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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
January, 2006

Pens crushed 7-1 by Rangers (28-Jan-2006)
The Penguins lose 7-1 to the Rangers in front of 18,200 at Madison Square Garden. Pittsburgh were outshot 51-14. (Yes, sometimes stats do tell the story...) Sidney Crosby scored the lone Pens goal at 15:56 of the first on the power play.

Pens fall to Islanders 4-3 in shootout (26-Jan-2006)
Pittsburgh comes back from a two goal deficit in the third period but lose 4-3 in a shootout to the Islanders in front of 11,218 at Nassau Coliseum. The Penguins found themselves down 2-0 near the midpoint of the game when Eric Cairns redirected a Mark Recchi pass by Islander goaltender Wade Dubielewicz for his first of the season. Oleg Kvasha made it 3-1 New York early in the third. Mark Recchi responded with his 17th of the season 1:21 later. John LeClair tied the game with 27 seconds to go while the Pens were shorthanded and had Sebastien Caron pulled. Miroslav Satan scored the lone goal in the shootout as Dubielewicz stopped Michel Ouellet, Sidney Crosby and Ryan Malone.

Pens trade Tarnstrom to Edmonton for Cross and Rita (26-Jan-2006)
The Penguins have traded Dick Tarnstrom to Edmonton for RW Jani Rita and D Corey Cross.

Pens snap losing streak with 8-1 mauling of Washington (25-Jan-2006)
The Penguins score five third period goals on their way to an 8-1 victory over the Capitals in front of 14,415 at Mellon Arena. John LeClair and Mark Recchi both netted a pair of goals. Tomas Surovy, Sidney Crosby, Eric Boguniecki and Ryan Malone (penalty shot) also scored for the Pens.

  • Pittsburgh went 3 for 7 on the power play.
  • Ryan Whitney was given a major and a game misconduct for spearing Alexander Ovechkin in the groin at the end of the second period.

    Lemieux announces retirement: "Enjoy every moment of it." (24-Jan-2006)
    Mario Lemieux announced his retirement today at a press conference held at Mellon Arena citing his heart condition as the reason for leaving the game. He stated that he had an episode last night and is contemplating surgery to correct the condition.

    Mario's message to the younger players was a simple, emotional, "Enjoy every moment of it. Your career goes by very quickly."

    To view the press conference, go to http://kdka.com/video/?id=12845@kdka.dayport.com.

    Pens lose 4-2 to Flyers (23-Jan-2006)
    The Penguins drop their tenth straight with a 4-2 loss to Philadelphia. Pittsburgh trailed 2-0 until Mark Recchi deflected a Robert Scuderi shot past Flyer goaltender Antero Niittymaki at 14:02 of the second. Pittsburgh tied the game when Michel Ouellet converted a sweet Sidney Crosby pass on a power play at 12:18 of the third. Mike Knuble tipped the game-winner past Marc-Andre Fleury with just over two minutes to go in the game. Simon Gagne added an empty-netter to close out the scoring.

    Pens beaten 2-1 by Flyers (21-Jan-2006)
    The Penguins lose their ninth straight overall and fifth straight at home with a 2-1 loss to Philadelphia in front of 17,132 at Mellon Arena. The game featured strong play from both Marc-Andre Fleury and Robert Esche. RJ Umberger opened the scoring for the Flyers with a power play goal at 5:51 of the first. Jeff Carter made it 2-0 at 14:04 of the third when he scored during a five-on-three. Colby Armstrong scored the lone Pens goal at 16:11 of the third.

    Pens lose 4-2 to Rangers (19-Jan-2006)
    The Penguins lose their eighth straight with a 4-2 loss to the Rangers. After only one goal being scored in the first two periods, the teams combined for five in the third. Both Penguin goals went in off of New York defensemen. The first, credited to Dick Tarnstrom, was batted out of the air by Michal Rozsival's glove into the goal. The second scored by Sidney Crosby deflected in off of a leg. Pittsburgh thought they had taken a 3-2 lead in the third when Tomas Surovy put the puck in the net but Sidney Crosby was called for goaltender interference wiping out the goal.

    Pens recall Lefebvre; place Murley on IR (19-Jan-2006)
    The Penguins have called up LW Guillaume Lefebvre from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and have place Matt Murley on injured reserve with a laboral tear in his left shoulder.

    Penguins up for sale (19-Jan-2006)
    Mario Lemieux has announced that the team is being put up for sale. Lemieux also announced that he is stepping down as the Pens' CEO. For more on the announcement, check out http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06019/640471.stm.

    Pens pick up Eric Cairns for 6th round pick (18-Jan-2006)
    The Penguins have acquired defenseman Eric Cairns from Florida for a 2006 sixth round draft pick. For more, check out http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/teams/news_story/?ID=151304&hubname=nhl-panthers.

    Palffy retires due to shoulder injury (18-Jan-2006)
    Ziggy Palffy has retired effectively immediately due to a shoulder injury. The official announcement can be found at http://pittsburghpenguins.com/team/press/arts/1604.0.php.

