2006-07: RETURNING TO FORM

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A game-by-game, link-by-link look at the Penguins 2006-07 season.

REGULAR SEASON

Oct. 5 -- Penguins 4, Flyers 0. Josef Melichar is on an 82-goal pace for the season.

Oct. 7 -- Red Wings 2, Penguins 0. Dominik Hasek heroically turns away a whopping 13 shots.

Oct. 12 -- Penguins 6, Rangers 5. This rookie named Staal scores his first career goal shorthanded. Bet he never does that again.

Oct. 14 -- Hurricanes 5, Penguins 1. "Letowski" becomes a verb:

Oct. 18 -- Devils 2, Penguins 1. Introducing Evgeni Malkin:

Oct. 19 -- Penguins 4, Islanders 3. We get our first taste of overtime magic.

Oct. 22 -- Penguins 5, Blue Jackets 3. The argument to keep Jordan Staal begins.

Oct. 24 -- Penguins 4, Devils 2. Evgeni Malkin. Uh, wow:

Oct. 28 -- Penguins 8, Flyers 2. Sidney Crosby gets a hat trick. We're not sure it counts though. It was against the Flyers.

Nov. 1 -- Penguins 4, Kings 3. Malkin shows he is for real as he wins the game and sets a modern NHL record.

Nov. 4 -- Sharks 3, Penguins 2. Malkin's first game without a point. Metallurg can have him back.

Nov. 6 -- Ducks 3, Penguins 2. Penguins show they can play with the big boys.

Nov. 8 -- Lightning 4, Penguins 3. Nils Ekman scores the quickest hat trick in franchise history. No really.

Nov. 10 -- Senators 6, Penguins 3. This might've been the Penguins worst game of the regular season.

Nov. 11 -- Hurricanes 6, Penguins 2. John LeClair gets his first goal of the season and becomes eligible for AARP.

Nov. 13 -- Penguins 3, Flyers 2. What do you do when you're in a five-game losing streak? Play the Flyers.

Nov. 17 -- Sabres 4, Penguins 2. Despite two goals by Crosby, the Penguins fall to the best team in the league late.

Nov. 18 -- Penguins 3, Rangers 1. Recchi gets two goals.

Nov. 20 -- Penguins 5, Flyers 3. LeClair gets what is probably the last goal in his career.

Nov. 22 -- Bruins 4, Penguins 3. Remember when the Penguins stunk at shootouts?

Nov. 24 -- Islanders 3, Penguins 1. Nothing says, "The day after Thanksgiving" more than afternoon hockey.

Nov. 25 -- Rangers 2, Penguins 1. Two old friends come back to Pittsburgh to ruin the day late. Penguins slip to 0-2-1 with Crosby out of the lineup injured.

Nov. 28 -- Penguins 3, Islanders 2. Colby Armstrong breaks his scoring slump and Chris Thorburn scores the game-winner. After the game, Thorburn falls off the face of the earth

Dec. 1 -- Devils 5, Penguins 2. Marc-Andre Fleury has an awful game.

Dec. 2 -- Islanders 5, Penguins 3. Viktor Kozlov and Mike Sillinger become the new Olli Jokinens of Penguin killers.

Dec. 5 -- Panthers 3, Penguins 2. Olli Jokinen reclaims his title of being Olli Jokinen. Crosby scores our favorite of his spectacular goals:

Dec. 7 -- Rangers 3, Penguins 2. Nils Ekman makes a sweet move on a penalty shot, and Crosby makes a brilliant charge through the Rangers defense for a score but the Penguins fall in a shootout.

Dec. 9 -- Penguins 4, Thrashers 3. The Penguins end their four-game losing streak in exciting fashion.

Dec. 11 -- Penguins 5, Capitals 4. After spotting the Capitals four goals, the Penguins make a brilliant comeback and win in a shootout. This is personally our favorite game of the season because we hit the road and went to the contest.

