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95-96PitPen
1995–96 Pittsburgh Penguins · NHL
Division 1st Northeast
Conference 2nd Eastern
1995–96 record 49–29–4
Home record 32–9–0
Road record 17–20–4
Goals for 362
Goals against 284
General Manager Craig Patrick
Coach Eddie Johnston
Captain Mario Lemieux
Alternate captains Ron Francis
Jaromir Jagr
Arena Pittsburgh Civic Arena
Team leaders
Goals Mario Lemieux (69)
Assists Mario Lemieux (92)
Points Mario Lemieux (161)
Penalties in minutes Francois Leroux (161)
Wins Tom Barrasso (29)
Goals against average Ken Wregget (3.24)

The 1995–96 Pittsburgh Penguins season saw the return of Mario Lemieux after missing a whole season due to injuries. The Penguins improved to first in their division, and second-overall in the Eastern Conference. In the playoffs, the Penguins made it to the Conference finals before losing to the Florida Panthers.

OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Mario Lemieux's return to the NHL after missing the entire 1994–95 season energized the Penguins and re-instituted the team's finesse game for the 1995–96 season. The Penguins finished second in the Eastern Conference with 102 points. They led all teams in even-strength goals (235) and power-play goals (109). Despite missing 13 regular-season games, Lemieux led the league in goals (69), assists (92), points (161) power-play goals (31), and shorthanded goals (8). Czech superstar Jaromir Jagr had his best season ever, with 62 goals (second in the league), 87 assists (third in the league) and 149 points (second in the league). The third 100-point scorer on the team was Ron Francis, who tallied 27 goals and 92 assists (tied for first in the league with Lemieux) for 119 points. Petr Nedved scored 45 goals and had 54 assists for 99 points in 80 games. He finished second in the league in shooting percentage with 22.1%. Despite missing over a quarter of the season, Tomas Sandstrom also had a great year, scoring 35 goals and picking up 35 assists for 70 points in 58 games.

Lemieux scored three goals or more in a game six times, and four goals or more in a game twice. On Tuesday, March 26, 1996, Mario Lemieux scored five goals in a game against the St. Louis Blues. Lemieux tallied two even-strength goals, two power-play goals and one shorthanded goal in the game. The Penguins won 8–4.

Season standingsEdit

Northeast Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Pittsburgh Penguins 82 49 29 4 362 284 102
Boston Bruins 82 40 31 11 282 269 91
Montreal Canadiens 82 40 32 10 265 248 90
Hartford Whalers 82 34 39 9 237 259 77
Buffalo Sabres 82 33 42 7 247 262 72
Ottawa Senators 82 18 59 5 191 291 41