    Pens lose sixth and seventh straight games over weekend (16-Jan-2006)
    The Pens lose 5-4 to Nashville and then 4-2 to Vancouver and now have a season-high seven-game losing streak.

    Pens lose 4-1 to Chicago (13-Jan-2006)
    The Penguins lose 4-1 to the Blackhawks in front of 20,541 at the United Center and have now lost five straight games. Chicao was up 3-0 before Colby Armstrong was credited with a power play goal at 15:58 of the first period. The game also featured a fight between Lyle Odelein and Matthew Barnaby. Dick Tarnstrom and Andre Roy were the Pens' healthy scratches.

    Sabourin sent back down. (12-Jan-2006)
    The Penguins have re-assigned goaltender Dany Sabourin to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

    Pens lose 6-1 to Columbus (11-Jan-2006)
    The Pens give up a goal ten seconds into the game and go on to lose 6-1 to the Blue Jackets in front of 18,136 at Nationwide Arena. Ryan Malone scored the lone Pittsburgh goal at 7:48 of the first period which made the score 2-1 Columubus. Dany Sabourin, called up earlier in the day, gave up the game's first four goals before being pulled in favor of Marc-Andre Fleury. The game featured six fights and 84 penalty minutes for the Penguins.

    G Dany Sabourin and Sebastien Caron called up; Thibault possibly out for season (11-Jan-2006)
    Goaltenders Dany Sabourin and Sebastien Caron have been called up from Wilkes-Barre Scranton to replace the injured Jocelyn Thibault. Sabourin is scheduled to start tonight against Columbus.

    Jocelyn Thibault has been placed on injured reserve with torn cartilege in his left hip which will require surgery. He is out indefinitely.

    Pens beaten 3-1 by Oilers (10-Jan-2006)
    Edmonton defeats the Penguins 3-1 in front of 14,905 at Mellon Arena. Shawn Horcuff scores a shorthanded, regular strength and power play goal for his first career NHL hat trick. Ryan Malone scored the lone Pittsburgh goal. The Pens were outshot 31-18.

    Koltsov recalled; Christensen sent down (9-Jan-2006)
    The Penguins have recalled Konstantin Koltsov and sent down Erik Christensen. The roster has been updated.

    January Practice Schedule released (9-Jan-2006)
    The Pittsburgh Penguins' January Practice Schedule at RMU Island Sports Center has been released. The Pens have only one open practice during January.

    Pens lose 4-3 to Atlanta (7-Jan-2006)
    The Penguins lose 4-3 to Atlanta in front of 17,132 at Mellon Arena. The game was tied at three after two periods and Marc Savard got the game-winner on the power play at 16:35 of the third. Michel Ouellet scored two more power play goals and Ryan Malone netted the other Pittsburgh goal. Ouellet now has a power play goal in five straight games. Sidney Crosby had two assists and now has a 10 game point-scoring streak.

    Pens lose 6-4 to Thrashers (6-Jan-2006)
    The Penguins lose 6-4 to Atlanta in front of 17,209 at Philips Arena. The Thrashers built a 5-0 lead after two periods of play and then Pittsburgh scored four straight in the third to cut the lead to one goal before Ilya Kovalchuk added an empty-netter and capped off a hat trick. Jocelyn Thibault started the game in net for the Pens but was pulled after giving up three soft goals. John LeClair, Michel Ouellet, Colby Armstrong and Mark Recchi scored for Pittsburgh.

    Pens defeat Canadiens 6-4 (3-Jan-2006)
    The Penguins win a seesaw battle 6-4 over Montreal in front of 21,273 at the Bell Centre. Pittsburgh held a 3-0 advantage at the 13:17 mark of the first period only to have the Canadiens score the games next four goals. The Pens then responded with three of their own for the victory. Sidney Crosby (2), Shane Endicott, Maxime Talbot, and Michel Ouellet netted goals for the Penguins. Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves on 33 shots.

    Three Stars of the Game:
    #1 - Sidney Crosby (2g)
    #2 - Michel Ouellet (2g)
    #3 - Jan Bulis, MTL (1g, 1a)

    Murley off IR; Boguniecki on (3-Jan-2006)
    Matt Murley has been removed from the injured reserve list and Eric Boguniecki has been added. The Pens Roster has been updated.

    Pens lose 3-2 to Toronto in overtime (2-Jan-2006)
    The Penguins lose 3-2 to Maple Leafs in overtime in front of 19,449 at the Air Canada Centre. Pittsburgh held a 1-0 lead heading into the third period with a Sergei Gonchar firs period goal. Chad Kilger put Toronto up 2-1 with two early third period goals. Michel Ouellet tied it at two on the power play at 15:21 with his fifth of the season. Bryan McCabe had a Kyle Wellwood shot go in off of his chest for the game-winner at 1:02 of overtime. Jocelyn Thibault had a strong game in net as he made 25 saves and was the game's second star.

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