2010–11 Pittsburgh Penguins season
|2010–11 Pittsburgh Penguins|
|General Manager||Ray Shero|
|Alternate captains||Evgeni Malkin
|Arena||Consol Energy Center
Heinz Field (1 game)
|Average attendance||18,240 (100.9%)
|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)|
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.
- 1 Pre-season
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Standings
- 4 Schedule and results
- 5 Player stats
- 6 Final roster
- 7 Transactions
- 8 Notable achievements
- 9 Draft picks
- 10 References
- 11 External links
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.
On July 26, 2010, longtime Penguins PA announcer John Barbaro died of brain cancer at 65.
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. 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
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.
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.
The Penguins concluded the regular season with the best penalty-kill percentage in the League, at 86.11%
- Atlantic Division
|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
|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|
|5||Tampa Bay Lightning||SE||82||46||25||11||40||247||240||103|
|8||New York Rangers||AT||82||44||33||5||35||233||198||93|
|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|
|14||New York Islanders||AT||82||30||39||13||26||229||264||73|
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
|Legend:= Win = Loss = OT/SO Loss|
|2010–11 game log|
|Legend:= Win = Loss = OT/SO Loss|
Stanley Cup playoffs
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.
|2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs|
|Legend:= Win = Loss = OT/SO Loss|
- Scorer of game-winning goal in italics.
|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|
|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|
†Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Team. Stats reflect time with the Team only.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record
Updated April 12, 2011.
The Penguins have been involved in the following transactions during the 2010–11 season.