Game logEdit

# R Date Score Opponent Record
1WOctober 7, 19958–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (season) 1–0–0
2TOctober 9, 19956–6 OT @ Colorado Avalanche (season) 1–0–1
3LOctober 12, 19951–5 @ Chicago Blackhawks (season) 1–1–1
4WOctober 14, 19955–2 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (season) 2–1–1
5TOctober 20, 19952–2 OT @ Hartford Whalers (season) 2–1–2
6LOctober 21, 19952–3 OT Los Angeles Kings (season) 2–2–2
7WOctober 26, 19957–5 @ New York Islanders (season) 3–2–2
8WOctober 28, 19955–3 @ New Jersey Devils (season) 4–2–2
9WNovember 1, 199510–0 Tampa Bay Lightning (season) 5–2–2
10TNovember 3, 19953–3 OT @ Buffalo Sabres (season) 5–2–3
11WNovember 4, 19957–4 Philadelphia Flyers (season) 6–2–3
12WNovember 8, 19957–1 @ Ottawa Senators (season) 7–2–3
13WNovember 10, 19959–1 @ San Jose Sharks (season) 8–2–3
14LNovember 11, 19952–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (season) 8–3–3
15WNovember 14, 19954–2 Dallas Stars (season) 9–3–3
16WNovember 17, 19953–2 OT @ Washington Capitals (season) 10–3–3
17WNovember 18, 19953–0 Washington Capitals (season) 11–3–3
18LNovember 21, 19954–9 @ New York Rangers (season) 11–4–3
19LNovember 22, 19953–4 New York Rangers (season) 11–5–3
20WNovember 25, 19955–3 Buffalo Sabres (season) 12–5–3
21WNovember 28, 19957–2 Ottawa Senators (season) 13–5–3
22WNovember 30, 19959–6 @ Boston Bruins (season) 14–5–3
23WDecember 1, 19952–1 Florida Panthers (season) 15–5–3
24WDecember 3, 19955–4 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (season) 16–5–3
25WDecember 5, 19956–3 @ New York Islanders (season) 17–5–3
26WDecember 7, 19957–5 Montreal Canadiens (season) 18–5–3
27WDecember 9, 19956–0 Hartford Whalers (season) 19–5–3
28LDecember 13, 19953–6 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (season) 19–6–3
29WDecember 15, 19955–1 @ Dallas Stars (season) 20–6–3
30LDecember 17, 19955–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (season) 20–7–3
31WDecember 19, 19957–1 Calgary Flames (season) 21–7–3
32LDecember 22, 19952–4 Montreal Canadiens (season) 21–8–3
33LDecember 23, 19950–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (season) 21–9–3
34WDecember 26, 19956–3 Buffalo Sabres (season) 22–9–3
35WDecember 28, 19959–4 Hartford Whalers (season) 23–9–3
36WDecember 30, 19956–5 Florida Panthers (season) 24–9–3
37LJanuary 1, 19962–4 @ Washington Capitals (season) 24–10–3
38WJanuary 3, 19964–1 Ottawa Senators (season) 25–10–3
39WJanuary 5, 19965–2 Detroit Red Wings (season) 26–10–3
40LJanuary 6, 19962–3 @ St. Louis Blues (season) 26–11–3
41WJanuary 8, 19968–5 Vancouver Canucks (season) 27–11–3
42LJanuary 12, 19965–6 Montreal Canadiens (season) 27–12–3
43LJanuary 13, 19968–10 San Jose Sharks (season) 27–13–3
44LJanuary 16, 19962–5 Colorado Avalanche (season) 27–14–3
45WJanuary 17, 19961–0 @ Buffalo Sabres (season) 28–14–3
46WJanuary 22, 19967–6 OT Boston Bruins (season) 29–14–3
47WJanuary 24, 19964–3 @ Ottawa Senators (season) 30–14–3
48WJanuary 27, 19967–4 Philadelphia Flyers (season) 31–14–3
49LJanuary 29, 19961–2 @ Florida Panthers (season) 31–15–3
50LJanuary 31, 19961–4 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (season) 31–16–3
51LFebruary 3, 19960–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (season) 31–17–3
52WFebruary 6, 19966–5 Boston Bruins (season) 32–17–3
53TFebruary 7, 19961–1 OT @ New Jersey Devils (season) 32–17–4
54WFebruary 10, 19966–3 Chicago Blackhawks (season) 33–17–4
55LFebruary 12, 19961–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (season) 33–18–4
56WFebruary 16, 19961–0 @ Winnipeg Jets (season) 34–18–4
57WFebruary 18, 19964–3 OT New York Rangers (season) 35–18–4
58LFebruary 21, 19963–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (season) 35–19–4
59WFebruary 23, 19965–4 Hartford Whalers (season) 36–19–4
60LFebruary 24, 19963–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (season) 36–20–4
61WFebruary 27, 19967–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (season) 37–20–4
62LFebruary 29, 19963–7 @ Calgary Flames (season) 37–21–4
63WMarch 1, 19965–4 @ Edmonton Oilers (season) 38–21–4
64WMarch 5, 19969–4 Winnipeg Jets (season) 39–21–4
65WMarch 7, 19965–1 Ottawa Senators (season) 40–21–4
66LMarch 9, 19963–4 OT New Jersey Devils (season) 40–22–4
67LMarch 13, 19962–3 @ Hartford Whalers (season) 40–23–4
68LMarch 14, 19962–4 @ Boston Bruins (season) 40–24–4
69WMarch 16, 19964–2 New York Islanders (season) 41–24–4
70WMarch 21, 19965–4 Edmonton Oilers (season) 42–24–4
71LMarch 23, 19965–7 Buffalo Sabres (season) 42–25–4
72WMarch 24, 19968–2 @ New York Rangers (season) 43–25–4
73WMarch 26, 19968–4 St. Louis Blues (season) 44–25–4
74WMarch 28, 19963–2 @ Florida Panthers (season) 45–25–4
75WMarch 30, 19962–1 New Jersey Devils (season) 46–25–4
76LMarch 31, 19961–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (season) 46–26–4
77WApril 4, 19964–2 Washington Capitals (season) 47–26–4
78WApril 6, 19962–1 Tampa Bay Lightning (season) 48–26–4
79LApril 8, 19964–5 @ Hartford Whalers (season) 48–27–4
80LApril 10, 19962–6 New York Islanders (season) 48–28–4
81WApril 11, 19965–3 @ Ottawa Senators (season) 49–28–4
82LApril 14, 19965–6 @ Boston Bruins (season) 49–29–4

