2010–11 Pittsburgh Penguins season

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2010–11 Pittsburgh Penguins
Division 2nd Atlantic
Conference 4th Eastern
2010–11 record 49–25–8
Home record 25–14–2
Road record 24–11–6
Goals for 238
Goals against 199
Team information
General Manager Ray Shero
Coach Dan Bylsma
Captain Sidney Crosby
Alternate captains Evgeni Malkin
Brooks Orpik
Jordan Staal
Arena Consol Energy Center
Heinz Field (1 game)
Average attendance 18,240 (100.9%)[1]
(40 games)
Team leaders
Goals Sidney Crosby (32)
Assists Kris Letang (42)
Points Sidney Crosby (66)
Penalties in minutes Matt Cooke (129)
Plus/minus Sidney Crosby (+20)
Alex Goligoski (+20)
Wins Marc-André Fleury (36)
Goals against average Brent Johnson (2.17)
<2009–10 2011–12>

The 2010–11 Pittsburgh Penguins season was the 44th season of the franchise in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Penguins began the season in their new arena, CONSOL Energy Center, which is adjacent from their old facility, Mellon Arena, which had been the third smallest and oldest arena in the NHL. The Penguins also hosted the 2011 NHL Winter Classic against the Washington Capitals at Heinz Field, home of the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers and NCAA's Pittsburgh Panthers football.

Pre-season[edit]

On June 16, the Pittsburgh Penguins announced that they will play a six-game pre-season, including the first-ever game at the new CONSOL Energy Center on September 22 against the Detroit Red Wings.[2]

On July 26, 2010, longtime Penguins PA announcer John Barbaro died of brain cancer at 65.

Regular season[edit]

First half[edit]

The Penguins inaugurated their new arena on October 7 with a home opener against their in-state rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers, the defending Eastern Conference Champions, whom they will play three times in the first month of the season. However, rookie Flyers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky made his NHL debut, leading his team to a 3–2 victory.[3] Flyers forward Danny Briere scored the first goal in the new building. In the first month of the season, Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury struggled between the pipes posting a 1–5 record for the month while backup goaltender Brent Johnson was 5–0–1 and posting a shutout in the final game of the month vs the Carolina Hurricanes. Injuries were another trend for the first month of the season with Jordan Staal failing to play the first month of the season with an infection in his foot. Other injuries to Zbynek Michalek and Brooks Orpik weakened the defensive unit during the first month.

After 41 games the midpoint of the season, the Penguins held a 26–12–3 record with 55 points. Two points better than last season and in the 2nd spot in the division behind the Philadelphia Flyers and 4th in the Eastern Conference.

2011 Winter Classic[edit]

The Penguins held the 2011 NHL Winter Classic at Heinz Field on January 1 vs the Washington Capitals. This matchup pitted the two premiere stars of the game at the time against each other in Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. The Capitals won the contest however 3–1, overcoming a 1–0 Penguins lead in which Evgeni Malkin scored the lone Penguins goal. Jordan Staal made a return to the Penguins lineup in the Winter Classic after being held out all of the 2010 contests of the season due to foot and hand injuries.

Crosby suffered a concussion in an open ice hit in the Winter Classic but remained in the game and took part in the following contest vs the Tampa Bay Lightning. In the game vs Tampa Bay however, he was hit again this time behind the net against the boards and further aggravated his concussion. Crosby was held out games from January 7 through the end of the regular season.

Second half[edit]

Defender Kris Letang had a breakout first half of the season, 2nd in points behind center Sidney Crosby which gave him, Crosby, center Evgeni Malkin and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury though Fleury and Letang were the only two to partake in the 2011 NHL All Star Game while Crosby and Malkin were held out with head and lower body injures respectively.

Malkin also missed multiple games during late January due to a lingering lower body injury and sinus infection. He returned to the lineup against the Buffalo Sabres on the February 4, but reagrivated the injury during a hit by Tyler Myers in the 2nd period and thus tearing his right Medial collateral ligament and Anterior cruciate ligament.

