Team Recap: 11th-seeded ’95-’96 Pittsburgh Penguins

The 11th-seeded '95-'96 Pittsburgh Penguins

The 11th-seeded ’95-’96 Pittsburgh Penguins

  • Tom Barrasso (G)
    • 7 GP   7 GS   3-4-0   3.14 GAA   .924 SV%   0 SO   9* Stars
  • Jeff Christian (LW)
    • 2 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • J.J. Daigneault (D)
    • 6 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   1 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Joe Dziedzic (LW)
    • 7 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   1 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Ron Francis (C)
    • 7 GP   5 G   2 A   7 P   +2   23 S   1* GWG   4 PIM   0 Stars
  • Jaromir Jagr (RW)
    • 7 GP   6* G   4 A   10* P   -1   48* S   0 GWG   0 PIM   4 Stars
  • Chris Joseph (D)
    • 6 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -1   1 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Brad Lauer (LW)
    • 7 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   +2   4 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   0 Stars
  • Mario Lemieux (C)
    • 7 GP   3 G   6* A   9 P   -1   43 S   1* GWG   2 PIM   3 Stars
  • Francois Leroux (D)
    • 7 GP   0 G   3 A   3 P   +1   5 S   0 GWG   6 PIM   0 Stars
  • Dmitri Mironov (D)
    • 7 GP   0 G   6* A   6 P   Even   9 S   o GWG   6 PIM   1 Stars
  • Markus Naslund (RW)
    • 7 GP   1 G   3 A   4 P   Even   16 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Petr Nedved (C)
    • 7 GP   4 G   2 A   6 P   -4   37 S   1* GWG   0 PIM   1 Stars
  • Dave Roche (LW)
    • 7 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   +2   7 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Tomas Sandstrom (RW)
    • 7 GP   1 G   2 A   3 P   +2   21 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Bryan Smolinski (C)
    • 6 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   2 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Chris Tamer (D)
    • 7 GP   1 G   3 A   4 P   +2   10 S   0 GWG   19* PIM   0 Stars
  • Chris Wells (C)
    • 6 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Neil Wilkinson (D)
    • 7 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -4   5 S   0 GWG   6 PIM   0 Stars
  • Ken Wregget (G)
    • 2 GP   0 GS   0-0-0   0.50 GAA   .974 SV%   0 SO   0 Stars
  • Sergei Zubov (D)
    • 7 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   +3*   7 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars

* – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 3-4-0
  • Goals Scored: 21
  • Goals/Game: 3.00
  • Goals Allowed: 23
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 3.29
  • Shots: 241
  • Shots Allowed: 326
  • Shots/Game: 34.4
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 44.6
  • # of PP’s: 10
  • PPG’s: 0
  • PP%: 0.0% – 1 of 11 teams to not score a PPG
  • TSH: 11
  • PPGA: 3
  • PK%: 72.7%
  • Penalties in minutes: 47

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. The ’95-’96 Pittsburgh Penguins were making their Ultimate NHL Playoff debut and they equaled the “run” of the Pens representative in the inaugural UNP.

First Round:

Bye

Second Round:

After fighting back from 3-1 series deficit, lost in seven games to 22nd-seeded ’10-’11 Vancouver Canucks

Under the direction of Eddie Johnston, the ’95-’96 Penguins posted a 49-29-4 record, which was good for 102 points and 1st in the Northeast Division. Pittsburgh had the best offense in the league during the regular season, averaging 4.41 goals per game, but they were ranked 20th out of 26 teams defensively, allowing 3.46 goals per game. Hockey Reference ranked the Penguins’ strength of schedule 24th in the league and their SRS listed Pittsburgh as the 3rd-best team in the league. That SRS of 0.90 is the third highest in franchise history for a season. The Penguins started their playoff run as the 2nd seed in the East and defeated the Washington Capitals in the Conference Quarterfinals in six games, after losing the first two games. Then, they eliminated the New York Rangers in five games to reach the Conference Finals. However, in the Conference Final, they blew a 3-2 series lead and lost to the Florida Panthers in seven games.

As I said in the previous paragraph, the Penguins were very explosive offensively and they finished with three players totaling over 100 points in the regular season. Mario Lemieux was at the top with 161 points while Jaromir Jagr was second with 149 points. Ron Francis was the third Pen to finish over 100 points with 119. Super Mario and Jags were also first and second in goals for Pittsburgh with 69 and 62 goals, respectively. Lemieux was also tied for the team lead in assists at 92 with Francis. Jags was a close second with 87 helpers. The Penguins also had three players breach the century mark in penalties in minutes and were led by defenseman Francois Leroux with 161. Fellow defenseman Chris Tamer was second with 153. Time in goal was almost split 50/50 between Tom Barrasso and Ken Wregget. Barrasso was, technically, their #1 as he appeared 49 times and posted a record of 29-16-2 with a 3.43 goals against average and a .902 save percentage. He dealt with some injuries problems, which saw Wregget make 37 appearances. Obviously, the two highest Point Shares for Pittsburgh did not belong to any defenseman or goaltenders. Super Mario’s 17.4 was a team high while Jagr was second at 16.0.

Up next are the 10th-seeded ’00-’01 New Jersey Devils!

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