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FRONT OFFICE Mario Lemieux . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Ron Burkle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 David Morehouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Jim Rutherford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

GAME NOTES 85

Bill Guerin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Jason Karmanos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Mike Sullivan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Scouting the New York Islanders. . . . . .74

Sergei Gonchar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Game Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

Jacques Martin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Round One Series Storylines: Penguins vs. Islanders. . . . . . . . . . . . . .136

Mark Recchi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Mike Buckley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

IN THIS ISSUE

Kevin Acklin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Around The NHL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Kevin Hart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Two Pittsburgh Penguins Elite Teams Win National Championships. . . . . . . . . .7

Terry Kalna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 James Santilli. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51

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Season Ticket Holder Spotlight . . . . . . . 9

PensTV. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .127

In the Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12

2018.19 Regular-Season Timeline . . . .142

Pens Pass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15

Power Play Creating Momentum . . . . .153

2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs Schedule. . .17 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket . . . .19

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Pettersson Quietly Develops into a Force . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Seat Map. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

Get Social with the Penguins. . . . . . . . 57

Building Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99

Pittsburgh Penguins Making an Impact . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

DICK’S Sporting Goods Box Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120

Official Penguins Twitter Handles . . . . .61

Upcoming Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .124

GNC Student Rush. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

Bites and Beverages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158

All-Time Stanley Cup Standings. . . . . . 78 Hockey Etiquette 101. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81

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Penguins Players on Social . . . . . . . . . 95 NHL Fan Code of Conduct. . . . . . . . . . 103

Warm Up Pucks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21

Penguins Honors and Awards . . . . . . 105

50/50 Raffle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

2018.19 On and Off-Ice Officials . . . . 109 Penguins Radio Network . . . . . . . . . . .110

Penguins Thank Fans for

Radio Network Broadcasters . . . . . . . . 113

an Outstanding Year of Generosity . . . .91

Iceburgh Calls the Penalties. . . . . . . . . 116

Game Day Auction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .129

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WORLD-WIDE APPEAL The inclusion of AHL call-up Alexandre Texier for the Blue Jackets’ final two regular-season games continued a trend. Texier, a secondround pick (45th overall) in 2017 and a native of St. Martin D’heres, France, became the 12th player born in France to appear in at least one NHL game (regular season or playoffs). Among players to appear in at least one game this season, 21 different countries of birth were represented. THE BREAKDOWN: Canada (431); USA (285); Sweden (92); Finland (47); Czech Republic (40); Russia (38); Switzerland (12); Slovakia (10); Germany (eight); Denmark (seven); Austria (five); France (four); Latvia (three); Norway (two); the United Kingdom (two); and Bulgaria, Estonia, Italy, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands and Slovenia (one each).

ALEXANDRE TEXIER in 1992-93 (76G-51A in 77 games). Kucherov also led the NHL with 87 assists and joined NHL goal-scoring champion Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals to form the second Russian-born duo to lead the NHL in goals, assists and points. That first occurred in 2008-09, when Ovechkin had 56 goals and the Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin had 78 assists and 113 points. Kucherov’s 128 points were the most by any player in a season since the Penguins’ Mario Lemieux had 161 (69G-62A) and Jaromir Jagr had 149 (62G-87A) in 1995-96.

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and then beat the Minnesota Green Giants 4-2 in the semifinal. After trailing 3-0 to Little Caesars in the third period of the championship game, the 14U girls mounted a furious comeback to force overtime where Jaidan Fahrny played the hero with the gamewinning goal. The 15U Boys team made the trip to Plymouth, Michigan and played in three close games but their 3-1 win over Sioux Falls wasn’t enough as they lost one goal games to the New Jersey Rockets and Little Caesars and were eliminated in the group stage. The 14U Boys team didn’t have to travel far, as the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex played host to their National Championship tournament. After posting a 2-1-0 record in the group stage, the Penguins Elite squad advanced and defeated Honeybaked 5-1 in the quarterfinal but fell to the eventual champions, Little Caesars, 3-1 in the semi-final. The 16U Girls team also traveled to Irvine, California and advanced from the group stage with a 2-1-0 record. In the quarterfinal round, however, they lost a heartbreaker to Rochester, 4-3.

Five different teams represented the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite organization at the 2019 USA Hockey National Championships. The 16U Boys team traveled to Grand Rapids, Michigan and started the tournament strong with a group record of 2-1-0. After a shutout victory over the Cape Cod Whalers in the quarterfinals and a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Blues in the semi-final, the Penguins found themselves in a matchup with Yale. Alex Servagno’s shorthanded tally in the second period proved to be the goal that not only won the game, but also the National Championship for the 16U squad. The 14U Girls returned home from Irvine, California as the second Penguins Elite team to win the National Championship. After sweeping the group stage, the girls shut out the Chicago Young Americans in the quarterfinal 7


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Greg Snyder (right) with his brother-in-law, Jason.

