The Pittsburgh Penguins are a professional ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the Hockey League. The franchise was founded in 1967 as one of the first expansion teams during the league's original expansion from six to twelve teams. The Penguins have played in the Civic Arena since their first season, and will move into their new arena, Consol Energy Center, in time for the 2010–11 season. They have qualified for four Stanley Cup Finals winning three Stanley Cups in their history, in 1990–91, 1991–92, and 2008–09. Among American expansion franchises only the New York Islanders boast more Stanley Cups.
Before the Penguins, Pittsburgh had been the home of the Pirates from 1925 to 1930, and the Hornets AHL franchise from the 1930s to 1967. The Civic Arena's capacity was boosted from 10,732 to 12,500 to meet the League requirements for expansion. After deciding on the "Penguin" nickname (which was inspired by the fact that the team was to play in the "Igloo", the nickname of the Pittsburgh Civic Arena), a logo was chosen that had a penguin in front of a triangle, which symbolized the "Golden Triangle" of downtown Pittsburgh."
Tragedy of Brière and making the playoffs Tragedy struck the Penguins just days after their playoff heroics. On May 15, 1970 Briere suffered head trauma in a car crash in his native Quebec. After two brain surgeries and never fully recovering from a comatose state for over a year, Briere died in a Montreal hospital. His jersey, number 21, was the only one retired by the franchise other than owner and Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux's 66. The Penguins battled the California Golden Seals near the division cellar in 1973–74 and just barely missed the playoffs in 1974.
A winning record and seven playoffs berths in eight seasons
The Penguins began the 1980s by changing their team colors. In January 1980, the team switched from wearing blue and white to their present-day scheme of black and gold to honor Pittsburgh's other sports teams, the Pirates and the Steelers, as well as the Flag of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh was allowed to use black and gold, a color scheme since adopted as well by the Anaheim Ducks when that team changed their uniforms in 2006.
The Mario Lemieux sweepstakes and losing seasons
The team had the league's worst record in both the 1983 and 1984 seasons, and with the team suffering financial problems, it again looked as though the Penguins would fold. Mario Lemieux, one of the most highly touted draft picks in history, was due to be drafted in the 1984 Entry Draft. Heading towards the end of the season ahead of the New Jersey Devils, who were placed last, the Penguins made a number of questionable moves that appeared to weaken the team in the short-term. The Penguins posted three six-game winless streaks in the last 21 games of the season (out of which they won only three) and earned the right to draft Lemieux. Other teams offered substantial trade packages for the draft choice, but the Penguins kept the pick.
The Lemieux-Jagr Era: two Cups and 12 playoffs in 13 seasons
Finally by 1988–89 Pittsburgh broke through, played consistently all season and made the playoffs, and made them big. The Pens shocked the New York Rangers sweeping them in four games and outscoring them 19–11. The second round they met their Pennsylvania rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers for a playoff classic that went seven games. In 1990–91, the Penguins reached the top of the standings. 2002–2006: Bankruptcy, relocation rumors and losing seasons. The 2002-03 season was better, with the team finishing next-to-last in the conference. 2006–present: Crosby-Malkin-Staal Era & 3rd Stanley Cup On April 2, 2008, the Penguins clinched the Atlantic Division title—their first division title in 10 years—with a 4–2 win against rivals the Philadelphia Flyers.
Third Stanley Cup The series took all seven games for the Penguins to win, sending them to the Eastern Conference Finals where they beat the Carolina Hurricanes in four games. After defeating the Hurricanes, the Penguins earned their second consecutive trip to the Stanley Cup Finals against the Detroit Red Wings, to whom they had lost the previous year. The Penguins won 2–1 to earn their third Stanley Cup. 2009-10 season:
The Last Season at Mellon Arena
On Friday October 2 the Penguins season got underway against the New York Rangers which was the last home opener at the Mellon Arena & it was also the night the team raised the championship banner. The Penguins started the season by winning a franchise record seven road games to start a season. For the second straight year the Penguins finished the season in second place behind New Jersey.
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