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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
April, 2006

Craig Patrick era is over (20-Apr-2006)
The Penguins announced today that will not renew the contract of general manager Craig Patrick and that the search for a new GM will begin immediately.

Patrick had been general manager since December, 1989 and led the team to two Stanley Cups and five division titles in the 1990s.

Ken Sawyer, in today's press conference, also said that Michel Therrien will return next season as head coach and that the team will look to hire other staff including a second assistant coach.

St. Louis wins lottery draft (20-Apr-2006)
St. Louis has won the lottery draft which means Pittsburgh will pick second in the 2006 Entry Draft.

2006 Opening Game Roster Contest (19-Apr-2006)
The 2006 Opening Game Roster Contest is underway. Good luck!

Pens lose season-ending game 5-3 to Toronto (18-Apr-2006)
The Penguins close out the 2005-06 season with a 5-3 loss to the Maple Leafs in front of 19,392 at Air Canada Centre. Toronto built a 5-0 lead near the middle of the second period and chased goaltender Sebastien Caron before the Pens responded with the game's next three goals. Sidney Crosby, Colby Armstrong and Ryan Malone scored for Pittsburgh. Crosby also had an assist and ends his rookie season with 102 points.

The 2006 Opening Game Roster Contest begins tomorrow.

Pens beat Isles 6-1; Crosby reaches 100 points! (17-Apr-2006)
The Penguins defeated the Islanders 6-1 in their final home game of the season. Sidney Crosby had three assists in the game to give him 100 points in his rookie season. Andy Hilbert and Ryan Malone scored in the first, Tomas Surovy and Malone again in the second and Joe Melichar and Ryan Whitney in the third. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped a Miroslav Satan penalty shot early in the second. Satan did get New York's lone goal three minutes after his failed penalty shot. Attendance was 17,084, a standing room only sellout.

Penguins announce annual team award winners (17-Apr-2006)
Most Valuable Player - Sidney Crosby
Rookie of the Year - Sidney Crosby
A.T. Caggiano Booster Club - Sidney Crosby
Baz Bastien "Good Guy" - Sidney Crosby
Player's Player - John LeClair
Masterton Nominee Comeback Player - John LeClair
Edward J. DeBartolo Community Service - Ryan Malone, Colby Armstrong, Ryan Whitney and Marc-Andre Fleury

Pens recall Welch (17-Apr-2006)
The Penguins have recalled D Noah Welch to replace D Sergei Gonchar who is day-to-day with an illness.

Pens down Rangers 5-3 (13-Apr-2006)
The Penguins, led by Sidney Crosby's four point night, beat the Rangers 5-3 in front of 15,155 at Mellon Arena. Jaromir Jagr opened the scoring with a sweet individual effort at 10:40 of the first but Pittsburgh then scored the game's next four goals including Colby Armstrong's game-winner at the 51 second mark of the third period. New York made it interesting by cutting the lead to one goal but Armstrong's second of the game with just over two minutes to go sealed the victory.

  • Crosby now has 97 points on the season with three games to go.
  • Our friends from http://www.letsgopens.ru were interviewed during the first intermission about their trip to America.

    Pens lose 4-3 to Flyers (11-Apr-2006)
    The Penguins lose a seesaw battle 4-3 to the Flyers in front of 19,756 at Wachovia Center. Pittsburgh rallied from a second period 3-0 deficit to tie the game in the third but Jeff Carter's power play goal at 13:28 of final period was the difference in the game. Sidney Crosby did play and had a goal and an assist. Michel Ouellet and Ryan Whitney were the other Penguin goalscorers.

    The Flyers won the season series, 6-2.
    Sidney Crosby had 14 points against the Flyers this season, most ever by a rookie.

    Endicott sent to WBS (11-Apr-2006)
    After clearing waivers over the weekend, the Pens have sent Shane Endicott to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

    Endicott, 24, appeared in 41 games with the Penguins this season, recording two points (1+1) and 43 penalty minutes with a minus-9 rating. He has now appeared in 45 games in his NHL career, posting three points (1+2) and 47 penalty minutes.

    Pens lose 1-0 to Lightning (8-Apr-2006)
    The Penguins lose 1-0 to Tampa Bay in front of 20,844 at the dimly lit St. Pete Times Forum. Vincent Lecavalier scored the lone goal of the game 51 seconds into the second period with a nice backhand shot that beat Marc-Andre Fleury glove-side. Sidney Crosby missed the second period with what was being called a "lower-body injury" which probably means upper-body injury... Crosby did play in the third.

    Pens beat Panthers 5-1 (7-Apr-2006)
    The Penguins dominate the Panthers and win 5-1 in front of 14,776 at BankAtlantic Center. Pittsburgh scored two shorthanded and two power play goals. Konstantin Koltsov (SH), Ryan Whitney (PP), Ryan Malone (SH), Sidney Crosby and John LeClair (PP) scored. Florida's lone goal was scored by Jay Bouwmeester at 13:51 of the third on a rare 3-on-3 situation. Sidney Crosby added three assists for a four point night (1g, 3a). The Pens snapped a 12 game losing streak against Florida.

    Devils top Penguins 6-4 (5-Apr-2006)
    The Devils score three times in the third and beat the Penguins 6-4 in front of an announced crowd of 13,118 at Continental Airlines Arena. The Pens' Sidney Crosby opened the scoring 27 seconds into the game but then it became the Patrik Elias Show as Elias had 3 goals and 2 asssists. Elias scored twice in the first before Andy Hilbert tied the game at two with under a minute to go in the first. The second period saw the Devils score three before Hilbert got his second of the game at 17:22. Brian Rafalski made it 6-3 with a power play goal at 5:15 of the third and Jani Rita closed out the scoring at 8:07.

    Pens fall 3-2 to Devils in OT (2-Apr-2006)
    The Penguins are unable to hold a one goal lead late in the game and end up losing 3-2 to New Jersey in overtime. Pittsburgh led 2-0 on late first period goals from Sidney Crosby (PP) and Colby Armstrong. Jay Pandolfo scored 23 seconds into the second period to cut the lead to one goal. New Jersey got a power play goal from Patrik Elias with 19.2 seconds to go in the game and then got the game-winner from Brian Gionta who scored on a 2-on-1 with a slapshot that beat Marc-Andre Fleury glove-side at 2:22 of overtime. Ryan Whitney had two assists for Pittsburgh.

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