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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, 2005

Pens call up Whitney and Christensen (31-Oct-2005)
The Penguins have called up C Erik Christensen and D Ryan Whitney, from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, it was announced today by General Manager Craig Patrick.

Full press release: http://www.pittsburghpenguins.com/team/press/arts/1433.0.php

Pens lose 5-3 to Carolina (29-Oct-2005)
The Penguins blow yet another third period lead and lose 5-3 to Carolina in front of 16,420 at Mellon Arena. Pittsburgh led 3-1 heading into the third period but Carolina, playing their fourth game in six nights, outshoot the Pens 19-4 and score four times in the third period. John LeClair, Sergei Gonchar and Ziggy Palffy score for the Pens.

Tarnstrom out indefinitely (28-Oct-2005)
Dick Tarnstrom has a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee and will be out indefinitely. Tarnstrom's skate caught in the ice as he was being checked along the boards during the first period of last night's game versus Atlanta. Tarnstrom joins Andre Roy and Shane Endicott on the injured reserve list.

Pens beat Thrashers 7-5 for first win of the season! (27-Oct-2005)
The Penguins rebound from a 4-0 deficit at the midpoint of the first period to beat Atlanta 7-5 in front of 14,009 at Mellon Arena. After going down by four, the Pens scored the next seven goals in the game. Mario Lemieux, Sergei Gonchar and John LeClair each scored two power play goals and were the game's number one, two and three stars. Ric Jackman netted the lone non-power play Penguins goal.

  • Lemieux added three assists for a five point night.
  • Dick Tarnstrom was injured in the first period. The Post-Gazette is reporting he injured the medial collateral ligament in his left knee and may be out 6-8 weeks.
  • Pittsburgh went 6 for 11 on the power play. ... Read more

    Roy placed on IR (26-Oct-2005)
    Andre Roy has been placed on injured reserves. His left orbital bone was fractured in a fight with Boston's Colton Orr on Saturday.

    Pens lose 4-3 in overtime to Panthers (25-Oct-2005)
    The Penguins blow a 3-2 third period lead and lose in overtime on a Stephen Weiss power play goal. Pittsburgh battled back from 2-1 down after two periods with a Lasse Pirjeta goal three minutes into the third and then took the lead with a Dick Tarnstrom power play goal at 7:07. The Pens then sat back and tried to protect the lead but Lukas Krajicek's power play goal with 2:30 to go tied it up. Mario Lemieux took an interference penalty with 19 seconds left in the game which he vehemently disputed but ultimately led to Stephen Weiss slapshot winner which beat Jocelyn Thibault cleanly. Lemieux had to restrained by the linesmen from going after the referee.

    Ryan Malone opened the scoring for Pittsburgh with a power play goal at 13:35 of the first period.

    Pens beaten 6-3 by Boston; winless streak hits 8 (22-Oct-2005)
    The Penguins get outshot 41-27 and outscored 6-3 by Boston. The Bruins scored four (yes, four...) power play goals, three of which were 5-on-3 advantages, in the second period to make the game 5-1 after two periods. Pittsburgh cut the lead to 5-3 with goals from Ryan Malone and Brooks Orpik but Boston closed out the scoring with Joe Thornton's second of the game. Sergei Gonchar scored the Pens' first goal which was on the power play and was his first of the season. The Penguins took 14 penalties in the game.

    Pens lose 6-3 to Devils, Crosby held pointless (20-Oct-2005)
    The quest for the first win of the season continues as the Devils beat the Penguins 6-3 in front of an announced crowd of 16,082 at Mellon Arena. New Jersey led 2-0 after one period on goals from Jay Pandolfo and Scott Gomez. Pittsburgh tied the game at two with two goals in 29 seconds near the middle of the second from Dick Tarnstrom and Mario Lemieux. The Devils struck right back though with a power play goal 31 seconds later from Vladimir Malakhov and never looked back. Ric Jackman scored the Pens' third goal and final goal of the game on the power play at 8:43 of the third period.

    • Sidney Crosby's six game point-scoring streak came to an end.
    • Jocelyn Thibault pulled in favor of Sebastien Caron after the sixth NJ goal.
    • The loss sets the franchise record for a season-opening winless streak at seven games.
    ... Read more

    Thibault removed from IR, Fleury sent back to WBS (18-Oct-2005)
    Goaltender Jocelyn Thibault has been removed from injured reserve list and Marc-Andre Fleury has been sent back to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

    Pens lose 3-1 to Lightning (15-Oct-2005)
    The Pens woes continue as they lose 3-1 to Tampa Bay in front of a standing room only sellout of 17,132 at Mellon Arena. The Lightning led 3-0 after two periods on goals from Vaclav Prospal, Ruslan Fedotenko (PP) and Vincent Lecavalier. Ziggy Palffy scored the lone Pens goal 1:20 into the third with a slapshot that beat Sean Burke along the ice glove-side. Sidney Crosby got the lone assist on the goal.

    The Penguins six game season-opening winless streak ties a franchise record. Pittsburgh remains the lone NHL team without a win. Crosby has a point in each game this season.

