1988–89 Pittsburgh Penguins season

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1988–89 Pittsburgh Penguins
Division 2nd Patrick
Conference 4th Wales
1988–89 record 40–33–7
Home record 24–13–3
Road record 16–20–4
Goals for 347
Goals against 349
Team information
General Manager Tony Esposito
Coach Gene Ubriaco
Captain Mario Lemieux
Alternate captains Paul Coffey
Randy Cunneyworth
Arena Pittsburgh Civic Arena
Team leaders
Goals Mario Lemieux (85)
Assists Mario Lemieux (114)
Points Mario Lemieux (199)
Penalties in minutes Jay Caufield (285)
Wins Tom Barrasso (18)
Goals against average Tom Barrasso and
Frank Pietrangelo (4.04)
<1987–88 1989–90>

The 1988–89 Pittsburgh Penguins season saw the Penguins finish in second place in the Patrick Division with a record of 40 wins, 33 losses, and 7 ties for 87 points. They swept the New York Rangers in the Division Semi-finals before losing the Division Finals in seven games to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Offseason[edit]

NHL Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 4. Darrin Shannon (LW)  Canada Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
2 25. Mark Major (LW)  Canada North Bay Centennials (OHL)

Regular season[edit]

This was Mario Lemieux's best season offensively. He led the league in goals (85), assists (114, tied with Wayne Gretzky), points (199), power-play goals (31) and shorthanded goals (13).

The Penguins finished the regular season with the most power-play opportunities against, with 482, the most power-play opportunities, with 491, and the most power-play goals scored, with 119.[1]

Highlights[edit]

  • December 31, 1988 – Mario Lemieux scores five goals in an 8–6 win over the New Jersey Devils. Lemieux scores the five goals in five different ways: even strength, shorthanded, power play, penalty shot, and empty net.

Season standings[edit]

Patrick Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Washington Capitals 80 41 29 10 305 259 92
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 40 33 7 347 349 87
New York Rangers 80 37 35 8 310 307 82
Philadelphia Flyers 80 36 36 8 307 285 80
New Jersey Devils 80 27 41 12 281 325 66
New York Islanders 80 28 47 5 265 325 61

[2]Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Schedule and results[edit]

