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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, 2006

Pens recall Cairns (30-Oct-2006)
The Penguins have recalled Eric Cairns from his conditioning assignment in WBS.

Staal to remain; Letang sent to juniors (30-Oct-2006)
The team has announced that Jordan Staal will remain with the Penguins and Kris Letang will be sent to his junior team. Source: http://pittsburghpenguins.com/team/press/arts/2103.0.php

Pens stomp Flyers 8-2 (28-Oct-2006)
The Penguins crush the Flyers 8-2 as Sidney Crosby nets his first NHL hat trick in front of 19,589 at Wachovia Center. Philadelphia grabbed an early 1-0 lead but Pittsburgh responded with the game's next 6 goals and led 6-1 after two. The Flyers scored early in the third and the Pens got the game's final two goals. Evgeni Malkin scored once again and now has a goal in each of his first five NHL games which is a franchise record. Maxime Talbot scored twice (including a breakaway shorthander). Dominic Moore scored his first as a Penguins and Mark Recchi notched his first of the season.

Three Stars:
1. Sidney Crosby (3g)
2. Evgeni Malkin (1g, 2a)
3. Maxime Talbot (2g)

Cairns sent to WBS for conditioning assignment (27-Oct-2006)
Eric Cairns has been sent to WBS for a conditioning assignment. Cairns has not played this season due to knee surgery.

Stewart claimed by Blackhawks (26-Oct-2006)
Karl Stewart has been claimed by the Blackhawks. Source: http://www.chicagoblackhawks.com/news/news.asp?story_id=3480

Stewart placed on waivers (25-Oct-2006)
According to TSN.ca, Karl Stewart has been placed on waivers.

Penguins win third straight by defeating Devils 4-2 (24-Oct-2006)
The Penguins jump to first place in the Atlantic Division by beating New Jersey 4-2 in front of 13,190 at Mellon Arena. The first period saw the Devils grab a 1-0 lead when Scott Gomez picked up a rebound of a Brion Gionta shot and put it into an open net. Nils Ekman tied it when he skated down the off-wing and wristed it by Martin Brodeur. Pittsburgh got goals from Sidney Crosby (off a nice feed from Evgeni Malkin) and Jordan Staal (off a great pass from Nils Ekman) to make it 3-1 after two periods. Sergei Brylin cut the lead to one with his second of the season at 8:01 of the third. Evgeni Malkin closed out the scoring with a highlight-reel forward-to-backhand move which beat Brodeur. Malkin now has a goal in each of his first four games.... Read more

Penguins call up Talbot (24-Oct-2006)
The Penguins have recalled center Maxime Talbot from the WBS Penguins. The Pens Roster now has 23 active players and 4 on injured reserve.

Pens call up Noah Welch (23-Oct-2006)
The Penguins have recalled defenseman Noah Welch from the WBS Penguins.
Source: http://www.pittsburghpenguins.com/team/press/arts/2091.0.php

Malone out 6 weeks with broken wrist (22-Oct-2006)
The Post-Gazette is reporting that Ryan Malone broke his left wrist in last night's game and is expected to miss six weeks. Update: He's been placed on the injured reserve list.

Penguins score five special teams goals en route to a 5-3 win over Columbus (22-Oct-2006)
The Penguins score three power play goals and get two Jordan Staal shorthanded goals (one a penalty shot) in a 5-3 victory over the Blue Jackets in front of 14,637 at Mellon Arena. Michel Ouellet and Sergei Gonchar netted power play goals before the midpoint of the first period to put Pittsburgh up 2-0. Columbus scored the game's next two goals before the Pens put it away with Staal's first shorthander of the game, Evgeni Malkin's power play goal, and then Staal's shorthanded penalty shot which hit the left post and went in off Columbus goaltender, Fredrik Norrena. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 36 of 39 shots he faced.

Malkin has scored a goal now in each of his first three NHL games.

