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The Pittsburgh Penguins are one of the most successful NHL expansion franchises. Their five Stanley Cups are tied for the second-most after the 1967 NHL Expansion. This is thanks to the team being gifted superstars like Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby, among others. The two lead most of the Penguins’ team stats among other NHL records.
For most of their existence, the Penguins have either been a Stanley Cup contender or one of the NHL’s worst teams. This feast-or-famine status has led to Pittsburgh developing either longshot NHL odds or consistent chalk.
City: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Stadium: PPG Paints Arena
Awards and Trophies
- 5x Stanley Cups
- 6x Conference Championships
- 9x Division Championships
- Presidents’ Trophy
- 7x Hart Memorial Trophy
- 15x Art Ross Trophy
- 10x Ted Lindsay Award
- 5x Conn Smythe Trophy
- 2x Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy
- James Norris Memorial Trophy
- 2x Calder Memorial Trophy
- Jack Adams Trophy
- 3x Lady Byng Memorial Trophy
Pittsburgh Penguins Stats & Analysis
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All-Time Pittsburgh Penguins Records
Most goals in a season
- Mario Lemieux – Goals: 85 (1988-89).
Most assists in a season
- Mario Lemieux – Assists: 114 (1988-89).
Most points in a season
- Mario Lemieux – Points: 199 (1988-89).
Most wins in a season
- Tom Barrasso – Wins: 43 (1992-93).
Most games all-time
- Sidney Crosby – Games: 1,108.
Most goals all-time
- Mario Lemieux – Goals: 690.
Most assists all-time
- Mario Lemieux – Assists: 1,033.
Most points all-time
- Mario Lemieux – Points: 1,723.
Most wins all-time
- Marc-Andre Fleury – Wins: 375.
Pittsburgh Penguins Stats & History
The Penguins had modest beginnings as a franchise, but since the beginning, the team began a trend of selecting future NHL superstars. In 1969, Pittsburgh took Michel Briere, who drew comparisons to the great Phil Esposito. Unfortunately, Briere died in a car accident.
This started the franchise’s string of bad luck, with bankruptcy following in 1975 along with mediocre performances on the ice. Amidst financial problems, Pittsburgh saw their luck change as they drafted Mario Lemieux in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft.
Lemieux, considered by many as the greatest NHL player after Wayne Gretzky, dominated the league. He quickly led the Pittsburgh Penguins stats and won numerous trophies, including six Art Ross Trophies, four Ted Lindsay Awards, and three Hart Memorial Trophies.
The superstar paired with Jaromir Jagr, who was another uber-talented forward that the team drafted in 1990. Together, Lemieux and Jagr terrorized the NHL and won multiple scoring titles. Pittsburgh went on to win a pair of Stanley Cups, even as Lemieux became plagued by injuries, including a bout with cancer.
Had Lemieux stayed healthier, the Penguins would have probably won more Stanley Cups. But, alas, he, Jagr, and the Penguins’ powerhouse team fizzled away by the early 2000s. The team once again went into a rebuild, when financial struggle threatened it again.
Lemieux, at one point, became a part-owner of the Penguins, and the team lucked out several times in the NHL Draft Lottery. Pittsburgh selected Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Marc-Andre Fleury.
Along with star defenseman Kris Letang, the quartet formed the nucleus of a perennial Stanley Cup contender.
Finally, in 2008, the Penguins recaptured the Stanley Cup. Several seasons later, they would win consecutive Stanley Cups again, bringing the team’s total to five as of 2022. Crosby, Malkin, and Letang remain fixtures on the team as Pittsburgh continues to hunt for more rings.
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