Pens lose 4-2 to Caps; Magic number is one (30-Mar-2004)
The Penguins get beat 4-2 by the Capitals and their magic number to finish last and have a 48.2% shot at picking Alexander Ovechkin in the 2004 Draft is one. Washington led 2-1 after one period with a fluke Jeff Halpern goal at 3:55 and a late Alexander Semin goal at 19:12. Dick Tarnstrom got Pittsburgh's lone goal of the first 35 seconds after Semin's goal. Trent Whitfield netted two in the second at 0:25 and 4:27. Ric Jackman closed out the scoring with a power play goal at 18:04 of the second. G Matt Yeats earned his first NHL victory.
Pens lose and then tie Sabres in home-and-home series (27-Mar-2004)
On Friday, the Sabres fighting to make the playoffs breezed to a 5-1 victory over Pittsburgh. The Pens' lone goal came in the second period on the power play from Milan Kraft.
On Saturday, the Penguins fought back from a 2-0 deficit to earn a 2-2 tie with Buffalo. The Sabres got two first period goals from Chris Drury and JP Dumont (pp). Pittsburgh then got a Rico Fata power play goal at 7:22 and a nice Konstantin Koltsov goal in the second period to tie it up. Koltsov took a perfect Tom Kostopoulos center pass and roofed it.
Penguins pound Rangers 5-2 (23-Mar-2004)
Pittsburgh scores twice in the first and three times in the second on their way to an easy 5-2 victory over the Rangers. The Pens' power play remains red hot as they convert 2 of 4 chances and now have an 11 game power play goal streak (10 for 41 over the streak). Milan Kraft and Rico Fata scored on the power play in the first. Jaromir Jagr cut the lead to one with his 29th of the year but the Penguins got two goals from Lasse Pirjeta and one from Konstantin Koltsov in the second. Thomas Pock, playing in his first NHL game, scored the lone goal of the third period. Jean-Sebastien Aubin made 35 saves on 37 shots and was the game's number one star.
Pens win pair of overtime games over the weekend. (21-Mar-2004)
Aleksey Morozov scores overtime game-winners in two games over the weekend. On Friday, the Pens came back from a 3-2 deficit in the third period. Dick Tarnstrom tied the game at three with his 14th goal of the season and then Morozov won it with a power play goal from the bottom of the right circle at 1:17 of overtime. On Sunday, the Penguins again came back from a 3-2 deficit in the third. And again Dick Tarnstrom scored to tie it in the third. This time with a power play goal at 18:45. Morozov then netted the game-winner on the power play with 7.9 seconds remaining in overtime.
Pens send down Hussey and Brochu (19-Mar-2004)
The Penguins have sent F Matt Hussey and G Martin
Brochu to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Hussey played in two games for Pittsburgh and scored a goal in each game. Brochu appeared in one game with a 1.82 GAA and a .947 save percentage.
Devils crush Penguins 6-1. (17-Mar-2004)
The New Jersey Devils scored three goals in the first and second period on their way to an easy 6-1 victory over the Penguins. Matt Hussey scored the lone goal for the Pens in the third period and has two goals in his two NHL games. G Martin Brochu replaced G Sebastien Caron near the midpoint of the second period and made 18 saves on 19 shots. Pittsburgh was outshot 42-15. The loss snapped the Penguins' six game unbeaten streak.
Pens down Caps 4-1 (16-Mar-2004)
The streaking Penguins beat the struggling Capitals 4-1 in front of an announced crowd of 10,982 at Mellon Arena and are unbeaten in six games (5-0-1). Pittsburgh got two power play goals from Landon Wilson, a rare goal from Mike Eastwood and Matt Hussey's first NHL goal which was also a power play goal. Hussey scored on his first NHL shot on goal. The Pens went 3 for 7 with the man advantage. Alexander Semin netted the lone Washington goal on the power play. Pittsburgh now finds themselves only owning a five point "lead" in the Alexander Ovechkin Sweepstakes.
Pens recall Hussey from WBS. (16-Mar-2004)
The Penguins recalled F Matt Hussey from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Hussey was brought up as an emergency recall to replace the injured F Aleksey Morozov (day-to-day back). Hussey has played in 53 games this season with WBS and has 3 points (2g, 1a) and six PIM.
Pens announce 2004-05 season ticket prices (16-Mar-2004)
The Penguins, optimistically, have announced the 2004-05 season and 20+ game ticket prices. All seats and ticket plans have been reduced. The press release states, "Under the new pricing structure, more than 8,700 seats will be available for $30 or less on a full season ticket basis. More than 4,500 seats will be available for $25 or less. More than 2,000 seats will be available for $15."
