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1980–81 Pittsburgh Penguins · NHL
Division 3rd Norris
Conference 7th Prince of Wales
1980–81 record 30-37-13
Goals for 302
Goals against 345
General Manager Baz Bastien
Coach Eddie Johnston
Captain Orest Kindrachuk/Randy Carlyle (January 31, 1981)
Arena Pittsburgh Civic Arena
Team leaders
Goals Rick Kehoe (55)
Assists Randy Carlyle (67)
Points Rick Kehoe (88)
Penalties in minutes Paul Baxter (204)
Wins Greg Millen (25)
Goals against average Nick Ricci (3.89)

The 1980–81 Pittsburgh Penguins season was their fourteenth in the National Hockey League.

OffseasonEdit

Entry DraftEdit

Main article: 1980 NHL Entry Draft
Round Pick Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 9. Mike Bullard Flag of Canada.svg Canada Brantford Alexanders (OMJHL)
3 51. Randy Boyd Flag of Canada.svg Canada Ottawa 67's (OMJHL)
4 72. Tony Feltrin Flag of Canada.svg Canada Victoria Cougars (WHL)
5 93. Doug Shedden Flag of Canada.svg Canada Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OMJHL)
6 114. Pat Graham Flag of Canada.svg Canada Niagara Falls Flyers (OMJHL)
8 156. Rob Geale Flag of Canada.svg Canada Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)
9 177. Brian Lundberg Flag of Canada.svg Canada University of Michigan Wolverines (CCHA)
10 198. Steve McKenzie Flag of Canada.svg Canada St. Albert Saints (AJHL)

Regular seasonEdit

Division standingsEdit

Norris Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 80 45 22 13 332 232 103
Los Angeles Kings 80 43 24 13 337 290 99
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 30 37 13 302 345 73
Hartford Whalers 80 21 41 18 292 372 60
Detroit Red Wings 80 19 43 18 252 339 56

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
2WOctober 11, 19805–4 Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 1–1–0
3WOctober 12, 19806–3 @ New York Rangers (1980–81) 2–1–0
4LOctober 15, 19802–5 Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 2–2–0
5LOctober 18, 19802–4 Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 2–3–0
6LOctober 21, 19805–8 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 2–4–0
7WOctober 22, 19809–3 St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 3–4–0
8LOctober 25, 19802–8 Calgary Flames (1980–81) 3–5–0
9TOctober 29, 19801–1 @ Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 3–5–1
10WOctober 31, 19806–5 @ Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 4–5–1
11LNovember 1, 19803–6 @ Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 4–6–1
12TNovember 3, 19804–4 @ Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 4–6–2
13LNovember 5, 19801–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 4–7–2
14WNovember 8, 19805–3 Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 5–7–2
15LNovember 9, 19804–7 @ Boston Bruins (1980–81) 5–8–2
16LNovember 12, 19801–3 Washington Capitals (1980–81) 5–9–2
17TNovember 14, 19803–3 @ New York Rangers (1980–81) 5–9–3
18LNovember 15, 19804–7 Boston Bruins (1980–81) 5–10–3
19LNovember 19, 19802–3 Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 5–11–3
20WNovember 22, 19804–2 Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 6–11–3
21LNovember 26, 19804–7 Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 6–12–3
22TNovember 27, 19803–3 @ Boston Bruins (1980–81) 6–12–4
23LNovember 29, 19802–4 New York Rangers (1980–81) 6–13–4
24TDecember 3, 19804–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 6–13–5
25WDecember 4, 19803–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1980–81) 7–13–5
26WDecember 6, 19806–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 8–13–5
27LDecember 7, 19801–10 @ Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 8–14–5
28WDecember 10, 19804–3 Montreal Canadiens (1980–81) 9–14–5
29WDecember 12, 19806–2 @ Washington Capitals (1980–81) 10–14–5
30LDecember 13, 19805–6 Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 10–15–5
31TDecember 17, 19803–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 10–15–6
32LDecember 19, 19804–10 @ Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 10–16–6
33TDecember 20, 19803–3 @ Calgary Flames (1980–81) 10–16–7
34LDecember 23, 19803–6 @ St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 10–17–7
35LDecember 26, 19807–9 @ Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 10–18–7
36WDecember 27, 19806–4 Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 11–18–7
37LDecember 31, 19801–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 11–19–7
38WJanuary 3, 19816–4 Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 12–19–7
39LJanuary 4, 19812–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 12–20–7
40WJanuary 7, 19817–3 New York Islanders (1980–81) 13–20–7
41LJanuary 8, 19812–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1980–81) 13–21–7
42LJanuary 10, 19813–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 13–22–7
43LJanuary 13, 19813–6 @ New York Islanders (1980–81) 13–23–7
44WJanuary 14, 19816–3 St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 14–23–7
45WJanuary 17, 19815–4 Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 15–23–7
46LJanuary 21, 19810–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 15–24–7
47WJanuary 24, 19814–3 Calgary Flames (1980–81) 16–24–7
48LJanuary 27, 19811–7 @ St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 16–25–7
49WJanuary 28, 19813–1 Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 17–25–7
50TJanuary 31, 19814–4 Washington Capitals (1980–81) 17–25–8
51LFebruary 2, 19814–8 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 17–26–8
52WFebruary 4, 19813–2 @ Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 18–26–8
53LFebruary 6, 19814–6 @ Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 18–27–8
54LFebruary 7, 19814–5 @ Calgary Flames (1980–81) 18–28–8
55WFebruary 12, 19815–3 New York Islanders (1980–81) 19–28–8
56TFebruary 14, 19812–2 Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 19–28–9
57LFebruary 17, 19811–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 19–29–9
58WFebruary 19, 19816–2 Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 20–29–9
59LFebruary 21, 19811–6 Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 20–30–9
60WFebruary 22, 19819–4 Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 21–30–9
61WFebruary 25, 19814–3 Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 22–30–9
62WFebruary 26, 19817–5 @ Washington Capitals (1980–81) 23–30–9
63WFebruary 28, 19816–4 New York Rangers (1980–81) 24–30–9
64WMarch 2, 19815–4 @ Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 25–30–9
65WMarch 4, 19816–5 Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 26–30–9
66LMarch 7, 19815–8 @ Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 26–31–9
67WMarch 8, 19816–4 Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 27–31–9
68LMarch 11, 19811–2 Montreal Canadiens (1980–81) 27–32–9
69TMarch 14, 19813–3 Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 27–32–10
70LMarch 16, 19816–7 @ Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 27–33–10
71LMarch 17, 19813–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 27–34–10
72TMarch 19, 19814–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 27–34–11
73WMarch 21, 19813–1 @ Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 28–34–11
74WMarch 25, 19815–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 29–34–11
75TMarch 28, 19814–4 @ New York Islanders (1980–81) 29–34–12
76LMarch 29, 19812–5 Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 29–35–12
77LMarch 31, 19811–5 @ Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 29–36–12
78TApril 2, 19811–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 29–36–13
79LApril 4, 19812–5 Boston Bruins (1980–81) 29–37–13
80WApril 5, 19815–4 @ Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 30–37–13

