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)

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]

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]

1988–89 Schedule
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Tie

Playoffs[edit]

After six frustrating and disappointing seasons, the Penguins finally managed to get into the playoffs for the first time since the 1981-82 season. They swept New York Rangers in the Semifinals, but lost to their rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers in seven games.

Playoff log[edit]

1989 Stanley Cup playoffs
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Playoff series win

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season[5]
Player GP TOI W L T GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Barrasso, TomTom Barrasso 44 2406:21 18 15 7 162 4.04 1441 0.888 0 0 5 49
Young, WendellWendell Young 22 1150:18 12 9 0 92 4.80 673 0.863 0 0 2 4
Guenette, SteveSteve Guenette 11 573:53 5 6 0 41 4.29 308 0.867 0 0 1 0
Pietrangelo, FrankFrank Pietrangelo 15 669:20 5 3 0 45 4.03 408 0.890 0 0 0 2
Tabaracci, RichardRichard Tabaracci 1 33:05 0 0 0 4 7.25 21 0.810 0 0 0 2
Total 4832:57 40 33 7 344 4.27 2851 0.879 0 0 8 57
Playoffs[6]
Player GP TOI W L T GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Barrasso, TomTom Barrasso 11 631:10 7 4 0 40 3.80 388 0.897 0 0 1 8
Young, WendellWendell Young 1 38:38 0 0 0 1 1.55 11 0.909 0 0 0 0
Total 669:48 7 4 0 41 3.68 399 0.897 0 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 Penguins only.

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

September 1, 1988 To Philadelphia Flyers

1990 3rd round pick

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Wendell Young
1990 7th round pick

October 3, 1988 To Buffalo Sabres

Wayne Van Dorp

To Pittsburgh Penguins

1990 7th round pick

November 1, 1988 To Minnesota North Stars

rights to Rob Gaudreau

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Richard Zemlak

November 12, 1988 To Buffalo Sabres

Doug Bodger
Darrin Shannon

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Tom Barrasso
1990 3rd round pick

December 17, 1988 To Minnesota North Stars

Steve Gotaas
Ville Siren

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Scott Bjugstad
Gord Dineen

January 9, 1989 To Calgary Flames

Steve Guenette

To Pittsburgh Penguins

1989 6th round pick

March 6, 1989 To Los Angeles Kings

Pat Mayer

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Tim Tookey

Player signings[edit]

Player Date Contract terms
John Cullen June 21, 1988 Unknown
Mark Recchi August 17, 1988 Multi-year contract
Steve Guenette August 29, 1988 Multi-year contract
Darrin Shannon September 7, 1988 Multi-year contract
Bruce Racine September 21, 1988 Multi-year contract
Mario Lemieux November 1, 1988 1 year/$1.6 million
Dan Quinn November 5, 1988 Multi-year contract
Jamie Leach March 22, 1989 Multi-year contract
Dave Michayluk May 24, 1989 Unknown

Other[edit]

Player Date Details
Pierre Creamer June 14, 1988 Replaced as head coach
Gene Ubriaco June 28, 1988 Hired as head coach
Dave Hunter October 3, 1988 Sent to Oilers as compensation for claiming Dave Hannan in waiver draft

