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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
October, 2003

Penguins blank Blackhawks 1-0 (30-Oct-2003)
The Pens beat Chicago 1-0 on a beautiful Konstantin Koltsov goal. After a scoreless first, Koltsov got the game's lone goal as he came out from below the left circle and beat Chicago goaltender, Michael Leighton, short-side with a sweet backhander at 4:21 of the second period. Marc-Andre Fleury got his first start on the road and his first NHL shutout as he turned aside 20 Blackhawk shots. Fleury becomes the third youngest goaltender to register an NHL shutout behind Harry Lumley (18 years, 65 days) and Tom Barrasso (18 years, 293 days).... Read more

Pens tie Isles 4-4; Mario gets career point 1700 (30-Oct-2003)
The Penguins and Islanders skated to a 4-4 tie in a seesaw battle at Mellon Arena in front of an announced crowd of 10,377. New York opened a 2-0 lead with a shorthanded Shawn Bates goal at 8:03 of the first and an Alexei Yashin goal at 17:07. Pittsburgh then got the game's next four goals: Dick Tarnstrom (19:44 - 1st per.), Martin Straka (0:52 - 2nd), Ryan Malone (3:42 - 2nd), and Mike Eastwood (2:10 - 3rd). The Pens were unable to hold the lead though as Jason Blake and Mariusz Czerkawski scored three minutes apart in the middle of the third period. Mario Lemieux assisted on the Pens' first goal of the game giving him 1700 career points. Konstantin Koltsov had his first ever 3 point game.... Read more

Pens crushed by Isles 7-2 (25-Oct-2003)
The Islanders score three in the first, two in the second and two in the third and beat the Penguins 7-2 in a fight-filled game on Long Island. The Pens avoided the shutout with a shorthanded Rico Fata goal at 19:48 of the second and then added an Aleksey Morozov power play goal in the third. Mario Lemieux got career point 1699 with an assist on the Morozov goal. (Mercifully, my television died during the game so I was spared some of the carnage.)

Devils beat Pens 2-1 (24-Oct-2003)
The Devils score the lone goal of the third period and beat Pittsburgh 2-1 in front of 11,281 at Mellon Arena. Brian Rafalski opened the scoring for NJ with a wrist shot from above the right circle which deflected past Marc-Andre Fleury. The Pens tied it at one when Martin Straka scored with seven seconds to go in the second off a nice backhand feed from Mike Eastwood. New Jersey got the game-winner from Brian Gionta who had the puck deflect off his skate in the crease at 12:40 of the third. Mario Lemieux got career point 1698 with an assist on Straka's goal. Marc-Andre Fleury was named the game's number one star with a 32 save effort.

Penguins and Hurricanes play to 1-1 tie (23-Oct-2003)
The Pens tie Carolina 1-1 in front of an announced crowd of 10,425 at Mellon Arena. Pittsburgh's lone goal was scored on the power play by Aleksey Morozov with 8.9 seconds to go in the first period. It seemed as though Carolina thought the preceding shot by Mario Lemieux had gone in and stopped playing but the puck bounced off the right post to Morozov who easily scored.

Carolina's lone goal came from ex-Pen Ron Francis on a nice individual effort at 12:24 of the second. After Marc-Andre Fleury attempted an ill-advised clearing attempt up the ice, Francis intercepted the puck, fired an initial shot which was stopped by Josef Melichar. Francis followed up his shot and chipped the puck over Fleury and into the goal.... Read more

Steve Webb claimed off of waivers; Simpson sent to WBS (22-Oct-2003)
The team has claimed RW Steve Webb off of waivers from the Flyers. For more on Webb, check out http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/teams/player_bio.asp?player_id=325&hubName=.
In order to open up a roster spot for Webb, Reid Simpson has be sent down to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

"Winning the War" by columnist Jason A. Karsh (21-Oct-2003)
Karsh's latest column, "Winning the War," discusses Marc-Andre Fleury's importance to the Penguins.

Murley sent to WBS (20-Oct-2003)
LW Matt Murley has been assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The move means Steve McKenna will be taken off of the injured reserve list.

