Team Recap: 10th-Seeded ’12-’13 Pittsburgh Penguins

The #10 seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the '12-'13 Pittsburgh Penguins.

The #10 seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the ’12-’13 Pittsburgh Penguins.

  • Craig Adams (RW)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -4   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Beau Bennett (RW)
    • 4 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Matt Cooke (LW)
    • 3 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   Even   2 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Sidney Crosby (C)
    • 4 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   -7   15 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Simon Despres (D)
    • 3 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Pascal Dupuis (LW)
    • 4 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   Even   6 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Mark Eaton (D)
    • 2 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Deryk Engelland (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -2   2 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Marc-Andre Fleury (G)
    • 4 GP   0-4-0   4.25 GAA   .879 SV%   0 SO   2 Stars
  • Tanner Glass (LW)
    • 3 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   2 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Jarome Iginla (RW)
    • 4 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   -7   17 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Dustin Jeffrey (C)
    • 2 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   1 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Jussi Jokinen (C)
    • 4 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   -4   4 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Tyler Kennedy (LW)
    • 1 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Chris Kunitz (LW)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -4   5 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Kris Letang (D)
    • 4 GP   1 G   2 A   3 P   -4   8 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Ben Lovejoy (D)
    • 1 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -3   0 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Evgeni Malkin (C)
    • 4 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -3   3 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Paul Martin (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   Even   1 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Brenden Morrow (LW)
    • 2 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   Even   3 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Douglas Murray (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -5   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • James Neal (LW)
    • 4 GP   2 G   1 A   3 P   -4   8 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Matt Niskanen (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -2   3 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   o Stars
  • Brooks Orpik (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -6   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Brandon Sutter (C)
    • 4 GP   2 G   0 A   2 P   Even   5 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Tomas Vokoun (G)
    • 1 GP   0-0-0   2.00 GAA   .889 SV%   0 SO   0 Stars

Bold – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 0-4-0
  • Goals Scored: 10
  • Goals/Game: 2.50
  • Goals Allowed: 19
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 4.75
  • Shots: 85
  • Shots Allowed: 159
  • Shots/Game: 21.3
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 39.8
  • # of PP’s: 8
  • PPG’s: 3
  • PP%: 37.5%
  • TSH: 3
  • PPGA: 1
  • PK%: 66.7%
  • Penalties in minutes: 8

Honestly, there is not another team that I loathe as much as I loathe the Pittsburgh Penguins. I made a promise before I started, which you can find on the ‘About’ page, that I will be completely unbiased when simulating these games. I kept that promise. However, this team’s results in this tournament could not have made me any happier.

1st Round:

Bye

2nd Round:

Swept by 23rd-seeded ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres, 4-0

In the lockout shortened ’12-’13 season, the Pittsburgh Penguins posted a record of 36-12-0, which was good for 72 points and 1st in the Atlantic Division. They finished 1st in the league in goals scored (165) and 10th in the league in goals allowed (119). Hockey Reference’s SRS rating system has them as the second best team in the league that year despite their 25th strength of schedule ranking. They faced off against the New York Islanders in the Conference Quarterfinals and after getting a stiff fight from the Isles, the Penguins defeated them in six games. In the Conference Semifinals, they dispatched of the Ottawa Senators in five games before getting swept by the Boston Bruins in the Conference Finals.

Despite the lockout shortened season, the Penguins still had three players reach 20 goals. Chris Kunitz led the team in goals with 22 in 48 games and he was followed by James Neal, who potted 21 in 40 games, and Pascal Dupuis, who scored 20 in 48 games. Sidney Crosby led the team in assists with 41 in 36 games played. Defenseman Kris Letang was second behind Crosby in assists with 33 in 35 games played. Crosby led the team in poitns with 56 in his 36 games played, not too bad, eh? Listen, I may hate the Penguins and hate Crosby, but there is no denying he is the best in the world. Kunitz was second in points with 52 in 48 games played. Their defensive core was lead by Letang, Brooks Orpik and Paul Martin. Orpik posted the highest plus/minus rating among defenseman at +17 in 46 games played. In net, Marc-Andre Fleury and Tomas Vokoun posted nearly identical numbers despite Fleury getting 14 more starts than Vokoun. Fleury was eventually benched during the playoffs, lol. For their efforts, General Manager Ray Shero was awarded the GM of the Year Award and Sidney Crosby was awarded the Ted Lindsay Award.

Up next is the #11 seed, the ’96-’97 New Jersey Devils!

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