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Penguins' First NHL Game

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins joined the National Hockey League in June, 1967 as part of the league's expansion era. A few months later, Oct. 11, 1967, the Penguins played the first game in franchise history against the Original Six Montreal Canadiens at Civic Arena.

In front of 9,307 fans, the Penguins lost, 2-1, to Montreal with Andy Bathgate scoring the lone Pittsburgh goal. Despite the setback, the contest marked the birth of hockey in Pittsburgh.

Here's a look at the game sheet from that original contest (click for a PDF).

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