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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, 2005

Thibault clears waivers (30-Nov-2005)
Jocelyn Thibault has cleared waivers. No word yet from the team on whether he will be assigned to WBS or not.

Pens lose 3-2 to Sabres (29-Nov-2005)
The Penguins score first and outshoot their opponent, things they've rarely done this season, but still lose 3-2 to Buffalo in front of 15,118 at Mellon Arena. Matt Murley scored his first of the season just under five minutes into the game. Buffalo replied with a goal in the first and the second to make it 2-1. John LeClair tied it up on the power play 1:33 into the third period but Ales Kotalik responded with a power play game-winner 4:10 later. Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves on 27 shots but let a stoppable shot in on the game-winner.

Penguins place Thibault on waivers (29-Nov-2005)
The Penguins have placed G Jocelyn Thibault on waivers. If Thibault is not picked up by another team by noon tomorrow (Wednesday), the Pens can assign him to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Pens recall Fleury (29-Nov-2005)
The Penguins have recalled G Marc-Andre Fleury from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He is expected to start tonight versus Buffalo.

Ouellet returned to WBS... on second thought (28-Nov-2005)
The Pittsburgh Penguins HAVE NOT re-assigned forward Michel Ouellet to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Ouellet has been placed on the injured reserve list with back spasms.

Over the weekend, Shane Endicott was placed back on the injured reserve list. The Pens current roster has 22 active players and 3 on IR.

Lightning easily defeat Pens 4-1 (27-Nov-2005)
Tampa Bay scores three power play goals on their way to an easy 4-1 victory over Pittsburgh in front of 20,218 at the St. Pete Times Forum. Brad Richards opened the scoring for the Lightning with a deflection goal at 7:55 of the first period. Matt Murley was awarded a penalty shot after being hooked on a shorthanded breakaway but was stopped by a nice John Grahame leg save.

The Lightning outshot the Penguins 18-3 and scored two power play goals in the second period. They added another power play goal in the third before Maxime Talbot broke the shutout with a shorthanded goal with 1:13 to go in the game.

Mario Lemieux sat out with a stomach virus.

Pens lose 6-3 to Panthers (25-Nov-2005)
Florida break a 12-game losing streak by defeating the Penguins 6-3 as Olli Jokinen has a hat trick in front of 18,124 at BankAtlantic Center. The Panthers scored at the 1:56 and 3:00 minute mark of the first period before Ziggy Palffy was able to get Pittsburgh on the board. Unfortunately, Florida scored 17 seconds later at 8:28 of the first and it was the end of the night for goaltender Sebastien Caron who was replaced by Jocelyn Thibault. Olli Jokinen scored a shorthander at 13:34 of the first to make it 4-1 Panthers.

The second period opened with Sidney Crosby cutting the lead to two with his twelfth goal of the season 48 seconds in. Erik Christensen scored at 8:00 minutes to pull the Pens within one but the Panthers added two later in the second to put the game away.

Sidney Crosby was hit with a shot on the left foot in the third period. He left the game for x-rays but returned.

Pens hold off Capitals 5-4 (22-Nov-2005)
The Penguins beat the Capitals 5-4 in front of 16,978 at Mellon Arena. Pittsburgh led 4-0 after the first scoring on four of twelve first period shots but then slowly let the Capitals back into the game. Washington scored fourteen seconds apart in the second to cut the lead to 4-2 before Ziggy Palffy scored his second of the game at 13:30 of the second to make it 5-2. The Caps notched two in the third including a shorthander at 6:29 which cut the Pens lead to one but were unable to get the game-tying goal. Sidney Crosby had 1 goal and 1 assist and was the game's number one star. Washington's Alexander Ovechkin had one assist and was the game's number three star.... Read more

Pens send down three to WBS (22-Nov-2005)
The Pittsburgh Penguins have assigned forwards Rico Fata and Konstantin Koltsov and defenseman Rob Scuderi to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The roster has been updated with the latest information.

Pens recall Hussey and Ouellet (22-Nov-2005)
The Penguins have called up center Matt Hussey and right winger Michel Ouellet from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Dave Molinari, in today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, wrote that both will be in the line-up tonight against the Capitals.

Pens reportedly place three players on waivers (21-Nov-2005)
TSN.ca is reporting that the Pens have placed Rico Fata, Konstantin Koltsov and Rob Scuderi on waivers. Teams have until noon Tuesday to claim them or they can be assigned to the minors.

In one additional move over the weekend, the Pens placed Sergei Gonchar on the injured reserve list.

