- Pittsburgh Penguins Evgeni Malkin scored 3:28 into overtime to defeat the Washington Capitals, 4-3, in Game 5 and gave Pittsburgh a 3-2 edge in the series
- the Penguins lost to the Philadelphia Flyers, 2-1, and were eliminated in the Eastern Conference Semifinals; Herb Brooks ended his stint as Penguins head coach and finished with a 29-24-5-2 record for a winning percentage of .553
The Penguins were the seventh seed going into the playoffs in 2000. Prior to being matched-up with and losing to the Flyers in the semifinals, they played the #2 seed, Washington Capitals, whom they beat to take the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series in five games, 4-1.
Herb Brooks coached Pittsburgh for just one season (1999-00) and his record with the team is part of his NHL career coaching record of 219-222-66. He is probably best known for his work with the 1980 Men’s US Olympic hockey team coaching them to overcome tremendous odds and beat Russia (also dubbed as the “Miracle On Ice” by press / media at that time) ultimately winning the Gold Medal for which a movie was based (“Miracle”).
- the Pens’ Ron Francis scored an overtime goal (2:41) to beat the New York Rangers, 5-4, in Game 4 in the Patrick Division Finals (the Pens eventually beat the Rangers in six games)
TODAY’S PENGUINS TRIVIA QUESTION:
Which Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman scored the first goal of the game in Games 1 and 6 of the 1991 Stanley Cup Final against the Minnesota North Stars?
Find out tomorrow!
ANSWER (to yesterday’s TRIVIA QUESTION – CLICK HERE to view it):
Carolina Hurricanes (October 5, 2007)
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