    Pens lose 6-5 in OT to Philadelphia (14-Oct-2005)
    The Penguins come back from a four goal deficit to tie the game at five but then lose in overtime to the Flyers on a Mike Rathje power play goal. Pittsburgh were down 5-1 after giving up a shorthanded goal at 10:44 of the second and looked out of the game. The Pens then responded with the game's next four goals. John LeClair (19:57 - 1st period), Ryan Malone (PP, 12:11 - 2nd per.), Sidney Crosby (13:08 - 2nd per.), Dick Tarnstrom (PP, 5:20 - 3rd per.) and Maxime Talbot (11:52 - 3rd per.) scored for Pittsburgh. The Talbot goal was rather humorous as he basically just dumped the puck in from center ice in order to make a line change and it somehow eluded Flyer goaltender, Antero Niittymaki. Video clip courtesy of elliot: http://www.pookalooka.com/Talbot-CenterIce-Goal.wmv (7Mb)

    Philadelphia outshot the Penguins 41-20. The game was the fourth overtime game in a row for the Pens. Marc-Andre Fleury was pulled after the fourth Flyer goal and was replaced by Sebastien Caron who had a strong game in net and made an incredible save on Brian Savage with 1:11 to go in the game. Here's a video clip of the save courtesy of elliot: http://www.pookalooka.com/Caron-The-Save-full.wmv (9 Mb).

    Pittsburgh Gaming Taskforce public meetings (11-Oct-2005)
    If you'd like to show your support for the Penguins being granted a gaming license, please consider attending a Pittsburgh Gaming Taskforce public meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for October 19th from 6:30-8:30 at the Regional Enterprise Tower. For more information, please visit http://www.slotsformario.com/ or http://www.pittsburghgamingtaskforce.org/.

    Pens lose 3-2 to Buffalo in OT (10-Oct-2005)
    The Penguins remain winless for the season after losing 3-2 to Buffalo in front of a sparse crowd of 12,050 at HSBC Arena. Marc-Andre Fleury played a strong game in goal but was unable to keep the puck with his left skate against the post and Jochen Hecht was able to jam it in with 21 seconds to go in overtime. The Pens got goals from Ziggy Palffy and Mark Recchi. Sidney Crosby had an assist and now has a four game point-scoring streak. ... Read more

    Thibault on IR, Fleury recalled, Chiodo to WBS (10-Oct-2005)
    Goaltender Jocelyn Thibault has been placed on injured reserve after being injured during Saturday's game-day skate. Andy Chiodo has been sent to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Marc-Andre Fleury has been recalled and is scheduled to start tonight against Buffalo.

    Pens drop home-opener 7-6 in OT to Boston (8-Oct-2005)
    The Penguins give up a two goal lead heading into the third period and lose 7-6 in their home-opener to the Bruins in overtime. The Pens also blew a two-goal advantage in the second period. The sold-out crowd (17,132) did get to see Sidney Crosby's first NHL goal which at the time put the Pens up 6-4. Crosby added two primary assists for a three point night and now has a three game point-scoring streak. Mario Lemieux scored twice. The other goalscorers for Pittsburgh were Ziggy Palffy, Ric Jackman and Brooks Orpik. Sebastien Caron got the start in goal after scheduled starter Jocelyn Thibault was injured in the morning skate.

    Christina Aguilera to sing anthem (8-Oct-2005)
    Christina Aguilera is scheduled to sing the national anthem at tonight's home opener. (Maybe this will drive some google traffic to letsgopens.com.)

    Pens lose 3-2 to Carolina (7-Oct-2005)
    The Pens again run into a red-hot goaltender but this time end up with a point after losing the game via a shootout to Carolina 3-2. ... Read more

    Pens lose season-opener 5-1 to New Jersey (5-Oct-2005)
    The Penguins open the 2005-06 with a 5-1 loss to the Devils. The story of the game was the play of Devils goaltender, Martin Brodeur, who turned aside 36 of the 37 Pittsburgh shots. The Pens dominated the first 10 minutes of the game but were unable to beat Brodeur. New Jersey scored twice in the last 3:55 of the first and never looked back. Only high point for the Penguins was that Sidney Crosby notched his first NHL point as he assisted on Mark Recchi's goal at 5:36 of the third.... Read more

    2005 Preseason results (3-Oct-2005)
    9-19-05: BLUE JACKETS 3 - Penguins 2 (SO) - http://cbs.sportsline.com/nhl/gamecenter/recap/NHL_20050919_PIT@CLB
    9-21-05: Bruins 5 - Penguins 4 (OT) - http://cbs.sportsline.com/nhl/gamecenter/recap/NHL_20050921_BOS@PIT
    9-23-05: Senators 6 - Penguins 2 - http://cbs.sportsline.com/nhl/gamecenter/recap/NHL_20050924_OTT@PIT
    9-24-05: Senators 3 - Penguins 0 - http://cbs.sportsline.com/nhl/gamecenter/recap/NHL_20050923_PIT@OTT
    9-25-05: Capitals 3 - Penguins 2
    9-27-05: PENGUINS 7 - Blue Jackets 2 - http://cbs.sportsline.com/nhl/gamecenter/recap/NHL_20050927_CLB@PIT
    9-29-05: Ottawa 4 - Penguins 1 - http://cbs.sportsline.com/nhl/gamecenter/recap/NHL_20050929_PIT@OTT
    9-30-05: CAPITALS 4 - Penguins 3 - http://cbs.sportsline.com/nhl/gamecenter/recap/NHL_20050930_PIT@WAS
    10-2-05: PENGUINS 7 - Capitals 1 - http://cbs.sportsline.com/nhl/gamecenter/recap/NHL_20051002_WAS@PIT

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