huselius and Juraj Kulnik scored for the Panthers during the second period. Roberto Luongo stopped all 34 Pens shots and Andy Chiodo made 30 saves on 32 shots.

Pens lose 4-3 to Islanders in Chiodo's debut (18-Feb-2004)
The Penguins are winless in their last 16 games (0-15-0-1) after losing 4-3 to the Islanders in G Andy Chiodo's NHL debut. Pittsburgh's woeful penalty-killing hurt the team as three of New York's four goals came while the Pens were shorthanded. Tomas Surovy, Ric Jackman and Milan Kraft scored for the Penguins. Chiodo made 30 saves on 34 shots.

Pens recall Chiodo; send down Caron (17-Feb-2004)
The Penguins have recalled G Andy Chiodo and sent down G Sebastien Caron. Chiodo has played in 31 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season with a 12-13-2 record, a 2.35 GAA, a .910 save percentage and two shutouts.

Pens beaten 8-4 by Leafs; set NHL home losing streak record (17-Feb-2004)
The Penguins gave up four power play goals and one shorthander on their way to an 8-4 loss to Toronto in front of 10,527 at Mellon Arena. The loss was the Pens' 12th straight loss at home which sets a new NHL record. Pittsburgh has allowed 19 power play goals in 56 chances in their last 11 games with at least one power-play goal in nine consecutive games. Ric Jackman (PP - 3:42, 2nd period), Tomas Surovy (7:25, 2nd per.), Aleksey Morozov (16:23, 2nd per.) and Dick Tarnstrom (PP - 6:22, 3rd per.) scored for the Pens.

Pens lose 3-2 to Blues in OT (14-Feb-2004)
The Penguins, after battling back from a 2-0 deficit, lose 3-2 to St. Louis in overtime. Keith Tkachuk opened the scoring with a power play goal at 10:34 of the first period. Tkachuk took a through-the-crease pass from Scott Mellanby and one-timed it by Sebastien Caron. St. Louis got another power play goal 1:10 later from Christian Backman. Tom Kostopoulos cut the lead to one goal with a diving one-timer at 11:14 of the second period. Ryan Malone tied the game at two less than two minutes into the third as he picked up the puck and snapped one by Chris Osgood. The Blues got the game-winner in overtime from Eric Boguniecki as he redirected an Eric Weinrich point shot by Caron.

New Pens Prospects section (13-Feb-2004)
LetsGoPens.com has added a brand new Pens Prospects section. This section will eventually have player rankings, game reports and scouting reports.

Pens beaten 5-1 by Panthers (13-Feb-2004)
And the losing goes on... The Penguins give up four goals and 26 shots in the second period on their way to a 5-1 defeat at the hands of the Panthers. The loss is Pittsburgh's 13th straight. Ryan Malone scored the lone Pens goal shorthanded at 7:54 of the second period.

Pens trade Berehowsky for Jackman (11-Feb-2004)
The Penguins have sent D Drake Berehowsky to Toronto in exchange for D Ric Jackman. Jackman is 6-2, 197 pounds and has played in 29 games with Toronto this season, recording six points (2g, 4a) and 13 penalty minutes.

Scuderi recalled from WBS (11-Feb-2004)
The Penguins have recalled D Rob Scuderi from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Scuderi, 25, has appeared in 48 games this season with WBS, recording 13 points (1g, 12a) and 33 penalty minutes.

Pens lose 6-3 to Bruins; tie NHL consecutive home loss record (11-Feb-2004)
The Penguins lost 6-3 to the Bruins in front of an announced crowd of 10,741 at Mellon Arena. The loss is a club record 12th in a row and ties the NHL record of 11 straight home losses. Pittsburgh gave up 3 power play goals, an even strength goal, a shorthanded goal and an empty-netter. Goalscorers for the Pens were Ryan Malone (2) and Matt Bradley.... Read more

McKenna may be done for season. (9-Feb-2004)
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that Steve McKenna is out indefinitely with a "nagging pectoral muscle injury." The injury has been bothering McKenna for several weeks and he will have tests to determine the extent of the injury within the next day or so.

Pens lose 4-3 to Canadiens (3-Feb-2004)
The Penguins head into the All-Star Break on a club record-tying 11 game losing streak by falling 4-3 to the Canadiens in front of an announced crowd of 10,041 at Mellon Arena. The loss is also the Pens' 10th straight defeat at home which is one shy of tying the NHL record. Montreal jumped out to an early 2-0 lead just over two minutes in on goals from Steve Begin and Mike Ribeiro. Pittsburgh then scored the game's next three goals (Meloche, Koltsov - PP and Fata -PP) and led 3-2 early in the second. Saku Koivu tied the game at 8:30 with a power play goal and then Niklas Sundstrom got the game-winner at 15:50 of the second period.

Pens lose pair over the weekend (1-Feb-2004)
The Penguins added to their club-record home losing streak on Saturday by falling 5-3 to the Philadelphia Flyers. Surovy, Bradley, and Malone scored for Pittsburgh. The Pens are now 2 losses shy of sharing the NHL record for most consecutive home losses. Attendance was 12,965 at Mellon Arena.

The Boston Bruins beat the Pens 4-1 on Sunday with a four goal third period. Aleksey Morozov scored the lone Penguin goal at 15:15 of the first on the power play. The lead held until the third when ex-Pen Glen Murray netted a natural hat trick and Brian Rolston added the second empty-netter of the game. The loss was the Pens fifth straight road loss and 10th overall loss in a row.

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