On January 4, 1989 the Penguins defeated the Red Army team 4-2 at the Civic Arena in an exhibition. [1]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 7, 1988 6–4 @ Washington Capitals (1988–89) 1–0–0
2 W October 11, 1988 8–7 Washington Capitals (1988–89) 2–0–0
3 L October 12, 1988 5–8 @ Buffalo Sabres (1988–89) 2–1–0
4 W October 15, 1988 9–2 St. Louis Blues (1988–89) 3–1–0
5 W October 18, 1988 4–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 4–1–0
6 L October 21, 1988 4–6 @ New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 4–2–0
7 W October 22, 1988 7–4 Chicago Blackhawks (1988–89) 5–2–0
8 W October 25, 1988 6–1 Calgary Flames (1988–89) 6–2–0
9 L October 27, 1988 3–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1988–89) 6–3–0
10 W October 29, 1988 5–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 7–3–0
11 L October 30, 1988 2–9 @ New York Rangers (1988–89) 7–4–0
12 W November 1, 1988 5–3 Vancouver Canucks (1988–89) 8–4–0
13 L November 3, 1988 2–6 Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 8–5–0
14 L November 6, 1988 4–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 8–6–0
15 L November 8, 1988 3–7 Edmonton Oilers (1988–89) 8–7–0
16 W November 10, 1988 5–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1988–89) 9–7–0
17 L November 12, 1988 2–7 @ Los Angeles Kings (1988–89) 9–8–0
18 W November 13, 1988 4–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1988–89) 10–8–0
19 L November 16, 1988 5–8 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1988–89) 10–9–0
20 L November 19, 1988 3–6 @ New York Islanders (1988–89) 10–10–0
21 W November 23, 1988 8–2 New York Rangers (1988–89) 11–10–0
22 W November 25, 1988 5–3 @ Washington Capitals (1988–89) 12–10–0
23 W November 26, 1988 4–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 13–10–0
24 W November 30, 1988 6–4 Washington Capitals (1988–89) 14–10–0
25 W December 3, 1988 4–2 New York Islanders (1988–89) 15–10–0
26 T December 4, 1988 3–3 OT @ Boston Bruins (1988–89) 15–10–1
27 W December 6, 1988 7–6 Chicago Blackhawks (1988–89) 16–10–1
28 L December 8, 1988 3–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 16–11–1
29 T December 10, 1988 4–4 OT New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 16–11–2
30 W December 14, 1988 5–4 Los Angeles Kings (1988–89) 17–11–2
31 W December 15, 1988 8–2 @ New York Islanders (1988–89) 18–11–2
32 W December 17, 1988 3–2 Detroit Red Wings (1988–89) 19–11–2
33 W December 20, 1988 5–3 New York Islanders (1988–89) 20–11–2
34 W December 21, 1988 6–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1988–89) 21–11–2
35 T December 23, 1988 2–2 OT @ New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 21–11–3
36 W December 26, 1988 4–3 OT @ Hartford Whalers (1988–89) 22–11–3
37 L December 29, 1988 2–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 22–12–3
38 W December 31, 1988 8–6 New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 23–12–3
39 L January 2, 1989 0–8 @ Washington Capitals (1988–89) 23–13–3
40 L January 7, 1989 5–7 Vancouver Canucks (1988–89) 23–14–3
41 W January 10, 1989 5–3 New York Islanders (1988–89) 24–14–3
42 W January 12, 1989 9–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1988–89) 25–14–3
43 T January 14, 1989 4–4 OT New York Rangers (1988–89) 25–14–4
44 L January 15, 1989 4–6 @ New York Rangers (1988–89) 25–15–4
45 L January 17, 1989 2–5 @ New York Islanders (1988–89) 25–16–4
46 L January 20, 1989 3–7 @ Winnipeg Jets (1988–89) 25–17–4
47 W January 21, 1989 7–4 @ Edmonton Oilers (1988–89) 26–17–4
48 W January 25, 1989 5–4 Winnipeg Jets (1988–89) 27–17–4
49 W January 28, 1989 10–5 Detroit Red Wings (1988–89) 28–17–4
50 L January 31, 1989 1–5 Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 28–18–4
51 W February 2, 1989 5–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 29–18–4
52 T February 3, 1989 3–3 OT St. Louis Blues (1988–89) 29–18–5
53 W February 5, 1989 5–2 @ Boston Bruins (1988–89) 30–18–5
54 W February 9, 1989 5–2 Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 31–18–5
55 L February 11, 1989 1–8 @ Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 31–19–5
56 L February 12, 1989 2–4 Calgary Flames (1988–89) 31–20–5
57 W February 14, 1989 7–3 Buffalo Sabres (1988–89) 32–20–5
58 L February 17, 1989 1–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1988–89) 32–21–5
59 L February 18, 1989 3–5 New York Rangers (1988–89) 32–22–5
60 L February 21, 1989 1–2 Minnesota North Stars (1988–89) 32–23–5
61 T February 23, 1989 6–6 OT @ Detroit Red Wings (1988–89) 32–23–6
62 T February 25, 1989 5–5 OT @ New York Islanders (1988–89) 32–23–7
63 L February 26, 1989 6–8 @ Hartford Whalers (1988–89) 32–24–7
64 W March 1, 1989 4–1 New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 33–24–7
65 L March 3, 1989 2–4 @ Washington Capitals (1988–89) 33–25–7
66 L March 5, 1989 2–4 Edmonton Oilers (1988–89) 33–26–7
67 L March 7, 1989 2–3 OT @ Los Angeles Kings (1988–89) 33–27–7
68 L March 9, 1989 3–10 @ Calgary Flames (1988–89) 33–28–7
69 W March 10, 1989 5–1 @ Winnipeg Jets (1988–89) 34–28–7
70 W March 12, 1989 6–5 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1988–89) 35–28–7
71 L March 14, 1989 2–8 Boston Bruins (1988–89) 35–29–7
72 W March 16, 1989 2–1 @ New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 36–29–7
73 L March 18, 1989 2–7 Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 36–30–7
74 L March 20, 1989 2–7 @ Minnesota North Stars (1988–89) 36–31–7
75 L March 22, 1989 4–5 Washington Capitals (1988–89) 36–32–7
76 W March 25, 1989 5–4 New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 37–32–7
77 W March 26, 1989 6–4 @ New York Rangers (1988–89) 38–32–7
78 L March 30, 1989 5–9 Hartford Whalers (1988–89) 38–33–7
79 W April 1, 1989 5–2 New York Rangers (1988–89) 39–33–7
80 W April 2, 1989 6–5 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 40–33–7

