2015-16 Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)

2015-16 Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)

Pens record: 48-26-8 (104 points) 2nd place in Metropolitan Division, 2nd in Eastern Conference

ROUND 1- Pittsburgh defeats the New York Rangers in the best-of-seven series, 4-1.

ROUND 2 – Pittsburgh wins series over Washington Captials, 4-2.

ROUND 3 – Pittsburgh defeats Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-3.

ROUND 4 – Pittsburgh leads San Jose Sharks, 3-2.

431

The number of consecutive sellouts the Penguins have had a CONSOL Energy Center/Mellon Arena as of 6/9/16.

119

Number of consecutive games played, including playoffs, by Patric Hornqvist, holder of team’s Iron Man streak.

7

Number of Penguins’ players with Stanley Cup rings.

15

Number playoff hat tricks scored by Pittsburgh, all-time.

124

Number of playoff games played by Sidney Crosby & Evgeni Malkin, 3rd on all-time Penguins’ list.

MILESTONE WATCH

• Sidney Crosby is one goal shy of 50 playoff goals.

•  Marc-Andre Fleury is three wins shy of equaling Tom Barrasso’s franchise record of 56 playoff wins.

• Evgeni Malkin one assist shy of tying Jaromir Jagr for third place on the franchise’s all-time playoff assists list with 82.

 

SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

October 8 – The Penguins opening day roster was comprised of 13 U.S.-born players.  It was the first time in team history the majority of the team was American-born.

October 15 – Penguins rookie winger Daniel Sprong scored his first NHL goal against the Ottawa Senators. Marc-Andre Fleury made 22 saves for his 39th career shutout.

October 17 – Marc-Andre Fleury becomes the 45th goaltender in NHL history to appear in 600 games. Phil Kessel hosts his former team, the Toronto Maple Leafs.

October 29 – Former Penguins head coach Dan Byslma’s new team, the Buffalo Sabres, dropped the game to the Pens, 4-3.

November 17 – Evgeni Malkin scored a power-play goal against the Minnesota Wild, his 100th of his career.  Malkin became the fourth Pens’ player to score 100 power-play goals:  Lemieux, Jagr and Stevens.

December 1 – The Penguins defeated the San Jose Sharks, 5-1.  It was the Pens first win in San Jose in 18 years, 1 month and 8 days, ending an 0-9-3 streak.

December 8 – Pens’ forward Pascal Dupuis announced his retirement, due to health concerns.

December 12 -The Penguins fired head coach Mike Johnston and assistant Gary Agnew and named Mike Sullivan to replace Johnston. Jacques Martin joins Rich Tocchet as the assistants to Sullivan.

December 18 – Conor Sheary beat Boston Bruins’ goaltender Tuukka Rask for his first NHL goal.

December 19 – The Penguins returned Daniel Sprong to his Junior team, while Matt Murray made his NHL debut in goal.

December 21 - Penguins end a five-game losing streak, using four second-period goals to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-2. Malkin (16,17), Kessel (10,11), and Warsofsky (1) had the Pens’ goals. Matt Murray earned his first win in goal and Coach Mike Sullivan earned his first win with Pittsburgh.

February 2 – Penguins captain Sidney Crosby tallied his ninth career hat trick – and second natural hat trick – against the Senators.Crosby’s final goal of the night allowed him to hit a few milestones. First, it was his sixth game-winning marker of the year, tying his career high set in 2009-10. His hat trick tally was also the 100 power-play goal of his career, making him the fifth player in club history to reach triple figures, joining Mario Lemieux (236), Jaromir Jagr (110), Kevin Stevens (110) and Evgeni Malkin (107).

February 6 - Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists to reach his 900th NHL point in 677th game – tenth fastest player to reach 900.

February 18 – Scott Wilson scored his first NHL goal in a game against the Detroit Red Wings.

February 20 – Tom Kuhnhackl scored his first NHL goal, unassisted and short-handed, against the Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop.

March 11 – Marc-Andre Fleury defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets to become the 20th NHL goaltender with 350 wins.

April 2 – Matt Murray made 24 saves for his first NHL shutout and Oskar Sundqvist scored his first NHL goal as the Penguins defeat the New York Islanders, 5-0.

April 19 –  Matt Murray, 21, becomes the youngest Penguins goaltender to start a playoff game.  Murray defeated the Rangers in Game 3.

April – 21 – Matt Murray made 31 saves against the New York Rangers as the Penguins won, 5-0.  Murray is the first Penguins rookie goaltender to earn a post-season shutout.