PlayoffsEdit

The Penguins lost in the Preliminary round (3-2) versus the St. Louis Blues.

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
Rick Kehoe 17 80 55 33 88 6 5 0 3 3 0
Randy Carlyle 25 76 16 67 83 136 5 4 5 9 9
Paul Gardner 20 62 34 40 74 59 5 1 0 1 8
Peter Lee 10 80 30 34 64 86 5 0 4 4 4
Rod Schutt 27 80 25 35 60 55 5 3 3 6 16
Mario Faubert 5 72 8 44 52 118 5 1 1 2 4
Greg Malone 12 62 21 29 50 68 5 2 3 5 16
Ross Lonsberry 18 80 17 33 50 76 5 0 0 0 2
George Ferguson 11 79 25 18 43 42 5 2 6 8 9
Ron Stackhouse 3 74 6 29 35 86 4 0 1 1 6
Mark Johnson 9 73 10 23 33 50 5 2 1 3 6
Gregg Sheppard 19 47 11 17 28 49 5 2 4 6 2
Pat Hughes 24 58 10 9 19 161 - - - - -
Paul Baxter 4 51 5 14 19 204 5 0 1 1 28
Russ Anderson 7 34 3 14 17 112 - - - - -
Errol Thompson 6 34 6 8 14 12 - - - - -
Nick Libett 14 43 6 6 12 4 - - - - -
Orest Kindrachuk 26 13 3 9 12 34 - - - - -
Gary McAdam 16 34 3 9 12 30 - - - - -
Pat Price 2 13 0 10 10 33 5 1 1 2 21
Marc Chorney 24 8 1 6 7 14 2 0 1 1 2
Jim Hamilton 23 20 1 6 7 18 1 0 0 0 0
Paul Marshall 20 13 3 0 3 4 - - - - -
Mike Bullard 22 15 1 2 3 19 4 3 3 6 0
Dave Burrows 8 53 0 2 2 28 1 0 0 0 0
Greg Millen 29 63 0 2 2 6 5 0 0 0 0
Kim Davis 22 8 1 0 1 4 - - - - -
Gary Rissling 23 25 1 0 1 143 5 0 1 1 4
Bennett Wolf 6 24 0 1 1 94 - - - - -
Gilles Lupien 2 31 0 1 1 34 - - - - -
Tony Feltrin 33 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Nick Ricci 31 9 0 0 0 2 - - - - -
Robert Holland 1 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
Nick Ricci 31 9 540 4 5 0 35 0 3.89 - - - - - - -
Greg Millen 29 63 3721 25 27 10 258 0 4.16 5 325 2 3 19 0 3.51
Robert Holland 1 10 539 1 5 3 45 0 5.01 - - - - - - -

TransactionsEdit

The Penguins were involved in the following transactions during the 1980–81 season:

TradesEdit

September 26, 1980 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Gilles Lupien
To Montreal Canadiens
3rd round pick in 1983 Draft
(traded to Winnipeg Jets, Jets selected Peter Taglianetti)
November 8, 1980 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Dave Burrows
Paul Gardner
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Kim Davis
Paul Marshall
January 2, 1981 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Gary Rissling
To Washington Capitals
5th round pick in 1981 Draft
(Peter Sidorkiewicz)
January 8, 1981 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Dave Burrows
Errol Thompson
To Detroit Red Wings
Gary McAdam
February 20, 1981 To Pittsburgh Penguins
6th round pick in 1981 Draft
(Paul Edwards)
To Hartford Whalers
Gilles Lupien
March 10, 1981 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Pat Price
To Edmonton Oilers
Pat Hughes

Additions and subtractionsEdit

Additions
Player Former team Via
Paul Baxter Quebec Nordiques free agency (1980-08-07)
Subtractions
Player New team Via
Tom Bladon Edmonton Oilers free agency (1980-07-10)
Kim Clackson Quebec Nordiques compensation for signing of Paul Baxter (1980-08-07)


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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