- the Pittsburgh Penguins wore a Hurricane Katrina patch on their jerseys to benefit the survivors of the hurricane
- the Penguins beat the Nashville Predators by a score of 3-1 in the second “Game ONe” in Japan (the team wore jerseys with the Japan Game ONe patch)
- Pittsburgh was shut out by the Montreal Canadiens in Montreal by a score of 3-0
- Stanley Cup Banners were raised in a pre-game ceremony at the Civic Arena
The Penguins were in New York to face the Rangers in the season opener – and the NHL debut for new Pittsburgh coach Pierre Creamer. The Rangers took a 1-0 lead at 9:45 of the opening period when Walt Poddubny beat Pat Riggin on the power play with Wilf Paiement in the box for elbowing, with former Penguin Pierre Larouche picking up an assist. Larouche, in his last NHL season, engaged Dave Hannan in a rare fight later in the period, and less than three minutes later the Penguins tied it with a late power-play goal of their own, Craig Simpson cashing in with Larry Melnyk off for tripping. Poddubny scored again 51 seconds into the second period to put the Rangers back on top, but the Penguins would emerge from the period with the lead. Randy Cunneyworth tied the game again at 4:01 with a power-play goal, and Mario Lemieux picked up his third assist of the game at 15:37 when he set up Charlie Simmer’s goal against Bob Froese. The Penguins held a 31-19 advantage in shots through two periods, but the Rangers kept on coming. With captain Dan Frawley off for slashing, Tomas Sandstrom tied the game at 5:06, and Sandstrom scored again just 4:20 later, with Poddubny picking up his second assist and fourth point of the game. That put the Rangers in front, 4-3, but Paiement tied the game at 9:41 as Ville Siren picked up his second assist of the game. The Rangers outshot the Penguins, 5-2, in overtime, but the game ended in a 4-4 tie. Lemieux led all players with nine shots, while the Rangers had 12 power plays in the game – most ever by an opponent
- Penguins obtained Dunc Wilson from the New York Rangers for cash and other considerations
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