Playoffs[edit]

  • Green background indicates win.
  • Red indicates loss.
1989 Stanely Cup Playoffs
Patrick Division Semi-finals vs NY Rangers: 4–0 (Home: 2–0 ; Road: 2–0)
# Date Visitor Score Home Series
1 April 5 NY Rangers 1 – 3 Pittsburgh 1–0
2 April 6 NY Rangers 4 – 7 Pittsburgh 2–0
3 April 8 Pittsburgh 5 – 3 NY Rangers 3–0
4 April 9 Pittsburgh 4 – 3 NY Rangers 4–0
Patrick Division Finals vs Philadelphia Flyers: 3–4 (Home: 2–2 ; Road: 1–2)
# Date Visitor Score Home Series
1 April 17 Philadelphia 3 – 4 Pittsburgh 1–0
2 April 19 Philadelphia 4 – 2 Pittsburgh 1–1
3 April 21 Pittsburgh 4 – 3 Philadelphia 2–1
4 April 23 Pittsburgh 1 – 4 Philadelphia 2–2
5 April 25 Philadelphia 7 – 10 Pittsburgh 3–2
6 April 27 Pittsburgh 2 – 6 Philadelphia 3–3
7 April 29 Philadelphia 4 – 1 Pittsburgh 3–4

Player statistics[edit]

Forwards[edit]

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

Player GP G AST PTS PIM
Mario Lemieux 76 85 114 199 100
Rob Brown 68 49 66 115 118
Dan Quinn 79 34 60 94 102
Bob Errey 76 26 32 58 124
John Cullen 79 12 37 49 112
Randy Cunneyworth 70 25 19 44 156
Phil Bourque 80 17 26 43 97
Dave Hannan 72 10 20 30 157
Troy Loney 69 10 6 16 165
Kevin Stevens 24 12 3 15 19
Jock Callander 30 6 5 11 20
Dan Frawley 46 3 4 7 66
Jay Caufield 58 1 4 5 285
Dave McLlwain 24 1 2 3 4
Scott Bjugstad 24 3 0 3 4
Mark Kachowski 12 1 1 2 43
Mark Recchi 15 1 1 2 0
Richard Zemlak 31 0 0 0 135
Perry Ganchar 3 0 0 0 0

Defencemen[edit]

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

Player GP G AST PTS PIM
Paul Coffey 75 30 83 113 195
Zarley Zalapski 58 12 33 45 57
Randy Hillier 68 1 23 24 141
Jim Johnson 76 2 14 16 163
Steve Dykstra 65 1 6 7 126
Chris Dahlquist 43 1 5 6 42
Rod Buskas 52 1 5 6 105
Doug Bodger 10 1 4 5 7
Gord Dineen 38 1 2 3 42
Ville Sirén 12 1 0 1 14

Goaltending[edit]

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

Player GP W L T SO GAA
Tom Barrasso 44 18 15 7 0 4.04
Wendell Young 22 12 9 0 0 4.80
Frank Pietrangelo 15 5 3 0 0 4.04
Steve Guenette 11 5 6 0 0 4.29
Rick Tabaracci 1 0 0 0 0 7.27

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_1989.html
  2. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 153. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  3. ^ National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p.181, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5