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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
March, 2003

Pens crushed 6-1 by Flyers (31-Mar-2003)
The Penguins lose 6-1 to Philadelphia. Pittsburgh actually led the game 1-0 when Jamie Pushor netted his second of the season at 6:30 of the first period. Michal Handzus tied the game with 34 seconds remaining in the first. The Flyers got the eventual game-winner from Keith Primeau on the power play at 2:03 of the second. Philadelphia then added two more goals in the second and two in the third for the victory. Alexandre Daigle was recalled from Wilkes-Barre and played in place of the injured Brian Holzinger. Attendance was 12,505 at Mellon Arena.... Read more

"More Shock, Less Awe" by columnist Jason A. Karsh (31-Mar-2003)
Karsh's latest column, "More Shock, Less Awe," reviews the positives from this season.

Pens blanked 3-0 by Flyers (29-Mar-2003)
The Penguins lose 3-0 to Philadelphia and have now been shut out 10 times this season. The Flyers got a goal in each period in the game. Sebastien Caron made 33 saves on 36 shots. Mario Lemieux sat for the second straight game. Next up for the Pens are the Flyers on Monday night.

Pens snap winless streak with 3-1 victory over Rangers (26-Mar-2003)
The Penguins play the role of spoilers as they defeat the Rangers 3-1 and put a serious dent in New York's playoff hopes. The Pens got two power play goals in the first period. Martin Straka tipped in a Dan Focht shot at 7:18 and Tomas Surovy grabbed a loose puck out front and beat Dan Blackburn with 12 seconds to go in the first. Eric Meloche picked up an unassisted goal at 1:53 of the third before Brian Leetch tipped home the lone New York goal at 8:14. Sebastien Caron stopped 33 of 34 shots and was named the game's number one star. Pittsburgh played without owner/captain Mario Lemieux who sat out with back spasms.... Read more

Pens tie Blackhawks 1-1 (23-Mar-2003)
The Penguins' winless streak continues and now stands at 16 (two shy of the team record) after playing to a 1-1 tie with Chicago. Eric Daze scored the lone Blackhawk goal at 14:47 of the first period. Eric Meloche one-timed a Mario Lemieux pass home for the lone Pittsburgh goal at 17:54 of the first.... Read more

"Not Standing Up For Falling Down" by columnist Jason A. Karsh (21-Mar-2003)
Karsh's latest column, "Not Standing Up For Falling Down," says it's time to stop with all the jokes about the Penguins.

Pens beaten by Devils 3-1 (21-Mar-2003)
The winless streak hits 15 games as New Jersey downs the Penguins 3-1. The Devils were up 2-0 in the first six minutes of the game on goals from Patrik Elias at 1:28 and Jim McKenzie at 5:50. The Pens got their lone goal of the game from Rico Fata at 10:45 of the third but New Jersey responded with a Pascal Rheaume goal 2:12 later. Pittsburgh was outshot 42-24 in the game.

Pens lose 4-2 to Flyers; officially eliminated from playoffs (20-Mar-2003)
The Penguins jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the first period but were unable to hold the lead and lost 4-2 to Philadelphia. Rico Fata opened the scoring 13 seconds into the game with a sharp-angle shot from below the right circle. Mathias Johansson made it 2-0 at 4:06 scoring off a rebound of his own shot to the left of the goal. The Flyers responded with one in the first (Desjardins -9:43), one in the second (LeClair - 12:01) and two in the third (LeClair - 7:06, Amonte - 17:20) for the victory. The Pens were officially eliminated from the playoffs with the Islanders victory over the Canadiens.

Abid out for season (19-Mar-2003)
Newly acquired forward Ramzi Abid is scheduled to undergo knee surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and will miss the rest of the season.

Pens dumped 5-1 by Red Wings; Winless streak hits 13 (18-Mar-2003)
After dropping a pair of games over the weekend, the Penguins returned to action on Tuesday evening and were beaten 5-1 by Detroit. Pittsburgh had a 1-0 lead when Martin Straka scored on a breakaway at 8:30 of the first period. The cheering had barely died down when Darren McCarty tipped a Nicklas Lidstrom shot by Johan Hedberg a mere 11 seconds later. Brendan Shanahan got the game-winner at 8:38 of the second period. The Wings then added three goals in the first half of the third period to put the game away. Attendance was 13,840 on a non-bobblehead night at Mellon Arena...

"Keep Up the Good Work" by columnist Jason A. Karsh (14-Mar-2003)
Karsh's latest column, "Keep Up the Good Work," suggests it may be time for the Penguins to hire a new head coach.

