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77-78PitPen
1977–78 Pittsburgh Penguins · NHL
Division 4th Norris
Conference 7th Prince of Wales
1977–78 record 25-37-18
Goals for 254
Goals against 321
General Manager Baz Bastien
Coach Johnny Wilson
Captain Jean Pronovost
Arena Pittsburgh Civic Arena
Team leaders
Goals Jean Pronovost (40)
Assists Greg Malone (43)
Points Jean Pronovost (65)
Penalties in minutes Dave Schultz (378)
Wins Denis Herron (20)
Goals against average Denis Herron (3.57)

The 1977–78 Pittsburgh Penguins season was their eleventh in the National Hockey League. They finished fourth in the Norris Division, thus did not qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs. This was their worst regular season since 1974, with only 68 points, and the first time since 1974 that the Penguins did not qualify for the playoffs.

Off-seasonEdit

In the off-season head coach Ken Schinkel was replaced by former Kings, Red Wings and Rockies head coach Johnny Wilson. Veterans Vic Hadfield and Ed Van Impe retired. Defensive forward Bob Kelly's contract ended and he took his services to Chicago, while Captain Ron Schock was traded to the Sabres (Jean Pronovost was named captain in his place).

Regular seasonEdit

In an attempt to replace Kelly general manager Baz Bastien acquired former Flyer enforcer Dave Schultz early in the season, but the price was high: Syl Apps, Jr., one of the team's all-time leading scorers. Schultz was traded the following season.

Frustrated with the performance of talented winger Pierre Larouche, Bastien dealt the 22 year-old to the Montreal Canadiens for veteran Pete Mahovlich and prospect Peter Lee on November 29, 1977. Larouche would go on to win two Stanley Cup championships with the Canadiens, while Mahovlich was traded to the Red Wings less than two years later. Lee would fail to live up to his promise, scoring an average of only 0.57 points per game over the course of six seasons with the Penguins.

Division standingsEdit

Norris Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 80 59 10 11 359 183 129
Detroit Red Wings 80 32 34 14 252 266 78
Los Angeles Kings 80 31 34 15 243 245 77
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 25 37 18 254 321 68
Washington Capitals 80 17 49 14 195 321 48

