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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
November, 2003

Pens beaten 4-1 by Rangers (28-Nov-2003)
The Rangers score three in the third period on their way to a 4-1 victory over the Penguins before 15,908 at Mellon Arena. Martin Rucinsky opened the scoring for New York at 14:56 of the first. Rico Fata netted the lone Pens goal on the power play with a slapshot from above the right circle. NY then got goals from Martin Rucinsky, Eric Lindros, and Brian Leetch in the third to put the game away. Marc-Andre Fleury celebrated his 19th birthday with a 31 save effort. Shots were 35-21 in favor of the Rangers.

Pens and Flyers play to a 1-1 tie (26-Nov-2003)
The Penguins and Flyers tie 1-1 in front of 11,014 at Mellon Arena. The Pens got their lone goal on the power play from Dick Tarnstrom with 37 seconds to go in the first period. Tarnstrom snapped a shot home from the left point. Eric Chouinard tied the game with a wrist shot from out front after a scramble at 14:08 of the second. The Flyers dominated the third and overtime and outshot the Pens in those two periods by a combined 20-3 but were unable to beat Sebastien Caron. Final shots were 39-20 in favor of Philadelphia. Three stars were 1) Sebastien Caron, 2) Justin Williams and 3) Rico Fata.

Holzinger clears waivers (26-Nov-2003)
Sportsnet.ca is reporting that Brian Holzinger has cleared waivers. He will be sent to WBS in the next 3-7 days.

Lemieux out indefinitely (24-Nov-2003)
Mario Lemieux is now out "indefinitely" according to Dejan Kovacevic of the Post-Gazette. The full article is available at http://www.post-gazette.com/breaking/20031124marionet6.asp.

Pens beat Sens 2-1 in OT (22-Nov-2003)
The Penguins played probably their strongest game of the season and defeat Ottawa 2-1 in overtime. Tomas Surovy put Pittsburgh up 1-0 at 6:40 of the first with a wrister from the right circle. Ottawa tied the game at one with a Zdeno Chara power play goal at 9:58 of the third. Ryan Malone netted the game-winner by banging a rebound home from in close at 2:40 of overtime. The Pens were outshot 32-19. Three stars of the game: 1) Sebastien Caron, 2) Ryan Malone, 3) Josef Melichar.

Pens fall 2-1 to Devils in OT (21-Nov-2003)
The Penguins got a late power play goal from Dick Tarnstrom but lose 2-1 to New Jersey in overtime. Patrik Elias took a cross-ice pass and one-timed the puck by Marc-Andre Fleury to give the Devils a 1-0 lead at 3:45 of the first period. That lead held up until the 19:33 mark of the third period when Tarnstrom banged a rebound by Martin Brodeur to send the game into overtime. Patrik Elias came in one-on-one against Drake Berehowsky and wristed the puck past a screened Fleury for the game-winner 39 seconds into overtime.

Steve Webb sent to WBS (21-Nov-2003)
The Penguins have assigned right wing Steve Webb to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, it was announced today by GM Craig Patrick. Webb, 23, played in five games with the Penguins, going scoreless with a minus-3 rating and two penalty minutes.

Pens beaten 6-2 by Wild (19-Nov-2003)
The Pens give up three goals in the first to Minnesota and end up losing 6-2 before an announced crowd of 10,957 at Mellon Arena. To make matters worse, the power went out after the Wild's third goal in the first. Marc-Andre Fleury was pulled after the power outage. Tom Kostopoulos and Ryan Malone scored the Pens' goals.

Pens recall Boileau (18-Nov-2003)
The Penguins have recalled D Patrick Boileau from WBS. In 13 games with WBS, Boileau has 0 goals, 8 assists and a +7 +/- rating. His career stats can be found at http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php3?pid=18624.

"The Price of Subtlety" by columnist Jason A. Karsh (18-Nov-2003)
Karsh's latest column, "The Price of Subtlety," discusses the evolution of Mario Lemieux's game.

Lemieux to miss at least one more week (17-Nov-2003)
The Penguins official site is reporting that Mario Lemieux will miss at least another week. Lemieux will be re-evaluated next week and the earliest he'll be back is for the November 26th game vs Philadelphia. For more, go to http://www.pittsburghpenguins.com/team/features/arts/541.0.php.