Three Stars: 1) Jordan Staal (2g, 0a); 2) Sergei Gonchar (1g, 1a); 3) Evgeni Malkin (1g, 0a)

Penguins beat Isles on Gonchar OT goal (20-Oct-2006)
The Penguins defeat the Islanders 4-3 with a Sergei Gonchar power play goal in overtime in front of an announced crowd of 10,258 at Nassau Coliseum. Pittsburgh led 2-0 early in the second period after Michel Ouellet and Nils Ekman power play goals but New York responded with three goals in under three minutes near the end of the second. Evgeni Malkin tied the game with his second goal in as many games before Gonchar netted the game-winner at 3:33 of overtime.... Read more

Penguins fall 2-1 to Devils in Malkin's NHL debut (19-Oct-2006)
The Penguins lost 2-1 to New Jersey as Pittsburgh got its first look at Evgeni Malkin who scored the Pens' lone goal. Malkin lived up to the hype as he made several unreal passes, broke a pane of glass with a slapshot, and ripped a shot past... uh... okay, he poked at a puck the Devils' goaltender Martin Brodeur appeared to have covered up which slid over the goal line for his first NHL goal.... Read more

Malkin to play on Wednesday (16-Oct-2006)
The Penguins have announced that Evgeni Malkin will make his NHL debut on Wednesday versus New Jersey. Malkin has been out with a dislocated shoulder since a September 20th preseason game. He began practicing with the team last week and has been cleared to play by the Penguins' medical staff.

Pens lose 5-1 to Hurricanes (15-Oct-2006)
The Penguins lose 5-1 to Carolina with only a lucky Kris Letang goal keeping it from being a shutout in front of 14,351 at Mellon Arena. The Hurricanes were up 1-0 on an Eric Staal goal when Colby Armstrong caught Trevor Letowski with a late check to his head. Letowski was knocked unconscious momentarily and had to be stretchered off the ice with a concussion and a cut on his forehead. The Pens seemed out of synch the rest of the night. Marc-Andre Fleury was cut above the eye and left the game near the midpoint of the second after being run into.

Thanks to Paul Steigerwald for mentioning LetsGoPens.com during the telecast.

Pens beat Rangers 6-5 on last second Crosby goal (13-Oct-2006)
The Penguins defeat the Rangers 6-5 in a special teams-dominated contest in front of 18,200 at Madison Square Garden. Sidney Crosby scored the game-winner on the power play with 3.3 seconds to go in the game. The goal gave Crosby a four point night as he also had three power play assists.

The teams combined to score seven power play goals in a very tightly officiated game. The scoring began with a shorthanded Jordan Staal breakaway goal (his first NHL goal) at 3:23 of the second period. Kris Letang also scored his first NHL goal. Ryan Whitney scored a power play goal and the Pens' only even strength goal of the game. Michel Ouellet scored the other Penguins power play goal.... Read more

October practice schedule (8-Oct-2006)
The Pittsburgh Penguins' October Practice Schedule at RMU Island Sports Center is available. The Pens have five open practice during October.

Penguins blanked 2-0 by Red Wings (7-Oct-2006)
The Penguins were outshot 26-13 and lose 2-0 to Detroit in front of 15,318 at Mellon Arena. Johan Franzen got the eventual game-winner six minutes into the first when he picked up a rebound of a Jason Williams shot at the top of the crease and backhanded it by Marc-Andre Fleury. Kris Draper scored the other Red Wing goal with a wrist shot from the right circle at the 18:39 mark of the third period.

Three Stars:
1) Kris Draper (Det) (1g)
2) Johan Franzen (Det) (1g)
3) Marc-Andre Fleury (24 saves)

Malkin out at least two more weeks (6-Oct-2006)
The Penguins released a statement this afternoon saying that "Evgeni Malkin will continue the rehabilitation program for his [dislocated] shoulder and will be re-evaluated in two weeks."

