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71-72PitPen
1971–72 Pittsburgh Penguins · NHL
Division 4th West
1971–72 record 26-38-14
Goals for 220
Goals against 250
Coach Leonard "Red" Kelly
Captain Vacant
Alternate captains Keith McCreary
Ken Schinkel
Bryan Watson
Bob Woytowich
Team leaders
Goals Greg Polis, Jean Pronovost (30)
Assists Syl Apps (44)
Points Syl Apps (59)
Penalties in minutes Bryan Watson (212)
Wins Jim Rutherford (17)
Goals against average Roy Edwards (2.55)

The 1971–72 Pittsburgh Penguins season was the franchise's fifth season in the National Hockey League. The team made the playoffs for the second time in franchise history, losing to the Chicago Blackhawks in the first-round.

OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Final standingsEdit

West Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Chicago Black Hawks 78 46 17 15 256 166 107
Minnesota North Stars 78 37 29 12 212 191 86
St. Louis Blues 78 28 39 11 208 247 67
Pittsburgh Penguins 78 26 38 14 220 258 66
Philadelphia Flyers 78 26 38 14 200 236 66
California Golden Seals 78 21 39 18 216 288 60
Los Angeles Kings 78 20 49 9 206 305 49

Game logEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WOctober 9, 19713–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 1–0–0
2LOctober 10, 19711–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 1–1–0
3WOctober 13, 19714–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 2–1–0
4WOctober 16, 19712–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 3–1–0
5WOctober 17, 19714–2 @ California Golden Seals (1971–72) 4–1–0
6WOctober 20, 19718–1 Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 5–1–0
7LOctober 23, 19712–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 5–2–0
8TOctober 24, 19711–1 @ New York Rangers (1971–72) 5–2–1
9LOctober 27, 19714–6 California Golden Seals (1971–72) 5–3–1
10LOctober 28, 19710–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 5–4–1
11TOctober 30, 19711–1 New York Rangers (1971–72) 5–4–2
12LOctober 31, 19711–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 5–5–2
13LNovember 3, 19713–5 @ California Golden Seals (1971–72) 5–6–2
14LNovember 5, 19712–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 5–7–2
15LNovember 7, 19711–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 5–8–2
16WNovember 9, 19714–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 6–8–2
17WNovember 10, 19713–1 Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 7–8–2
18WNovember 13, 19716–4 Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 8–8–2
19LNovember 16, 19711–5 Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 8–9–2
20LNovember 18, 19713–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 8–10–2
21LNovember 20, 19712–4 St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 8–11–2
22LNovember 21, 19713–7 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 8–12–2
23LNovember 24, 19711–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 8–13–2
24LNovember 27, 19711–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 8–14–2
25WDecember 1, 19714–2 Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 9–14–2
26WDecember 4, 19714–2 New York Rangers (1971–72) 10–14–2
27LDecember 5, 19713–5 @ Boston Bruins (1971–72) 10–15–2
28TDecember 8, 19711–1 California Golden Seals (1971–72) 10–15–3
29TDecember 11, 19713–3 Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 10–15–4
30LDecember 12, 19711–6 @ New York Rangers (1971–72) 10–16–4
31LDecember 15, 19712–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 10–17–4
32LDecember 18, 19713–4 Boston Bruins (1971–72) 10–18–4
33TDecember 19, 19712–2 @ Boston Bruins (1971–72) 10–18–5
34LDecember 22, 19712–4 @ New York Rangers (1971–72) 10–19–5
35WDecember 25, 19714–2 Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 11–19–5
36LDecember 26, 19711–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 11–20–5
37LDecember 28, 19712–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 11–21–5
38TDecember 31, 19713–3 Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 11–21–6
39TJanuary 5, 19723–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 11–21–7
40LJanuary 8, 19720–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 11–22–7
41LJanuary 9, 19722–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 11–23–7
42TJanuary 12, 19722–2 Boston Bruins (1971–72) 11–23–8
43LJanuary 13, 19721–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 11–24–8
44WJanuary 15, 19724–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 12–24–8
45LJanuary 19, 19721–6 Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 12–25–8
46LJanuary 22, 19720–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 12–26–8
47TJanuary 23, 19723–3 Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 12–26–9
48LJanuary 26, 19721–2 St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 12–27–9
49LJanuary 29, 19722–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 12–28–9
50LJanuary 30, 19720–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 12–29–9
51WFebruary 3, 19724–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 13–29–9
52LFebruary 5, 19721–8 @ Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 13–30–9
53WFebruary 9, 19724–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 14–30–9
54WFebruary 10, 19726–1 Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 15–30–9
55LFebruary 12, 19723–8 New York Rangers (1971–72) 15–31–9
56WFebruary 13, 19726–4 Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 16–31–9
57WFebruary 16, 19724–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 17–31–9
58WFebruary 17, 19722–0 @ Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 18–31–9
59LFebruary 19, 19722–6 Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 18–32–9
60LFebruary 20, 19720–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 18–33–9
61LFebruary 23, 19720–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 18–34–9
62WFebruary 26, 19725–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 19–34–9
63LFebruary 27, 19723–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 19–35–9
64WMarch 2, 19727–4 Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 20–35–9
65WMarch 4, 19724–2 Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 21–35–9
66LMarch 5, 19723–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 21–36–9
67LMarch 8, 19724–5 Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 21–37–9
68WMarch 11, 19726–4 Boston Bruins (1971–72) 22–37–9
69TMarch 12, 19724–4 @ Boston Bruins (1971–72) 22–37–10
70WMarch 14, 19727–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 23–37–10
71TMarch 18, 19724–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 23–37–11
72TMarch 19, 19723–3 @ California Golden Seals (1971–72) 23–37–12
73LMarch 22, 19723–4 Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 23–38–12
74WMarch 25, 19723–2 Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 24–38–12
75TMarch 26, 19722–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1971–72) 24–38–13
76WMarch 29, 19725–4 California Golden Seals (1971–72) 25–38–13
77TApril 1, 19724–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 25–38–14
78WApril 2, 19726–2 St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 26–38–14

