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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
February, 2003

Pens recall Beech from WBS (28-Feb-2003)
The Penguins have recalled C Kris Beech from the Wilkes/Barre Scranton Penguins.

March practice schedule at Iceoplex (28-Feb-2003)
The March practice schedule at Iceoplex has been released. The Penguins will have six open practices during March.

Predators 6 - Penguins 0 (27-Feb-2003)
Predators 6 - Penguins 0. Mario Lemieux sat out the third period with back spasms. Not much more needs to be said.... Read more

Aubin sent down to WBS (26-Feb-2003)
G Jean-Sebastien Aubin cleared waivers and has been sent down to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Pens blow two goal lead and lose 5-3 to Kings (25-Feb-2003)
The Penguins had a 2-0 lead after 15 minutes of the first period but then saw Los Angeles score 4 unanswered goals and eventually lost 5-3. Martin Straka (5:02 - 1st period) and Mario Lemieux (15:23 - 1st) opened up the 2-0 lead which chased Kings' goalie, Jamie Storr, from the game. LA inserted rookie goaltender Cristobal Huet who only allowed a Lemieux breakaway goal midway through the third. Attendance was a woeful 11,736 at Mellon Arena. It was the second smallest crowd this season.... Read more

Lintner recalled from WBS; Sivek and Kraft sent down (25-Feb-2003)
The Penguins have recalled D Richard Linter from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and have sent centers Michal Sivek and Milan Kraft to WBS.

"Hold Those Bobbleheads" by columnist Jason A. Karsh (24-Feb-2003)
Karsh has second thoughts about the return on the Kovalev trade in "Hold Those Bobbleheads."

Pens lose lead in third and fall 4-3 to Devils (23-Feb-2003)
The Penguins allowed two goals in a 37 second span of the third period and fell 4-3 to the Devils. Pittsburgh got the game's opening goal at 4:18 of the second period from Mario Lemieux off a nice feed from Tomas Surovy. The Devils then responded with two goals in 1:39 to end the second period with a 2-1 lead. The Pens got two goal in the first five minutes of the third from Rico Fata and Martin Straka but New Jersey took the victory with two goals near the middle of the final period.... Read more

Pens down Blues 2-1 in overtime (22-Feb-2003)
Shawn Heins scores with 27 seconds to go in overtime for a 2-1 Pittsburgh victory. Rico Fata opened the scoring at 7:06 of the second period and Pavol Demitra tied it up 1:33 later. Sebastien Caron made 24 saves for the Penguins.

Pens dominate Devils 4-1 (15-Feb-2003)
The Penguins score four goals in the first period on their way to a 4-1 victory over New Jersey. Ville Nieminen opened the scoring at 6:02 after Tomas Surovy forced a turnover. Surovy then notched his first NHL goal at 9:11. Mikael Samuellson scored his first as a Penguin at 10:41 and Mario Lemieux added a power play goal at 17:04. Martin Brodeur was pulled after the first period. Brian Rafalski got the lone NJ goal on the power play at 14:08 of the second period.

Penguins lose to Rangers 1-0 (14-Feb-2003)
Alexei Kovalev 1 - Penguins 0... Kovalev deflects a Tom Poti shot on the power play short-side by Johan Hedberg from out front in the third. The Pens have been held scoreless since the Kovalev "trade."

Pens blanked by Senators 3-0 in first game of the post-Kovalev era (12-Feb-2003)
The Penguins get shut out 3-0 by Ottawa's (and ex-Pen) Patrick Lalime. The Senators opened the scoring at 14:20 of the second when Toni Dahlman netted his first NHL goal. Ottawa then added two goals in the third from Marian Hossa (0:40) and Chris Neil (9:17).... Read more

Morozov out for the season (11-Feb-2003)
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is reporting that Aleksey Morozov will have surgery on his wrist today and that he will miss the rest of the season. Full article: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/sports/penguinslive/s_117631.html

"It's Not About Hockey" by columnist Jason A. Karsh (11-Feb-2003)
Karsh takes a look at the Kovalev trade and doesn't like what he sees in "It's Not About Hockey".

Kovalev, Laukkanen, LaCouture and Wilson traded to the Rangers (10-Feb-2003)
Alexei Kovalev, Janne Laukkanen, Dan LaCouture and Mike Wilson have been traded to the New York Rangers for Rico Fata [http://nhl.com/lineups/player/8467333.html], Mikael Samuelsson [http://nhl.com/lineups/player/8467463.html], Joel Bouchard [http://nhl.com/lineups/player/8459065.html], Richard Lintner [http://nhl.com/lineups/player/8465252.html] and a reported $4M in cash (aka "future considerations"). Lintner will be assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. GM Craig Patrick held a news conference to announce the trade. The transcript can be found at the official site: http://pittsburghpenguins.com/news/articles/articlestory.jsp?newsIndexID=239

Ference traded to Calgary (10-Feb-2003)
D Andrew Ference has been traded to the Calgary Flames for a conditional draft pick.

Penguins acquire D Shawn Heins (9-Feb-2003)
The Pens have picked up D Shawn Heins from the San Jose Sharks for a 2003 conditional draft pick. Heins is 6'3", 215 lbs and is 29 years old. His career stats are available at http://nhl.com/lineups/player/8463125.html.

Pens respond with 5-2 win over Boston (8-Feb-2003)
The Penguins net four goals in the second period on their way to an impressive 5-2 win over the Bruins. Pittsburgh got two goals from Steve McKenna and Alexei Kovalev. Randy Robitaille netted the other Penguin goal. Mario Lemieux had four assists in the game to give him 1000 in his career! Johan Hedberg returned to action and made 26 saves on 28 shots.

Pens embarrassed by Panthers 6-0 (7-Feb-2003)
The Pens lose big, 6-0, to Florida in front of 12,239 at Mellon Arena. Things got out of hand with a melee breaking out at the midpoint of the third period and then Mario Lemieux got tossed from the game for fighting with just over 5 minutes to go. Lemieux had been harrassed by Brad Ference throughout the game and decided to take things into his own hands. After the game, Lemieux told reporters the team would lose money this year and that he needed "the support of the corporate community and the fans, and if it's not there, I've got to protect my interest."... Read more

Pens lose to Canucks 3-2 in Lemieux's return (4-Feb-2003)
Mario Lemieux returned to action but the Penguins fell 3-2 to Vancouver. Pittsburgh fell behind 3-0 early in the second and were unable to complete a comeback to tie the game up. Alexei Kovalev scored both Penguin goals. Sebastien Caron made 36 saves on 39 shots.... Read more

"In the Eye of the Beholder" by columnist Jason A. Karsh (4-Feb-2003)
Karsh's latest column, "In the Eye of the Beholder", discusses Alexei Kovalev, the Dubai Mighty Camels and the future of the Penguins.

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