2011–12 Pittsburgh Penguins season

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2011–12 Pittsburgh Penguins
Division 2nd Atlantic
Conference 4th Eastern
2011–12 record 51–25–6
Home record 29–10–2
Road record 22–15–4
Goals for 282
Goals against 221
Team information
General Manager Ray Shero
Coach Dan Bylsma
Captain Sidney Crosby
Alternate captains Evgeni Malkin
Brooks Orpik
Jordan Staal
Arena Consol Energy Center
Average attendance 18,566[1]
Team leaders
Goals Evgeni Malkin (50)
Assists Evgeni Malkin (59)
Points Evgeni Malkin (109)
Penalties in minutes James Neal (87)
Plus/minus Kris Letang (+21)
Wins Marc-Andre Fleury (42)
Goals against average Marc-Andre Fleury (2.36)
<2010–11 2012–13>

The 2011–12 Pittsburgh Penguins season was the franchise’s 45th season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Penguins, lead by head coach Dan Bylsma, would start the season without captain center Sidney Crosby. The team still managed a 51–25–6 record, an East-best 29 home wins, and their 108 points second-best in the Eastern Conference. In February, the team began the league's longest season winning streak and also saw the return of Crosby after missing more than 40 games with concussion like symptoms, before they saw the streak end in March at 11 games. Center Evgeni Malkin was able to play in 75 games despite difficulties associated with recent knee surgery and recorded his greatest goal tally in a season (50) on the way to winning his second Art Ross Trophy. Marc-Andre Fleury tied a franchise record for goalie wins (226) in a victory against the Atlantic division winning-New York Rangers. The four-seed Penguins would see their playoff run end to the same team which halted their regular season winning streak, the Philadelphia Flyers, losing the first three games before perishing in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

On April 27, Malkin was one of three finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophy,[2] marking his third-career nomination for the award. On June 20 Malkin finished first in votes for the Hart Trophy, earning his first career MVP award.

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Excluding 9 shootout-winning goals, the Penguins scored 273 goals overall, the most in the League.[3][4]

2011–12 Schedule
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = OT/SO Loss


Standings[edit]

Atlantic Division[5]
GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 z – New York Rangers 82 51 24 7 47 226 187 109
2 Pittsburgh Penguins 82 51 25 6 42 282 221 108
3 Philadelphia Flyers 82 47 26 9 43 264 232 103
4 New Jersey Devils 82 48 28 6 36 228 209 102
5 New York Islanders 82 34 37 11 27 203 255 79
Eastern Conference[6]
R Div GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 z – New York Rangers AT 82 51 24 7 47 226 187 109
2 y – Boston Bruins NE 82 49 29 4 40 269 202 102
3 y – Florida Panthers SE 82 38 26 18 32 203 227 94
4 Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 51 25 6 42 282 221 108
5 Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 47 26 9 43 264 232 103
6 New Jersey Devils AT 82 48 28 6 36 228 209 102
7 Washington Capitals SE 82 42 32 8 38 222 230 92
8 Ottawa Senators NE 82 41 31 10 35 249 240 92
8.5
9 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 39 32 11 32 218 230 89
10 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 38 36 8 35 235 281 84
11 Winnipeg Jets SE 82 37 35 10 33 225 246 84
12 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 33 33 16 32 213 243 82
13 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 35 37 10 31 231 264 80
14 New York Islanders AT 82 34 37 11 27 203 255 79
15 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 31 35 16 26 212 226 78

Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast

bold - qualified for playoffs, y – Clinched division, z – Clinched conference (and division)


Stanley Cup playoffs[edit]

The Pittsburgh Penguins qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the sixth consecutive season, but lost in six games to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Playoff log[edit]

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Playoff series win      Bold = Game Winning Goal

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[7]
Goaltenders[7]
Regular season
Player GP GS TOI W L OT EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO G A PIM
Fleury, Marc-AndreMarc-Andre Fleury 67 64 3896 42 17 4 6 153 2.36 1768 1615 0.913 3 0 2 4
Johnson, BrentBrent Johnson 16 14 811 6 7 2 1 42 3.11 359 317 0.883 0 0 0 0
Thiessen, BradBrad Thiessen 5 4 258 3 1 0 0 16 3.72 113 97 0.858 0 0 0 0
Totals 88 82 4965 51 25 6 7 211 2.55 2240 2029 0.906 3 0 2 4
Playoffs
Player GP GS TOI W L OT EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO G A PIM
Fleury, Marc-AndreMarc-Andre Fleury 6 6 337 2 4 N/A 2 26 4.63 157 131 0.834 0 0 1 0
Johnson, BrentBrent Johnson 1 0 20 0 0 N/A 0 2 6.00 6 4 0.667 0 0 0 0
Totals 6 6 357 2 4 N/A 2 28 4.71 163 135 0.828 0 0 1 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Penguins. Stats reflect time with Penguins only.
Traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with Penguins only.

