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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, 2008

Penguins easily beaten 5-2 by Bruins (31-Dec-2008)
The Penguins were easily beaten by the red-hot Boston Bruins 5-2 in front of 17,132 at Mellon Arena. Pittsburgh led 1-0 after the first period on a Petr Sykora goal. Boston then took the game over scoring three times in the second and twice in the third. Pascal Dupuis scored the second Pens goal in the second period. According to the Post-Gazette, the Penguins had a players-only meeting after the game (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08366/938786-61.stm).

NHL.com Recap: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20082009/GS020541.HTM
NHL.com Game Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20082009/GS020541.HTM
NHL.com Video Highlights: http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlg=20082009,2,541
Opponent's Newspaper Recap: http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/bruins/articles/2008/12/31/bruins_are_in_top_form/

Pittsburgh Penguins January Practice Schedule (30-Dec-2008)
The Pittsburgh Penguins January practice schedule has been released. The team has one open practice at Iceoplex.

Penguins send Bissonnette down (30-Dec-2008)
The Pittsburgh Penguins have sent Paul Bissonnette to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League.

Penguins recall Wallace from WBS (27-Dec-2008)
The Penguins have recalled Tim Wallace from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Source: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08362/938066-100.stm

Penguins send Taffe and Wallace to WBS (24-Dec-2008)
The Penguins have re-assigned forwards Jeff Taffe and Tim Wallace to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Penguins send Stone back to WBS (23-Dec-2008)
The Penguins have re-assigned forward Ryan Stone to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League.

Penguins defeat Sabres 4-3 in overtime (23-Dec-2008)
The Penguins get a Sidney Crosby overtime goal and defeat the Sabres 4-3. Pittsburgh trailed 3-2 entering the third period but Alex Goligoski scored his second of the game at 11:17 on the Pens' lone power play to send the game to overtime. Crosby broke a nine-game goal-scoring drought by deflecting an Evgeni Malkin shot by Ryan Miller. The goal was reviewed to determine whether Crosby's stick was below the crossbar and was allowed to stand.

NHL.com Recap: http://www2.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2008020490
NHL.com Game Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20082009/GS020490.HTM
NHL.com Video Highlights: http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlg=20082009,2,490
Opponent's Newspaper Recap: http://www.buffalonews.com/sports/story/531089.html

Pens easily beaten 7-3 by Leafs (20-Dec-2008)
The Penguins get outshot 40-23 and lose 7-3 to the Maple Leafs in front of 17,053 at Mellon Arena. Goalscorers for the Pens were Evgeni Malkin and Petr Sykora (2). Marc-Andre Fleury did not have a good start in net and was pulled after two periods after giving up five goals on 33 shots.

NHL.com Recap: http://www2.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2008020478
NHL.com Game Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20082009/GS020478.HTM
NHL.com Video Highlights: http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlg=20082009,2,478

Whitney sent to WBS for conditioning assignment (19-Dec-2008)
The Pittsburgh Penguins have assigned defenseman Ryan Whitney to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League for a conditioning assignment. Whitney has been targeting Pittsburgh's Dec. 23 match-up with Tampa Bay as a possible return date from an off-season foot surgery.

Penguins sign Talbot to two-year extension (19-Dec-2008)
The Penguins have signed Maxime Talbot to a two-year extension through the 2010-11 season worth $1.05M per year. The Penguins roster has been (finally...) updated.

Penguins trade Filewich to St. Louis for draft pick (19-Dec-2008)
The Penguins have traded forward Jonathan Filewich to St. Louis in exchange for a sixth round draft pick at the 2010 Entry Draft.

Penguins defeat Thrashers 6-3 (19-Dec-2008)
The Penguins easily defeat the Thrashers 6-3 in front of 15,124 at Philips Arena. Evgeni Malkin had a four-point (2g, 2a) night in a game that saw Marc-Andre Fleury make his first start in five weeks. Fleury played extremely well and made 28 saves on 31 shots including several acrobatic stops. Pittsburgh scored six times on only 20 shots.

