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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
May, 2008

Pens finally score and beat the Red Wings 3-2 (29-May-2008)
The Penguins get two goals from Sidney Crosby and defeat the Red Wings 3-2 in Game Three of the Finals in front of a loud 17,132 at Mellon Arena. Crosby scored the first Pittsburgh goal of the series at 17:25 of the first period. After Detroit turned the puck over in their own end and Marian Hossa had his shot blocked, Crosby picked up the puck and pushed it one-time by Osgood.

Crosby made it 2-0 with a power play goal early in the second period. Crosby, at the side of the goal, again got a Hossa rebound and slid it by Osgood. Johan Franzen cut the lead to 2-1 with a power play goal at 14:48 of the second.

Adam Hall regained the two goal lead at 7:18 of the third. Shortly after Gary Roberts leveled a Wing in the corner, Hall banked a shot in off the back of Osgood from behind the net. Brooks Orpik fired up the crowd near the midpoint of the period with a shift in which he had four crushing hits in the span of 16 seconds. The Wings did not quit and Mikael Samuelsson made it 3-2 at 13:37 with a wrist shot from the edge of the right circle. Detroit had chances, including a power play with six minutes to go, but were unable to tie the game up.

NHL.com Game Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20072008/GS030413.HTM
NHL.com Video Highlights: http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlg=20072008,3,413
Opponent's Newspaper Recap: http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080529/COL08/805290462

Pens shut out in Games One and Two (27-May-2008)
The Penguins failed to score in either Game One or Two of the Stanley Cup Finals and find themselves in an 0-2 hole. On Saturday, the Red Wings easily defeated the Pens 4-0 and on Monday, the Wings won 3-0. Over the two games, Pittsburgh has been outshot 70-41.

Game One: RED WINGS 4 - Penguins 0
NHL.com Game Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20072008/GS030411.HTM
NHL.com Video Highlights: http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlg=20072008,3,411
Opponent's Newspaper Recap: http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080525/SPORTS05/805250684/1053/SPORTS05

Game Two: RED WINGS 3 - Penguins 0
NHL.com Game Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20072008/GS030412.HTM
NHL.com Video Highlights: http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlg=20072008,3,412
Opponent's Newspaper Recap: http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080527/COL01/805270373/1053/SPORTS05

Pens to open Mellon Arena for Games One and Two (22-May-2008)
Mellon Arena will be open for the first two games of the Stanley Cup Finals. Fans will be able to watch the first two road games on the Jumbotron. (The outside screen will be available for Games 3 and 4.)

Tickets are $5 and are available at http://www.ticketmaster.com/. All proceeds go to the Mario Lemieux Foundation for cancer and neonatal research. Parking will be free in arena lots after 6pm. Mellon Arena concession and novelty stands will be open.

Game 3 and 4 tickets on sale Wednesday (20-May-2008)
Approximately 1,000 tickets for Games 3 and 4 will go on sale Wednesday at 10:00am. There is a maximum of two tickets per game. The team is encouraging fans to order online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/ since tickets for all home playoff games this season have sold out in a matter of minutes.

Stanley Cup Finals Schedule set (20-May-2008)
Sat., May 24, 8:00pm - Pittsburgh at Detroit - Versus
Mon., May 26, 8:00pm - Pittsburgh at Detroit - Versus
Wed., May 28, 8:00pm - Detroit at Pittsburgh - NBC
Sat., May 31, 8:00pm - Detroit at Pittsburgh - NBC
* Mon., June 2, 8:00pm - Pittsburgh at Detroit - NBC
* Wed., June 4, 8:00pm - Detroit at Pittsburgh - NBC
* Sat., June 7, 8:00pm - Pittsburgh at Detroit - NBC

* If necessary

Pens crush Flyers 6-0 and are in the Stanley Cup Finals! (19-May-2008)
The Penguins finish off the Flyers 6-0 to win the Eastern Conference Finals four games to one in front of 17,132 at Mellon Arena. Ryan Malone got the eventual series-clincher at the 2:30 mark of the first period on the power play. Malone added a second power play goal in the second period and Pittsburgh also got goals from Evgeni Malkin, Marian Hossa, Jordan Staal and Pascal Dupuis on their way to their third appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals. Marc-Andre Fleury turned in a 21 save effort for his third shutout of the playoffs.

