Pens drop Game One 3-1 to Detroit (31-May-2009)
The Penguins are victims of two bad-bounce goals and lose 3-1 to Detroit in front of 20,066 at Joe Louis Arena. Brad Stuart (13:38 of the first) and Johan Franzen (19:02 - 2nd per.) both scored on shots which bounced off the boards behind Marc-Andre Fleury and deflected in off the Pens' goaltender. Ruslan Fedotenko scored the lone goal off an Evgeni Malkin rebound for the Pens late in the first period. Pittsburgh won only 29% of the faceoffs (16 won - 39 lost).
Stanley Cup Finals vs Red Wings schedule set (28-May-2009)
Saturday, May 30 - Pittsburgh at Detroit - 8:00pm - NBC, CBC, RDS
Sunday, May 31 - Pittsburgh at Detroit - 8:00pm - NBC, CBC, RDS
Tuesday, June 2 - Detroit at Pittsburgh - 8:00pm - VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Thursday, June 4 - Detroit at Pittsburgh - 8:00pm - VERSUS, CBC, RDS
* Saturday, June 6 - Pittsburgh at Detroit - 8:00pm - NBC, CBC, RDS
* Tuesday, June 9 - Detroit at Pittsburgh - 8:00pm - NBC, CBC, RDS
* Friday, June 12 - Pittsburgh at Detroit - 8:00pm - NBC, CBC, RDS
* - If necessary
Penguins finish off Hurricanes with 4-1 victory (27-May-2009)
The Penguins are heading back to the Stanley Cup Finals after defeating Carolina 4-1 in front of 18,680 at RBC Center. The Hurricanes scored the game's first goal but the Pens got the next four and finish the sweep of Carolina. Ruslan Fedotenko, Max Talbot, Bill Guerin and Craig Adams (EN) scored for Pittsburgh.
Pens beat Hurricanes 6-2 for 3-0 series lead (24-May-2009)
The Penguins defeat Carolina 6-2 in front of 18,789 at RBC Center. Pittsburgh scored three in the first period and three in the third to grab a 3-0 series lead. Evgeni Malkin had three points (2g, 1a) and now has a franchise-high six consecutive multi-point playoff games.
Penguins win Game Two 7-4 (22-May-2009)
The Penguins win a defense-free 7-4 game over the Hurricanes as Evgeni Malkin gets a hat trick in front of 17,132 at Mellon Arena. The teams combined for five goals in the first period as Carolina held a 3-2 lead after one. Pittsburgh then scored twice in the second and three times in the third to claim a 2-0 lead in the series. Malkin also added an assist for a four-point night.
Pens defeat Canes 3-2 in Game One (19-May-2009)
The Penguins open the Eastern Conference Finals with a 3-2 victory over the Hurricanes in front of 17,132 at Mellon Arena. Pittsburgh scored twice in a 1:24 span near the midpoint of the first period. Miroslav Satan came out of the penalty box and was sprung on a breakaway which he converted with a nice forehand-to-backhand move at 9:17. Evgeni Malkin made it 2-0 when he took a pass and backhanded it past goaltender Cam Ward at 10:41.
Carolina cut the lead to 2-1 with a Chad LaRose goal at 13:04. Shots after two periods were 21-18 in favor of the Penguins.
Philippe Boucher gave the Penguins a 3-1 lead with a power play goal, his first goal of the playoffs, at 11:33 of the third. Carolina responded with a power play goal of their own from Joe Corvo at 18:34. The Canes had several good chances in the final 90 seconds but Marc-Andre Fleury, the game's number two star, stood tall.
Penguins recall five from WBS (17-May-2009)
The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled five players from WBS: forwards Dustin Jeffrey, Christopher Minard and Jeff Taffe; defenseman Ben Lovejoy; and goaltender John Curry.