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were injured for most of January and into February. In spite of these huge injuries, the Penguins still held onto 2nd place in the division and 4th place in the conference for most of the 1st half and middle of the season going 8–3–1 without Crosby which includes 4–1–0 without both Crosby and Malkin during the same 8–3–1 span.

Since the absence of star centers Malkin and Crosby, the Penguin's offensive unit has not been nearly as productive. This has led Penguins GM Ray Shero to make some adjustments before the February trade deadline. On February 21, the Penguins traded defenseman Alex Goligoski to the Dallas Stars for left winger James Neal and defenseman Matt Niskanen. The organization also acquired right winger Alex Kovalev from the Ottawa Senators for a conditional draft pick on February 24.

On March 25, the Penguins defeated the New Jersey Devils 1–0 in a shootout. James Neal scored the lone goal, this marks the 4th year in a row the Penguins have won a game on March 25 in a shutout and the first to go to overtime or a shootout.

On March 28, the Penguins set an NHL record by winning their fourth consecutive game in a shootout. During the stretch the team defeated Detroit, Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Florida in a seven-day period.[4]

The Penguins concluded the regular season with the best penalty-kill percentage in the League, at 86.11%[5]

Standings[edit]

Atlantic Division
Atlantic Division[6]
GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 y-Philadelphia Flyers 82 47 23 12 44 259 223 106
2 Pittsburgh Penguins 82 49 25 8 39 238 199 106
3 New York Rangers 82 44 33 5 35 233 198 93
4 New Jersey Devils 82 38 39 5 35 174 209 81
5 New York Islanders 82 30 39 13 26 229 264 73
Eastern Conference
Eastern Conference
R Div GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 z – Washington Capitals SE 82 48 23 11 43 224 197 107
2 y – Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 47 23 12 44 259 223 106
3 y – Boston Bruins NE 82 46 25 11 44 246 195 103
4 Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 49 25 8 39 238 199 106
5 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 46 25 11 40 247 240 103
6 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 44 30 8 41 216 209 96
7 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 43 29 10 38 245 229 96
8 New York Rangers AT 82 44 33 5 35 233 198 93
8.5
9 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 40 31 11 35 236 239 91
10 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 37 34 11 32 218 251 85
11 New Jersey Devils AT 82 38 39 5 35 174 209 81
12 Atlanta Thrashers SE 82 34 36 12 29 223 269 80
13 Ottawa Senators NE 82 32 40 10 30 192 250 74
14 New York Islanders AT 82 30 39 13 26 229 264 73
15 Florida Panthers SE 82 30 40 12 26 195 229 72

bold - qualified for playoffs; y – Won division; z – Placed first in conference (and division)
AT - Atlantic Division, NE - Northeast Division, SE - Southeast Division


Schedule and results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = OT/SO Loss

Regular season[edit]

2010–11 game log
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = OT/SO Loss

Stanley Cup playoffs[edit]

The Pittsburgh Penguins qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the fifth consecutive season. Their opponent in the first round were the Tampa Bay Lightning.

In game 4 of the series on April 20, the Penguins defeated the Lightning on the road, 3–2 in double overtime. James Neal once again scored the winning goal. It marked the second time James Neal that Neal had scored the game-winning goal for the Penguins; the first time had been the shootout-winning goal on March 25 in a 1–0 victory over the New Jersey Devils.

On April 27, the Penguins were officially eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 1–0 loss to the Lightning in Game 7; it marked the second time in two years that the Penguins had lost a Game 7 on home ice and it was the first time that they had been eliminated in the first round of the playoffs since 2007. Furthermore, the Penguins were the third team to be knocked out of the playoffs in the debut of their new facility.[7][8]

Playoff log[edit]

2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = OT/SO Loss
  • Scorer of game-winning goal in italics.