NHL.com Game Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20072008/GS030315.HTM
NHL.com Video Highlights: http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlg=20072008,3,315
Opponent's Newspaper Recap: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/flyers/20080519_Penguins_end_Flyers_season_in_Game_5_of_Eastern_Conference_finals.html

Flyers avoid sweep by defeating Pens 4-2 (16-May-2008)
Philadelphia avoid being swept by the Penguins with a 4-2 victory in front of 19,972 at Wachovia Center. The Flyers scored three times in the first period including two power play goals. Jordan Staal made things interesting in the third by scoring twice but Joffrey Lupul put the game away with an empty-netter.

NHL.com Game Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20072008/GS030314.HTM
NHL.com Video Highlights: http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlg=20072008,3,314
Opponent's Newspaper Recap: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/20080516_The_Perfect_Swarm.html

Red Wings Stanley Cup Tickets pre-sale (14-May-2008)
Despite being a major jinx, the Red Wings have already put up Stanley Cup tickets for all four potential games at the Joe Louis Arena on sale.

Source: http://www.ticketmaster.com/promo/1asedr

Thanks to poster, Richard Zemlak, for the tip.

Pens beat Flyers 4-1 to take 3-0 series lead (14-May-2008)
The Penguins put on a defensive clinic and cruise to a 4-1 victory over the Flyers in front of 19,965 at Wachovia Center. Ryan Whitney opened the scoring early with a deflected power play goal at 5:03 of the first period. Marian Hossa netted the eventual game-winner just over two and a half minutes later with a shot between a Flyers defenders' legs which surprised goaltender Martin Biron. RJ Umberger scored the lone Philadelphia goal at 10:59 of the first. Pittsburgh added two insurance goals in the third: Ryan Malone at 9:58 after another costly Steve Downie turnover and a Hossa empty-netter.

NHL.com Game Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20072008/GS030313.HTM
NHL.com Video Highlights: http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlg=20072008,3,313
Opponent's Newspaper Recap: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/flyers/20080514_Three_in_the_hole.html

Penguins beat Flyers 4-2; Talbot returns and scores game-winner (12-May-2008)
The Penguins defeat the Flyers 4-2 to take a 2-0 series lead in front of 17,132 at Mellon Arena. Philadelphia, already without defenseman Kimmo Timonen, lost another defenseman, Braydon Coburn, in the opening minutes of the game after he was struck in the face with a puck. Sidney Crosby opened the scoring with a power play goal at 10:48 of the first. Crosby's attempted pass to the front of the net was deflected in by a Flyer. Pittsburgh probably should have been up 2-0 at the end of the first after a puck seemingly appeared to cross the goal line (Photo: http://www.letsgopens.com/scripts/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=24622) but was not given after an inconclusive video review.

Jeff Carter tied the game at one with a power play goal at 5:46 of the second. Marian Hossa regained the lead for the Pens with a rebound goal at 5:46. Mike Richards tied it at two with a shorthanded breakaway goal off an ill-advised Evgeni Malkin pass with 24 seconds to go in the second.

Max Talbot scored the game-winner at 8:51 of the third. Talbot, who missed three games with a broken foot, took a nice backhand feed from Gary Roberts who was behind the goal line and one-timed it home. Jordan Staal added an empty-netter with 29 seconds to go in the game.

NHL.com Game Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20072008/GS030312.HTM
NHL.com Video Highlights: http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlg=20072008,3,312
Opponent's Newspaper Recap: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/20080512_Hole_Gets_Deeper.html

Pens beat Flyers in Game One 4-2 (10-May-2008)
The Penguins open the Eastern Conference Finals with a 4-2 victory over the Flyers in front of 17,132 at Mellon Arena. Petr Sykora opened the scoring with a nice forehand-to-backhand shot which beat Flyers goaltender, Martin Biron, short-side at 6:19 of the first period. Philadelphia got the game's next two goals from Mike Richards. The first was a wraparound which went in off of Marc-Andre Fleury at 8:30 of the first and the second was put in after a scramble out front at 12:50 of the first. Sidney Crosby tied it at two with a nice redirect of a Marian Hossa pass at 14:11 of the first. Evgeni Malkin netted the eventual game-winner on a wrist shot from the right faceoff dot with under seven seconds to go in the opening period. Malkin scored his second of the game short-handed at 4:50 of the second period. Shortly after being checked heavily into the boards behind the Flyers goal, Malkin took a long feed from Sergei Gonchar, skated in alone on Biron and fired a slapshot from 15 feet home.

