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FIRED BACK TIED AT 4!
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Easily the worst call I have ever seen - even worse than the goal that was allowed that went through the net from behind. How the HELL could they have missed that they had too many men on the ice???? Unfortunately, the goal couldn't be overturned if they didn't immediately blow the whistle. Thank God Malkin came back and tied it up.
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Easily the worst call I have ever seen - even worse than the goal that was allowed that went through the net from behind. How the HELL could they have missed that they had too many men on the ice???? Unfortunately, the goal couldn't be overturned if they didn't immediately blow the whistle. Thank God Malkin came back and tied it up.
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WE WIN!!!!! HEY REFS YOU CAN RIP US OFF ALL YOU WANT! WE STILL WIN!
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Penguins rally past Chicago, 5-4, in shootout

Wednesday, February 14, 2007
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


The Penguins didn't make it look easy last night.

Quite the opposite, really.

But despite failing to protect a multiple-goal lead for the third game in a row, they finally did find a way to defeat Chicago, 5-4, in a shootout at Mellon Arena to extend their current streak to 12-0-2.

Erik Christensen beat Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin for the deciding goal; Evgeni Malkin also scored for the Penguins, while Sidney Crosby was stopped.

Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury of the Penguins denied Martin Havlat and Bryan Smolinski.

Penguins rookie Jordan Staal was held without a goal for the first time in six games, while Crosby failed to get one for his eighth game in a row, the longest such slump of his pro career.

Although a standing-room crowd of 17,051 was announced, team officials estimated that about 15,400 fans actually attended the game.

Craig MacDonald gave Chicago a 1-0 lead with a shorthanded goal at 8:29 of the opening period, when he chipped a shot past Fleury from the right side of the crease.
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Actually, I take it back - the "phantom hand-pass" call in Edmonton earlier this season that cost them the game-winning goal was worse...but barely. I still can't see how the hell they missed that - it was such an obvious call. I guess when they saw the Hawks celebrate with 6 guys on the ice it finally hit them
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Gonchar marks 800th game

By Karen Price
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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar played in his 800th career NHL game on Wednesday against the Chicago Blackhawks.

"I never thought I would play in that many (games)," Gonchar said. "It goes by quick, then you realize you've been around that long. Seems like yesterday you just started playing and all of a sudden it's 800 games."

Gonchar went into last night's game with nine goals and 37 assists for 46 points and on pace for a career-high 69 points on the season. His 46 points were tied with Montreal's Sheldon Souray for second-highest in the league among defensemen, and trailed leader Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings by only four points.

? Coach Michel Therrien said that he started goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury against the Blackhawks in part because if he started Jocelyn Thibault against his former team, the layoff would have been too long for Fleury.

Fleury played in the Penguins' last game on Saturday, and their next game isn't until Friday at the New Jersey Devils.

They play back-to-back games this weekend, hosting the Washington Capitals on Sunday and traveling to the New York Islanders on Monday and Therrien indicated that Thibault would play at least one of those games.

? Of the 12 remaining Penguins home games in the regular season, only four have more than 1,000 tickets remaining: March 13 vs. the Buffalo Sabres, March 18 vs. the Ottawa Senators, March 25 vs. the Boston Bruins and April 3 vs. the Sabres.

Last night's game was a sellout, the 11th out of the last 13 home games and the 18th this season, and despite the inclement weather the actual attendance was close to capacity.

? C Chris Thorburn was a healthy scratch for last night's game. D Alain Nasreddine was scratched after his wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy, yesterday morning.

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Penguins rally, prevail in shootout

By Karen Price
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Thursday, February 15, 2007

For the first few months of the season, the Penguins couldn't win in a shootout.

Now, after they beat the Chicago Blackhawks, 5-4, on Wednesday night for their fourth straight shootout win, it hardly seems possible that in mid-January they were 1-5 in shootouts.

But when a team's as hot as the Penguins are right now, they just seem to find ways to win that eluded them in the past.

"We're definitely building some character," defenseman Mark Eaton said. "(Last night) was a classic example. We don't panic, and we find a way to win. When you're on a roll like this, bounces seems to go your way. Success breeds success, I guess."

