Pens defeat Bruins 4-2 (29-Mar-2007)
The Penguins eliminate the Bruins from playoff contention and currently sit atop the Atlantic Division with a 4-2 victory in front of 17,095 at TD Banknorth Garden. Boston jumped out to an early lead when Brandon Bochenski scored 45 seconds into the game. Pittsburgh responded with an Erik Christensen power play goal at 3:20 and a Colby Armstrong goal at 9:18 of the first. The Bruins tied it at two 1:38 later when Phil Kessel batted a puck in from the crease but the Penguins got the eventual game-winner a mere 31 seconds later when Erik Christensen's wrister from the left faceoff dot beat Tim Thomas five-hole. Evgeni Malkin rounded out the scoring when he took a Sidney Crosby through-the-crease pass and one-timed it into the open net.
Erik Christensen (2g, 1a) and Sidney Crosby (3a) both had three point nights. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 31 of 33 shots faced.
Roberts out; Ekman in (29-Mar-2007)
Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that Gary Roberts will miss tonight's game against Boston with a bruised right knee and that Nils Ekman will replace Roberts in the line-up.
Pens clinch playoff spot with 4-3 victory over Caps (27-Mar-2007)
The Pens are in the playoffs! Pittsburgh spotted the Caps a two goal lead then scored the game's next four goals on their way to a 4-3 victory over the Capitals in front of 18,277 (many of whom were Pens fans) at Verizon Center. The Caps jumped out to an early advantage in the first period on goals from Alexander Semin and Boyd Gordon. Michel Therrien called a timeout after the Gordon goal to address the effort and defensive zone coverage. The Pens cut the lead to one when Michel Ouellet knocked in a rebound on the power play at 12:08 of the first.
The second period saw the Pens score three more times. Ryan Whitney scored nearly identical goals (cross-ice feeds which he one-timed by Caps goalie Olaf Kolzig) at 1:10 on the power play and at 15:52 for the eventual game-winner. Sidney Crosby also scored a power play goal at 6:21 of the second banging one in from the right post.
The lone goal of the third was scored by Washington's Milan Jurcina with 32 seconds to go.
Pens win pair of games over the weekend (26-Mar-2007)
The Pens defeated the Thrashers 2-1 on Saturday and followed that up with a 5-0 drubbing of the Bruins on Sunday.
Michel Ouellet opened the scoring against Atlanta with his 17th of the season at 7:55 of the first which held up until the 6:18 mark of the third when Scott Mellanby tied the game. The game-winner was credited to Jordan Staal who was standing in the left corner when... as Kari Lehtonen described it, "It was some kind of monkey puck or something. It started climbing the side of the net and then it hit my pad and went in."
On Sunday, the Pens scored three power play goals in the first period and ran away with the game prompting NBC to switch away from the game after two periods. Goal-scorers were Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby (2), Gary Roberts and Ryan Malone. Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves for his 5th shut out of the season.
Pens lose 3-1 to Islanders (22-Mar-2007)
The Penguins lose 3-1 to the Islanders in front of an announced crowd of 14,574 at Nassau Coliseum. Pittsburgh opened the scoring when Colby Armstrong converted a 2-on-1 with Gary Roberts at 16:55 of the first period. The Isles got two goals early in the second from Trent Hunter and Jason Blake to give NY a 2-1 advantage. Evgeni Malkin had a chance to tie the game at 6:26 of the second period but was unable to convert a penalty shot. Viktor Kozlov closed out the scoring with a goal early in the third.
Pens fall to Rangers 2-1 on late goal (19-Mar-2007)
The Penguins, looking very much like a team that had played five games in seven nights, lost 2-1 to the Rangers in front of 18,200 at Madison Square Garden. After two scoreless periods in which Jocelyn Thibault made 29 saves, the Rangers opened the scoring with a Blair Betts deflection goal 47 seconds into the third period. The Pens tied it at one at the 14:18 mark when Michel Ouellet banged an Erik Christensen pass home from in tight. The Rangers got the game-winner with 34 seconds to go. Jaromir Jagr threw a pass from behind the net out front and it deflected in off of Rob Scuderi's stick. Thibault was named the game's number three star and finished with 40 saves on 42 shots.