Pens lose 6-3 to Flyers (19-Nov-2005)
Philadelphia scores three third period goals including an empty-netter to defeat the Penguins 6-3 in front of a standing room only sellout of 17,132 at Mellon Arena. The teams traded goals through two periods but the Flyers put away the game with goals from Jeff Carter, Michal Handzus and Mike Knuble against Jocelyn Thibault who was not strong in net.

Sidney Crosby (PP - 9:28, 1st period), Ziggy Palffy (12:03, 2nd per.) and Erik Christensen (PP - 16:33, 2nd per.) scored for Pittsburgh.

  • Mario Lemieux returned to action and had one assist.
  • Shane Endicott, wearing #23, saw his first action of the season after coming off of injured reserve.
  • Lasse Pirjeta was put on waivers in order to make room for Endicott.

    Pens send Fleury back to WBS (17-Nov-2005)
    A day after a tremendous 45 save win against the Flyers, the Pens have sent G Marc-Andre Fleury back to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Sebastien Caron will be removed from the injured reserve list.

    Pens beat Flyers 3-2 in OT (subtitle: "Take that, Derrian Hatcher!") (16-Nov-2005)
    The Penguins beat the Flyers 3-2 in overtime on a Sidney Crosby breakaway goal in front of 19,687 at Wachovia Center. The first period was all Philadelphia as Pittsburgh was outshot 11-4 but there was no scoring. The second was also scoreless and saw Derian Hatcher cheap-shot Sidney Crosby who left the game for repairs. Crosby returned with a fat lip and what appeared to be two chipped teeth only to then be slashed across the chest by Hatcher. Neither penalty was called.

    Crosby extracted his first measure of revenge when he assisted on Ryan Malone's power play goal at 2:03 of the third. Crosby then made it 2-0 56 seconds later as he jammed a Ziggy Palffy chip in front past Flyers goaltender, Antero Niittymaki. Joni Pitkanen tied the game with two consecutive power play goals both set up by Peter Forsberg 1:34 apart.

    Overtime was all Philadelphia until Ryan Malone sprung Crosby on a breakaway and Crosby made no mistake by firing it past Niittymaki stick-side for the victory. The shot was the Pens' only in overtime.

  • LetsGoPens.com Three Stars: 1) Sidney Crosby (2g, 1a), 2) Marc-Andre Fleury (45 saves), 3) Peter Forsberg (2a).
  • Jocelyn Thibault, who was scheduled to start, was hit in the throat in the pre-game skate. He was unable to play and Marc-Andre Fleury got the start. Thibault was on the bench for the first and then left the game to go to the hospital.
    ... Read more

    Lemieux out for Wednesday's game against the Flyers (15-Nov-2005)
    Mario Lemieux did not make the trip to Philadelphia for Wednesday's game against the Flyers. The team has said the Lemieux has a stomach virus.

    Get Well cards for Alexandra Olczyk (15-Nov-2005)
    Head Coach Eddie Olczyk's 10 year old daughter has been sick. The Post-Gazette ran an article on her today at http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05319/606624.stm.

    If you'd like to send a Get Well card to Alexandra Olczyk (and I'm highly encouraging everyone to do so), the team has asked that you send it to:

    Alexandra Olczyk
    c/o Pittsburgh Penguins
    66 Mario Lemieux Place
    Pittsburgh, PA 15219

    Pens lose 3-2 to Isles in shootout (14-Nov-2005)
    After nine rounds of the shootout, the Pens lose 3-2 to the Islanders in front of 14,415 at Mellon Arena. Pittsburgh slept-walk through the first two periods and found themselves down by two goals but then woke up and sent the game into overtime. Sidney Crosby, off a nice feed from Erik Christensen, one-timed a shot by New York goaltender, Rick DiPietro from the slot at 6:18 of the third. Christensen then added one of his own when he skated into the offensive zone and wristed one home. After overtime couldn't decide the game, it was on to a shootout which deadlocked at two apiece (Crosby and Christensen for the Pens) until the ninth shooter when Jason Blake converted to give the win to New York.

    Three Stars of the Game: 1) Shawn Bates, NY - (1 G), 2) Erik Christensen - (1G, 1A), 3) Rick DiPietro, NY - (26 saves).

    Pens dominated 6-1 by Rangers (12-Nov-2005)
    Ex-Penguin Jaromir Jagr scores a hat trick in New York's 6-1 win over the Pens in front of a standing-room only sellout crowd of 17,132 at Mellon Arena. New York dominate play throughout the game. Mark Recchi got the lone Pittsburgh goal at 11:45 of the second period. The hat trick was Jagr's 14th of his career.

