- Pittsburgh native Nate Guenin scored his first NHL goal as an Anaheim Duck in a game against the Buffalo Sabres
- the Pittsburgh Penguins played their first regular season home game at the CONSOL Energy Center losing to the Philadelphia Flyers by a score of 3-2
- Brent Johnson made his debut in goal for the Penguins against the Phoenix Coyotes (Johnson is part of the fourth father and son tandem to play for Pittsburgh)
- the Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes went to a shootout for the first time in either franchises history; the Hurricanes won the shootout, 1-0, as Cory Stillman scored on their first attempt and the Pens failed to convert on three tries
- Pittsburgh lost to the Nashville Predators by a score of 3-1 in “Game ONe” in Japan (the team wore jerseys with the Japan Game ONe patch)
- Aleksey Morozov scored a hat trick against New Jersey Devils‘ Martin Brodeur
- Mario Lemieux returned to the Penguins lineup after a one year medical leave
- Pittsburgh’s Joe Mullen beat Montreal Canadiens‘ Patrick Roy in overtime for a 2-1 victory
Pittsburgh had opened the season the night before in St. Louis, falling 6-2, and things did not start well as the Chicago Blackhawks scored three times in the opening nine minutes. Just 13 seconds into the game, Denis Savard beat Michel Dion for a 1-0 Chicago lead, with linemates Tim Higgins and Al Secord picking up assists. That same line gave the Hawks a 2-0 lead when Secord scored, and Tom Lysiak made it 3-0 at 8:57. Secord was in the box for roughing when the Penguins finally got on the board, as Paul Gardner beat Tony Esposito on the power play at 15:15. Pittsburgh settled down defensively until Secord scored his second goal of the game, on the power play, at 15:34 with George Ferguson in the box for high-sticking. But just when it seemed like the Penguins were in serious trouble, they rallied. With future Pittsburgh captain Terry Ruskowski off for high-sticking, Pat Boutette scored on the power play at 17:22, and Mike Bullard scored his second NHL goal 43 seconds later to make it 4-3, with Paul Baxter picking up his second assist. The Pittsburgh power play this season would set an NHL record by scoring 99 times, and Rick Kehoe scored the Penguins’ third power-play goal of the night at 7:35 of the third period to tie the game, 4-4. Savard scored his second of the night with 3:52 left to make it 5-4, however, and the Hawks seemed on their way to victory. But with Dion pulled for an extra attacker, Greg Malone scored with 21 seconds left to give the Penguins a 5-5 tie
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Which Pittsburgh Penguins goalie made his NHL debut in relief of Dany Sabourin and stopped all 11 shots he faced to earn the 5-3 victory against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum?
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