Sergei Gonchar is a Russian-born defenseman who was drafted in the first round of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft (14th overall) by the Washington Capitals. In August 2005, Gonchar was signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins to a five-year / $25 million contract.
He was a key component in helping Pittsburgh get to the Stanley Cup Final in 2008 versus the Detroit Red Wings then finally going on to win the Stanley Cup against the Red Wings the following year (2009).
- FIRST PLAYOFF GAME AT THE CONSOL ENERGY CENTER: Pittsburgh Penguins Marc-Andre Fleury made 32 saves for his fifth career shutout as the Penguins defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-0, to take game one of the playoffs; Dan Byslma now holds the Pens’ record for most wins (24) as coach
- Dan Byslma now holds the Pens’ record for most wins (24) as coach
- Pens goalie Ron Tugnutt stopped 32 shots from the Washington Capitals to help Pittsburgh win, 7-0, in the opening game of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals
- Bob Berry‘s tenure as Penguins head coach ended. He finished with a record of 88-127-25 and a .419 winning percentage
- the Penguins lost in overtime, 4-3, when New York Islanders John Tonelli scored at 6:10 in the decisive, Game 5 of the preliminary round
- the Penguins defeated the New York Islanders, 5-4, in the opening game of the Quarterfinals
- Penguins center Michel Briere died from injuries suffered in a car accident
TODAY’S PENGUINS TRIVIA QUESTION:
Which three Pittsburgh Penguins players each scored 100 points in 1988-89?
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ANSWER (to yesterday’s TRIVIA QUESTION – CLICK HERE to view it):
three (Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, and Sidney Crosby)