2016-17 Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)

2016-17 Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)

Pens record: 50-21-11 (111 points) 2nd place in Metropolitan Division, 2nd in Eastern Conference, 2nd in NHL

ROUND 1 – Pittsburgh wins series the against the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-1.

ROUND 2 – Pittsburgh beats the Washington Capitals, 4-3.

ROUND 3 – Pittsburgh wins series over Ottawa Senators, 4-3

Stanley Cup Final – Pittsburgh defeats the Nashville Predators, 4-2.

484

The number of consecutive sellouts the Penguins have had at PPG Paints Arena (CONSOL and Mellon) as of 6/8/17.

212

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

28

Number of points by NHL playoff scoring leader, Evgeni Malkin.

115

Team record for playoff games played in by a Penguins goaltender, held by Marc-Andre Fleury.

5

Number of Stanley Cup Championships won by the Penguins in their 50-year history.

MILESTONE WATCH

• Evgeni Malkin one assist shy of becoming the 23rd player in NHL playoff history to record 100 postseason assists (would join Jaromir Jagr and Sidney Crosby as the only active player to reach the milestone).

• Phil Kessel one point from tying Martin Straka for 10th place on the Penguins’ all-time playoff points list with 46.

• Jake Guentzel needs one goal to tie an NHL record for rookies, 14, set by Minnesota’s Dino Ciccarelli in 1981.  Guentzel is one game-winning goal away from passing Mario Lemieux for most GWG scored by a rookie, 5, and also an NHL record.

• Marc-Andre Fleury is one win shy of tying Curtis Joseph for 12th place on the NHL’s all-time playoff wins list with 63.

• Matt Murray is one win away from passing Tom Barrasso for all time wins in a Stanley Cup Final series with 8.

SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

October 4 – CONSOL Energy Center is renamed PPG Paints Arena, after PPG agrees to a 20-year naming rights deal.

October 6 – The Penguins are honored at the White House by President Barak Obama.

October 13 – The Penguins open their 50th season by hoisting their fourth Stanley Cup Championship banner and defeated the Washington Capitals, 3-2.

October 20 – A rematch of last year’s Stanley Cup Final, The Penguins scored three third period goals from Malkin (2), Wilson (1) and Hornqvist (2) to beat San Jose, 3-2.

November 8 – First-ever meeting between Sidney Crosby and Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid.  The Penguins won, 4-3, and McDavid registered three assists.

November 12 – Toronto Maple Leafs and Auston Matthews, last year’s first-overall NHL draft pick.

November 21 – In his NHL debut, Jake Guentzel scored 1:02 into a game (fastest in team history) against the New York Rangers.  

November 25 – Phil Kessel scored against the Minnesota Wild to pick up his 600th point in his career.

November 30 – New York Islanders’ Anders Lee and Nikoly Kuleman (ENG) scored three seconds apart, the fastest two goals ever scored against the Penguins.  The previous mark was six seconds, on three occasions.

December 1 – Dallas Stars’ Stephen Johns (Wampum, Pa.) records an assist in his first game played against his hometown Penguins at the PPG Paints Arena.

December 5 – Bryan Rust beat Ottawa’s Craig Anderson on a penalty shot en route to his first NHL hat trick. 

December 10 – Evgeni Malkin scored two power-play goals to reach 111 in his career and good for second place on the Penguins all-time list.

December 12 – Matt Murray stopped all 31 shots from the Arizona Coyotes to earn his second shutout of the season and third of his career.

December 23 –  Chad Ruhwedel scored his first NHL goal against New Jersey in front of the 450th consecutive home sellout.

December 27 – Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist to push him over 800 points in his NHL career.

December 28 – The Penguins defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-2.  It was the second time in Penguins history that neither team took a penalty.  The only other time that happened was March 22, 1969 at St. Louis. 

January 1-7 – This year all NHL teams will have a “bye week,” and Pittsburgh is off for this week.

January 14 – Evgeni Malkin scored against Detroit and passed Rick Kehoe for sole possession of fifth place on the team’s all-time goal scoring list with 313.

January 15 – Evgeni Malkin’s 11th career hat trick was part of a six-goal second period against the Washington Capitals to tie Jean Pronovost for franchise goals (316). Six goals in a period established a record for most goals in a period at the PPG Paints Arena. Pens won, 8-7, in overtime. Matt Murray becomes the second goalie in team history to win a game after giving up seven goals. (W. Young 10/11/88, 8-7 over Washington).

February 11 – Josh Archibald beat Arizona’s Mike Smith for his first NHL goal.

February 14 – Matt Murray made 29 saves for his third shutout of the year as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the Vancouver Canucks, 4-0, on goals from Evgeni Malkin (23), Jake Guentzel (6) Phil Kessel (20) and Matt Cullen (9).

February 16 – Sidney Crosby recorded his 1,000th NHL point by assisting on a Chris Kunitz goal against the Winnipeg Jets.

February 25 – The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-2, in front of 67,318 fans at Heinz Field in the 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game.