Penguins down Flyers 4-0 in opener (6-Oct-2006)
After a pre-game which had the re-raising of Mario Lemieux's number, a video montage, and live penguins(!), the Penguins opened the 2006-07 season with an impressive 4-0 defeat of the ever-hated Flyers. Pittsburgh opened the scoring at 6:46 of the first when Michel Ouellet snapped a quick shot. Ouellet figured in on the second goal as Jarkko Ruutu knocked in a Ouellet rebound at 9:34 of the first. Sidney Crosby and Josef Melichar added goals in the second period.

Pittsburgh got strong goaltending from Marc-Andre Fleury who stopped all 40 Philadelphia shots. The Pens penalty-killing was also impressive as they killed off 10 power plays including two 5-on-3s.

Three Stars:
1) Marc-Andre Fleury (40 saves)
2) Sidney Crosby (1g, 1a)
3) Jarkko Ruutu (1g, 1a)

Balsillie signs purchase agreement to buy the Pens (5-Oct-2006)
Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of Research in Motion (the makers of Blackberry), has signed a purchase agreement to purchase the Penguins. Press release: http://www.pittsburghpenguins.com/team/press/arts/2057.0.php

Orpik on IR (5-Oct-2006)
Brooks Orpik has been placed on injured reserve.

Penguins to be sold (4-Oct-2006)
The Post-Gazette is reporting that the Penguins sale to Jim Balsillie is "imminent." Link: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06277/727495-100.stm

Here's an interesting article on what it would cost to potentially move the team to Hamilton: http://www.hamiltonspectator.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=hamilton/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1159998618578

Orpik injured; Sabourin claimed by Vancouver (4-Oct-2006)
The Post-Gazette is reporting that Brooks Orpik will miss the opener with an injured hand and that he may require surgery. Also, Vancouver has claimed Dany Sabourin off waivers from the Penguins. Full story available at http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06277/727322-100.stm.

Opening night's officials / anthem singer (4-Oct-2006)
Greg Kimmerly (18), Don Koharski (12)

Brian Murphy (93), Tony Sericolo (84)

Video Goal Judge:
Jim Weaver

Anthem Singer:
Scott Blasey

Pre-game ceremony on opening night (4-Oct-2006)
Fans are asked to be in their seats at 7:25pm for a special pre-game ceremony. Mellon Arena gates will open at 6:00pm - 30 minutes earlier than normal.

Penguins claim Thorburn (3-Oct-2006)
The Penguins have claimed forward Chris Thorburn off waivers from the Buffalo Sabres. Press release: http://www.pittsburghpenguins.com/team/press/arts/2057.0.php

The current roster can be found at http://www.letsgopens.com/pens_roster.php.

Penguins sign Letang (2-Oct-2006)
The Penguins have signed defenseman Kristopher Letang. Press release: http://www.pittsburghpenguins.com/team/press/arts/2056.0.php

Penguins sign Jordan Staal (2-Oct-2006)
The Penguins have signed center Jordan Staal. Press release - http://www.pittsburghpenguins.com/team/press/arts/2054.0.php.

Pens send five to WBS (2-Oct-2006)
The Penguins have sent forwards Daniel Carcillo, Libor Pivko, Ryan Stone and Maxime Talbot, and defenseman Noah Welch to WBS.

This leaves the current 23 man roster as:
Sidney Crosby, Dominic Moore, Jordan Staal, Karl Stewart, Colby Armstrong, Ryan Malone, Michel Ouellet, Mark Recchi, Andre Roy, Nils Ekman, John LeClair, Jarkko Ruutu

Eric Cairns, Mark Eaton, Sergei Gonchar, Kristopher Letang, Josef Melichar, Brooks Orpik, Rob Scuderi, Ryan Whitney,

Marc-Andre Fleury, Dany Sabourin, Jocelyn Thibault

Evgeni Malkin and Ronald Petrovicky

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