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76-77PitPen

1976-77 Pittsburgh Penguins

1976–77 Pittsburgh Penguins · NHL
Division 3rd Norris
Conference 5th Prince of Wales
1976–77 record 34-33-13
Goals for 240
Goals against 252
General Manager Wren Blair (fired December 3, 1976), Baz Bastien
Coach Ken Schinkel
Captain Ron Schock
Arena Pittsburgh Civic Arena
Team leaders
Goals Jean Pronovost (33)
Assists Syl Apps, Jr. (43)
Points Jean Pronovost (64)
Penalties in minutes Bob Kelly (115)
Wins Dunc Wilson (18)
Goals against average Denis Herron (2.94)

The 1976–77 Pittsburgh Penguins season was their tenth in the National Hockey League. They finished third in the Norris Division for the third season in a row. In the playoffs, the Penguins were eliminated in the first round. Changes occurred in management and ownership. In December 1976, Baz Bastien replaced Wren Blair as the club's general manager. The club was sold to shopping mall magnate Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr. in February 1977.

OffseasonEdit

Amateur DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 2. Blair Chapman Flag of Canada.svg Canada Saskatoon Blades (WCHL)
2 19. Greg Malone Flag of Canada.svg Canada Oshawa Generals (OMJHL)
2 29. Peter Marsh Flag of Canada.svg Canada Sherbrooke Beavers (QMJHL)
3 47. Morris Lukowich Flag of Canada.svg Canada Medicine Hat Tigers (WCHL)
4 65. Greg Redquest Flag of Canada.svg Canada Oshawa Generals (OMJHL)
5 83. Brendan Lowe Sherbrooke Beavers (QMJHL)
6 101. Vic Sirko Flag of Canada.svg Canada Oshawa Generals (OMJHL)

Regular seasonEdit

Despite the fact that Pierre Larouche, Jean Pronovost and Syl Apps were unable to reproduce their franchise record-setting offensive output of the previous season the team finished with a similar regular season record on the strength of improved defensive prowess and the goaltending of Dunc Wilson and Denis Herron, who was re-acquired from the Kansas City Scouts in the off-season.

General Manager Wren Blair, who had been part of the ownership group which bought the club from the NHL in July 1975 until February 1976, was removed from his position December 3, 1976. Aldege 'Baz' Bastien, the man who had coached the American Hockey League's Pittsburgh Hornets to a Calder Cup championship in 1967, was named Blair's replacement.

Co-owners Al Savill and Otto Frenzel sold the club to shopping mall magnate Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr. in February 1977, less than two years after having bought the team from the NHL.

Final standingsEdit

Norris Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 80 60 8 12 387 171 132
Los Angeles Kings 80 34 31 15 271 241 83
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 34 33 13 240 252 81
Washington Capitals 80 24 42 14 221 307 62
Detroit Red Wings 80 16 55 9 183 309 41