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 12, 19774–2 St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 1–0–0
2LOctober 14, 19771–2 @ Washington Capitals (1977–78) 1–1–0
3LOctober 15, 19772–8 Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 1–2–0
4TOctober 19, 19773–3 @ New York Rangers (1977–78) 1–2–1
5LOctober 20, 19770–11 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 1–3–1
6WOctober 22, 19775–2 Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 2–3–1
7WOctober 23, 19773–2 @ Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 3–3–1
8LOctober 26, 19773–4 Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 3–4–1
9LOctober 29, 19773–5 Boston Bruins (1977–78) 3–5–1
10LNovember 2, 19771–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 3–6–1
11LNovember 4, 19772–5 @ Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 3–7–1
12LNovember 5, 19773–4 @ New York Islanders (1977–78) 3–8–1
13WNovember 9, 19775–3 Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 4–8–1
14WNovember 12, 19777–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 5–8–1
15TNovember 13, 19773–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 5–8–2
16LNovember 16, 19774–7 @ Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 5–9–2
17TNovember 19, 19775–5 New York Rangers (1977–78) 5–9–3
18TNovember 22, 19773–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 5–9–4
19LNovember 24, 19773–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 5–10–4
20WNovember 26, 19775–2 New York Islanders (1977–78) 6–10–4
21LNovember 29, 19771–9 @ Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 6–11–4
22WNovember 30, 19776–4 Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 7–11–4
23TDecember 3, 19774–4 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 7–11–5
24WDecember 4, 19774–2 @ Washington Capitals (1977–78) 8–11–5
25TDecember 6, 19773–3 @ Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 8–11–6
26LDecember 8, 19773–5 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 8–12–6
27LDecember 10, 19772–6 @ Boston Bruins (1977–78) 8–13–6
28LDecember 11, 19771–5 Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 8–14–6
29LDecember 14, 19772–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 8–15–6
30WDecember 17, 19775–3 Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 9–15–6
31TDecember 22, 19773–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 9–15–7
32LDecember 23, 19772–6 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 9–16–7
33WDecember 26, 19775–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 10–16–7
34TDecember 28, 19772–2 Washington Capitals (1977–78) 10–16–8
35LDecember 29, 19773–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 10–17–8
36WDecember 31, 19776–3 Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 11–17–8
37LJanuary 2, 19782–3 @ Washington Capitals (1977–78) 11–18–8
38WJanuary 4, 19788–3 Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 12–18–8
39TJanuary 7, 19783–3 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 12–18–9
40WJanuary 9, 19785–3 @ New York Rangers (1977–78) 13–18–9
41LJanuary 11, 19786–8 Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 13–19–9
42TJanuary 12, 19784–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 13–19–10
43WJanuary 14, 19784–2 Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 14–19–10
44LJanuary 18, 19780–1 @ Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 14–20–10
45LJanuary 21, 19782–5 Washington Capitals (1977–78) 14–21–10
46WJanuary 22, 19783–1 New York Rangers (1977–78) 15–21–10
47TJanuary 28, 19783–3 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 15–21–11
48LJanuary 29, 19782–8 @ Boston Bruins (1977–78) 15–22–11
49WJanuary 31, 19785–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 16–22–11
50WFebruary 1, 19786–1 Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 17–22–11
51LFebruary 4, 19781–8 Boston Bruins (1977–78) 17–23–11
52WFebruary 7, 19784–2 @ Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 18–23–11
53TFebruary 11, 19783–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 18–23–12
54WFebruary 14, 19782–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 19–23–12
55TFebruary 18, 19781–1 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 19–23–13
56TFebruary 19, 19782–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 19–23–14
57WFebruary 21, 19785–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 20–23–14
58TFebruary 22, 19782–2 St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 20–23–15
59LFebruary 25, 19781–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 20–24–15
60TFebruary 26, 19784–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 20–24–16
61LMarch 1, 19782–5 Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 20–25–16
62LMarch 4, 19783–6 @ New York Islanders (1977–78) 20–26–16
63TMarch 5, 19783–3 New York Islanders (1977–78) 20–26–17
64WMarch 8, 19785–3 Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 21–26–17
65LMarch 11, 19781–3 Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 21–27–17
66LMarch 12, 19781–7 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 21–28–17
67LMarch 14, 19782–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 21–29–17
68LMarch 15, 19784–7 @ Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 21–30–17
69WMarch 18, 19783–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 22–30–17
70LMarch 19, 19781–9 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 22–31–17
71LMarch 21, 19781–7 @ Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 22–32–17
72LMarch 22, 19782–5 Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 22–33–17
73TMarch 25, 19782–2 Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 22–33–18
74LMarch 29, 19782–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 22–34–18
75LMarch 30, 19783–6 @ Boston Bruins (1977–78) 22–35–18
76WApril 2, 19786–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 23–35–18
77WApril 5, 19787–2 Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 24–35–18
78LApril 6, 19784–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 24–36–18
79LApril 8, 19784–6 Washington Capitals (1977–78) 24–37–18
80WApril 9, 19783–2 @ Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 25–37–18

