Throughout the summer, www.PittsburghPenguins.com will periodically present a PNC Wealth Management "Legendary Moment" from the PNC Legends Level Suites at CONSOL Energy Center. Each display features an incredible moment from Penguins history, complete with a description, photos and actual keepsakes from the event.
FIRST TO 50, FIRST TO 100 March 24, 1976
There always has to be a first time – and on March 24, 1976, it was two “firsts” on the same night. In a 5-5 tie against the Boston Bruins before a crowd of 15,966 at the Civic Arena, Pierre Larouche became the first player in Penguins history to score 100 points in a season, and Jean Pronovost became the first to ring up 50 goals.
Larouche, who entered the game with 99 points, wasted little time on his date with destiny, opening the scoring with a goal at 17:09 of the first period to give the Pens a 1-0 lead. It was his 45th goal to go with 55 assists. And the place went bonkers.
Pronovost, who entered with 49 goals, let the suspense linger a bit longer – until the third period – but he sent the crowd into a frenzy with No. 50 at 11:01 of the third. It was somehow fitting on this special night that Prony’s 50th came off assists from his Century Line linemates, Syl Apps and Lowell MacDonald.
Larouche finished the season with 53 goals and 111 points – both of which established new team records in the Penguins’ ninth season of existence. Pronovost finished with 52 goals and 104 points. And fans here started to get the idea that up-tempo offense might be a part of the franchise’s DNA.
Photos from the PNC display on the suite level of CONSOL Energy Center: