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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
December, 2003

Pens lose 4-1 to Canadiens (22-Dec-2003)
The Penguins got outshot 37-17 and lose 4-1 to Montreal. Pierre Dagenais opened the scoring for the Habs with a power play goal at 15:05 of the first period. Saku Koivu made it 2-0 with his sixth of the season at 8:47 of the second period. The Pens' lone goal of the game was scored by Tomas Surovy at 13:16. Surovy took a through-the-crease pass from Brian Holzinger for his fourth of the year. Montreal finished off the scoring in the third with a Sheldon Souray goal at 14:42 and an empty-netter from Niklas Sundstrom.

Pens beaten 7-4 by Thrashers (20-Dec-2003)
The Penguins give up a goal eight seconds into the game, get outscored in each period, and lose 7-4 to Atlanta. Ryan Malone, Milan Kraft, Martin Strbak and Rico Fata scored for Pittsburgh. Sebastien Caron was injured by a high shot in the second period and was replaced at the start of the third by Jean-Sebastien Aubin. Marc Savard had a five point (1g, 4a) night for Atlanta. Pittsburgh was outshot 32-25. Attendance was 13,683, the third largest crowd of the season at Mellon Arena, on Mike Lange Bobblehead Night.

Pens lose 2-1 to Hurricanes in OT (18-Dec-2003)
The Penguins fail to hold a late lead and end up losing 2-1 in overtime to Carolina. Konstantin Koltsov's goal at 14:41 in the first period and Sebastien Caron's shutout bid held up until Rod Brind'Amour scored on a deflection with 1:10 to go in regulation. Jeff O'Neill then worked a nice give-and-go with Ron Francis and easily netted the game-winner at 2:14 of overtime. The Pens were outshot 36-11 as Pittsburgh tried to protect the 1-0 lead. Three Stars: 1) Jeff O'Neill (Car), 2) Sebastien Caron, 3) Rod Brind'Amour (Car).

Pens send Murley to WBS; recall Kostopoulos (17-Dec-2003)
The Penguins have sent LW Matt Murley to Wilkes-Barre Scranton and have recalled RW Tom Kostopoulos. Murley has played in 10 games for Pittsburgh and has 1 goal with a -1 plus-minus rating. Kostopoulos leads WBS in scoring with 19 points (7g, 12a) in 18 games and has 39 penalty minutes.

Pens beat Sabres 2-1 (16-Dec-2003)
The Penguins beat the Sabres 2-1 in Pittsburgh in front of an announced crowd of 10,554 at Mellon Arena. Buffalo's Miroslav Satan opened the scoring at 12:04 of the first period. Brian Holzinger tied it at one with a sharp-angle goal just over three minutes later which went in off of the end of Sabre goaltender Mika Noronen's stick. The second period was scoreless. Konstantin Koltsov netted the game-winner and his third of the season at 5:54 of the third. Konstantin Koltsov, Sebastien Caron and Dan Focht were the three stars of the game. Pittsburgh now has its second two-game winning streak of the season.

Pens send Beech back to WBS (15-Dec-2003)
The Penguins Penguins reassigned C Kris Beech to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Beech appeared in four games with the Penguins, recording one assist, six penalty minutes and had an even rating.

Martin Straka Interview (Lidove Noviny) - Tomas' Translation (12-Dec-2003)
Tomas Jandik has translated a Lidove Noviny interview with Martin Straka about his trade to Los Angeles. Read it at Tomas Translations.

Pens recall Aubin (11-Dec-2003)
The Penguins have recalled G Jean-Sebastien Aubin from WBS. Aubin's record this season is 4-5-2 with a 2.78 GAA and a .901 save percentage. The recall was prompted by Pittsburgh's decision to allow G Marc-Andre Fleury to participate in the upcoming World Junior Championships being held in Finland.

Pens lose to Canucks 4-3 in OT (10-Dec-2003)
Markus Naslund capped a four goal night by scoring 24 seconds into overtime to give the Canucks a 4-3 victory over Pittsburgh. Milan Kraft scored twice and Drake Berehowsky got the other Penguin goal. The Pens only mustered 17 shots against ex-Penguin, Johan Hedberg. Marc-Andre Fleury will now leave the Penguins and join Team Canada in the World Junior Championships being held in Finland.

Fleury to play in World Junior Championship (8-Dec-2003)
The Penguins have decided to allow G Marc-Andre Fleury to play for Team Canada in the upcoming World Junior Championships in Finland. Fleury will leave the Pens after Tuesday's game vs Vancouver and possibly be gone until January 5th if Team Canada makes it to the finals.

Pens drop pair of games over weekend; Abid injured (7-Dec-2003)
The Penguins lost 4-3 to the Oilers on Saturday night and 6-1 to the Flames on Sunday night. Pittsburgh had a rare two goal lead versus the Oilers early in the second period and had a 3-2 advantage after two periods but Edmonton scored twice in the third to end their six game winless streak and down the Pens. Ramzi Abid injured his right knee in the second period and will miss some time.

Ex-Pen Shean Donovan scored a hat-trick for Calgary as the Flames crushed Pittsburgh 6-1. Milan Kraft netted the lone Penguin goal at 2:32 of the first period.

Flyers down Pens 5-2 (4-Dec-2003)
Stop me if you've heard this one before. The Pens lose in Philadelphia. Despite getting a goal 20 seconds into the game from Matt Bradley, Pittsburgh get beat 5-2. The loss brings the Penguins' all-time record in Philadelphia to 16-81-8.... Read more

Pens recall Beech and Murley (3-Dec-2003)
The Penguins have recalled C Kris Beech and LW Matt Murley from WBS. Beech has 17 points (8g, 9a) in 21 games and Murley has 15 points (3g, 12a) in 18 games for WBS.

Pens send Kostopoulos back to WBS (2-Dec-2003)
The Penguins have sent RW Tom Kostopoulos back to WBS. Kostopoulos appeared in eight games with the Penguins, scoring one goal and recording seven penalty minutes.

December Practice Schedule at Iceoplex (2-Dec-2003)
The December practice schedule at Iceoplex has been released. The Pens will have two open practices during December.

Pens defeat Thrashers 4-3 (2-Dec-2003)
The Pens got a late third period goal from Ramzi Abid to defeat Atlanta 4-3 in front of 9,576 at Mellon Arena. The crowd was the smallest in nearly eight years. On a related note, Mario Lemieux announced that he was declining the $5 million raise offered to him by the team's board due to declining attendance.... Read more

Pens send Straka to the Kings (1-Dec-2003)
The Penguins have traded Martin Straka to Los Angeles for D Martin Strbak, 28, and LW Sergei Anshakov, 19. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Kings "might receive some help from the Penguins toward Straka's salary next season." Strbak is expected to join the Penguins but Anshakov is currently playing for CSKA Moscow and won't be in Pittsburgh in the near future.

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