PlayoffsEdit

In the 1996 Playoffs, the Penguins advanced to the third round for the first time since 1992, defeating the Washington Capitals in six games and the New York Rangers in five games. In the Eastern Conference finals, the heavily-favored Penguins were upset in seven games by the defense-oriented Florida Panthers.

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Lemieux, MarioMario Lemieux C 70 69 92 161 54103188
Jagr, JaromirJaromir Jagr RW 82 62 87 149 963120112
Francis, RonRon Francis C 77 27 92 119 56251214
Nedved, PetrPetr Nedved C 80 45 54 99 6837815
Sandstrom, TomasTomas Sandstrom RW 58 35 35 70 6941712
Zubov, SergeiSergei Zubov D 64 11 55 66 2228321
Smolinski, BryanBryan Smolinski C 81 24 40 64 696821
Naslund, MarkusMarkus Naslund LW 66 19 33 52 3617304
Mironov, DmitriDmitri Mironov D 72 3 31 34 8819101
Murray, GlenGlen Murray RW 69 14 15 29 574002
Maciver, NormNorm Maciver D 32 2 21 23 3212100
Joseph, ChrisChris Joseph D 70 5 14 19 716001
Roche, DaveDave Roche LW 71 7 7 14 130-5001
Tamer, ChrisChris Tamer D 70 4 10 14 15320001
Wilkinson, NeilNeil Wilkinson D 41 2 10 12 8712000
Miller, KevinKevin Miller C 13 6 5 11 44100
Leroux, FrancoisFrancois Leroux D 66 2 9 11 1612000
Dziedzic, JoeJoe Dziedzic LW 69 5 5 10 68-5003
Park, RichardRichard Park RW 56 4 6 10 363011
Daigneault, J.J.J.J. Daigneault D 13 3 3 6 230200
McLlwain, DaveDave McLlwain C/RW 18 2 4 6 4-5001
Lauer, BradBrad Lauer LW 21 4 1 5 6-5101
Foster, CoreyCorey Foster D 11 2 2 4 2-2100
Wells, ChrisChris Wells C 54 2 2 4 59-6010
Fitzgerald, RustyRusty Fitzgerald C 21 1 2 3 127000
Barrasso, TomTom Barrasso G 49 0 3 3 180000
Moran, IanIan Moran D 51 1 1 2 47-1000
Patterson, EdEd Patterson RW 35 0 2 2 38-5000
Wregget, KenKen Wregget G 37 0 2 2 80000
Stojanov, AlekAlek Stojanov RW 10 1 0 1 7-1000
Allen, PeterPeter Allen D 8 0 0 0 82000
Andrusak, GregGreg Andrusak D 2 0 0 0 0-1000
Barrie, LenLen Barrie C 5 0 0 0 18-1000
Berehowsky, DrakeDrake Berehowsky D 1 0 0 0 01000
Bergkvist, StefanStefan Bergkvist D 2 0 0 0 20000
Christian, JeffJeff Christian LW 3 0 0 0 20000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Barrasso, TomTom Barrasso 2799 49 29 16 2 160 3.43 216261466.902
Wregget, KenKen Wregget 2132 37 20 13 2 115 3.24 312051090.905
Team: 4931 82 49 29 4 275 3.35 528312556.903

