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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, 2007

Whitney undergoes wrist surgery (26-Apr-2007)
The Penguins announced today that Ryan Whitney has had wrist surgery. Per the press release: "Whitney will begin rehabilitation immediately, for a term of six to eight weeks, and will be ready to join the team for the start of training camp."

Pens brief playoff run ends with 3-0 loss to Ottawa (20-Apr-2007)
Ottawa completed their domination of the Penguins with a 3-0 shutout victory in front of 20,179 at Scotiabank Place. The Pens had two 5-on-3 advantages early in the first period but were unable to beat Ray Emery, the game's number one star. The Senators scored three times in the second period, a period they dominated throughout the series. Congratulations to Ottawa for a well-deserved series victory!

On a personal note, I just want to thank everyone for checking out the site this season and, more importantly, want to thank all those who've sent along words of encouragement for my wife during her ongoing battle with breast cancer.

Pens lose 2-1 to Sens in Game Four (17-Apr-2007)
The Penguins turn in a better performance but fall 2-1 to Ottawa in front of 17,132 at Mellon Arena. Jason Spezza opened the scoring with a flukey power play goal at 3:25 of the first period. Spezza's shot deflected high in the air off of Jordan Staal's stick and into the goal. Staal tied the game at 8:08 of the second period by banging in a puck from the crease. Anton Volchenkov notched the game-winner with a one-timed slapshot from the slot at 9:12 of the third period.

Pittsburgh now faces elimination in Game Five on Thursday night.

Pens beaten 4-3 by Senators (15-Apr-2007)
The Penguins score a minute into the game but the Senators score the game's next four goals on their way to a 4-2 victory in front of 17,132 at Mellon Arena. Gary Roberts knocked in a rebound from in front to give the Pens a lead 52 seconds into the game. Ottawa tied it with under two to go in the first with a Dean McAmmond goal. Ottawa then outshot Pittsburgh 12-5 in the second period scoring three times. Sidney Crosby made it 4-2 in the third but the Pens were unable to get any closer.

NHL.com's Video Highlights: http://mfile.akamai.com/16532/wmv/nhl.download.akamai.com/16532/wm.nhl.na-central/20062007%2F03%2F0143%2FIH_NHL_2006_2007_143_3_700K_continuous.wmv
Mad City Mike's Game Grade: http://www.letsgopens.com/scripts/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=13518

Pens tie series at one with 4-3 victory over Ottawa (15-Apr-2007)
The Penguins tie the series at one game apiece with a come-from-behind 4-3 win over Ottawa in front of 20,133 at Scotiabank Place. The opening period's lone goal was scored by Ryan Whitney at 3:01 on the power play. Whitney's shot from between the points deflected off an Ottawa player and past goaltender Ray Emery.

Jason Spezza tied at one with a goal at 8:28. Daniel Alfredsson, off a nice Dany Heatley feed, gave the Senators a 2-1 advantage at 16:44 while Colby Armstrong was in the box for running into goaltender Ray Emery.

The third began with a brief fight four seconds in between Mike Comrie and Colby Armstrong no doubt over Armstrong's running over of Emery. Gary Roberts tied it at two with a rebound goal on the power play at 2:04. Chris Kelly restored Ottawa's lead with his second of the playoffs at 6:18. After some nice work behind the net by Gary Roberts and Michel Ouellet, Jordan Staal, who was alone in the slot, took an Ouellet pass and beat Emery to tie at at three at 9:34. Sidney Crosby got the game-winner at 11:44. Crosby was at the side of the net when he deflected a Mark Recchi pass home. The Senators had some good chances late but Marc-Andre Fleury was equal to the task.

Three Stars:
1) Gary Roberts (1g, 1a)
2) Daniel Alfredsson, OTT (1g, 1a)
3) Sidney Crosby (1g, 1a)

NHL.com's Video Highlights: http://mfile.akamai.com/16532/wmv/nhl.download.akamai.com/16532/wm.nhl.na-central/20062007%2F03%2F0142%2FIH_NHL_2006_2007_142_3_700K_continuous.wmv
Mad City Mike's Game Grade: http://www.letsgopens.com/scripts/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=13454

Pens dominated 6-3 by Senators (12-Apr-2007)
The young Penguins got a rude introduction to NHL playoff hockey as the Senators dominated the Pens 6-3 in front of 19,611 at Scotiabank Place. Ottawa took the game over early by scoring twice in the first seven minutes and outshooting the Penguins 16-4 in the first period.

The Senators had a 3-0 lead when Tom Preissing scored a power play goal at 14:38 of the second. Jordan Staal cut the lead to 3-1 with a stuff in goal at 16:58 of the second.

Ottawa added three more goals before the halfway point of the third period before Sergei Gonchar (12:42) and Sidney Crosby (19:11) put in power play goals.

Sidney Crosby also had a goal disallowed after a video review determined he had directed the puck in shortly after the Senators had made it 4-0 early in the third period. Marc-Andre Fleury gave up six goals on 36 shots before mercifully being replaced by Jocelyn Thibault.... Read more

Playoff Rally Wednesday at noon (10-Apr-2007)
Pens Press Release:
"Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl will host a rally in honor of the Pittsburgh Penguins' first playoff game with the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at Noon. The event will take place at the Allegheny County Courthouse Courtyard located at 436 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Free food and music will be provided.

School children are encouraged to make signs and banners to decorate the Courthouse and City-County Building. Signs and banners can be brought to the rally or dropped off at the Courthouse Guard Station located adjacent to the Courtyard's Forbes Avenue entrance."

Game 6 tickets on sale tomorrow (10-Apr-2007)
The Pens have announced that 2000 tickets for a possible Game 6 (aka Game C) against the Senators will go on sale tomorrow (Wed, April 11th) at 10:00am ET. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.ticketmaster.com or at the Mellon Arena Gate One box office, all TicketMaster locations, or by calling TicketMaster at 412-323-1919.

Opening round playoff schedule set (9-Apr-2007)
Wednesday, April 11, 7:00pm @ Ottawa - FSP, VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Saturday, April, 14, 3:00pm @ Ottawa - NBC, CBC, RDS
Sunday, April, 15, 6:00pm - FSP, VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Tuesday, April, 17, 7:00pm - FSP, VERSUS, CBC, RDS
* Thursday, April 19, 7:00pm @ Ottawa - FSP, VERSUS, CBC, RDS
* Sunday, April 22, 1:00pm - NBC, CBC, RDS
* Tuesday, April 24, 7:00 pm @ Ottawa - FSP, VERSUS, CBC, RDS

* if necessary

Pens defeat Rangers 2-1 / Annual Team Awards (7-Apr-2007)
The Penguins close out the regular season with a 2-1 victory over the Rangers in front of 17,132 at Mellon Arena. Gary Roberts and Mark Recchi scored power play goals in the second period. The victory was not enough to earn home ice advantage in the first round series against Ottawa since the Senators defeated the Bruins 6-3 in their final game.

The team handed out their annual awards pre-game:

Most Valuable Player - Sidney Crosby
Rookie(s) of the Year - Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal
A.T. Caggiano Booster Club - Sidney Crosby
Baz Bastien "Good Guy" - Entire Pens team
Player's Player - Mark Recchi
Masterton Nominee Comeback Player - Alain Nasreddine
Edward J. DeBartolo Community Service - Mark Recchi

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