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 40 25 65 50 - - - - -
Peter Mahovlich 26 57 25 36 61 37 - - - - -
Greg Malone 12 78 18 43 61 80 - - - - -
Gene Carr 28 70 17 37 54 76 - - - - -
Rick Kehoe 17 70 29 21 50 10 - - - - -
Blair Chapman 9 75 24 20 44 37 - - - - -
Tom Edur 2 58 5 38 43 18 - - - - -
Dave Schultz 8 66 9 25 34 378 - - - - -
Wayne Bianchin 14 61 20 13 33 40 - - - - -
Brian Spencer 22 79 9 11 20 81 - - - - -
Mike Corrigan 27 25 8 12 20 10 - - - - -
Ron Stackhouse 3 50 5 15 20 36 - - - - -
Dave Burrows 4 67 4 15 19 24 - - - - -
Peter Lee 10 60 5 13 18 19 - - - - -
Russ Anderson 7 74 2 16 18 150 - - - - -
Lowell MacDonald 18 19 5 8 13 2 - - - - -
John Flesch 11 29 7 5 12 19 - - - - -
Bob Paradise 24 64 2 10 12 53 - - - - -
Pierre Larouche 10 20 6 5 11 0 - - - - -
Dennis Owchar 25 22 2 8 10 23 - - - - -
Colin Campbell 6 55 1 9 10 103 - - - - -
Tom Cassidy 11 26 3 4 7 15 - - - - -
Syl Apps, Jr. 26 9 0 7 7 0 - - - - -
Jim Hamilton 23 25 2 4 6 2 - - - - -
Mario Faubert 5 18 0 6 6 11 - - - - -
Derek Sanderson 16 13 3 1 4 0 - - - - -
Jacques Cossette 20 19 1 2 3 4 - - - - -
Hartland Monahan 8 7 2 0 2 2 - - - - -
Lew Morrison 16 8 0 2 2 0 - - - - -
Dunc Wilson 29 21 0 1 1 0 - - - - -
Denis Herron 1 60 0 1 1 6 - - - - -
Greg Redquest 25 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Kim Davis 16 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Gordie Laxton 30 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Tom Price 25 10 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 60 3534 20 25 15 210 0 3.57 - - - - - - -
Dunc Wilson 29 21 1180 5 11 3 95 0 4.83 - - - - - - -
Gordie Laxton 30 2 73 0 1 0 9 0 7.40 - - - - - - -
Greg Redquest 25 1 13 0 0 0 3 0 13.85 - - - - - - -

TransactionsEdit

The Penguins were involved in the following transactions during the 1977–78 season:

TradesEdit

September 20, 1977 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Brian Spencer
To Buffalo Sabres
Ron Schock
October 1, 1977 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Bob Paradise
To Washington Capitals
rights to Don Awrey
October 17, 1977 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Hartland Monahan
To Washington Capitals
1st round pick in 1979 Draft
(later traded to North StarsTom McCarthy)
November 2, 1977 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Gene Carr
Dave Schultz
4th round pick in 1978 Draft
(Shane Pearsall)
To Los Angeles Kings
Syl Apps, Jr.
Hartland Monahan
November 29, 1977 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Peter Lee
Peter Mahovlich
To Montreal Canadiens
Pierre Larouche
future considerations (Peter Marsh, December 15, 1977)
December 2, 1977 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Tom Edur
To Colorado Rockies
Dennis Owchar

Additions and subtractionsEdit

Additions
Player Former team Via
Tom Cassidy Boston Bruins free agency (1977-10-11)
John Flesch Minnesota North Stars free agency (1978-02-04)
Derek Sanderson Vancouver Canucks free agency (1978-03-14)
Subtractions
Player New team Via
Bob Kelly Chicago Black Hawks free agency (1977-08-17)
Peter Marsh Montreal Canadiens to complete trade that sent Pierre Larouche to Canadiens (1977-12-15)

Draft picksEdit

Amateur DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
2 30. Jim Hamilton Flag of Canada.svg Canada London Knights (OMJHL)
3 48. Kim Davis Flag of Canada.svg Canada Flin Flon Bombers (WCHL)
4 66. Mark Johnson Flag of the United States United States University of Wisconsin Badgers (WCHA)
6 102. Greg Millen Flag of Canada.svg Canada Peterborough Petes (OMJHL)

ReferencesEdit

Pittsburgh Penguins
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Coaches Sullivan • Kelly • Schinkel • Boileau • WilsonJohnston • Angotti • Berry • Creamer • Ubriaco • Patrick • Johnson • Bowman • Constantine • Brooks • Hlinka • Kehoe • Olczyk • Therrien
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Affiliates Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL), Wheeling Nailers (ECHL)


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