Erik Christensen and Evgeni Malkin both scored on Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin in the shootout, and Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made both saves, plus 24 in regulation and overtime. The game may not have been Fleury's strongest through 60 minutes, but he kicked off overtime with a fantastic stop on Blackhawks leading scorer Martin Havlat.

"(Overtime) is difficult sometimes when you're not playing well," Fleury said. "You get in there, it's like a second chance. You have to refocus. That's what I've learned."

The Penguins (30-17-9) are 12-0-2 in their last 14 games, including two shootout wins and one in overtime win in their last three games. They are tied with the Ottawa Senators, who also won last night, for fourth place in the Eastern Conference with 69 points.

A minute after Tuomo Ruutu outskated his older brother, Penguins winger Jarkko Ruutu, to put the Blackhawks ahead, 4-3, Malkin scored his 28th goal of the season to tie it back up, 4-4.

After Crosby took the initial shot, Malkin got the rebound and then got his own rebound after the puck popped out at the right corner. Malkin got his stick on it as he was passing by to get the Penguins to overtime.

Malkin's goal appeased the fans at Mellon Arena, who had been booing in protest because Martin Lapointe, who assisted on Ruutu's goal, appeared to have come on the ice too soon to give the Blackhawks too many men on the ice. There was no penalty called.

Ryan Malone started the game back on the top line after being moved off it on Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. But in the third period, coach Michel Therrien moved Malone to the second line with Jordan Staal in the middle and brought Malkin up to play on the left wing with Sidney Crosby and Mark Recchi.

Putting the trio back together for the first time in a month paid off.

"It was like poker, and we were going all in," Therrien said.

Although Crosby had an assist in the game, his goal drought is now at a career-high eight games.

The Penguins led, 3-1, with five minutes left in the second period on a goal by Ronald Petrovicky, an unassisted shorthanded goal by Maxime Talbot and a goal from Michel Ouellet. Patrick Sharp pulled the Blackhawks within one with less than two minutes left in the second period, and Martin St. Pierre tied it two minutes into the third on a rebound.

The Penguins were 0 for 5 on the power play and allowed a shorthanded goal.

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Penguins rally past Chicago, 5-4, in shootout

Thursday, February 15, 2007
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Sure, the Penguins probably could find a way to live a bit more dangerously.

They could apply for part-time jobs on a bomb-disposal unit, maybe, or take up juggling chain saws as a hobby.

Barring any of that, though, they'll have to settle for continuing to find ways to win games after squandering multiple-goal leads.

They did it for the third time in a row last night, when they pulled out a 5-4 shootout victory against Chicago at Mellon Arena. That came in the wake of a 6-5 overtime triumph in Toronto Saturday, which followed a 5-4 shootout victory at Philadelphia 48 hours earlier.

"It's a good thing I'm not too old, so I don't have a heart attack," goalie Marc-Andre Fleury said.

Actually, a lot of Penguins fans probably added a cardiologist to their speed-dial 12 seconds into overtime, when Fleury had to whip out his left leg to get his skate on a shot by Blackhawks winger Martin Havlat from the right side of the crease.

"That was the most I could stretch," Fleury said.

Although the save on Havlat was Fleury's best of the evening -- "We had the game-winner on our stick," Chicago coach Denis Savard said -- he turned in a couple of nice sequels during the shootout, when he denied Havlat and Bryan Smolinski.

Couple those saves with shootout goals from Erik Christensen and Evgeni Malkin, and the Penguins had a victory that extended their current surge to 12-0-2 and kept them tied with Ottawa for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

"Marc was really good in the overtime and in the shootout," coach Michel Therrien said. "He plays with confidence when it seems to be crunch time. He's able to elevate his game."

So, it seems, is Malkin, who got his team-leading 28th goal at 14:21 of the third period to tie the game and, eventually, put it into overtime. The goal came after Therrien bumped him into Ryan Malone's spot on the No. 1 line with Sidney Crosby and Mark Recchi.

"We kind of decided to go all in, like it was a poker game," Therrien said.

He ended up with a winning hand when Malkin scored in the shootout to give the Penguins an insurmountable, 2-0 advantage.