Dec. 13 -- Penguins 8, Flyers 4. Crosby racks up six points and Staal scores a brilliant goal before time expires. This games is what many would call a "stat-padder."

Dec. 15 -- Penguins 7, Islanders 4. Crosby assumes majority ownership of Alexei Zhitnik.

Dec. 16 -- Canadiens 6, Penguins 3. The Alain Nasreddine era beings.

Dec. 19 -- Blues 4, Penguins 1. Perhaps it was the stale nachos or the flat Coke or the impending gaming license decision or losing to a wretched team like the Blues. Either way, we felt like vomiting after this game.

Dec. 21 -- Thrashers 4, Penguins 3. The Penguins rally late but fall in a shootout.

Dec. 26 -- Devils 3, Penguins 0. No Devils-Penguins game would be complete without Jay Pandolfo scoring.

Dec. 27 -- Thrashers 4, Penguins 2. Kari Lehtonen comes up big with a 35-save effort.

Dec. 29 -- Penguins 4, Maple Leafs 1. Jean-Sebastien Aubin returns to Mellon Arena in familiar fashion with a loss. Jarkko Ruutu gives Ben Ondrus a lesson in "Finglish:"

Jan. 2 -- Penguins 3, Hurricanes 0. This was one of the Penguins' best games of the season.

Jan. 5 -- Penguins 4, Sabres 2. Sergei Gonchar, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal and Ryan Whitney each get two points in a win against one of the league's best.

Jan. 7 -- Lightning 3, Penguins 2. Crosby scores another amazing goal:

Jan. 9 -- Lightning 3, Penguins 2. Crosby doesn't waste anytime in scoring an amazing goal.

Jan. 10 -- Panthers 5, Penguins 3. What does Olli Jokinen have in common with Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle? The each own a piece of the Penguins. This would be the last time we see the Penguins go without a point in over a month.

Jan. 13 -- Penguins 5, Flyers 3. One. Leave it to the old, reliable Flyers to help start a streak of 16 consecutive games with a point.

Jan 16 -- Penguins 5, Islanders 2. Two. Richard Park gets a shorthanded goal while being shorthanded by two men. And you stay classy, Jason Blake.

Jan. 18 -- Bruins 5, Penguins 4. Three. The Penguins better get that shootout thing figured out or they'll run into trouble.

Jan. 20 -- Penguins 8, Maple Leafs 2. Four. This was the craziest game we've ever attended. We get to see a hat trick by Mark Recchi, a penalty shot by Jarkko Ruutu, a team assist record by Evgeni Malkin, and an unofficial total of 15 fights (five on the ice and 10 in the stands). We also saw a Pittsburgh police officer poke a Maple Leaf fan in the torso with his billy club.

Jan. 26 -- Penguins 4, Stars 3. Five. Mark Eaton returns.

Jan. 27 -- Penguins 7, Coyotes 2. Six. Feeling the pressure of Ronald Petrovicky's dad watching, Crosby scores another crazy goal:

Jan. 30 -- Penguins 3, Panthers 0. Seven. The Penguins get their first win against the Panthers in nearly five years.

Feb. 1 -- Penguins 5, Canadiens 4. Eight. This was perhaps the Penguins' sloppiest win of the season. Saku Koivu gets "Letowskied:"

Feb. 3 -- Penguins 2, Capitals 0. Nine. In a contest featuring the talents of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Alexander Ovechkin and Alexander Semin, the only goal of any consequence comes from the stick of Ronald Petrovicky.

Feb. 4 -- Canadiens 4, Penguins 3. 10. Crosby makes his biggest mistake of the season and it leads to a Montreal win in overtime.

Feb. 6 -- Penguins 4, Nashville 1. 11. The Predators came to town as the best team in the league. They left with a loss against the hottest.

Feb. 8 -- Penguins 5, Flyers 4. 12. Remember when Sidney Crosby stunk at the shootout?