Pens beat Sens 4-3 on Ruutu shootout goal (18-Mar-2007)
The Penguins, despite being outshot 35-19, defeat the Senators 4-3 on a Jarkko Ruutu shootout goal in front of 17,132 at Mellon Arena. Maxime Talbot gave the Pens a 1-0 lead at 10:44 of the first period off a sweet three-way passing play with Sergei Gonchar and Colby Armstrong as Pittsburgh just finished off killing a penalty. Ottawa responded quickly with an Antoine Vermette goal 26 seconds later.
Sidney Crosby gave the Pens a 2-1 lead with a backhander on the power play at 4:03 of the second and again Ottawa struck back quickly with a Daniel Alfredsson goal 61 seconds later. Ryan Whitney scored his 11th goal of the season with just under three minutes to go in the third on a power play to give the Pens a one goal advantage heading into the third.
Wade Redden tied it for the Sens on the power play at 15:07 of the third. After a scoreless overtime, the lone shooter to score in the shootout was Jarkko Ruutu giving the Pens the win.
New arena deal finalized! (13-Mar-2007)
"The Pittsburgh Penguins have reached an agreement with state and local officials for construction of a new arena that will keep the team here under a 30-year lease."
Pens stage another third period comeback and defeat Rangers 3-2 in OT (10-Mar-2007)
The Penguins rebound from a two-goal deficit after two periods to beat the Rangers 3-2 in overtime in front of 17,132 at Mellon Arena. New York scored late in the first and then early in the second and appeared to be cruising to a victory after two periods. However, once again, the Pens turn it on in the third. Evgeni Malkin slapped a shot short-side by Henrik Lundqvist on the power play at 3:32 of the third and then Sidney Crosby gloved the puck down to himself and swatted it in on the power play at 6:56 to send the game into overtime. (The goal gives Crosby 100 points for the season.) Colby Armstrong then floated a shot in short-side for the game-winner at 1:19 of overtime.
Further arena talks next Wednesday (9-Mar-2007)
KDKA TV is reporting that significant progress was made in this evening's arena talks and that the sides will reconvene next Wednesday (March 14th).
Michel Therrien's father has passed away (8-Mar-2007)
Condolences to the Therrien family.
Michel will coach tonight but will miss Saturday's game versus the Rangers.
Call the NHL Offices (7-Mar-2007)
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Pens overcome three-goal deficit to beat Sens 5-4 in shootout (7-Mar-2007)
The Penguins defeat Ottawa 5-4 with a Sidney Crosby shootout goal in front of 20,074 at Scotiabank Place. The Pens opened the scoring when Colby Armstrong banked one in at 5:56 of the first but Ottawa then scored three times in the first to chase Marc-Andre Fleury at the first intermission. Jocelyn Thibault gave up a Dany Heatley power play goal 4:32 into the second and it looked like lights out for Pittsburgh but the Pens scored three times in under three minutes in the third. Jordan Staal netted his league-leading seventh shorthanded goal at 9:22 of the third. Gary Roberts cut the lead to one 1:40 later and then Ryan Malone tied it 1:08 after the Roberts goal. After a scoreless overtime, Erik Christensen and Sidney Crosby converted their shootout attempts while only Dean McAmmond was able to beat Thibault.
Team declares impasse in arena negotiations (5-Mar-2007)
According to the Post-Gazette, the Pens have declared an impasse in the new arena negotiations and will "aggressively explore relocation."
Pens split games over weekend (4-Mar-2007)
On Friday night, the Pens lost to Carolina 3-2 in front of 18,793 at RBC Center. Scott Walker scored twice for the Canes. Sidney Crosby became the youngest player in NHL history to reach 200 career points when he scored the game's first goal.
On Sunday afternoon, the Pens completed the season sweep against Philadelphia by beating the Flyers 4-3 after a shootout in front of 17,132 at Mellon Arena. Erik Christensen scored twice in regulation and got the deciding goal in the shootout.
Pens defeat Rangers 4-3 in shootout (1-Mar-2007)
The Penguins bounced back from a two-goal deficit with two shorthanded goals in the third on their way to a 4-3 shootout victory over the Rangers in front of 18,200 at Madison Square Garden. New York scored two late second period goals to head into the second intermission with a 2-0 advantage. Pittsburgh responded with two shorthanded goals (Jordan Staal and Colby Armstrong) 2:29 apart early in the third period to tie it up. The Rangers regained the lead with a power play goal 58 seconds later. Sergei Gonchar tied it at three after scoring on a very abbreviated power play with six minutes to go in regulation. After a scoreless overtime, Sidney Crosby was the lone shooter out of the six total to score sealing the win.