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
       Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Game logEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WOctober 6, 19769–5 Vancouver Canucks (1976–77) 1–0–0
2LOctober 7, 19761–10 @ Montreal Canadiens (1976–77) 1–1–0
3LOctober 9, 19764–7 Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 1–2–0
4LOctober 13, 19761–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1976–77) 1–3–0
5LOctober 15, 19761–2 @ Atlanta Flames (1976–77) 1–4–0
6WOctober 16, 19764–3 Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 2–4–0
7TOctober 20, 19764–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 2–4–1
8LOctober 23, 19761–9 Montreal Canadiens (1976–77) 2–5–1
9TOctober 24, 19763–3 Atlanta Flames (1976–77) 2–5–2
10TOctober 27, 19764–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 2–5–3
11LOctober 28, 19760–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 2–6–3
12TOctober 30, 19762–2 New York Rangers (1976–77) 2–6–4
13WNovember 2, 19767–1 Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 3–6–4
14WNovember 5, 19764–1 @ Colorado Rockies (1976–77) 4–6–4
15TNovember 7, 19762–2 @ Cleveland Barons (1976–77) 4–6–5
16LNovember 10, 19762–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1976–77) 4–7–5
17WNovember 13, 19761–0 Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 5–7–5
18WNovember 14, 19765–1 @ New York Rangers (1976–77) 6–7–5
19LNovember 20, 19762–5 Colorado Rockies (1976–77) 6–8–5
20WNovember 21, 19765–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1976–77) 7–8–5
21LNovember 24, 19760–4 Boston Bruins (1976–77) 7–9–5
22WNovember 26, 19763–1 @ Cleveland Barons (1976–77) 8–9–5
23LNovember 27, 19761–3 New York Islanders (1976–77) 8–10–5
24LNovember 30, 19764–6 @ Washington Capitals (1976–77) 8–11–5
25WDecember 2, 19764–2 @ New York Islanders (1976–77) 9–11–5
26LDecember 4, 19761–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1976–77) 9–12–5
27WDecember 7, 19766–2 Minnesota North Stars (1976–77) 10–12–5
28WDecember 9, 19762–1 @ Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 11–12–5
29LDecember 11, 19763–6 @ New York Islanders (1976–77) 11–13–5
30WDecember 12, 19765–3 St. Louis Blues (1976–77) 12–13–5
31WDecember 16, 19765–4 Cleveland Barons (1976–77) 13–13–5
32LDecember 18, 19763–5 Washington Capitals (1976–77) 13–14–5
33LDecember 19, 19763–6 @ Boston Bruins (1976–77) 13–15–5
34WDecember 22, 19765–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 14–15–5
35LDecember 23, 19762–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 14–16–5
36WDecember 26, 19764–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 15–16–5
37TDecember 29, 19763–3 Montreal Canadiens (1976–77) 15–16–6
38WJanuary 1, 19776–3 Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 16–16–6
39TJanuary 4, 19772–2 Vancouver Canucks (1976–77) 16–16–7
40TJanuary 6, 19773–3 @ Washington Capitals (1976–77) 16–16–8
41WJanuary 8, 19774–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1976–77) 17–16–8
42LJanuary 11, 19770–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 17–17–8
43WJanuary 15, 19775–2 Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 18–17–8
44LJanuary 16, 19775–6 Atlanta Flames (1976–77) 18–18–8
45WJanuary 19, 19773–0 @ Vancouver Canucks (1976–77) 19–18–8
46LJanuary 20, 19773–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 19–19–8
47WJanuary 22, 19773–2 New York Islanders (1976–77) 20–19–8
48WJanuary 27, 19773–0 @ New York Rangers (1976–77) 21–19–8
49LJanuary 29, 19772–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 21–20–8
50WJanuary 30, 19775–2 Boston Bruins (1976–77) 22–20–8
51WFebruary 2, 19775–2 Minnesota North Stars (1976–77) 23–20–8
52TFebruary 3, 19770–0 @ Cleveland Barons (1976–77) 23–20–9
53WFebruary 5, 19773–1 Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 24–20–9
54LFebruary 6, 19772–5 @ Colorado Rockies (1976–77) 24–21–9
55LFebruary 8, 19773–6 @ St. Louis Blues (1976–77) 24–22–9
56LFebruary 11, 19772–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1976–77) 24–23–9
57WFebruary 12, 19773–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 25–23–9
58TFebruary 16, 19774–4 Montreal Canadiens (1976–77) 25–23–10
59TFebruary 19, 19776–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 25–23–11
60WFebruary 20, 19774–1 Cleveland Barons (1976–77) 26–23–11
61LFebruary 22, 19771–3 @ Washington Capitals (1976–77) 26–24–11
62LFebruary 24, 19772–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 26–25–11
63WFebruary 26, 19772–1 Washington Capitals (1976–77) 27–25–11
64TFebruary 27, 19772–2 Boston Bruins (1976–77) 27–25–12
65LMarch 2, 19770–5 Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 27–26–12
66LMarch 3, 19771–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1976–77) 27–27–12
67TMarch 5, 19773–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 27–27–13
68WMarch 8, 19772–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1976–77) 28–27–13
69WMarch 9, 19773–0 Colorado Rockies (1976–77) 29–27–13
70WMarch 12, 19773–2 Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 30–27–13
71LMarch 13, 19770–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 30–28–13
72LMarch 15, 19773–7 @ Atlanta Flames (1976–77) 30–29–13
73WMarch 16, 19777–3 St. Louis Blues (1976–77) 31–29–13
74LMarch 19, 19772–5 New York Rangers (1976–77) 31–30–13
75LMarch 20, 19772–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1976–77) 31–31–13
76WMarch 22, 19774–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1976–77) 32–31–13
77LMarch 27, 19770–3 @ Boston Bruins (1976–77) 32–32–13
78LMarch 30, 19773–4 Washington Capitals (1976–77) 32–33–13
79WApril 2, 19774–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 33–33–13
80WApril 3, 19774–2 Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 34–33–13

PlayoffsEdit

The Penguins' opponent in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs was once again the Toronto Maple Leafs. Whilst the Penguins' offensive output greatly improved to ten goals scored (compared to 1976's three goals), the Maple Leafs once again dispatched the Penguins in three games.