Feb. 10 -- Penguins 6, Maple Leafs 5. 13. One of the most entertaining games of the season saw Jordan Staal register his first career hat trick and Ronald Petrovicky register his first career knock out:

Feb. 14 -- Penguins 5, Blackhawks 4. 14. The Penguins rock at shootouts! Also, EN makes its debut. The world and our personal hygiene are forever changed.

Feb. 16 -- Penguins 5, Devils 4. 15. Jarkko Ruutu gets two goals. No, really.

Feb. 18 -- Penguins 3, Capitals 2. 16. Evgeni Malkin scores a goal from a sick angle.

Feb. 19 -- Islanders 6, Penguins 5. All good things have to come to an end.

Feb. 22 -- Penguins 2, Panthers 1. The Penguins snap their one-game losing streak with an overtime win.

Feb. 25 -- Lightning 5, Penguins 1. The Pirates showed up to watch this game, so we're pretty sure that's why this was such a bad loss.

Feb. 27 -- Devils 1, Penguins 0. The day the Penguins acquire Georges Laraque and Gary Roberts, we get treated to one of the most boring games of the season.

March 1 -- Penguins 4, Rangers 3. The Laraque and Roberts era starts with a win but Mark Eaton gets hurt again.

March 2 -- Hurricanes 3, Penguins 2. Crosby hits the century mark in points.

March 4 -- Penguins 4, Flyers 3. 8-0-0.

March 6 -- Penguins 5, Senators 4. Our roommate went to bed after the second period with Ottawa up 4-1. He woke up stunned.

March 8 -- Devils 4, Penguins 3. So remember when the Penguins were awesome at shootouts?

March 10 -- Penguins 3, Rangers 2. The Penguins win a game in overtime with Crosby and Malkin in the locker room. Go figure.

March 13 -- Penguins 5, Sabres 4. A new arena and a brilliant game.

March 14 -- Penguins 3, Devils 0. The Penguins pull out their Randy McKay and Tom Chorske jerseys and play some old fashioned Devils hockey.

March 17 -- Penguins 6, Canadiens 3. Crosby. Splitting the defense. Spectacular goal ... Yawn ...

March 18 -- Penguins 4, Senators 3. Obviously anytime you have issues in the shootout, the man you want to turn to is Jarkko Ruutu.

March 19 -- Rangers 2, Penguins 1. Rob Scuderi picks a bad time to score a goal.

March 22 -- Islanders 3, Penguins 1. This was a chippy affair that saw Rick DiPietro stop 37 shots.

March 24 -- Penguins 2, Thrashers 1. This game was brought to you by Waste Management. All three scores were of the garbage variety.

March 25 -- Penguins 5, Bruins 0. The Bruins put out one of the worst efforts we've ever seen a profession hockey team offer.

March 27 -- Penguins 4, Capitals 3. The Penguins win a "home" game in our nation's capital and clinch their first playoff spot in six years.

March 29 -- Penguins 4, Bruins 2. Erik Christensen's two goals send us all out to the stores looking for out Atlantic Division champion t-shirts.

March 31 -- Maple Leafs 5, Penguins 4. Tomas Kaberle's two goals send us all back to the stores looking to make returns.

April 3 -- Sabres 4, Penguins 1. We finally get to see Ryan Whitney's true value to the team.

April 5 -- Penguins 3, Senators 2. Our hopes for Fourth Seed in the Eastern Conference t-shirts are still alive.

April 7 -- Penguins 2, Rangers 1. One a team headlined by youth, the two players closest to being eligible for the Senior French Toast Slam score the Penguins' only two goals.

PLAYOFFS

April 11 -- Senators 6, Penguins 3. Ouch.

April 14 -- Penguins 4, Senators 3. Gary Roberts shows why the Penguins picked him up.

April 15 -- Senators 4, Penguins 2. Daniel Alfredsson sheds his poor playoff reputation.

April 17 -- Senators 2, Penguins 1. When you're getting beat by Anton Volchenkov, it just isn't your series.

April 19 -- Senators 3, Penguins 0. Wait 'til next year.



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