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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, 2009

Malkin named Hart Trophy Finalist (29-Apr-2009)
Evgeni Malkin, Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk, and Washington's Alexander Ovechkin are the three finalists for the 2008-09 Hart Memorial Trophy, which is awarded "to the player who is adjudged to be the most valuable to his team," the National Hockey League announced today.

Playoff schedule with Capitals set (29-Apr-2009)
Saturday, May 2 - at Washington - 1:00pm - NBC
Monday, May 4 - at Washington - 7:00pm - Versus
Wednesday, May 6 - PITTSBURGH - 7:00pm - Versus
Friday, May 8 - PITTSBURGH - 7:00pm - Versus, FSN Pittsburgh
*Saturday, May 9 - at Washington - 7:00pm - Versus, FSN Pittsburgh
*Monday, May 11 - PITTSBURGH - TBD - Versus, FSN Pittsburgh
*Wednesday, May 13 - at Washington - 7:00pm - Versus, FSN Pittsburgh

* If necessary

Bylsma named head coach (28-Apr-2009)
Dan Bylsma loses the interim label as he is named Penguins head coach and signs a multi-year deal with the Pens.

Source: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09118/966093-100.stm

Pens close out series with come-from-behind 5-3 victory (26-Apr-2009)
The Penguins finish off the Flyers with a thrilling come-from-behind 5-3 victory in front of 20,072 stunned fans at Wachovia Center. Philadelphia had just built a 3-0 lead early in the second period when Max Talbot challenged Dan Carcillo to a fight. The Pens' bench seemed to gain some life and got a Ruslan Fedotenko goal seconds later. Two minutes later, Marc Eaton, from Delaware, scored his second in the playoffs. At 16:59 of the second, Martin Biron bobbled a Bill Guerin shot and Sidney Crosby batted it in. Sergei Gonchar scored the eventual game-winner early in the third. Marc-Andre Fleury held down the fort and eventually Sidney Crosby netted and empty-netter to finish off the game and series.

NHL.com Recap: http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2008030146
NHL.com Game Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20082009/GS030146.HTM
NHL.com Video Highlights: http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlg=20082009,3,146
Opponent's Newspaper Recap: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/flyers/Flyers_season_ends_with_Game_6_loss.html

Penguins lose 3-0 in Game 5 (24-Apr-2009)
The Penguins are shut out by the Flyers in a 3-0 loss in front of 17,132 at Mellon Arena. Pittsburgh outshot Philadelphia 15-5 in the first period but were unable to beat Martin Biron. Philadelphia got a goal from Aaron Asham at the 6:32 mark of the second. The Pens' thought they had tied the game two minutes later but after a video review it was ruled the Evgeni Malkin kicked the puck in the net. The Flyers added two goals in the third to seal the victory.

NHL.com Recap: http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2008030145
NHL.com Game Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20082009/GS030145.HTM
NHL.com Video Highlights: http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlg=20082009,3,145
Opponent's Newspaper Recap: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/20090424_Sam_Donnellon__Biron_saving_series_for_Flyers.html

Satan expected to replace Sykora tonight (23-Apr-2009)
The Post-Gazette is reporting that Miroslav Satan is expected to be in the line-up tonight replacing Petr Sykora.

Also, Kris Letang's status for Game 5 is a game-time decision. If he sits, Philippe Boucher will play.

Source: http://www.postgazette.com/pg/09113/965026-100.stm

Fleury outstanding in 3-1 win over Flyers (22-Apr-2009)
Marc-Andre Fleury steals a win for the Penguins as they defeat the Flyers 3-1 in front of 19,883 at Wachovia Center and now enjoy a 3-1 series lead. The Pens got goals in the second period from Sidney Crosby and Tyler Kennedy. Philadelphia made it interesting with a Daniel Carcillo goal near the middle of the third. Max Talbot closed out the scoring with an empty-netter. Fleury made 45 saves and was clearly the game's number one star.

NHL.com Recap: http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2008030144
NHL.com Game Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20082009/GS030144.HTM
NHL.com Video Highlights: http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlg=20082009,3,144
Opponent's Newspaper Recap: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/20090422_Flyers_fall_to_Penguins__face_elimination.html

Penguins lose 6-3 (20-Apr-2009)
The Penguins lose 6-3 to the Flyers in front of 19,745 at Wachovia Center. Pittsburgh found themselves down 2-0 early in the first period but responded with a goal late in the first and one early in the second to tie the game. Unfortunately, Philadelphia added two more in the second and third period to bring home an easy win.