NHL.com Game Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20072008/GS030311.HTM
NHL.com Video Highlights: http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlg=20072008,3,311
Opponent's Newspaper Recap: http://www.philly.com/dailynews/sports/top_sports/20080510_Penguins_grab_opener_from_Flyers.html

Tickets for the first two games vs Flyers on sale tomorrow morning (5-May-2008)
Tickets for the first two Eastern Conference Finals games at Mellon Arena go on sale tomorrow morning (Tuesday, May 6th) at 10:00am. Ticket prices range from $90-$260.

Source: http://www.ticketmaster.com/artist/806005?brand=penguins

Flyers-Pens Eastern Conference Finals to start Friday (5-May-2008)
Fri., May 9, 7:30pm - Philadelphia at Pittsburgh - Versus
Sun., May 11, 7:30pm - Philadelphia at Pittsburgh - Versus
Tues., May 13, 7:30pm - Pittsburgh at Philadelphia - Versus
Thurs., May 15, 7:30pm - Pittsburgh at Philadelphia - Versus
* Sun., May 18, 3:00pm - Philadelphia at Pittsburgh - NBC
* Tues., May 20, 7:30pm - Pittsburgh at Philadelphia - Versus
* Thurs., May 22, 7:30pm - Philadelphia at Pittsburgh - Versus

* If necessary

Penguins close out series with 3-2 overtime win over Rangers (5-May-2008)
The Penguins are moving on to the Eastern Conference Finals after defeating the Rangers 3-2 in overtime in front of 17,132 at Mellon Arena. Pittsburgh led 2-0 after two periods on goals from Marian Hossa and Evgeni Malkin and appeared to be cruising to an easy victory. However, New York had different plans and scored twice in the the first three and a half minutes in the third period to tie the game at two. The Pens had a golden chance late in the game when Chris Drury was given a double minor for high-sticking Ryan Malone. (Of course, Rangers fans will point out that Malone should have received the same penalty earlier in the game when he cut Drury's cheek but the referees missed the call.) Pittsburgh failed to convert on the power play which carried over into overtime. Marian Hossa got the game and series-winner at 7:10 of overtime as he one-timed the puck five-hole past Henrik Lundqvist.

NHL.com Game Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20072008/GS030225.HTM
NHL.com Video Highlights: http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlg=20072008,3,225
Opponent's Newspaper Recap: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/05/sports/hockey/05rangers.html?_r=1&ref=sports&oref=slogin

Pens shut out 3-0 by Rangers (2-May-2008)
The Penguins lose their first game in the playoffs as Rangers goalie, Henrik Lundqvist, has a 29-save shutout in front of 18,200 at Madison Square Garden. Jaromir Jagr scored the eventual game-winner (seconds before being flattened by Brooks Orpik) at the 12:45 mark of the second period. Evgeni Malkin was awarded a penalty shot with under two minutes to go in the second after being hauled down on a breakaway but was unable to beat Lundqvist's glove. Brandon Dubinsky scored a power play goal early in the third and Jagr closed out the scoring with an empty-netter with 14 seconds to go.

NHL.com Game Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20072008/GS030224.HTM
NHL.com Video Highlights: http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlg=20072008,3,224
Opponent's Newspaper Recap: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/02/sports/hockey/02rangers.html?_r=1&ref=sports&oref=slogin

Malkin named Pearson Award finalist (1-May-2008)
Evgeni Malkin has been named as one of the three finalists for the Pearson Award is presented annually to the "most outstanding player" in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA. The other two finalists are Jarome Iginla and Alex Ovechkin.

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