Penguins and Flyers skate to a 3-3 tie. (14-Mar-2004)
The Penguin play to a 3-3 tie with the Flyers in front of 10,907 at Mellon Arena. Pittsburgh held a 3-2 lead heading into the third period but a mix-up between Rico Fata and Sebastien Caron allowed Philadelphia's Simon Gagne to get the game-tyer 1:16 into the third. Landon Wilson and Aleksey Morozov (2) scored for Pittsburgh. Milan Kraft had a three assist game. The Pens are now unbeaten in their last five games (4-0-1). The tie was the third in six games between the teams this season.
Pens beat Leafs 3-2 for 4th straight win. (11-Mar-2004)
The Penguins get outshot 46-17 yet ride strong goaltending from Jean-Sebastien Aubin and Sebastien Caron to down the Maple Leafs 3-2 in Toronto. Pittsburgh and Toronto traded power play goals in the first period with the Leafs owning a commanding 12-2 shot advantage. Caron came in to relieve an injured Aubin (knee) in goal at the beginning of the second period. The Pens added two in the second as Aleksey Morozov assisted on a Rico Fata goal at 1:17 and then scored one of his own at 16:10. Pittsburgh held on in the third as they were bombarded by 26 Toronto shots. However, Caron was very strong in net and only allowed a Mats Sundin goal at 13:54.
Pens blank Stars 4-0 (9-Mar-2004)
The Penguins get outshot 45-19 but beat Dallas 4-0 in front of 10,302 at Mellon Arena. Jean-Sebastien set a new Pittsburgh record for most saves in a shutout with his 45 save performance. Jon Sim, Matt Bradley, Aleksey Morozov and Mike Eastwood score for the Pens. Kelly Buchberger got his first point of the season with an assist on Eastwood's goal in the third period.
Pens reassign several players (9-Mar-2004)
According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Penguins have sent G Andy Chiodo, D Rob Scuderi and F Matt Murley to Wilkes-Barre. The Pens have recalled G Sebastien Caron.
D Marc Bergevin has been traded to Vancouver for a 2004 7th round draft pick.
Pens win pair of games over the weekend. (8-Mar-2004)
On Saturday night, the Penguins snapped their 16 game home winless streak with a 2-1 victory over Anaheim. Pittsburgh got goals from Ric Jackman and Matt Bradley in the first. Andy Chiodo made 26 saves on 27 shots and was the game's number one star.
On Sunday, the Pens beat the Rangers 7-4 at Madison Square Garden. Pittsburgh and New York traded leads and found themselves tied at four after two periods before the Penguins put the game away with three goals in the third period. Rob Scuderi, Dick Tarnstrom, Milan Kraft (2), Landon Wilson, Konstantin Koltsov and Ryan Malone scored for the Penguins. The seven goals is the most the Pens have scored this season. The previous high was five goals. The forgotten Jean-Sebastien Aubin made 38 saves on 42 shots for the victory. The back-to-back wins were the first for Pittsburgh since mid-December.
Surovy sent to WBS. (5-Mar-2004)
Tomas Surovy has been sent down to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Surovy had 23 points (11g, 12a) in 47 games with Pittsburgh.
Pens crushed 9-4 by Predators. (4-Mar-2004)
The Penguins give up a team-record six power play goals on their way to a 9-4 loss in front of an announced crowd of 9,507 at Mellon Arena. Nashville built up a 5-0 lead 1:05 into the second period. The Pens broke the shutout bid at 17:10 of the second when Milan Kraft took a nice feed from Aleksey Morozov and scored on the power play. Josef Melichar, Landon Wilson and Dick Tarnstrom also added goals for the Pens. The home winless streak is now at 16, one shy of tying the NHL record.
Pens claim Sim off waivers (4-Mar-2004)
The Penguins have claimed LW Jon Sim off of waivers from the Los Angeles Kings. Sim has appeared in 48 games this season with 13 points (6g, 7a) and 27 PIMs. For more on Sim, check out http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/teams/player_bio.asp?player_id=470.
March Practice Schedule updated. (3-Mar-2004)
The Pittsburgh Penguins March Practice Schedule at Iceoplex has been released. The Pens will have 8 open practices during March.
Pens break home losing streak with 3-3 tie vs the Islanders. (2-Mar-2004)
The Penguins snapped their NHL-record 14-game home losing streak with a come-from-behind 3-3 tie against the Islanders. The Pens found themselves down 3-1 near the midpoint of the second period. Tom Kostopoulos grabbed a rebound of a Mike Eastwood shot which hit the post and scored shorthanded with 2:15 to go in the second. Goal-scoring phenom, Marc Bergevin, got the game-tying goal 1:46 into the third. The goal broke Bergevin's 101-game goal-less streak.