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Lemieux, MarioMario Lemieux C 18 11 16 27 33312
Jagr, JaromirJaromir Jagr RW 18 11 12 23 18511
Nedved, PetrPetr Nedved C 18 10 10 20 16402
Zubov, SergeiSergei Zubov D 18 1 14 15 26100
Daigneault, J.J.J.J. Daigneault D 17 1 9 10 36101
Smolinski, BryanBryan Smolinski C 18 5 4 9 10001
Francis, RonRon Francis C 11 3 6 9 4201
Roche, DaveDave Roche LW 16 2 7 9 26000
Murray, GlenGlen Murray RW 18 2 6 8 10001
Tamer, ChrisChris Tamer D 18 0 7 7 24000
Sandstrom, TomasTomas Sandstrom RW 18 4 2 6 30001
Miller, KevinKevin Miller C 18 3 2 5 8000
Dziedzic, JoeJoe Dziedzic LW 16 1 2 3 19000
Lauer, BradBrad Lauer LW 12 1 1 2 4000
Leroux, FrancoisFrancois Leroux D 18 1 1 2 20001
Joseph, ChrisChris Joseph D 15 1 0 1 8000
Mironov, DmitriDmitri Mironov D 15 0 1 1 10000
Wilkinson, NeilNeil Wilkinson D 15 0 1 1 14000
Wregget, KenKen Wregget G 9 0 1 1 0000
Barrasso, TomTom Barrasso G 10 0 0 0 8000
Bergkvist, StefanStefan Bergkvist D 4 0 0 0 2000
Foster, CoreyCorey Foster D 3 0 0 0 4000
McLlwain, DaveDave McLlwain C/RW 6 0 0 0 0000
Park, RichardRichard Park RW 1 0 0 0 0000
Stojanov, AlekAlek Stojanov RW 9 0 0 0 19000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Wregget, KenKen Wregget 599 9 7 2 23 2.30 0328305.930
Barrasso, TomTom Barrasso 558 10 4 5 26 2.80 1337311.923
Team: 1157 18 11 7 49 2.54 1665616.926

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Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes; PPG=Power-play goals; SHG=Short-handed goals; GWG=Game-winning goals
      MIN=Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; SO = Shutouts; SA=Shots Against; SV=Shots saved; SV% = Save Percentage;

Awards and recordsEdit

AwardsEdit

Player Award
Ron Francis Player's Player Award
Pittsburgh Penguins Masterton Nominee
Jaromir Jagr Bob Johnson Memorial Award
NHL First All-Star Team
Mario Lemieux Most Valuable Player Award
Booster Club Award
Leading Point Scorer Award
Hart Memorial Trophy
Art Ross Memorial Trophy
Lester B. Pearson Award
NHL First All-Star Team
Petr Nedved Unsung Hero Award
Disaster Specialists "Baz" Bastien Memorial "Good Guy" Award
Dave Roche Edward J. DeBartolo Community Service Award

TransactionsEdit

PersonnelEdit

Draft picksEdit

Farm teamsEdit

The Hampton Roads Admirals of the East Coast Hockey League finished in fifth place in the East Division, but lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Richmond Renegades.

The Cleveland Lumberjacks of the IHL finished in third place in the Central Division, but were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Michigan K-Wings.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1995-96 Pittsburgh Penguins Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-28.

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