Penguins rookie Jordan Staal was held without a goal for the first time in six games, while Sidney Crosby failed to get one for his eighth game in a row, the longest such slump of his pro career.

Crosby also was unable to beat Chicago goalie Nikolai Khabibulin during the shootout, but picked up an assist on Malkin's game-tying goal to push his league-leading points total to 88.

Craig MacDonald gave Chicago a 1-0 lead with a shorthanded goal at 8:29 of the opening period, when he chipped a shot past Fleury from the right side of the crease, but Ronald Petrovicky countered for the Penguins at 10:32.

Maxime Talbot put the Penguins in front with a shorthanded goal -- his fourth and their ninth -- at 4:10 of the second, as he carried the puck down the right side, then blew past Havlat and cut to the net before stuffing it past Khabibulin.

Michel Ouellet gave the Penguins some breathing room at 15:01 of the second when he threw a wrist shot behind Khabibulin from the top of the right circle for his 13th, but Patrick Sharp made it a one-goal game again just over three minutes later.

The Blackhawks pulled even when Martin St. Pierre tossed in a rebound from inside the right circle during a power play at 2:18 of the third, and Tuomo Ruutu put them in front, 4-3, by scoring at 13:10.

The Penguins, who were adamant that Chicago had too many players on the ice when Ruutu scored, were concerned after the Hawks went ahead, but hardly were ready to panic.

"We came back before," Talbot said. "And we know we can do it."

And 71 seconds later, they did it, as Malkin nudged his own rebound past Khabibulin to make it 4-4.

"Malkin was flying," Therrien said.

So are the Penguins, who persist in living on the edge and continue to get away with it, although they recognize the perils of failing to hold onto the leads they have been building.

"By no means can we look past that or try to pretend it's not happening, because it's been a couple of games now," Crosby said. "It's not a habit we want to get into."

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Penguins flirt with disaster again but stay white-hot against Chicago

By Mike Prisuta
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Thursday, February 15, 2007

They're taking nothing for granted, these Penguins contend, but in the odd moment of personal reflection, they've allowed themselves the guilty pleasure of looking ahead.

At least Ryan Malone has.

"I keep telling guys, if we do get in the playoffs, you know last year, they saw the Steelers and how crazy Pittsburgh gets," Malone said. "I keep telling them Pittsburgh is a great sports town, and it'll be the same way for us if we get in there."

He said "if,' not "when," which made his response perfectly acceptable and not the first sign of a pending apocalypse.

Colby Armstrong seemed to speak more to the team's prevailing mindset when he spoke of the commitment that's been made to put the Penguins in the position of contemplating the playoffs in the first place.

"We said after we came back from the all-star break that we have to play consistent and stay focused,' Armstrong said.

Wednesday night's Mellon Arena visit by the Blackhawks provided some evidence that, while those conversations have clearly contained more than just idle chatter, perhaps, the subject nonetheless needs to be revisited.

Their 5-4 shootout triumph had a sellout crowd standing and screaming before Evgeni Malkin ended it.

But the game the Penguins have been playing of late is as potentially dangerous as it has been exciting.

Chicago came in a respectable 15-15-5 in their last 20 games, but it also arrived at 22-27-7 overall and ranked 13th among 15 teams in the Western Conference.

The Penguins came in riding an almost unthinkable 11-0-2 streak that had catapulted them into a tie for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

If there was a game to overlook, if there was a time to go through the motions and get less than maximum effort from everyone, this was it. Such a letdown seemed especially plausible with a stretch of six of the next eight on the road looming, including a game Friday night in New Jersey that has (gasp) first-place implications in the Atlantic Division.

It didn't happen initially.

The Penguins responded at first by being imperfect, yet remaining in control for the better part of two periods against Chicago.

They skated and cycled and fired pucks at Nikolai Khabibulin from all angles.

And the two-goal lead they took to the locker room after 40 minutes was fairly indicative of their superiority.

But in letting a two-goal lead get away for the third consecutive game, the Penguins continued playing with fire, even as they remain on fire.

Another comeback was needed to save the day.

At 12-0-2, there are worse problems to have.

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