NHL.com Recap: http://www2.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2008020463
NHL.com Game Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20082009/GS020463.HTM
NHL.com Video Highlights: http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlg=20082009,2,463
Opponent's Newspaper Recap: http://www.ajc.com/sports/content/sports/thrashers/stories/2008/12/18/thrashers_fall_penguins.html

Taffe and Stone recalled from WBS (17-Dec-2008)
The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forwards Jeff Taffe and Ryan Stone to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

New arena to be named Consol Energy Center (15-Dec-2008)
The Penguins announced that Consol Energy has signed a 21-year deal for naming rights to the new arena. Consol Energy Center is scheduled to open in 2010.

Source: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08350/935312-100.stm

Taffe and James sent back to WBS (14-Dec-2008)
The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned forwards Jeff Taffe and Connor James to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Curry and Minard sent back to WBS (12-Dec-2008)
he Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned goaltender John Curry and forward Chris Minard to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Penguins crush Islanders 9-2; Sykora and Dupuis get first career hat tricks (11-Dec-2008)
The Penguins cruise to an easy 9-2 victory over the Islanders in front of 16,972 at Mellon Arena. Petr Sykora (finally!) and Pascal Dupuis both notched their first career hat tricks. Miroslav Satan and Evgeni Malkin also scored for the Pens. John Curry got the easy win in net.

NHL.com Recap: http://www2.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2008020417
NHL.com Game Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20082009/GS020417.HTM
NHL.com Video Highlights: http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlg=20082009,2,417
Opponent's Newspaper Recap: http://www.newsday.com/sports/hockey/islanders/ny-spisles125962036dec12,0,510614.story

Lovejoy sent down (11-Dec-2008)
The Pittsburgh Penguins have sent defenseman Ben Lovejoy back down to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Penguins lose 4-1 to Devils (10-Dec-2008)
The Penguins lose their season-high third game after falling 4-1 to the Devils in front of 16,808 at the Prudential Center. New Jersey was up 3-0 before Matt Cooke spoiled Scott Clemmensen's shut out bid at 16:04 of the third period.

NHL.com Recap: http://www2.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2008020406
NHL.com Game Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20082009/GS020406.HTM
NHL.com Video Highlights: http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlg=20082009,2,406
Opponent's Newspaper Recap: http://www.nj.com/devils/index.ssf/2008/12/new_jersey_devils_beat_pittsbu.html

Penguins call up Taffe and Wallace (9-Dec-2008)
The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forwards Jeff Taffe and Tim Wallace from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Gill out 2-4 weeks; Pesonen sent down (9-Dec-2008)
The Penguins announced today that Hal Gill will miss 2-4 weeks with a shoulder injury.

The team also sent Janne Pesonen back down to WBS.

Penguins lose 4-3 to Sabres (9-Dec-2008)
The Penguins give up a two-goal lead and lose 4-3 to Buffalo in front of 16,976 at Mellon Arena. Pittsburgh had an early second period 3-1 lead but Buffalo scored the game's next three goals for the win. Ruslan Fedotenko (2) and Kris Letang scored for the Pens. Pittsburgh went 1 for 8 on the power play and 1 for 3 with a two-man advantage...

NHL.com Recap: http://www2.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2008020400
NHL.com Game Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20082009/GS020400.HTM
Opponent's Newspaper Recap: http://www.buffalonews.com/sports/story/517533.html

Pens call up Lovejoy (8-Dec-2008)
The Penguins have recalled defenseman Ben Lovejoy from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Source: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08342/933543-100.stm

Kennedy out 4-6 weeks (5-Dec-2008)
The team announced today that Tyler Kennedy will miss 4-6 weeks with a sprained knee. Kennedy joins Ryan Whitney and Sergei Gonchar on the injured reserve list.

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