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Special-teams play was big part of Pens' game

Thursday, 09.29.2011 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 15

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

Advantage Margin: -13
There were 635 power plays in the Penguins' 82 games, more than in any other team's contests. The Penguins were among the League leaders in drawing power plays (fifth, 311), but their 324 power plays-allowed were more than any team other than Montreal, and they were tops in advantages allowed on the road with 172.

Special Teams Goal Margin: +11
Despite allowing all those power plays, the Penguins surrendered just 45 extra-man goals. They led the NHL with an 86.1-percent penalty-kill success rate and were tied for second with 13 shorthanded goals.

Goals by defensemen: 33
Kris Letang (8 goals, 42 assists) had a breakout season. However, the Penguins lost a lot of offense from the blue line by trading Alex Goligoski (9 goals, 22 assists in 60 games) to Dallas for forward James Neal, who had just 1 goal in 20 games after the deal.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
2010-11 SEASON STATS

Category Rank (Conference)
2010-11 Points 106 (4th East/4th NHL)
Change from 2009-10 +5
Home Points 52 (4th East/9th NHL)
Road Points 54 (2nd East/4th NHL)
Overtime Record
Total: 15-5-3 OT: 5-5 SO: 10-3

The Penguins tied Los Angeles for the most shootout victories -- they were 3-0 at home and went 7-3 on the road. Most of the credit goes to the goaltenders -- Marc-Andre Fleury and Brent Johnson combined to allow just 7 goals on 49 chances, an .857 save percentage.

Times Scored First: 41
Record: 31-7-3

The Penguins were fifth in the League with a .756 winning percentage when scoring first. They especially were good away from home, winning 15 times and losing just once in regulation in the 18 games in which they got the first goal.

Best 2010-11 Number: 91
Goals scored by the Penguins in the second period, far surpassing their output in the first (67) or third (65) periods. Pittsburgh outscored its opponents 91-65 during the middle period.

Worst 2010-11 Number: 1
Points earned by the Penguins in the 20 games in which they trailed after two periods. Pittsburgh went 0-19-1 in those 20 games and was the only team that didn't win a game when trailing after 40 minutes.

Scheduling
Coach Dan Bylsma better have his team ready to go -- the Penguins start their season in Vancouver, the opener of a three-game swing through Western Canada. Pittsburgh has no road trip or homestand longer than four games. They have three of their four April games at home -- including two visits from the Philadelphia Flyers.

I didn't think it would actually work, but it ended up working, so I'm thanking my lucky stars tonight.

— Columbus forward Nick Foligno on scoring the overtime goal after telling the Blue Jackets in the locker room that he would win the game