FINAL – The Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the Buffalo Sabres, 3-1. Sidney Crosby (41), Nick Bonino (15) and Conor Sheary (21) had the Pittsburgh goals. The Penguins are officially in the playoffs.

Pittsburgh Hockey History Made on March 23rd…

1914 – Pittsburgh Hornets center Bill Thompson was born.
1931 – Hornets defenseman Warren Godfrey was born.
1940 – The Hornets advanced to the second round of the playoffs with a 4-1 win over Springfield.
1947 – The Hornets won their opening round series against the New Haven Ramblers, 3-2.
1954 – The Hornets escaped with a 4-3 overtime win in Hershey to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

1969 – Penguins goalie Joe Daley stopped 32 shots from the Minnesota North Stars to earn his second shutout in a 5-0 Pittsburgh win.
1970 – Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Justin Duberman was born.
1976 – Penguins defenseman Nolan Baumgartner was born.
1980 – The Penguins Mark Johnson, 1980 USA Gold Medal Olympian, scored his first NHL goal in a game against Winnipeg.
1996 – Mario Lemieux was stopped on a penalty shot by Buffalo Sabres Domenic Hasek. It was the second time in his career that Lemieux didn’t score on a penalty shot; scored six goals on eight attempts.

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Pittsburgh Pirates (NHL)


Steel Town’s first entry in the National Hockey League. The franchise barely survived five years of sub-par hockey, but were doomed by the Great Depression.
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Pittsburgh Shamrocks


The Shamrocks lasted only one year. A scrappy team, beset with money problems, ironically had their fate sealed when the 1936 St. Patrick’s Day flood crippled the city. LEARN MORE


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Pittsburgh’s entry into the Mid Atlantic Hockey League, where the Rizzo brothers played with football star Johnny Unitas. LEARN MORE


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