Eastern Conference Finals vs Hurricanes schedule set (15-May-2009)
Monday - May 18 - at Pittsburgh - 7:30pm - VERSUS, TSN, RDS
Thursday - May 21 - at Pittsburgh - 7:30pm - VERSUS, TSN, RDS
Saturday - May 23 - at Carolina - 7:30pm - VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Tuesday - May 26 - at Carolina - 7:30pm - VERSUS, CBC, RDS
* Friday - May 29 - at Pittsburgh - 7:30pm - VERSUS, CBC, RDS
* Sunday - May 31 - at Carolina - 7:30pm - VERSUS, CBC, RDS
* Tuesday - June 2 - at Pittsburgh - 7:30pm - VERSUS, CBC, RDS
* If necessary
Pens close out series with an easy 6-2 win over Washington (14-May-2009)
The Penguins cruise to an easy 6-2 victory over the Capitals in Game Seven in front of 18,277 at Verizon Center. Marc-Andre Fleury made a key stop on an Alexander Ovechkin breakaway attempt early in the first. Pittsburgh opened the scoring in the first with two goals eight seconds apart from Sidney Crosby on the power play and Craig Adams. The Pens got another two goals less than two minutes apart at the start of the second and Simeon Varlamov was pulled for Jose Theodore. Jordan Staal made it 5-0 in the second before Ovechkin stole the puck from Fleury behind the net and wrapped it in. Crosby added his second power play goal of the game early in the third. Brooks Laich closed out the scoring for Washington at 6:36 of the third.
Penguins lose 5-4 in overtime in Game 6 (12-May-2009)
The Penguins fail to close out the Capitals in Game Six by losing 5-4 in overtime in front of 17,132 at Mellon Arena. The first period was all Pittsburgh as they outshot the Caps 18-5 but were only up 1-0 on a Bill Guerin goal. The second saw the Caps score twice to take a 2-1 lead before Mark Eaton notched a late power play goal to tie it at two. Kris Letang got an early power play goal in the third to give the Pens the lead but Washington scored twice in a 29 second span to grab a 4-3 lead. Sidney Crosby forced overtime with his tenth goal of the playoffs at 15:42. David Steckel got the game-winner on a deflection 6:22 into the first overtime. Pittsburgh ended up out-shooting the Capitals 42-24.
Penguins take 3-2 series lead with a pair of wins over the weekend (11-May-2009)
The Penguins have a chance to close out the Capitals tonight after beating Washington twice over the weekend. On Friday, the Pens defeated the Caps 5-3 as Simeon Varlamov had his first shaky game of the series. On Saturday, Evgeni Malkin's power play goal in the first overtime period gave the Pens a 4-3 victory in Washington.
Gonchar out; Goligoski recalled (9-May-2009)
Sergei Gonchar will sit out tonight with a right knee injury (Thanks, Ovechkin...). Alex Goligoski has been recalled from WBS and is scheduled to take Gonchar's spot in the line-up.
Penguins beat Caps 3-2 on Letang's overtime winner (7-May-2009)
The Penguins defeat the Capitals 3-2 with a Kris Letang overtime winner in front of 17,132 at Mellon Arena. The game starting ominously enough with Marc-Andre Fleury dropping his stick as he went behind the net and the puck taking a crazy bounce out front giving Alexander Ovechkin an easy goal 1:23 into the game. Pittsburgh dominated the rest of the game and got goals from Ruslan Fedotenko near the midpoint of the second and what appeared to be the game-winner on the power play from the game's number one star, Evgeni Malkin with five minutes remaining in the third. The Caps responded with a Nicklas Backstrom power play goal at the 18:10 mark sending the game into overtime. Kris Letang got the game-winner at 11:23 of the first overtime on a pinball shot. Simeon Varlamov again had a tremendous game in net for Washington making 39 saves.
Penguins lose 4-3 in Game Two to Capitals (5-May-2009)
The Penguins find themselves in 2 games to none hole after losing 4-3 to the Capitals in front of 18,277 at Verizon Center. Pittsburgh had leads of 1-0 and 2-1 but Alexander Ovechkin scored twice in the second half of the third period and ended the night with a hat trick. Sidney Crosby scored all three Pittsburgh goals.
Pens drop series-opener with Caps 3-2 (2-May-2009)
The Penguins out-shoot the Capitals 36-26 but lose the series-opener 3-2 in front of 18,277 at the Verizon Center. Washington's goaltender, Simeon Varlamov was the story of the game as he turned aside 34 shots including an incredible save on Sidney Crosby in the third when the game was tied at two. Sidney Crosby and Marc Eaton scored for the Pens. Pittsburgh's power-play went 0 for 5.