Notable achievements[edit]

Awards[edit]

Team Awards[edit]

Awarded on April 5, 2012[22]

Player Award Notes
Marc-Andre Fleury
Pascal Dupuis
Baz Bastien Memorial Award Presented by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association to the player who the local media of the PHWA want to acknowledge for his cooperation throughout the year. The award is presented in memory of the late Aldege “Baz” Bastien, Penguins general manager from 1976–83.
Sponsor: UPMC Sports Medicine
Matt Cooke Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy nominee The Pittsburgh Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association votes for the Penguins’ Masterton nominee. Each NHL team selects a Masterton candidate from which the overall winner is chosen. The Masterton candidate is nominated as the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
Sponsor: Trib Total Media
Evgeni Malkin A. T. Caggiano Memorial Booster Club Cup Presented in memory of A.T. Caggiano, long-time Penguins’ locker room attendant & Booster Club supporter, the award is presented by Penguins Booster Club members, who vote for the three stars after every home game and tally votes at the end of the regular season.
Brooks Orpik Player's Player Award The players hold a vote at the end of the season for the player they feel exemplifies leadership for the team, both on and off the ice, a player dedicated to teamwork.
Sponsor: Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
Evgeni Malkin Edward J. DeBartolo Award The award recognizes the player who has donated a tremendous amount of time and effort during the season working on community and charity projects.
Sponsor: Verizon Wireless
Brooks Orpik
Marc-Andre Fleury
Defensive Player of the Year This award honors the defensive skills of an individual player on the team.
Sponsor: PNC Wealth Management
Evgeni Malkin Most Valuable Player Based on the overall contribution the player makes to the team.
Sponsor: CONSOL Energy

Milestones[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Pittsburgh Penguins 2011–12 Final Roster[23]
Goaltenders
Defensemen
Wingers
Centers
Pittsburgh Penguins 2011–12 Staff[24]
Executive Operations
Hockey Operations

Transactions[edit]

The Penguins have been involved in the following transactions during the 2011–12 season:

Trades[edit]

November 8, 2011[25] To Columbus Blue Jackets:

Mark Letestu

To Pittsburgh:

4th-round pick in 2012

June 4, 2012[26] To Washington Capitals:

7th-round pick in 2012

To Pittsburgh:

Tomas Vokoun

Draft picks[edit]

The Penguins' selected five players at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.[69]

Round Pick # Player Position Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
1 23 Joe Morrow Defense  Canada Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
2 54 Scott Harrington Defense  Canada London Knights (OHL)
5 144 Dominik Uher Center  Czech Republic Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
6 174 Josh Archibald Wing  Canada Brainerd High School, Minnesota
7 209[a] Scott Wilson Center  Canada Georgetown Raiders (OJHL)
Draft notes
  • The Penguins' third-round pick went to the Phoenix Coyotes as the result of a trade on June 7, 2011 that sent Ilya Bryzgalov to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Matt Clackson, future considerations and this conditional pick.[70] The condition – Philadelphia signs Bryzgalov before the start of the third round of the draft[71] – was converted on June 23, 2011.[72] Philadelphia previously acquired the pick as the result of a trade on June 25, 2010 that sent Dan Hamhuis to Pittsburgh in exchange for this pick.[73]
  • The Penguins' fourth-round pick went to the Edmonton Oilers as the result of a trade on January 17, 2009 that sent Mathieu Garon to Pittsburgh in exchange for Dany Sabourin, Ryan Stone and this pick.[74]
  • The Penguins' seventh-round pick went to the Ottawa Senators as the result of a February 24, 2011 trade that sent Alexei Kovalev to the Penguins in exchange for this pick, the specific pick being conditional at the time of the trade.[75] The condition – Pittsburgh does not advance to the 2011 Eastern Conference semifinals – was converted on April 27, 2011.[76]
  • a The San Jose Sharks' seventh-round pick went to the Penguins as the result of a trade on June 26, 2010 that sent a seventh-round pick in 2010 to San Jose in exchange for this pick.[77]

See also[edit]

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