Pens beat Rangers 5-3; up 3-0 in series (30-Apr-2008)
The Penguins, despite getting out-shot 39-17, defeat the Rangers 5-3 in front of 18,200 at Madison Square Garden. Marian Hossa got the Pens off to a quick start scoring 1:02 into the first. New York tied it with a Martin Straka goal near the three-quarter mark of the first but Pittsburgh scored twice late in the first (Laraque - 14:32 and Malkin (PP) - 17:41) to head to the dressing room up 3-1.
New York stormed back to tie the game with goals from Ryan Callahan and Jaromir Jagr 1:04 apart. The Rangers took a bad penalty late in the second and Evgeni Malkin made them pay with his second goal of the game at 17:53 of the second.
Ryan Malone scored an insurance goal 2:30 into the third period to make the final 5-3.
Malkin named Hart Trophy finalist (29-Apr-2008)
Evgeni Malkin has been named as one of the three finalists for the Hart Trophy awarded to the player judged "the most valuable to his team." The other two finalists are Jarome Iginla and Alex Ovechkin.
Pens blank Rangers 2-0 (27-Apr-2008)
The Penguins, with a 26-save Marc-Andre Fleury effort, defeat the Rangers 2-0 in front of 17,132 at Mellon Arena. Jordan Staal scored the game-winner on the power play at 13:55 of the second period. Staal, in front of the goal, took a pass from Evgeni Malkin and went backhand to forehand and roofed it by Rangers goaltender, Henrik Lundqvist. Adam Hall added an empty-netter with 17 seconds remaining in the third.
Pens come back from three down to win 5-4 over Rangers (26-Apr-2008)
The Penguins come back from a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Rangers in Game One 5-4 in front of 17,132 at Mellon Arena. Pittsburgh found themselves down 3-0 early in the second period but responded with two goals 14 seconds apart in the second (Jarkko Ruutu - 8:13 and Pascal Dupuis - 8:27) and then another two 20 seconds apart in the third period (Marian Hossa - 4:40 and Petr Sykora - 5:00). Scott Gomez tied it at four at the 10:04 mark of the third. Evgeni Malkin was credited with the game-winner on the power play with 1:41 to go in the game as a Sidney Crosby shot bounced in off of Malkin's leg.
Pens-Rangers Conference Semifinals Series begins on Friday (23-Apr-2008)
Friday, April 25, 7:00pm - NY Rangers at Pittsburgh - Versus
Sunday, April 27, 2:00pm - NY Rangers at Pittsburgh - NBC
Tuesday, April 29, 7:00pm - Pittsburgh at NY Rangers - FSN Pittsburgh
Thursday, May 1, 7:00pm - Pittsburgh at NY Rangers - Versus
* Sunday, May 4, 2:00pm - NY Rangers at Pittsburgh - NBC
* Monday, May 5, 7:00pm - Pittsburgh at NY Rangers - FSN Pittsburgh
* Wednesday, May 7, TBD - NY Rangers at Pittsburgh - FSN Pittsburgh
* - if necessary
Penguins complete sweep with 3-1 victory over Ottawa (17-Apr-2008)
The Penguins finish off the Senators in four games with a 3-1 victory in front of 19,954 at Scotiabank Place. Pittsburgh opened the scoring with an Evgeni Malkin backhand rebound goal on the power play early in the second period. Stillman knocked in a loose puck from in close to tie it at one near the middle of the second. Jarkko Ruutu scored the eventual series-clincher at 15:28 of the second on a breakaway. Ruutu was unable to get a shot off initially but spun around and threw a backhander five-hole by Martin Gerber. Sidney Crosby added an empty-netter with 8 seconds to go in the game.
Pens score twice early in the third and win 4-1 over Ottawa (15-Apr-2008)
The Penguins defeat the Senators 4-1 and now have a commanding 3-0 lead in the series. After a scoreless opening period, Ottawa enjoyed a 1-0 lead on Nick Foligno's early second period goal. Max Talbot tied the game at the 5:39 mark after taking a Marian Hossa pass and backhand it by Martin Gerber. Pittsburgh scored twice in the first 90 seconds of the third period on goals from Sidney Crosby 12 seconds in and then a Jordan Staal goal at 1:30. Marian Hossa finished off the scoring with a power play goal at 8:55.
Pens blow three goal lead but win on late goal (12-Apr-2008)
The Penguins blow a three-goal lead but win 5-3 over Ottawa on a late Ryan Malone power play goal in front of 17,132 at Mellon Arena to grab a 2-0 series lead. Pittsburgh seemed to be cruising to an easy victory as they found themselves up 3-0 near the midpoint of the game but Ottawa bounced back with three goals to tie it. Malone's sweet wraparound power play goal with 1:02 to go in the third was the game-winner and then he added an empty-netter 55 seconds later. The Pens outshot Ottawa 54-30.
Pens blank Ottawa 4-0 in Game 1 (10-Apr-2008)
So the answer to the "What Would Gary Roberts Do?" question is a) score the game-winner 1:08 into the game, b) score the game's last goal with 1:15 to go, and, c) challenge four Senators to fight as he's escorted off the ice near the end of the game. Yes, the 2008 Playoffs have begun with a 4-0 blanking of the Senators in front of 17,132 at Mellon Arena.
Roberts opened the scoring after knocking over a Senator behind the goal and then took a Georges Laraque rebound and scored on the backhand. Petr Sykora converted a 2-on-1 with Evgeni Malkin at 12:28 of the first to give the Pens a 2-0 lead.
After a scoreless second period, the Pens added two in the third. The first was scored by Evgeni Malkin who kicked the puck to his stick and then knocked it in. Roberts got his second of the game on a power play at 18:25.
Marc-Andre Fleury turned in a 26 save performance as the Pens killed off seven Ottawa power plays including two 5-on-3s.
Pens to open Ottawa series Wednesday (7-Apr-2008)
The Penguins will meet the Ottawa Senators in the first round of the playoffs. The schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, April 9, 7:00pm - Ottawa at Pittsburgh - Versus
Friday, April 11, 7:00pm - Ottawa at Pittsburgh
Monday, April 14, 7:00pm - Pittsburgh at Ottawa
Wednesday, April 16, 7:00pm - Pittsburgh at Ottawa
* Saturday, April 19, 7:00pm - Ottawa at Pittsburgh - Versus
* Sunday, April 20, TBD - Pittsburgh at Ottawa
* Tuesday, April 22, TBD - Ottawa at Pittsburgh
* - if necessary
All Penguins games in the first round will be televised locally by FSN Pittsburgh. The April 9th and 19th games will also be televised by Versus.
Pens lose season finale 2-0 to Flyers (7-Apr-2008)
The Penguins turn in a lackluster performance and lose 2-0 to the Flyers in the regular season finale in front of 19,767 at the Wachovia Center. Sidney Crosby sat out the game. Marc-Andre Fleury made 20 saves and was named the game's third star.
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Most Valuable Player: Evgeni Malkin
Booster Club Three Stars Award: Evgeni Malkin
Rookie of the Year: Kris Letang
Players' Player Award: Ryan Malone
Community Service Award: Georges Laraque
Good Guy Award: Ryan Whitney
Masterton Award nominee: Ty Conklin
Pens clinch Atlantic Division with 4-2 win over Flyers (3-Apr-2008)
The Penguins win the Atlantic Division title with a 4-2 victory over the hated Flyers in front of 17,132 at Mellon Arena. Pittsburgh scored all four goals on the power play with Sidney Crosby scoring two and Sergei Gonchar and Evgeni Malkin each getting one. Marc-Andre Fleury had yet another strong game in net making the big save when called upon and has now won his last 8 straight starts and is 10-1-1 in his last 12 starts.
The Penguins set a record by selling out all 42 regular season home games this season.
Pens lose 2-1 in OT to Rangers (1-Apr-2008)
The Penguins inched closer to clinching the Atlantic Division title with a 2-1 overtime loss to the Rangers in front of 18,200 at Madison Square Garden. Jaromir Jagr gave New York a 1-0 lead at 11:43 of the second period on a 5-on-3 power play goal which was reviewed to see if it was touched with a high-stick. Max Talbot tied the game midway through the third period but Chris Drury scored the game-winner in overtime on a power play. The Pens are one point away from clinching the division title.