NHL.com Recap: http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2008030143
NHL.com Game Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20082009/GS030143.HTM
NHL.com Video Highlights: http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlg=20082009,3,143
Opponent's Newspaper Recap: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/20090420_Phil_Sheridan__Flyers__win_in_ugly_game_thing_of_beauty.html

Pens beat Flyers 3-2 with Guerin's overtime winner (18-Apr-2009)
The Penguins grab a 2-0 series lead with a come-from-behind 3-2 win in overtime in front of 17,132 at Mellon Arena. Philadelphia had leads of 1-0 and 2-1 but Pittsburgh got the game-tying goal from Evgeni Malkin's knee late in the third on the power play and then got the game-winner on a 5-on-3 power play advantage late in the first overtime from Bill Guerin. Guerin also scored the Pens' first goal late in the second period.

NHL.com Recap: http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2008030142
NHL.com Game Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20082009/GS030142.HTM
NHL.com Video Highlights: http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlg=20082009,3,142
Opponent's Newspaper Recap: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/columnists/20090418_Phil_Sheridan__Bad_penalties_in_overtime_sealed_doom.html

Pens open playoffs with 4-1 victory over Flyers (16-Apr-2009)
The Penguins open the 2009 Playoffs with a commanding 4-1 victory over Philadelphia in front of 17,132 at Mellon Arena. Pittsburgh opened the scoring with a Sidney Crosby power play goal at the 4:41 mark of the first period. Tyler Kennedy made it 2-0 early in the second period and Evgeni Malkin and Marc Eaton added goals in the third period.

NHL.com Recap: http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2008030141
NHL.com Game Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20082009/GS030141.HTM
NHL.com Video Highlights: http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlg=20082009,3,141
Opponent's Newspaper Recap: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/20090416_Stumbling_Start.html

Playoff schedule with Flyers set (14-Apr-2009)
Wednesday, April 15 - PITTSBURGH - 7:00pm - FSN, VERSUS
Friday, April 17 - PITTSBURGH - 7:00pm - FSN, VERSUS
Sunday, April 19 - at Philadelphia - 3:00pm - NBC
Tuesday, April 21 - at Philadelphia - 7:00pm - FSN, VERSUS
*Thursday, April 23 - PITTSBURGH - 7:00pm - FSN, VERSUS
*Saturday, April 25 - at Philadelphia - 3:00pm - NBC
*Monday, April 7 - PITTSBURGH - TBD - FSN, VERSUS

* If necessary

Pens clinch playoff spot with win over Lightning (8-Apr-2009)
The Penguins clinched a playoff spot with a 6-4 win over Tampa Bay in front of 19,538 at the St. Pete Times Forum. Pittsburgh had a 4-0 lead early in the third period and then held on for the 6-4 victory. Goalscorers for the Pens were Ruslan Fedotenko, Sidney Crosby (2), Matt Cooke, Petr Sykora and Jordan Staal. Evgeni Malkin had two assists and clings to a two point lead over Alexander Ovechkin for the scoring title.

NHL.com Recap: http://www2.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2008021190
NHL.com Game Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20082009/GS021190.HTM
NHL.com Video Highlights: http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlg=20082009,2,1190
Opponent's Newspaper Recap: http://www.tampabay.com/sports/hockey/lightning/article990527.ece

Pens inch closer to playoff spot (6-Apr-2009)
The Penguins earned one point out of two games over the weekend and move closer to clinching a playoff spot. On Saturday, the Pens lost in overtime to Carolina 3-2 and on Sunday, the Penguins lost 4-2 to Florida.

HURRICANES 3 - Penguins 2 (OT)
NHL.com Recap: http://www2.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2008021169
NHL.com Game Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20082009/GS021169.HTM
NHL.com Video Highlights: http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlg=20082009,2,1169
Opponent's Newspaper Recap: http://www.newsobserver.com/sports/hurricanes/story/1472772.html

PANTHERS 4 - Penguins 2
NHL.com Recap: http://www2.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2008021176
NHL.com Game Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20082009/GS021176.HTM
NHL.com Video Highlights: http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlg=20082009,2,1176
Opponent's Newspaper Recap: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/hockey/story/986084.html

Penguins crush Devils 6-1 (2-Apr-2009)
The Penguins easily defeat the struggling Devils 6-1 in front of 17,132 at Mellon Arena. Pittsburgh got goals from six different players and out-shot New Jersey 37-25. The Penguins finished up their eight-game homestand with a 6-1-1 record and are now tied with Philadelphia for the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference.

NHL.com Recap: http://www2.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2008021147
NHL.com Game Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20082009/GS021147.HTM
NHL.com Video Highlights: http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlg=20082009,2,1147
Opponent's Newspaper Recap: http://www.nj.com/devils/index.ssf/2009/04/new_jersey_devils_unhappy_with.html

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