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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, 2009

Penguins defeat Rangers 6-2 with big third period (29-Jan-2009)
The Pens score five times in the third to defeat the Rangers 6-2 in front of 16,965 at Mellon Arena. New York got an early Nikolai Zherdev goal but the Pens responded with a fluky Petr Sykora goal at 6:25 of the first period. There was no scoring in the second as the Rangers outshot Pittsburgh 18-8. The Penguins then lit up Ranger goaltender, Henrik Lundqvist, for five goals in the third. Kris Letang had his first career two-goal game and added two assists. Sidney Crosby had a goal and four assists.

NHL.com Recap: http://www2.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2008020712
NHL.com Game Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20082009/GS020712.HTM
NHL.com Video Highlights: http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlg=20082009,2,712
Opponent's Newspaper Recap: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/rangers/2009/01/28/2009-01-28_henrik_lundqvist_shelled_as_rangers_get_.html

Matt Cooke suspended for two games (28-Jan-2009)
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke has been suspended for two games, without pay ($12,903.23), as a result of a blow delivered to the head of Carolina forward Scott Walker during NHL Game #687, Jan. 20 against the Carolina Hurricanes, the National Hockey League announced.

Tomas' Translations: Petr Sykora (27-Jan-2009)
Tomas has translated a very interesting Petr Sykora interview concerning the coaching situation, Evgeni Malkin, and Jaromir Jagr. To read the translation, go to Tomas' Translations.

Penguins release February Practice Schedule (27-Jan-2009)
The Penguins have released their February Practice Schedule. The Pens will have four open practices in February (including Friday, the 13th) at Iceoplex.

Penguins lose 2-1 to Hurricanes (21-Jan-2009)
The Penguins lose 2-1 to the Hurricanes in front of 16,972 at Mellon Arena. Evgeni Malkin scored the lone goal for Pittsburgh on the power play at 2:33 of the first period. Carolina got goals from Ray Whitney and Eric Staal for the victory. The Pens had a four-minute power play advantage at the end of the game but were unable to beat Canes goaltender, Cam Ward, to tie it up.

NHL.com Recap: http://www2.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2008020687
NHL.com Game Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20082009/GS020687.HTM
NHL.com Video Highlights: http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlg=20082009,2,687http://blogs.newsobserver.com/canes/canes-2-penguins-1

Pesonen sent down (18-Jan-2009)
The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned forward Janne Pesonen to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Source: http://penguins.nhl.com/team/app?articleid=405008&page=NewsPage&service=page

Pens blank Rangers 3-0 (18-Jan-2009)
The Penguins defeat the Rangers 3-0 and jump back into 8th place in the conference in front of 17,024 at Mellon Arena. Pittsburgh saw the return of Sidney Crosby and got goals from Chris Minard and Tyler Kennedy in the first period. Petr Sykora added a power play goal in the second. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 33 shots faced.

NHL.com Recap: http://www2.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2008020673
NHL.com Game Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20082009/GS020673.HTM
NHL.com Video Highlights: http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlg=20082009,2,673

Zigomanis undergoes shoulder surgery (18-Jan-2009)
Forward Mike Zigomanis underwent successful surgery on his right shoulder (rotator cuff) Wednesday, Jan. 14th and will be out four to six months.

Pens trade for G Mathieu Garon (17-Jan-2009)
The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired goaltender Mathieu Garon from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for goaltender Dany Sabourin, forward Ryan Stone and a fourth round draft pick in the 2011 Entry Draft.

Source: http://penguins.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=404781

Pens recall Thomas; place Dupuis and Talbot on IR (16-Jan-2009)
The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Bill Thomas from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Source: http://penguins.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=404562

It also appears the Penguins have placed Pascal Dupuis and Max Talbot on injured reserve to get down to the 23-man roster limit.

Source: http://penguins.nhl.com/team/app?service=page&page=TeamPlayers&type=roster

Pens recall Pesonen (16-Jan-2009)
The Penguins have recalled forward Janne Pesonen from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Source: http://penguins.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=404542

Penguins lose 6-3 to Caps; Crosby, Scuderi and Talbot injured. (15-Jan-2009)
The Penguins lose 6-3 to the Capitals as Washington scores four times in the third in front of an announced crowd of 16,975 at Mellon Arena. Pittsburgh held 1-0 and 2-1 leads on goals from Evgeni Malkin and Miroslav Satan but the Caps scored the games final three goals to earn the victory.

Rob Scuderi left the game in the second after taking a puck to his head. Max Talbot left early in the third with an undisclosed injury and Sidney Crosby left late in the third.

NHL.com Recap: http://www2.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2008020642
NHL.com Game Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20082009/GS020642.HTM
NHL.com Video Highlights: http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlg=20082009,2,642
Opponent's Newspaper Recap: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/14/AR2009011404128.html

Pens recall Minard from WBS; Fedotenko on IR (9-Jan-2009)
The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Chris Minard from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL), it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

Ruslan Fedotenko will be out four to six weeks with a broken right hand and has been placed on injured reserve.

Penguins blow three-goal lead in 5-3 loss to Predators (9-Jan-2009)
The Penguins let a 3-0 lead slip away in the second period and fall 5-3 to the Predators in front of 14,297 at the Sommet Center. Pittsburgh got a Petr Sykora first period goal off of a nice Sidney Crosby feed. The Pens notched two in 21 seconds early in the second period but then watched the Predators score three in the second including a short-hander and then twice in the third including an empty-netter.

NHL.com Recap: http://www2.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2008020604
NHL.com Game Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20082009/GS020604.HTM
NHL.com Video Highlights: http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlg=20082009,2,604
Opponent's Newspaper Recap: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20090109/SPORTS02/901090378/1002/SPORTS

Penguins sign Staal to four-year, $16M extension (8-Jan-2009)
The Penguins have signed Jordan Staal to a four-year, $16M contract extension that will run through the 2012-13 season. Discuss this signing on the board at http://www.letsgopens.com/scripts/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=31547.

Source: http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=262415&lid=headline&lpos=topStory_main

Penguins stop losing streak with 3-1 victory over Atlanta (7-Jan-2009)
The Penguins snap their overall and home five-game losing streaks with a 3-1 win over the Thrashers in front of 16,975 at Mellon Arena. The game opened with a one-punch fight when Ruslan Fedotenko dropped ex-Penguin Colby Armstrong. Unfortunately, Fedotenko then left the game with an apparent hand injury. Pittsburgh opened the scoring with a late first period power play goal from Petr Sykora. The Pens made it 2-0 in the second when Sykora scored again. Sidney Crosby deflected an Evgeni Malkin shot on the power play to make it 3-0 in the second. Ilya Kovalchuk broke Marc-Andre Fleury's shutout bid at 14:20 of the third on the power play. Pascal Dupuis also left the game and did not return.

NHL.com Recap: http://www2.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2008020590
NHL.com Game Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20082009/GS020590.HTM
NHL.com Video Highlights: http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlg=20082009,2,590
Opponent's Newspaper Recap: http://www.ajc.com/thrashers/content/sports/thrashers/stories/2009/01/06/nhl_thrashers_penguins.html

Penguins blanked 4-0 by Rangers (6-Jan-2009)
The Penguins lose their fifth straight and are shutout 4-0 by the Rangers in front of 18,200 at Madison Square Garden.

NHL.com Recap: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20082009/GS020583.HTM
NHL.com Game Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20082009/GS020583.HTM
NHL.com Video Highlights: http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlg=20082009,2,583
Opponent's Newspaper Recap: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/rangers/2009/01/05/2009-01-05_henrik_lundqvist_helps_rangers_blank_hap.html

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