    Pens beat Canadiens 3-2 on Crosby's shootout goal (10-Nov-2005)
    The Penguins beat the Canadiens 3-2 in a shootout won by Sidney Crosby in front of 16,254 at Mellon Arena. Pittsburgh held a 2-0 lead on goals from Sidney Crosby and Mario Lemieux after the first period. Montreal then got a power play goal at 12:34 of the first from Craig Rivet and then tied the game at two when Christopher Higgins scored with 3:31 to go in regulation. Overtime saw end-to-end action but no goal so the game went to a shootout. After Mark Recchi and Mario Lemieux failed to score and all three Canadien shooters were denied by Jocelyn Thibault, Sidney Crosby cooly skated in, went to the backhand and roofed it by Jose Theodore.

    Three Stars of the Game: 1) Jocelyn Thibault, 2) Sidney Crosby, 3) Ziggy Palffy.

    Caron placed on IR; Fleury recalled (10-Nov-2005)
    Sebastien Caron has been placed on the injured reserve list after suffering a strained quadricep in last night's loss to Atlanta. Marc-Andre Fleury has been recalled from WBS.

    Pens shut out 5-0 by Thrashers (9-Nov-2005)
    Atlanta scores three times in the second period and twice in the third to stomp the Penguins 5-0 in front of 14,046 at Philips Arena. Thrasher goaltender, Mike Dunham, stopped all 24 Pittsburgh shots. Sebastien Caron was injured in the third period and was replaced by Jocelyn Thibault who gave up the last Atlanta goal.

    Pens beat Rangers (aka ex-Pens) 3-2 (7-Nov-2005)
    The Penguins defeat the Rangers 3-2 with a nice defensive effort in front of 18,200 at Madison Square Garden. Pittsburgh scored once in each period before making the game interesting by giving up two goals in the third to New York. Mario Lemieux opened the scoring off a nice pass from Sergei Gonchar at 15:20 of the first. Sidney Crosby made it 2-0 at 18:03 with a sweet goal. Pittsburgh then had their first three-goal lead of the season when Ziggy Palffy scored at 3:42 of the third. The Rangers got goals from Hollweg and Hossa but the Pens held on for the win.

    Ziggy Palffy failed on a short-handed penalty shot at 5:54 of the third which would have made it 4-0.
    Three stars of the game: 1) Crosby, 2) Caron, 3) Lemieux.

    Penguins beaten 6-3 by Bruins (5-Nov-2005)
    The Penguins give up four power play goals, including two 5-on-3 goals, in a 6-3 loss to Boston in front of 17,565 at the TD Banknorth Garden. The Bruins scored 28 seconds into the game and then found themselves up 3-0 just after the midpoint of the first after Jiri Slegr scored two two-man advantage goals. Mark Recchi made it 3-1 with a power play goal but Boston then scored the game's next three goals. Lasse Pirjeta and Recchi closed out the scoring. Mercifully, the Pens only have to play Boston one more time this season...

    John LeClair did not play and will be out indefinitely due to a facial injury suffered in the morning skate. The team has said LeClair has "multiple fractures in the cheekbone region." Lyle Odelein was the alternate captain in LeClair's absence.

    Penguins beat Islanders 5-1 (3-Nov-2005)
    The Penguins have their first two game winning streak of the season after beating the Islanders 5-1 in front of 10,793 at Nassau Coliseum. Sidney Crosby scored the game's first and last goals both of which were on the power play for his first two-game goal in the NHL. Mario Lemieux and Ryan Whitney each had three assists. Mark Recchi, Erik Christensen, and John LeClair scored the other goals for Pittsburgh.

    Crosby named NHL Rookie of the Month (2-Nov-2005)
    Center Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who led all rookies in scoring with 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) in 11 games, has been named NHL Rookie of the Month for October.

    Pens beat Devils 4-3 in overtime (1-Nov-2005)
    After giving up yet another two goal third period lead, the Penguins get the game-winner 1:01 into overtime from Sergei Gonchar to beat the Devils 4-3 in front of an announced crowd of 10,134 at Continental Airlines Arena.

    Mark Recchi (PP - 15:16, 2nd per.), Lasse Pirjeta (16:33, 2nd per.) and Maxime Talbot (SH - 3:06, 3rd per.) scored the other goals for Pittsburgh. Ryan Whitney, playing in his first NHL game, had an assist.

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