The Penguins recorded their first win in franchise history after besting the St. Louis Blues by a 3-1 count.
The Penguins won the special teams battle with two power-play goals and one shorthanded tally to account for all three scores.
Ab McDonald gave Pittsburgh its first lead at 8:18 of the first period on the man-advantage. Art Stratton broke a 1-1 tie with a power-play score with just 2:09 remaining in the second period to give the Penguins the lead. Earl Ingarfield sealed the win with a shorthanded goal in the third period.
The Penguins defeated cross-state rival Philadelphia, 4-1, at Civic Arena to clinch second place in the Western Division and earn a berth in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in franchise history.
Pittsburgh will host Game 1 of the Quarter Finals against California on April 8.
In a dramatic finish, rookie Michel Briere scored at 8:28 of overtime to lift the Penguins to a 3-2 victory in Game 4 and a 4-0 series sweep against California in the Stanley Cup quarterfinals matchup.
The game was the first playoff overtime game and win for the Penguins in franchise history. Pittsburgh also won its first playoff series and will advance to the Stanley Cup semifinals for the first time in team history.
Two Penguins players hit historic team milestones in a 5-5 tie against Boston.
Jean Pronovost set a career high and became the first Penguins player in team history to score 50 goals in a season with a third-period tally.
Teammate Pierre Larouche notched a goal (45th of the season) and an assist to hit the 100-point mark. Larouche is the first Penguins player in franchise history to record 100 points in a single season.
Both players posed for photos in the locker room following the game with their historic pucks.
The Penguins drafted center Mario Lemieux with the first-overall selection at the NHL Entry Draft.
Over 3,000 fans in Pittsburgh viewed a live broadcast of the draft from the Civic Arena. The draft was held in Lemieux's home city of Montreal.
Lemieux would go on to lead the Penguins to two Stanley Cups as a player and two titles as an owner. During his Hall of Fame career Lemieux saved the Penguins franchise not once, but twice, helping seal a new arena deal to keep the team in the city where they belong.
Mario Lemieux won a trifecta of NHL awards after claiming the Art Ross Trophy (NHL scoring champion), Hart Memorial Trophy (NHL MVP) and Lester B. Pearson Award (most outstanding player as voted by the league's players).
Lemieux became the first Penguins player in team history to win the Art Ross and Hart. He already was the first Penguin to win the Pearson, having done so in 1986.
In the 1987-88 campaign, Lemieux posted 70 goals, 98 assists and 168 points in 77 games.
Penguins general manager Craig Patrick made several changes to the team's coaching and hockey operations staff.
"Badger" Bob Johnson was named the team's new head coach, while Scotty Bowman was named director of development and recruitment.
Johnson would lead the Penguins to their first Stanley Cup championship in his lone season behind the bench for the club. Johnson won three NCAA national championships with the University of Wisconsin - where he was given the nickname "Badger."
Bowman would lead the Penguins to their second of back-to-back championships as bench boss and help the club capture its first-ever President's Trophy as the NHL team with the best regular-season record.
The Penguins avoided elimination at the hands of the New Jersey Devils thanks to the glove hand of backup goaltender Frank Pietrangelo.
The Penguins defeated the Devils, 4-3, in Game 6 to stay alive and force a decisive Game 7 back in Pittsburgh. But they couldn't have done it without Pietrangelo's save.
The Penguins were killing a penalty when the dangerous Peter Stastny collected a rebound and had a wide-open net at which to shoot. Pietrangelo, playing in his first ever NHL playoff game, reached back with his glove and snagged the shot to help preserve the Penguins' victory.
The Penguins once again came from behind to defeat the Boston Bruins, 5-3, in Game 6 of the Wales Conference Final to advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in the franchise's 24-year history.
In the game, just like in the series, the Penguins had to overcome an early 2-0 deficit. But the team stormed back with five goals from five different players.
Penguins captain Mario Lemieux fittingly sealed the series for his team with an empty-net goal to finish off the Bruins.
Penguins captain Mario Lemieux recorded his 1,000th career NHL point in a 4-3 loss at Detroit.
Lemieux, who picked up one goal and two assists in the contest, reached the 1,000-point plateau in just 513 games, becoming the second-fastest player to reach the milestone.
23 - COMEBACK KIDS | May 26, 1992
In arguably the most epic game in team history, the Penguins pulled off an incredible 5-4 come-from-behind victory in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Chicago held leads of 3-0 and 4-1, but the Penguins stormed back.
Jaromir Jagr tied the game at 4-4 with the greatest individual effort in NHL history, deking through three Chicago players before sending a backhander through goaltender Ed Belfour with 4:55 left in regulation.
Mario Lemieux capped the game and comeback with his second goal of the contest. Lemieux scored off of a big rebound with 13 seconds left in the game for the winning tally.
24 - REPEAT! REPEAT! | June 1, 1992
The Penguins are NHL champions once again.
Pittsburgh has won back-to-back Stanley Cup championships after topping the Chicago Blackhawks, 6-5, in Game 4 for a sweep of the series.
Captain Mario Lemieux was named the Conn Smythe recipient as NHL playoff MVP for the second year in a row. He posted 16 goals and 34 points. Lemieux picked up one goal and two assists in the Cup-clinching Game 4.
Center Ron Francis scored the eventual Cup-winning tally.
25 - ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN | April 3, 1993
The Penguins clinched their first-ever President's Trophy as the NHL team with the best regular-season record following a 5-3 win at Quebec.
Pittsburgh would finish the season with a 56-21-7 mark for 119 points, 10 more points than the next-closest team (Boston, 109).