Pens lose 3-2 to Panthers. (15-Nov-2003)
The Penguins attempted to rebound from a 3-0 deficit after two but come up one goal shot in a 3-2 loss to the Panthers in front of an announced crowd of 11,004 in Pittsburgh. Florida opened up a 1-0 lead in the last minute of the first period with a short-side backhand goal from Olli Jokinen on goaltender Sebastien Caron. The Panthers then got goals from Kristian Huselius and Valeri Bure in the second on only four shots on goal in the entire period. Milan Kraft netted his third of the season at 6:16 and then Drake Berehowsky scored a power play goal at 8:30 but the Pens were unable to get the game-tying goal against Florida goaltender Roberto Luongo. Scratches were Mario Lemieux (hip), Rico Fata (hamstring), Michal Rozsival (knee), Dan Focht (finger) and Steve Webb.

Pens beat Sabres 2-1 in OT; Focht injured (14-Nov-2003)
Aleksey Morozov rips a slapshot home 3:09 into overtime to beat the Sabres 2-1. Buffalo opened the scoring with a Daniel Briere breakaway goal at 9:19 of the second period. Drake Berehowsky tied the game with his first goal of the season at 11:33 of the third period. Dan Focht suffered a broken finger early in the second period and did not return.

Pens recall Surovy and Kostopoulos; Lemieux on IR (14-Nov-2003)
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that the Penguins have recalled LW Tomas Surovy and RW Tom Kostopoulos from the WBS Pens. The move was prompted by the word that Rico Fata will be out at least two weeks. Mario Lemieux has been placed on the injured reserve list.

Pens lose 6-2 to Rangers; Fata injured (12-Nov-2003)
The Penguins lose 6-2 to the Rangers and drop their fourth straight game. Dan Focht (1st NHL goal) and Aleksey Morozov score for the Pens. Rico Fata suffered a reported strained left hamstring in the first period and did not return. Pittsburgh gets outshot 42-29.... Read more

Lemieux to miss at least one more week (10-Nov-2003)
Mario Lemieux skated briefly at today's practice and then left the ice. Head Coach Eddie Olczyk said that Lemieux would not play in any of this week's games and that Mario would be re-evaluated on November 17th.

Pens blown out 9-0 by Lightning (8-Nov-2003)
Outscored 9-0. Outshot 42-15. Pens lose big. Enough said.

Panthers defeat Penguins 6-3 (7-Nov-2003)
Pittsburgh lose to Florida 6-3 in a seesaw battle which saw the Panthers score the game's first two goals, the Pens the next three and the Panthers with the last four. Milan Kraft scored twice in his return to action after being scratched repeatedly. Rico Fata netted his seventh of the year for Pittsburgh. Florida outshot the Pens 46-21. Mario Lemieux missed his second straight game and will not play Saturday versus Tampa Bay.

Pens lose 4-2 to Leafs; Lemieux sits out (4-Nov-2003)
The Penguins lost 4-2 to the Maple Leafs in Toronto. The Leafs went up 2-0 after the first on goals from Aki Berg (1:38) and Darcy Tucker (8:38). Ryan Malone netted the lone goal of the second with a short-hander at 10:25. Toronto put the game out of reach with a Robert Reichel power play goal at 2:03 of the third and then a Bryan McCabe goal at 12:17 before Rico Fata was able to notch a power play goal with just under a minute and a half to go. The third period also featured four fights.

Fleury named Rookie of the Month (4-Nov-2003)
G Marc-Andre Fleury was named the NHL's Rookie of the Month for October. Fleury posted a 2-2-2 record with one shutout, a 1.96 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage in six games.

November Practice Schedule at Iceoplex (3-Nov-2003)
The November practice schedule at Iceoplex has been released. The Pens will have three open practices during November.

Pens defeat Bruins 3-2 in OT; Lemieux injured (1-Nov-2003)
The Penguins rebounded from a 2-0 deficit in the third period to beat Boston 3-2 in overtime. Mike Knuble and P.J. Axelsson had the Bruins up 2-0 after two but Rico Fata scored twice in the third to send the game into overtime and Ryan Malone scored the game-winner 2:10 into OT. Mario Lemieux left the game in the first with a hip flexor injury and did not return.

Nolan Baumgartner placed on waivers; taken by Canucks (1-Nov-2003)
The Pens lost D Nolan Baumgartner to Vancouver after placing him on waivers. Baumgartner played in 5 games for Pittsburgh, had no points and was a team-worst -7 rating.

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