Pens, Edzo, and Fleury get first win of the season (18-Oct-2003)
The Penguins rebounded from a two goal deficit to defeat Detroit 4-3 in front of 13,421 at Mellon Arena. The win was the first of the season for Pittsburgh and the first ever for head coach Eddie Olczyk and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.... Read more

Pens lose 4-1 to Canadiens (16-Oct-2003)
The Penguins remain winless in the new season as they lose 4-1 in Montreal. The Penguins gave up late goals in the first and second period and then two in the third period while only scoring a Martin Straka power play goal in the second.... Read more

Penguins tie Flyers 3-3 (11-Oct-2003)
The Pens recovered from their opening game debacle with a hard-earned 3-3 tie in Philadelphia. Things looked bleak after the first period as the Flyers were up 3-0. Philadelphia were up 1-0 with a power play goal less than two minutes in, then notched a shorthander at 14:22 and finally scored an even strength goal with just over two to go in the period. Pittsburgh got a power play goal from Dick Tarnstrom in the second and then goals from Mario Lemieux and Aleksey Morozov in the third to earn the point.... Read more

Aubin clears waivers (11-Oct-2003)
G Jean-Sebastien Aubin has cleared waivers and has been assigned to the WBS Penguins.

Pens drop opener to Kings 3-0 (10-Oct-2003)
The Penguins opened the 2003-04 season with a less-than-impressive effort against the Los Angeles Kings... well, everyone except Marc-Andre Fleury who was simply amazing in his NHL debut. Fleury turned aside 46 shots and stopped a penalty shot. (Yes, he did give up a goal and his first shot against but we won't mention that ever again.)... Read more

Olczyk names captains (9-Oct-2003)
Head Coach Eddie Olczyk announced today that Mario Lemieux will be the team's captain and that Marc Bergevin, Kelly Buchberger and Martin Straka will be this season's alternate captains.

Fleury to start season-opener (9-Oct-2003)
The Penguins have announced that Marc-Andre Fleury will start in goal in tomorrow's season-opener at Mellon Arena.

Pens activate Fleury; place Aubin on waivers (8-Oct-2003)
The team announced that Marc-Andre Fleury has been placed on the active roster after getting his visa situation cleared up. In order to make room on the 23 man roster, Jean-Sebastien Aubin has been placed on waivers and will be sent to Wilkes-Barre if he is not claimed.

"Message: We Care" by columnist Jason A. Karsh (8-Oct-2003)
Karsh's latest column, "Message: We Care," discusses the current state of the Penguins.

Pens television schedule change (8-Oct-2003)
Penguin games during college football season will be shown on UPN-19 instead of Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh. The 2003-04 schedule has been updated to reflect this change.

Pens sign Fleury (6-Oct-2003)
The Penguins have signed top pick Marc-Andre Fleury. Reports say that if Fleury hits all bonuses he could make just under $15M over three years.

Pens pick up Baumgartner in waiver draft (3-Oct-2003)
The Penguins claimed defenseman Nolan Baumgartner from Vancouver in today's NHL Waiver Draft. Baumgartner spent the majority of last season with the Manitoba Moose (AHL) where he had 39 points (8g, 31a) and 82 PIMs in 59 games.

Fleury heads home in contract dispute (3-Oct-2003)
Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has gone home on the advise of his agent after receiving a less-than-satisfactory initial contract offer from the Penguins. The team has until 3pm Monday to sign Fleury or they will have to return him to Cape Breton (QMJHL). If the Pens sign him after Monday at 3, he could only play in the NHL on an emergency recall.

Rozsival undergoes knee surgery (3-Oct-2003)
D Michal Rozsival had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Thursday. Rozsival had his meniscus repaired during the surgery and is expected to miss approximately two months.

Penguins for sale? (2-Oct-2003)
Dejan Kovacevic has a disturbing article in today's Post-Gazette concerning the possibility of a sale of the Penguins. Check it out at http://www.post-gazette.com/penguins/20031002penguins1002p1.asp.

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