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Greatest Pittsburgh Penguins Teams Of All Time

The Pittsburgh Penguins are currently playing in the Stanley Cup playoffs for a chance to in their third consecutive Stanley Cup.  Since becoming coach in 2015, Mike Sullivan has won every playoff series.  Will this year’s team be considered one of the greatest of all time?  Let’s look at the best Penguins teams ever:

10. 2008-09

Record: 45-28-9 (99 points), Finished 2nd in Atlantic Division

Coach: Michel Therrien/Dan Bylsma

Playoffs: Won Stanley Cup Final

Scoring Leader: Evgeny Malkin (35 goals, 78 assists)

 

The first Stanley Cup for Sidney Crosby and Evgeny Malkin.  They made the Stanley Cup Final the year before but lost to the Detroit Red Wings.  The team was 5 points out of a playoff spot when coach Michel Therrien was fired.  The hiring of Dan Bylsma and acquiring Chris Kunitz and Billy Guerin helped the team win the Stanley Cup.

9. 2010-11

Record:  49-25-8 (106 points), Finished 1st in Atlantic Division

Coach: Dan Bylsma

Playoffs: Lost Conference Quarter-Finals

Scoring Leader: Sidney Crosby (32 Goals, 34 Assists)

The first season of the Penguins new arena, Consol Energy Center. The team did well in the regular season but injuries to Crosby and Malkin caused them to lose to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the playoffs.

8. 1997-98

Record: 40-24-18 (98 points), Finished 1st in Northeast Division

Coach: Kevin Constantine

Playoffs: Lost Conference Quarter-Finals

Scoring Leader: Jaromir Jagr (35 Goals, 67 Assists)

The first season after Mario Lemieux retired meant Ron Francis and Jaromir Jagr would need to lead the team.  The team also acquired Martin Straka but lost in the first round of the playoffs.

 

 

 

7. 1995-96

Record: 49-29-4 (102 points), Finished 1st in Northeast Division

Coach: Eddie Johnston

Playoffs: Lost NHL Conference Finals

Scoring Leader: Mario Lemieux (69 Goals, 92 Assists)

Mario Lemieux missed all of the previous season due to injuries but he came back with a vengeance in 1995. The team led the league in goals (362) and power-play percentage. The team lost in the Eastern Conference Finals to the Florida Panthers but in the series against the Capitals, they played a classic:

6. 2012-13

Record: 36-12-0 (72 points), Finished 1st in Atlantic Division

Coach: Dan Bylsma

Playoffs: Lost NHL Conference Finals

Scoring Leader: Sidney Crosby (15 Goals, 41 Assists)

The season was only 48 games due to a lockout, but the Penguins were stacked and acquired Jerome Iginla at the trade deadline.  They lost to the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Finals.

5. 1990-91

Record: 1-33-6 (88 points), Finished 1st in Patrick Division

Coach: Bob Johnson

Playoffs:  Won Stanley Cup Final

Scoring Leader:  Mark Recchi (40 Goals, 73 Assists)

The first Stanley Cup of the franchise.  The hiring of Badger Bob Johnson and the acquisition of Ron Francis and Ulf Samuelsson helped the team win the Cup.  This team had 6 players and 3 off-ice staff members in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

4. 2015-16

Record: 48-26-8 (104 points), Finished 2nd in Metropolitan Division

Coach: Mike Johnston/Mike Sullivan

Playoffs: Won Stanley Cup Final

Scoring Leader: Sidney Crosby (36 Goals, 49 Assists)

After firing Mike Johnston and hiring Mike Sullivan, the team adopted a style based on speed that overwhelmed the league on the way to their fourth Stanley Cup.

3.  1992-93

Record: 56-21-7 (119 points), Finished 1st in Patrick Division

Coach: Scotty Bowman

Playoffs: Lost NHL Division Finals

Scoring Leader: Mario Lemieux (69 Goals, 91 Assists)

The only team to win the President’s Trophy for most points in the league. This team featured four players having more than 100 points and five players with more than 30 goals.  Mario Lemieux missed a quarter of the season due to Hodgkin’s Disease and still led the league in scoring. The team had a 17-game winning streak, still an NHL record. In the playoffs, they lost in the second round to the New York Islanders in a huge upset.

2. 2016-17

Record: 50-21-11 (111 points), Finished 2nd in Metropolitan Division

Coach: Mike Sullivan

Playoffs: Won Stanley Cup Final

Scoring Leader: Sidney Crosby (44 Goals, 45 Assists)

This team won the Cup in a different fashion than the 2015-16 team; they had to deal with the loss of Kris Letang and won by determination.

1. 1991-92

Record: 39-32-9 (87 points), Finished 3rd in Patrick Division

Coach: Scotty Bowman

Playoffs: Won Stanley Cup Final

Scoring Leader: Mario Lemieux (44 Goals, 87 Assists)

This team was similar to the 1990-91 champs but during the season they traded Mark Recchi and Paul Coffey for Rick Tocchet, Kjell Samuelsson and Ken Wregget.  They were a well-oiled machine in the playoffs, sweeping the Chicago Blackhawks to win the Cup.

 

 

 

 

 

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