February 28 – The Dallas Stars scored three 3rd period goals to beat the Penguins, 3-2. First time in 66 games the Pens lost when leading after two periods. The last such loss was April 7, 2015, in 4-3 overtime loss against Ottawa.

March 1 – The Chicago Blackhawks were paced by Patrick Kane’s hat trick to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-1. Pittsburgh’s goal scored by Scott Wilson (7).

March 17 – Phil Kessel was stopped on a penalty shot by New Jersey goaltender Keith Kinkaid, and Penguins Carter Rowney scored his first NHL goal.

March 19 – Sidney Crosby scored his tenth career hat trick (38,39,40) and Marc-Andre Fleury notched his 44th career shutout as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Florida Panthers, 4-0. 

March 31 – Sidney Crosby passes Jaromir Jagr and moved into second place on the team’s all-time assist list with 641.  Mario Lemieux holds the franchise record with 1,033.

April 16 – Jake Guentzel completed his first playoff hat trick by scoring 13:10 into overtime to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 3 of the first round.

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 75 44 45 89 24 24 8 19 27 10
71 Evgeni Malkin C 62 33 39 72 77 25 10 18 28 53
81 Phil Kessel RW 82 23 47 70 20 25 8 15 23 2
43 Conor Sheary LW 61 23 30 53 22 22 2 5 7 4
4 Justin Schultz D 78 12 39 51 34 21 4 9 13 4
72 Patric Hornqvist RW 70 21 23 44 28 19 5 4 9 18
13 Nick Bonino C 80 18 19 37 16 21 4 3 7 2
58 Kris Letang D 41 5 29 34 32
59 Jake Guentzel C 40 16 17 33 10 25 13 8 21 10
7 Matt Cullen C 72 13 18 31 30 25 2 7 9 24
14 Chris Kunitz LW 71 9 20 29 36 20 2 9 11 27
17 Bryan Rust RW 57 15 13 28 8 23 7 2 9 10
23 Scott Wilson C 78 8 18 26 32 20 3 3 6 11
28 Ian Cole D 81 5 21 26 72 24 0 9 9 22
62 Carl Hagelin LW 61 6 16 22 16 15 2 0 2 19
6 Trevor Daley D 56 5 14 19 37 21 1 4 5 14
34 Tom Kuhnhackl RW 57 4 12 16 18 11 1 1 2 4
8 Brian Dumoulin D 70 1 14 15 14 25 1 5 6 6
16 Eric Fehr C 52 6 5 11 14
2 Chad Ruhwedel D 34 2 8 10 8 6 0 0 0 4
3 Olli Maatta D 55 1 6 7 12 25 2 6 8 12
37 Carter Rowney RW 27 3 3 6 4 20 0 3 3 4
32 Mark Streit D 19 1 5 6 6 3 0 2 2 0
24 Cameron Gaunce D 12 1 3 4 13
45 Josh Archibald RW 10 3 0 3 2 4 0 0 0 2
65 Ron Hainsey D 16 0 3 3 4 25 2 6 8 6
25 Tom Sestito LW 13 0 2 2 48
5 David Warsofsky D 7 0 1 1 6
61 Steve Oleksy D 11 0 1 1 24
49 Dominik Simon C 2 0 1 1 0
51 Derrick Pouliot D 11 0 0 0 4
40 Oskar Sundqvist C 10 0 0 0 0
20 Frank Corrado D 2 0 0 0 2
11 Kevin Porter C 2 0 0 0 0
39 Jean-Sebastien Dea C 1 0 0 0 0
Goalie Stats  
# NAME GP W L T OTL SOL Min GA SO GAA G A P PIM
29 Marc-Andre Fleury

Playoffs
38
15
18
9
10
6
0
7

2125
867
107
37
1
2
3.02
2.56
0
0
0
0
0
0
6
0
30 Matt Murray

Playoffs
49
11
32
7
10
3
0
4

2766
669
111
19
4
3
2.41
1.70
0
0
2
0
2
0
0
0
1 Mike Condon 1 0 0 0 0 20 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 0
35 Tristan Jarry 1 0 1 0 0 59 3 0 3.05 0 0 0 0

 

TEAM NOTES

OWNER
Mario Lemieux & Ron Burkle

GENERAL MANAGER
Jim Rutherford

HEAD COACH
Mike Sullivan

CAPTAIN
Sidney Crosby

INJURED RESERVE
Kris Letang

TRANSACTIONS
Oct. 11 – Goaltender Mike Condon claimed on waivers from Montreal.

Nov. 2 – Traded Condon to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for fifth-round draft pick in 2017.

Feb. 23. – Acquired defenseman Ron Hainsey from Carolina Hurricanes for forward Danny Kristo and a secound-round pick in the 2017 draft.

March 1 – Acquired defenseman Mark Streit from Tampa Bay for a fourth-round pick in 2018 and acquired defenseman Frank Corrado from Toronto for Eric Fehr, Steve Oleksy and fourth-round pick in 2017.