SEASON STATS

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Skater Stats Regular Season Playoffs
# NAME POS GP G A P PIM GP G A P PIM
87 Sidney Crosby C 80 36 49 85 42 23 6 11 17 4
58 Kris Letang D 71 16 51 67 66 22 2 12 14 22
81 Phil Kessel RW 82 26 33 59 18 23 10 12 22 4
71 Evgeni Malkin C 57 27 31 58 65 22 6 12 18 18
72 Patric Hornqvist RW 82 22 29 51 36 23 8 4 12 10
14 Chris Kunitz LW 80 17 23 40 41 23 4 7 11 15
7 Matt Cullen C 82 16 16 32 20 23 4 2 6 8
13 Nick Bonino C 63 9 20 29 31 23 4 14 18 12
62 Carl Hagelin LW 37 10 17 27 18 23 6 10 16 14
6 Trevor Daley D 53 6 16 22 26 15 1 5 6 10
3 Olli Maatta D 67 6 13 19 22 17 0 7 7 4
57 David Perron LW 43 4 12 16 28
8 Brian Dumoulin D 79 0 16 16 14 23 1 6 7 2
34 Tom Kuhnhackl RW 42 5 10 15 24 23 2 3 5 0
16 Eric Fehr C 55 8 6 14 19 22 3 1 4 4
28 Ian Cole D 70 0 12 12 59 23 1 2 3 14
19 Beau Bennett RW 33 6 6 12 10 1 0 0 0 0
17 Bryan Rust RW 41 4 7 11 12 22 6 3 9 6
43 Conor Sheary LW 44 7 3 10 8 22 4 5 9 6
12 Ben Lovejoy D 66 4 6 10 30 23 2 4 6 12
4 Justin Schultz D 18 1 7 8 2 14 0 3 3 0
51 Derrick Pouliot D 22 0 7 7 2 2 0 0 0 2
23 Scott Wilson C 24 5 1 6 12
4 Rob Scuderi D 25 0 4 4 8
40 Oskar Sundqvist C 18 1 3 4 4 2 0 0 0 0
9 Pascal Dupuis RW 18 2 2 4 12
11 Kevin Porter C 41 0 3 3 0
61 Sergei Plotnikov LW 32 0 2 2 20
41 Daniel Sprong RW 18 2 0 2 0
2 Adam Clendening D 9 0 1 1 10
5 David Warsofsky D 12 1 0 1 0
49 Dominik Simon LW 3 0 1 1 0
47 Tom Sestito LW 4 0 1 1 19
45 Josh Archibald RW 1 0 0 0 0
24 Bobby Farnham RW 3 0 0 0 5
22 Kael Mouillierat LW 1 0 0 0 2
Goalie Stats  
# NAME GP W L T OTL SOL Min GA SO GAA G A P PIM
29 Marc-Andre Fleury 

Playoffs
58
2
35
0
17
1
0
0
6
1
0
0
3463
79
132
4
5
0
2.29
3.04
0
0
1
0
0
0
2
0
37 Jeff Zatkoff 

Playoffs
14
2
4
1
7
1
0
1
0
0
0
732
117
34
6
0 2.79
3.08
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
30 Matt Murray 

Playoffs
13
20
9
14
2
6
0
0
1
2
0
0
748
1207
25
43
1
1
2.00
2.14
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
35 Tristan Jarry 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 0

TEAM NOTES

OWNER:
Mario Lemieux & Ron Burkle

GENERAL MANAGER:
Jim Rutherford

HEAD COACHES:
Mike Johnston,
Mike Sullivan

CAPTAIN:
Sidney Crosby

INJURED RESERVE
Beau Bennett
Ben Lovejoy
Eric Fehr
Pascal Dupuis LTIR

TRANSACTIONS

December 14 – The Penguins traded defenseman Rob Scuderi to the Chicago Blackhawks for defenseman Trevor Daley.

December 19 – The Pens returned forward Daniel Sprong to his Junior team.

January 16 – The Penguins traded forward David Perron and defenseman Adam Clendening to Anaheim for forward Carl Hagelin.

February 27 – The Penguins acquired defenseman Justin Schultz from Edmonton Oilers in exchange for 2016 third-round draft pick.

February 29 - The Pittsburgh Penguins traded Sergei Plotnikov to the Arizona Coyotes for Matthias Plachta and a seventh-round pick in 2017. 

Later, the Pens acquired Dustin Jeffery, James Melindy and Dan O’Donoghue and sent Matia Marcantuoni to the Coyotes.