FINAL – Phil Kessel scored twice (7,8) to pace the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Detroit Red Wings, 5-3. Nick Bonino (3), Justin Schultz (2) & Matt Culen (5) had the other Pittsburgh goals.

Pittsburgh Hockey History Made on December 4th…

1937 – Pittsburgh Hornets defenseman Irv Spencer was born.
1977 – Penguins’ Blair Chapman was stopped on a penalty shot by Washington’s Jim Bedard.
1982 – Denis Herron recorded his fourth shutout with the Penguins in a 0-0 tie
with Philadelphia. It was the ninth scoreless tie in Penguins history.

1987 – Penguins center Mario Lemieux, 22, was named the 11th team captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
2001 – Johan Hedberg got his fourth shutout with Pittsburgh after he stopped 27 shots from the Toronto Maple Leafs.
2008 – Penguins’ Petr Sykora scored his 100th NHL powerplay goal.

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Pittsburgh deserves some of the credit for being the birthplace of pro hockey.
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Yellow Jackets

Pittsburgh’s Yellow Jackets dominated the amateur ranks of North America and won championships in 1924 and 1925, then morphed into Pittsburgh’s first NHL team.

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.

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

Pittsburgh Hornets

“The Wasps” gave the city 26 years of professional hockey excitement at Duquesne Gardens and Civic Arena, before giving way to the Penguins. LEARN MORE

Pittsburgh Knights

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

Pittsburgh Phantoms

They played in the Roller Hockey International League in 1994 and featured Hall of Famers and the first woman to play professional hockey in Pittsburgh.

College & High School

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