Player statsEdit

SkatersEdit

Note: GP= Games played; G= Goals; A= Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties in Minutes

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player # GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
Jean Pronovost 19 79 33 31 64 24 3 2 1 3 2
Pierre Larouche 10 65 29 34 63 14 3 0 3 3 0
Syl Apps, Jr. 26 72 18 43 61 20 3 1 0 1 12
Rick Kehoe 8 80 30 27 57 10 3 0 2 2 0
Ron Schock 17 80 17 32 49 10 3 0 1 1 0
Mike Corrigan 27 73 14 27 41 36 2 0 0 0 0
Ron Stackhouse 3 80 7 34 41 72 3 2 1 3 0
Greg Malone 12 66 18 19 37 43 3 1 1 2 2
Blair Chapman 9 80 14 23 37 16 3 1 1 2 7
Wayne Bianchin 14 79 28 6 34 28 3 0 1 1 6
Bob Kelly 22 74 10 21 31 115 3 1 0 1 4
Dennis Owchar 25 46 5 18 23 37 - - - - -
Stan Gilbertson 15 67 6 9 15 13 - - - - -
Mario Faubert 28 47 2 11 13 32 3 1 0 1 2
Russ Anderson 7 66 2 11 13 81 3 0 1 1 14
Don Awrey 24 79 1 12 13 40 3 0 1 1 0
Dave Burrows 4 69 3 6 9 29 3 0 2 2 0
Lew Morrison 16 76 2 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
Ed Van Impe 2 10 0 3 3 6 - - - - -
Lowell MacDonald 18 3 1 1 2 0 3 1 2 3 4
Tom Price 6 7 0 2 2 4 - - - - -
Vic Hadfield 11 9 0 2 2 0 - - - - -
Denis Herron 1 34 0 1 1 4 3 0 0 0 5
Dunc Wilson 29 45 0 1 1 21 - - - - -
Yves Bergeron 20 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Steve Lyon 5 3 0 0 0 2 - - - - -
Gordie Laxton 30 6 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Ed Gilbert 23 7 0 0 0 0 - - - - -

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Penguins. Stats reflect time with the Penguins only. Traded mid-season

GoaltendersEdit

Note: GP= Games played; TOI= Time on ice (minutes); W= Wins; L= Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals Against; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals Against Average

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player # GP TOI W L T GA SO GAA GP TOI W L GA SO GAA
Denis Herron 1 34 1920 15 11 5 94 1 2.94 3 180 1 2 11 0 3.67
Dunc Wilson 29 45 2627 18 19 8 129 5 2.95 - - - - - - -
Gordie Laxton 30 6 253 1 3 0 26 0 6.17 - - - - - - -

TransactionsEdit

The Penguins were involved in the following transactions during the 1976–77 season:

TradesEdit

August 11, 1976 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Don Awrey
To Montreal Canadiens
3rd round pick in 1978 draft (Richard David)
October 8, 1976 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Dunc Wilson
To New York Rangers
4th round pick in 1978 Draft (Dave Silk)
October 18, 1976 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Mike Corrigan
To Los Angeles Kings
5th round pick in 1977 Draft (Julian Baretta)

Additions and subtractionsEdit

Additions
Player Former team Via
Denis Herron Kansas City Scouts free agency (1976-08-07)
Steve Lyon Minnesota North Stars free agency (1976-11)
Tom Price Cleveland Barons free agency (1977-02-28)
Subtractions
Player New team Via
Barry Wilkins Edmonton Oilers (WHA) free agency
Pete Laframboise Edmonton Oilers (WHA) free agency (1976-05)
Simon Nolet Colorado Rockies compensation for signing of Denis Herron (1976-08-07)
Michel Plasse Colorado Rockies compensation for signing of Denis Herron (1976-08-07)
Colin Campbell Colorado Rockies compensation for signing of Denis Herron (1976-09-01)

Colin Campbell was loaned to the Rockies for one season. He was returned to the Penguins in 1977.


Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

Pittsburgh Penguins
Team FranchisePlayersCoachesGMsSeasonsRecordsDraft picksMellon ArenaNew Pittsburgh Arena
Coaches Sullivan • Kelly • Schinkel • Boileau • WilsonJohnston • Angotti • Berry • Creamer • Ubriaco • Patrick • Johnson • Bowman • Constantine • Brooks • Hlinka • Kehoe • Olczyk • Therrien
Seasons 1967-681968-691969-701970-711971-721972-731973-741974-751975-761976-771977-781978-791979-801980-811981-821982-831983-841984-851985-861986-871987-881988-891989-901990-911991-921992-931993-941994-951995-961996-971997-981998-991999-002000-012001-022002-032003-042004-052005-062006-072007-08
Affiliates Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL), Wheeling Nailers (ECHL)



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