Pens snap losing streak with 2-2 tie against Nashville. (12-Mar-2003)
The Penguins end their nine game losing streak with a 2-2 tie against the Predators in front of a sold-out Mellon Arena crowd. Two newly acquired Pens scored in the third period. Guillaume Lefebvre tied the game at one at 6:45 and then Brian Holzinger got the game-tying goal with just under two and a half minutes to go.... Read more

Trade Deadline 2003 (11-Mar-2003)
The Penguins have traded Wayne Primeau to San Jose for RW Matt Bradley. Bradley is 24 years old, 6'2", 198 lbs. and has 5 points (2g, 3a) in 46 games. He broke his wrist on March 8th and is expected to be out for the season.
Matt Bradley: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/teams/player_bio.asp?player_id=87&hubName=SJ

The Penguins trade Jan Hrdina, Francois Leroux to Phoenix for Ramzi Abid, Dan Focht and Guillaume Lefebvre.
Ramzi Abid: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/teams/player_bio.asp?player_id=1794&hubName=PHX
Dan Focht: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/teams/player_bio.asp?player_id=1731&hubName=PHX
Guillaume Lefebvre: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/teams/player_bio.asp?player_id=2602&hubName=PHX

Pens trade Ian Moran to Boston for a 2003 fourth round draft pick.

Pens trade Marc Bergevin to Tampa Bay for F Brian Holzinger.
Brian Holzinger: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/teams/player_bio.asp?player_id=83&hubName=TB

Pens trade Shean Donovan to Calgary for C Mathias Johansson and D Micki Dupont.
Mathias Johansson: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/teams/player_bio.asp?player_id=2904&hubName=CGY
Micki Dupont: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/teams/player_bio.asp?player_id=2164&hubName=CGY

Pens lose 4-2 to Ottawa; Losing streak hits nine (9-Mar-2003)
The Penguins, without Mario Lemieux, fell to the NHL-leading Ottawa Senators 4-2. The Senators led 3-0 after getting goals from Marian Hossa (10:26 - 1st per.), Mike Fisher (5:50 - 2nd) and Zdeno Chara (3:10 - 3rd). The Senators totally dominated play and the score could have been worse. Pittsburgh made it 3-1 with an Eric Meloche power play goal at 4:18 of the third. Meloche had a through-the-crease pass from Martin Straka go in off his skate for his first NHL goal. The Pens then shockingly found themselves only a goal down when Dick Tarnstrom finished off a two-on-one with Shean Donovan at 7:26. Unfortunately, Tarnstrom was called for holding under two and a half minutes later and Ottawa's Radek Bonk put the game away on the ensuing power play at 11:08.

Pens recall Meloche (9-Mar-2003)
The Penguins have recalled F Eric Meloche from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Meloche has 17 points (5g, 12a) in 41 games this season with WBS.

Robitaille traded to Islanders (9-Mar-2003)
Randy Robitaille has been sent to the New York Islanders in exchange for a 2003 fifth round draft pick.

Pens blanked 4-0 by Hurricanes (7-Mar-2003)
The Penguins lose 4-0 to NHL cellar-dwellars Carolina. Jeff O'Neill scored 2:34 in after Sebastien Caron misjudged O'Neill's speed in a race for the puck in the slot. O'Neill made it 2-0 with a power play goal at 14:20 of the second followed just over three minutes later by Bruno St. Jacques first NHL goal. St. Jacques took a shot from between the points which appeared to deflect off a Pens defensemen and by Caron. Sebastien Caron was pulled after the second period and replaced with Johan Hedberg. Kevyn Adams finished off the scoring with a tremendous individual effort by following up his own rebound and diving to sweep the puck into the net by Hedberg. Pittsburgh has now been shut out 9 times during the 2002-03 season. (The Penguin record for being shut out in a season is 14 set in 1969-70.)

Penguins lose 4-1 to Coyotes (4-Mar-2003)
The Pens drop their sixth in a row with a 4-1 loss to Phoenix. Shane Doan scored in the second and then a power play goal in the third off of Tony Amonte setup passes. Daymond Langkow blew a shot high by Johan Hedberg at 11:35 of the third. Richard Lintner avoided the shutout with his first goal as a Penguin at 18:07 on the power play. Kelly Buchberger put the game away for the Coyotes with an empty-netter. Attendance on Aleksey Morozov Bobblehead Night was 13,686 at Mellon Arena.

"Investing In The Downturn" by columnist Jason A. Karsh (4-Mar-2003)
Karsh's latest column, "Investing In The Downturn," gives some unsolicited advice on how to fill the Igloo.

Pens fall 3-1 to Stars (2-Mar-2003)
The Penguins drop their fifth straight with a 3-1 loss to the Stars. Dallas scored twice in the first period including a Jason Arnott goal with a two-man advantage. After a scoreless second period, Mario Lemieux cut the lead to one with a power play one-timer with under two minutes to go in the game. Pittsburgh pulled Sebastien Caron but gave up an empty-netter with under a minute remaining.

Pens buried by Avalanche 4-1 (1-Mar-2003)
The Penguins give up four goals in a 10 minute span of the third period and lose 4-1 to Colorado. Mario Lemieux gave Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead with his 26th goal of the season just over a minute into the second period. The Avalanche got goals from Steven Reinprecht, Rob Blake (shorthanded), Peter Forsberg (power play) and Milan Hejduk in the third to put the game away.

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