26 - THE STREAK | April 9, 1993
The Penguins set an NHL record for the longest winning streak in league history with 16 consecutive victories in a 10-4 win against the New York Rangers.
The Penguins would improve upon that mark one day later with a 4-2 win against the Rangers to reach 17, a record that still stands to this day.
The historic streak began with a 3-2 victory against Boston on March 9. It ended in the final game of the regular season with a 6-6 tie at New Jersey. Pittsburgh finished the regular season on a 17-0-1 run.
27 - NEW SCORING CHAMPION | May 3, 1995
Winger Jaromir Jagr posted an assist against the Florida Panthers in the final game of the regular season, claiming his first career Art Ross Trophy as NHL scoring champion.
Jagr finished the season with 70 points, the same total as Philadelphia's Eric Lindros. However, Jagr won the tie-breaker because of his higher goal total (32). It was the first of five scoring championships for the Czech native.
The Penguins were missing captain Mario Lemieux for the season, but Jagr stepped up to show the hockey world that Pittsburgh still had the best player in the league.
28 - PETR THE GREAT | April 24, 1996
Petr Nedved ended the second-longest game in Penguins history with a goal with just 45 seconds remaining in the fourth overtime of Pittsburgh's 3-2 victory in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against Washington.
The Penguins were forced to play all four overtime sessions without captain and leading scorer Mario Lemieux, who took a game misconduct penalty late in the second period. Also, backup goaltender Ken Wregget was forced into action when starter Tom Barrasso went down with an injury after the first period. Wregget made the save of the game after stopping Joe Juneau on a penalty shot in the second overtime period.
But it was Nedved's wrist shot through traffic that found its way into the top corner of the net to give the Penguins the dramatic road victory. Pittsburgh would go on to win the series in six games.
29 - ROOKIE MARK | January 15, 1997
Rookie goaltender Patrick Lalime made 31 saves for a 3-0 shutout victory in Hartford to improve his record to 13-0-2 as a starter on the season.
Lalime's 13-0-2 start set an NHL record for the best start to a career by a rookie goaltender. He would add one more victory to improve to 14-0-2 in his first 16 starts.
Lalime's 14-0-2 run was also the longest unbeaten streak of his career
30 - MILESTONE TRIO | March 29, 1997
Ron Francis scored his 400th career goal against the Los Angeles Kings. Francis joined Mario Lemieux (600th goal, Feb. 4 vs. Vancouver) and Joe Mullen (500th goal, March 14 at Colorado) for a trio of milestone goals on the season.
The Penguins became the first team in NHL history to have players record their 400th, 500th and 600th goals in the same season.
Lemieux became just the seventh player to reach the 600 plateau, while Mullen became the first U.S.-born player to hit 500.
The Penguins shocked the favored Buffalo Sabres in overtime of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals thanks to the most unlikely hero.
Rugged defenseman Darius Kasparaitis, who had one goal in his previous 55 playoff games, beat All-World goaltender Dominik Hasek to lift the Penguins into the Eastern Conference Final.
The win capped an improbable comeback from the Pens, who were 78 seconds away from being eliminated in Game 6. Mario Lemieux tied the game with 1:18 remaining in the third period. Martin Straka scored in overtime to force the decisive Game 7.
Governor Ed Rendell, Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato and Mayor Luke Ravenstahl joined Penguins co-owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle to announce a new multi-purpose arena deal that will keep the Penguins in Pittsburgh for the next 30 years.
The facility - the future CONSOL Energy Center - opened for business in 2010.
In one of the most thrilling games in Penguins history, Pittsburgh rallied from a 3-1 deficit to notch a 4-3 triple-overtime victory in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Detroit Red Wings to avoid elimination and force a Game 6.
The Red Wings were 35 seconds away from lifting the Cup, but Max Talbot scored to tie the game at 3-3 and force overtime.
Petr Sykora finished the comeback by scoring the overtime winner at 9:57 of the third overtime session. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made 55 saves in the victory.
The Penguins named Dan Bylsma as the team's interim head coach.
Bylsma orchestrated one of the most dramatic turnarounds in NHL history, taking a team that was in 10th place in the Eastern Conference in mid-February on an 18-3-4 run to finish the season in route to the franchise's third Stanley Cup title.
Bylsma, who started the season with his first head coaching job with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, had his interim tag removed during the 2009 playoffs. He became the Penguins' winningest head coach in franchise history with 252 victories behind the bench.
The Penguins captured the franchise's third Stanley Cup title following a dramatic 2-1 victory in Game 7 at Detroit against the favored Red Wings.
Max Talbot was the Game 7 hero by scoring both Penguins goals. Evgeni Malkin was named the Conn Smythe winner as playoff MVP after posting 22 assists and 36 points in 24 games. Sidney Crosby became the youngest captain to lead his team to a Stanley Cup championship.
The Penguins officially opened CONSOL Energy Center against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Players and coaches arrived at the new arena prior to the game with a red carpet ceremony. Hall of Fame owner Mario Lemieux concluded a riveting pregame ceremony by pouring water from the Mellon Arena ice onto the new playing surface at center ice.
Philadelphia's Daniel Briere scored the first goal ever at the new arena as the Flyers topped the Penguins 3-2. Tyler Kennedy was the first Penguins player to score in the new building.
Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford pulled the trigger on a blockbuster deal that brought superstar Phil Kessel to Pittsburgh.
Kessel was part of a package deal that included six players and three draft picks exchanging hands between the Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs.
Kessel posted 26 goals in his first season with the Penguins, his eighth consecutive season of hitting 20 or more tallies. He was a integral part of the Penguins' Stanley Cup championship run with 10 goals and 22 points in 24 postseason games.