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season[18]
Player GP TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Fleury, Marc-AndreMarc-Andre Fleury 65 3695 36 20 5 143 2.32 1742 .918 3 0 1 10
Johnson, BrentBrent Johnson 23 1297 13 5 3 47 2.17 604 .922 1 0 1 24
Totals 4992 49 25 8 190 2.28 2346 .919 4 0 2 34
Playoffs[19]
Player GP TOI W L GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Fleury, Marc-AndreMarc-Andre Fleury 7 405 3 4 17 2.52 168 .899 1 0 0 0
Johnson, BrentBrent Johnson 1 34 0 0 4 7.06 11 .636 0 0 0 2
Totals 439 3 4 21 2.87 179 .883 1 0 0 2

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Team. Stats reflect time with the Team only.
Traded mid-season
Bold/italics denotes franchise record

Final roster[edit]

Updated April 12, 2011.[20]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
27 Canada Adams, CraigCraig Adams RW/C R 37 2009 Seria, Brunei
45 Canada Asham, ArronArron Asham RW R 36 2010 Portage la Prairie, Manitoba
19 Canada Comrie, MikeMike Comrie C L 33 2010 Edmonton, Alberta
16 United States Conner, ChrisChris Conner W L 30 2009 Westland, Michigan
24 Canada Cooke, MattMatt Cooke LW L 35 2008 Belleville, Ontario
87 Canada Crosby, SidneySidney Crosby (CInjured Reserve C L 27 2005 Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia
9 Canada Dupuis, PascalPascal Dupuis W L 35 2008 Laval, Quebec
5 Canada Engelland, DerykDeryk Engelland D R 32 2007 Edmonton, Alberta
29 Canada Fleury, Marc-AndreMarc-Andre Fleury G L 29 2003 Sorel-Tracy, Quebec
28 Canada Godard, EricEric Godard RW R 34 2008 Vernon, British Columbia
15 Canada Jeffrey, DustinDustin Jeffrey C/LW L 26 2007 Sarnia, Ontario
1 United States Johnson, BrentBrent Johnson G L 37 2009 Farmington, Michigan
38 Canada Johnson, NickNick Johnson Injured Reserve RW R 28 2004 Calgary, Alberta
48 Canada Kennedy, TylerTyler Kennedy RW R 28 2004 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
72 Russia Kovalev, AlexeiAlexei Kovalev RW L 41 2011 Togliatti, Soviet Union
14 Canada Kunitz, ChrisChris Kunitz LW L 34 2009 Regina, Saskatchewan
58 Canada Letang, KristopherKristopher Letang D R 27 2005 Montreal, Quebec
10 Canada Letestu, MarkMark Letestu C R 29 2007 Elk Point, Alberta
6 United States Lovejoy, BenBen Lovejoy D R 30 2008 Canaan, New Hampshire
71 Russia Malkin, EvgeniEvgeni Malkin (AInjured Reserve C L 28 2004 Magnitogorsk, Soviet Union
7 United States Martin, PaulPaul Martin D L 33 2010 Elk River, Minnesota
4 Czech Republic Michalek, ZbynekZbynek Michalek D R 31 2010 Jindřichův Hradec, Czechoslovakia
18 Canada Neal, JamesJames Neal LW L 26 2011 Whitby, Ontario
2 United States Niskanen, MattMatt Niskanen D R 27 2011 Virginia, Minnesota
44 United States Orpik, BrooksBrooks Orpik (A) D L 33 2000 San Francisco, California
17 United States Rupp, MichaelMichael Rupp LW/C L 34 2009 Cleveland, Ohio
11 Canada Staal, JordanJordan Staal (A) C L 25 2006 Thunder Bay, Ontario
25 Canada Talbot, MaximeMaxime Talbot F L 30 2002 LeMoyne, Quebec
26 United States Tangradi, EricEric Tangradi W L 25 2009 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Transactions[edit]

The Penguins have been involved in the following transactions during the 2010–11 season.