PlayoffsEdit

  • Green background indicates win.
  • Red indicates loss.
1972 Playoffs
Round one vs Chicago: 0–4 (Home: 0–2 ; Road: 0–2)
# Date Visitor Score Home Series
1 April 5 Pittsburgh 1 – 3 Chicago 0–1
2 April 6 Pittsburgh 2 – 3 Chicago 0–2
3 April 8 Chicago 2 – 0 Pittsburgh 0–3
4 April 9 Chicago 6 – 5 Pittsburgh 0–4

Player statsEdit

ForwardsEdit

Note: GP= Games played; G= Goals; AST= Assists; PTS = Points; PIM = Points

Player GP G AST PTS PIM
Bill Hicke 12 2 0 2 6
Al McDonough 37 7 11 18 8
Nick Harbaruk 78 12 17 29 46
Ken Schinkel 74 15 30 45 10
Jean Pronovost 68 30 23 53 12
Robin Burns 5 0 0 0 8
Keith McCreary 33 4 4 8 22
John Stewart 25 2 8 10 23
Steve Cardwell 28 7 8 15 18
Val Fonteyne 68 6 13 19 0
Greg Polis 76 30 19 49 38
Rick Kessell 3 0 1 1 0
Wally Boyer 1 0 1 1 0
Brian McKenzie 6 1 1 2 4
Joe Noris 35 2 5 7 20
Rene Robert 49 7 11 18 42
Bob Leiter 78 14 17 31 18
Ron Schock 77 17 29 46 22
Syl Apps 72 15 44 59 78
Eddie Shack 18 5 9 14 12
Bryan Hextall 78 20 24 44 126

DefencemenEdit

Note: GP= Games played; G= Goals; AST= Assists; PTS = Points; PIM = Points

Player GP G AST PTS PIM
Bob Woytowich 31 1 4 5 8
Sheldon Kannegiesser 54 2 4 6 47
Tim Horton 44 2 9 11 40
Dave Burrows 77 2 10 12 48
Bryan Watson 75 3 17 20 212
Duane Rupp 34 4 18 22 32
Darryl Edestrand 77 10 23 33 52

GoaltendingEdit

Note: GP= Games played; W= Wins; L= Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals Against

Player GP W L T SO GAA
Les Binkley 31 7 15 5 0 3.51
Roy Edwards 15 2 8 4 0 2.55
Jim Rutherford 40 17 15 5 1 3.22

TransactionsEdit

The Penguins were involved in the following transactions during the 1971–72 season:

TradesEdit

May, 1971 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Bob Leiter
To Boston Bruins
cash
September 7, 1971 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Bill Hicke
To California Golden Seals
cash
October 3, 1971 To Pittsburgh Penguins
cash
To Vancouver Canucks
Bob Blackburn
October 6, 1971 To Pittsburgh Penguins
cash
To Minnesota North Stars
Dean Prentice
November 22, 1971 To Pittsburgh Penguins
cash
To Detroit Red Wings
Bill Hicke
January 11, 1972 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Al McDonough
To Los Angeles Kings
Bob Woytowich
March 4, 1972 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Eddie Shack
To Buffalo Sabres
Rene Robert

Additions and subtractionsEdit

Additions
Player Former team Via
Roy Edwards Detroit Red Wings waivers (1971–06–07)
Rene Robert Buffalo Sabres Intra-League Draft (1971–06–08)
Dave Burrows Chicago Black Hawks Intra-League Draft (1971–06–08)
Tim Horton New York Rangers Intra-League Draft (1971–06–08)
Jim Rutherford Detroit Red Wings Intra-League Draft (1971–06–08)
Subtractions
Player New team Via
Al Smith Detroit Red Wings Intra-League Draft (1971–06–08)
Rod Zaine Buffalo Sabres Intra-League Draft (1971–06–08)

Draft picksEdit

See also: 1971 NHL Amateur Draft
Round Overall pick Player Nationality Position
2 18 Brian McKenzie Flag of Canada.svg Canada Center
3 32 Joe Noris Flag of the United States United States Center
4 46 Gerry Methe Flag of Canada.svg Canada Defenceman
5 60 Dave Murphy Flag of Canada.svg Canada Goaltender
6 74 Ian Williams
7 88 Doug Elliott


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