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2014 seasonSeason Recap: The Penguins went into the season with lots of scoring punch but with big questions on defense. They pulled together at playoff time and made a remarkable run to win the Stanley Cup. Sidney Crosby, an elite player, dug down deep in the finals against San Jose and played the kind of relentless, gritty hockey that wins championships. Key goals in the series came from unheralded Nick Bonino, Conor Sheary, Eric Fehr and Kris Letang. It was a total team effort, with “Sid the Kid” taking home the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP.

Season Preview: Pittsburgh fans are still getting over their first-round playoff loss in the spring of 2015. Since then the team has added talent and depth, including Phil Kessel, who gives Sidney Crosby an exciting new partner on the #1 line. The Penguins wll be counting on a young group of defensemen to stand up to the bullies who go after Crosby and the other scorers.

2014 seasonRecap: he Penguins lacked their usual explosive scoring touch, but they still managed to earn a playoff berth with solid seasons from Sydney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, and Marc-Andre Fleury. The team had plenty of star power but not a lot of quality down the bench. It showed in the opening round of the playoffs, when they fell to the Rangers in five games.

November 11, 2014: Marc-Andre Fleury collected his 300th win in just his 547th NHL game. Only three other goalies in history reached 300 wins faster.

Season Preview: Will the Penguins make it to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2014–15? Pittsburgh fans certainly think so. They have the most star power in the East, thanks to Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Marc-Andre Fleury. They will no longer be playing for coach Dan Bylsma, who was fired after the team's poor playoff performance last spring. The new coach is Mike Johnston.

April 13, 2014: Sidney Crosby won the NHL scoring championship, topping 100 points for the fifth time in his career. Crosby was the only player in the league to reach triple-digits in 2013–14.

Season Preview: Pittsburgh fans were disappointed with the team's loss to the Bruins in the 2013 playoffs. Nothing short of a return trip to the Finals will satisfy them this year. As always, the players expected to lead the Penguins there will be Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Marc-Andre Fleury, who hopes to rebound from a poor postseason and win 30 games for the fifth time in six years.

     
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Dave Burrows looks like a fashion model in this souvenir photo, doesn't he? Great hair! (Pittsburgh Penguins)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Joe Mullen played street hockey just a few blocks from Madison Square Garden in New York. He became a star for the Blues and Flames before helping the Penguins win a pair of Stanley Cups. (The Upper Deck Company)

 

Les Binkley — Goalie
Born: 6/6/1934
Played for Team: 1967–68 to 1971–72
Les Binkley was one of many fine minor-leaguers to get a shot at the NHL when the league expanded from six teams to 12. In two of his five seasons with Pittsburgh, he allowed fewer than three goals per game. Binkley stayed with the team as a scout after his playing days, and helped develop several players who were members of the 1991 and 1992 championship teams.


Ron Schock — Center
Born: 12/19/1943
Played for Team: 1969–70 to 1976–77
Ron Schock was a good passer and shooter who became an important team leader. In 1974–75, he was named captain of the Penguins and had his finest seasons, with 63 assists—good for seventh in the league. All six players ahead of him ended up in the Hall of Fame.


Dave Burrows — Defenseman
Born: 1/11/1949
Played for Team: 1971–72 to 1980–81
Dave Burrows had his boyhood dream come true when he got to play alongside Hall of Famer Tim Horton during Horton's one year with the Penguins. Horton and coach Red Kelly helped Burrows become a three-time All-Star.


Paul Coffey — Defenseman
Born: 6/1/1961
Played for Team: 1987–88 to 1991–92
Paul Coffey was a key part of Pittsburgh's 1991 Stanley Cup championship. In 1990, he became just the second defenseman to reach 1,000 points, and he did so in just 770 games. In his final season as a Penguin, he passed Denis Potvin as the all-time leader in career goals and assists by a defenseman.


Joe Mullen — Forward
Born:2/26/1957
Played for Team: 1990–91 to 1994–95 & 1996–97
Joe Mullen and his brothers learned the game playing roller hockey on the streets of New York City. He joined the Penguins at age 33 and went on to score more than 150 goals for Pittsburgh. Mullen was the first American-born player to reach 500 goals and 1,000 assists in his career.


Marc-Andre Fleury — Goalie
Born: 11/28/1984
First Season with Team: 2005–06
Marc-Andre Fleury was he first overall pick in the 2003 draft. Two years later, he won the starting job in Pittsburgh. His save with 1.5 seconds left in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals made him a hero for the ages among Penguins fans.


James Neal — Left Wing
Born: 9/3/1987
First Season with Team: 2010–11
James Neal brought one of the league's best slapshots to Pittsburgh after a trade with the Dallas Stars. He scored 40 goals in his first full year with the Penguins.

     
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Ron Schock still looks like he can't believe he's a Penguin on this card! (Topps, Inc.)

 

NOW YOU SEE HIM
When Les Binkley opened the season for the Penguins in 1967–68, he became the first NHL goalie to play with contact lenses.


SCHOCK VALUE
During a sports dinner in 1969, Ron Schock was asked where he'd least like to be traded. One of the places he named was Pittsburgh. Two days later, Schock was a member of the Penguins!


STREET WISE
Joe Mullen grew up in the shadow of Madison Square Garden, where his father worked on the Rangers' ice crew. He and his brothers used the team's old hockey sticks and in schoolyard roller hockey games. Coach Emile Francis saw the boys playing and decided to create a junior hockey program in the city. Mullen learned to skate in the program and went on to become a three-time Stanley Cup champion.

     
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Hey … look who wrote this book! (Millbrook Press/Lerner Publishing)

 

 

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This 2011 card of Evgeni Malkin was made to look like a card from the early 1900s…except for the grunge shirt and haircut. (The Upper Deck Company)

 

GOALS
1987–88 — Mario Lemieux — 70
1988–89 — Mario Lemieux — 85
1995–96 — Mario Lemieux — 69
2009–10 — Sidney Crosby — 51*

* Tied with another player


ASSISTS
1988–89 — Mario Lemieux — 114
1994–95 — Ron Francis — 48
1995–96 — Ron Francis — 92, Mario Lemieux — 92
1996–97 — Mario Lemieux — 72*
1997–98 — Jaromir Jagr — 67*
1998–99 — Jaromir Jagr — 83
2000–01 — Jaromir Jagr — 69*
2008–09 — Evgeni Malkin — 78

* Tied with another player


POINTS
1987–88 — Mario Lemieux — 168
1988–89 — Mario Lemieux — 199
1991–92 — Mario Lemieux — 131
1992–93 — Mario Lemieux — 160
1994–95 — Jaromir Jagr — 70
1995–96 — Mario Lemieux — 161
1996–97 — Mario Lemieux — 122
1997–98 — Jaromir Jagr — 102
1998–99 — Jaromir Jagr — 127
1999–00 — Jaromir Jagr — 96
2000–01 — Jaromir jagr — 121
2008–09 — Evgeni Malkin — 113
2011–12 — Evgeni Malkin — 109


GOALS-AGAINST
No Penguin has led the NHL in this statistic


PLUS/MINUS
1992–93 — Mario Lemieux — + 55
1994–95 — Ron Francis — + 30
2012–13 — Pascal Dupuis — + 31

     
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This Wheaties box celebrates the team's 1991 Stanley Cup. (General Mills, Inc.)

 
SEASON OPPONENT RESULT
1990–91 Minnesota North Stars Won 4–2
1991–92 Chicago Blackhawks Won 4–0
2007–08 Detroit Red Wings Lost 2–4
2008–09 Detroit Red Wings Won 4–3
2015–16 San Jose Sharks Won 4–2
     
     
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