1995–96 Pittsburgh Penguins season

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1995–96 Pittsburgh Penguins
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
Team information
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)
<1994–95 1996–97>

The 1995–96 Pittsburgh Penguins season saw the return of Mario Lemieux after missing an entire 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.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

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 goals (362), even-strength goals (235), power-play goals (109), power-play percentage (25.95%) and shooting percentage, scoring 362 goals on just 2,645 shots (13.7%).[1][2] Despite missing 12 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%.[3] 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 home 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 standings[edit]

Northeast Division
No. GP W L T GF GA PTS
1 Pittsburgh Penguins 82 49 29 4 362 284 102
2 Boston Bruins 82 40 31 11 282 269 91
3 Montreal Canadiens 82 40 32 10 265 248 90
4 Hartford Whalers 82 34 39 9 237 259 77
5 Buffalo Sabres 82 33 42 7 247 262 72
6 Ottawa Senators 82 18 59 5 191 291 41
Eastern Conference[4]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 Philadelphia Flyers ATL 82 45 24 13 282 208 103
2 Pittsburgh Penguins NE 82 49 29 4 362 284 102
3 New York Rangers ATL 82 41 27 14 272 237 96
4 Florida Panthers ATL 82 41 31 10 254 234 92
5 Boston Bruins NE 82 40 31 11 282 269 91
6 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 40 32 10 265 248 90
7 Washington Capitals ATL 82 39 32 11 234 204 89
8 Tampa Bay Lightning ATL 82 38 32 12 238 248 88
9 New Jersey Devils ATL 82 37 33 12 215 202 86
10 Hartford Whalers NE 82 34 39 9 237 259 77
11 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 33 42 7 247 262 73
12 New York Islanders ATL 82 22 50 10 229 315 54
13 Ottawa Senators NE 82 18 59 5 191 291 41

Divisions: ATL – Atlantic, NE – Northeast

bold – Qualified for playoffs


Schedule and results[edit]

1995–96 Schedule
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Tie

Playoffs[edit]

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.

1996 Stanley Cup Finals
Legend:           = Win           = Loss

Suspensions[edit]

Player Length Date Reason
Ron Francis 2 games February 27, 1996 Checking from behind

Injuries[edit]

Player Injury Date
Tom Barrasso Pulled Groin (DTD) December 7, 1995
Tom Barrasso Shoulder injury (Out Indefinitely) February 5, 1996
Stefan Bergkvist Appendectomy February 21, 1996

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season[7]
Player GP TOI W L T OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Barrasso, TomTom Barrasso 49 2,799:01 29 16 2 1 160 3.43 1,626 0.902 2 0 3 18
Wregget, KenKen Wregget 37 2,132:15 20 13 2 1 115 3.24 1,205 0.805 3 0 2 8
Total 4,931:16 49 29 4 2 275 3.35 2,831 0.903 5 0 5 26
Playoffs[8]
Player GP TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Wregget, KenKen Wregget 9 598:47 7 2 0 23 2.30 328 0.930 0 0 1 0
Barrasso, TomTom Barrasso 10 557:30 4 5 0 26 2.80 337 0.923 1 0 0 8
Total 1156:17 11 7 0 49 2.54 665 0.926 1 0 1 8

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Penguins. Stats reflect time with the Penguins only.
Denotes player was traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with the Team only.
     – Denotes league leader.

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

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

Transactions[edit]

The Penguins have been involved in the following transactions during the 1995–96 season:[9]

Trades[edit]

July 8, 1995 To Toronto Maple Leafs:
Larry Murphy
To Pittsburgh Penguins:
Dmitri Mironov
1996 second-round pick (#41–Josh DeWolf)
August 1, 1995 To Boston Bruins:
Shawn McEachern
Kevin Stevens
To Pittsburgh Penguins:
Glen Murray
Bryan Smolinski
1996 third-round pick (#72–Boyd Kane)
August 31, 1995 To New York Rangers:
Ulf Samuelsson
Luc Robitaille
To Pittsburgh Penguins:
Petr Nedved
Sergei Zubov
December 28, 1995 To Winnipeg Jets:
Norm MacIver
To Pittsburgh Penguins:
Neil Wilkinson
March 1, 1996 To Ottawa Senators:
1996 eighth-round pick (#212–Erich Goldmann)
To Pittsburgh Penguins:
Dave McLlwain
March 20, 1996 To Vancouver Canucks:
Markus Naslund
To Pittsburgh Penguins:
Alek Stojanov
March 20, 1996 To St Louis Blues:
1996 sixth-round pick (#159–Stephen Wagner)
To Pittsburgh Penguins:
J.J. Daigneault
March 20, 1996 To San Jose Sharks:
1996 fifth-round pick (#132–Elias Abrahamsson)
To Pittsburgh Penguins:
Kevin Miller

Free agents[edit]

Player Acquired from Lost to Date
Troy Murray Colorado Avalanche August 7, 1995
Corey Foster Ottawa Senators August 7, 1995
Peter Taglianetti Boston Bruins August 9, 1995
Peter Allen Boston Bruins August 10, 1995
Mike Hudson Toronto Maple Leafs August 28, 1995
Joe Mullen Boston Bruins September 8, 1995
John Cullen Tampa Bay Lightning September 11, 1995
Ladislav Karabin Buffalo Sabres September 20, 1995

Signings[edit]

Player Date
Brad Lauer August 10, 1995
Evgeny Davydov August 10, 1995
Troy Crowder August 10, 1995
Glen Murray September 8, 1995

Other[edit]

Name Date Details
Evgeny Davydov September 25, 1995 Released
Perry Ganchar October 15, 1995 Retired

Personnel[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Pittsburgh Penguins' picks at the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.[10]

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 24 Aleksey Morozov Right Wing  Russia Krylja Sovetov (Russia)
3 76 Jean-Sebastien Aubin Goaltender  Canada Sherbrooke Faucons (QMJHL)
4 102 Oleg Belov Center  Russia CSKA Moscow (KHL)
5 128 Jan Hrdina Center  Czech Republic Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
6 154 Alexei Kolkunov Center  Russia Krylja Sovetov (Russia)
7 180 Derrick Pyke Right Wing  Canada Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
8 206 Sergei Voronov Defense  Russia Moscow Dynamo (KHL)
9 232 Frank Ivankovic Goaltender  Canada Oshawa Generals (OHL)
Draft notes[11]

Farm teams[edit]

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 also[edit]

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