- the Pittsburgh Penguins lost to the Detroit Red Wings, 3-1, in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final; it marked the fourth appearance in the Final for the Pens
The Penguins went into the 2009 playoffs as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference with 99 points for the season. They won each series they played against the Philadelphia Flyers (4-2), Washington Capitals (4-3), and Carolina Hurricanes (4-0) to advance to the Final to play against the Red Wings who were the first seed in the Western Conference with 112 points.
Pittsburgh went on to win the Stanley Cup Final in seven games and Evgeni Malkin earned the Conn Smythe trophy as the playoff MVP.
- Penguins goalie Tom Barrasso stopped 27 shots from the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final, for his second post-season shutout with Pittsburgh
TODAY’S PENGUINS TRIVIA QUESTION:
Which member of the Pittsburgh Penguins became the seventh player in NHL history to score 600 career goals in the 1996-97 season?
Find out tomorrow!
ANSWER (to yesterday’s TRIVIA QUESTION – CLICK HERE to view it):
September 22, 2010 against the Detroit Red Wings
(it was a pre-season game and the Penguins won 5-1 in front of 18,087 fans; Mike Comrie score the first goal in the new building — he was assisted by Brett Sterling and Zbynek Michalek)
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