Roster[edit]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age NHL Draft Birthplace
35 United States Barrasso, TomTom Barrasso G R 24 1983 Boston, Massachusetts
27 United States Bjugstad, BarryBarry Bjugstad LW L 27 1981 St. Paul, Minnesota
29 United States Bourque, PhilPhil Bourque LW L 26 Undrafted Chelmsford, Massachusetts
44 Canada Brown, RobertRobert Brown RW L 21 1986 Kingston, Ontario
7 Canada Buskas, RodRod Buskas D R 28 1981 Wetaskiwin, Alberta
14 Canada Callander, JockJock Callander RW R 28 Undrafted Regina, Saskatchewan
16 United States Caufield, JayJay Caufield RW R 28 Undrafted Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
77 Canada Coffey, PaulPaul Coffey (A) D L 27 1980 Weston, Ontario
11 Canada Cullen, JohnJohn Cullen C R 24 1986 Puslinch, Ontario
15 Canada Cunneyworth, RandyRandy Cunneyworth (A) LW L 28 1980 Etobicoke, Ontario
4 United States Dahlquist, ChristopherChristopher Dahlquist D L 26 Undrafted Fridley, Minnesota
5 Canada Dineen, GordonGordon Dineen D R 26 1981 Quebec City, Quebec
22 Canada Dykstra, SteveSteve Dykstra LW R 26 Undrafted Edmonton, Alberta
12 Canada Errey, BobBob Errey LW L 24 1983 Montreal, Quebec
28 Canada Frawley, WilliamWilliam Frawley RW R 26 1980 Sturgeon Falls, Ontario
20 Canada Ganchar, PerryPerry Ganchar RW R 25 1982 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
30 Canada Guenette, SteveSteve Guenette G L 23 Undrafted Gloucester, Ontario
32 Canada Hannan, DavidDavid Hannan C L 27 1981 Sudbury, Ontario
23 Canada Hillier, RandyRandy Hillier D L 29 1980 Toronto, Ontario
6 United States Johnson, JamesJames Johnson D L 26 Undrafted New Hope, Minnesota
26 Canada Kachowski, MarkMark Kachowski LW L 24 Undrafted Edmonton, Alberta
66 Canada Lemieux, MarioMario Lemieux (C) C R 23 1984 Montreal, Quebec
24 Canada Loney, TroyTroy Loney LW L 25 1982 Bow Island, Alberta
19 Canada McLlwain, DaveDave McLlwain C L 21 1986 Seaforth, Ontario
40 Canada Pietrangelo, FrankFrank Pietrangelo G L 24 1983 Niagara Falls, Ontario
10 Canada Quinn, DanDan Quinn C L 23 1983 Ottawa, Ontario
8 Canada Recchi, MarkMark Recchi RW L 21 1988 Kamloops, British Columbia
25 United States Stevens, KevinKevin Stevens LW L 24 1983 Brockton, Massachusetts
31 Canada Tabaracci, RichardRichard Tabaracci G L 20 1987 Toronto, Ontario
1 Canada Young, WendellWendell Young G L 25 1981 Halifax, Nova Scotia
33 Canada Zalapski, ZarleyZarley Zalapski D L 21 1986 Edmonton, Alberta
18 Canada Zemlak, RichardRichard Zemlak C R 26 1981 Wynyard, Saskatchewan

Draft picks[edit]

Pittsburgh Penguins' picks at the 1988 NHL Entry Draft.[8]

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 4 Darrin Shannon L  Canada Windsor Compuware Spitfires (OHL)
2 25 Mark Major L  Canada North Bay Centennials (OHL)
3 62[a] Daniel Gauthier L  Canada Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)
4 67 Mark Recchi R  Canada Kamloops Blazers (WHL)
5 88 Greg Andrusak D  Canada U. of Minnesota-Duluth (NCAA)
7 130 Troy Mick L  Canada Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)
8 151 Jeffrey Blaeser L  United States St. John's Prep (Mass H.S.)
9 172 Robert Gaudreau C  United States Bishop Hendricken H.S. (RI)
10 193 Donald Pancoe L  Canada Hamilton Steelhawks (OHL)
11 214 Cory Laylin L  United States St. Cloud Apollo H.S. (Minn.)
12 235 Darren Stolk D  Canada Lethbridge Broncos (WHL)
Draft notes[9]

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. ^ "1988–1989 – Regular Season – Pittsburgh Penguins – All Skaters – Summary – Points – NHL.com – Stats". NHL. 
  4. ^ "1988–1989 – Playoffs – Pittsburgh Penguins – All Skaters – Summary – Points – NHL.com – Stats". NHL. 
  5. ^ "1988–1989 – Regular Season – Pittsburgh Penguins – Goalie – Summary – Wins – NHL.com – Stats". NHL. 
  6. ^ "1988–1989 – Playoffs – Pittsburgh Penguins – Goalie – Summary – Wins – NHL.com – Stats". NHL. 
  7. ^ National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p.181, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5
  8. ^ "NHL Entry Draft Year by Year Results". NHL.com. 
  9. ^ "1988 NHL Entry Draft Pending Transactions". Pro Sports Transactions.