Veronica Edmonds (left) with her mom, Alunda.

“I have witnessed two of Sidney Crosby’s playoff hat tricks. I was at Game 2 of the 2009 Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Capitals and Game 2 of the 2013 Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Senators. As cool as it was to see those two high scoring games, they don’t compare to Game 1 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final against the Predators.”

“I was at Fleury’s first game, Crosby’s first game and Malkin’s first game. I attended the entire 2008 playoffs and I was there for it all again in 2009. I was also there for the double OT win against the Senators in 2017 to go to the Final. I’ve been there for it all.”

Greg Snyder, Section 207, Season Ticket Holder Since 2018

“Being a part of three Stanley Cup wins as season ticket holders and taking family pictures with Lord Stanley!”

“I went to Game 1 of the 2016 and 2017 Stanley Cup Finals and they were the two best experiences I’ve ever had with professional sports.”

Stephanie Keebler, Section 122, Season Ticket Holder Since 2007

Veronica Edmonds, Section 225, Season Ticket Holder Since 2001

“I was at Lemieux’s first home game after his return from cancer. I remember getting the “Welcome Back Mario” sign

Chelsey Moscorelli, Section 118, Season Ticket Holder Since 2018

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to hold up and it being the loudest I’ve ever heard any arena or stadium.” David Wingenroth, Section 201, Season Ticket Holder Since 2006

“I have been a hockey fan since I was a young girl. I remember my first game during the Lemieux/Jagr era! I still have the souvenir hockey sticks from that game, which I have now passed down to my son.”

Angie Barone (left) with her daughter, Emma, and husband, Dave.

“On my birthday, I witnessed Mario Lemieux announce that our Pittsburgh Penguins would be staying in Pittsburgh. Wow, what a gift!”

Stephanie Young, Section 222, Season Ticket Holder Since 2018

Angie Barone, Section 101, Season Ticket Holder Since 2011

“My future wife and I traveled to Tampa Bay for Game 3 of the 2011 Quarterfinals and we sat seven rows behind the Tampa Bay net. Tied 2-2 in the third period, Tyler Kennedy buried the game winning goal coming right at us. My future wife jumped up in the midst of enemy territory and just screamed her head off, “KENNEDY!” A Pittsburgh newspaper caught that moment and featured it on the front of the sports page. It was at that moment I knew we were a hockey match made in heaven!”

“I have witnessed several player and team milestones in person. The memory that stands out the most is being at Game 7 in Detroit in 2009 when the Penguins won the Stanley Cup.” Michael Welch, Section 223, Season Ticket Holder Since 2005

“There is nothing like playoff overtime, especially playoff overtime winners such as the Hornqvist OT winner in Game 4 vs Washington and the Sheary OT winner in Game 2 vs. San Jose in 2016 that I was able to witness in person with my dad.”

Jeffrey Logeman, Section 216, Season Ticket Holder Since 2015

Todd Hendry, Section 224, Season Ticket Holder Since 2015

“Oh so many! Hard to choose just one. Lemieux’s first game and return after his battle. The Save. All the Stanley Cup runs were nail biting excitement.” Douglas Matisz, Section 225, Season Ticket Holder Since 2003 Douglas Matisz (front left) at the Stadium Series with Trace, Ed and Paul.

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S C H E DU LE A N D R E S U LT S

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EASTERN CONFERENCE

A1

VS

WC2

M1

0 1

VS

WC1

1 0

GAME 1: at TBL

CBJ 4, TBL 3

GAME 1: at WSH

WSH 4, CAR 2

GAME 2: at TBL

Friday, April 12, 7:00PM

GAME 2: at WSH

Saturday, April 13, 3:00PM

GAME 3: at CBJ

Sunday, April 14, 7:00PM

GAME 3: at CAR

Monday, April 15, 7:00PM

GAME 4: at CBJ

Tuesday, April 16, 7:00PM

GAME 4: at CAR

Thursday, April 18, 7:00PM

*GAME 5: at TBL

*Friday, April 19, TBD

*GAME 5: at WSH

*Saturday, April 20, TBD

*GAME 6: at CBJ

*Sunday, April 21, TBD

*GAME 6: at CAR

*Monday, April 22, TBD

*GAME 7: at TBL

*Tuesday, April 23, TBD

*GAME 7: at WSH

*Wednesday, April 24, TBD

A2

VS

A3

M2

0 1

VS

M3

1 0

GAME 1: at BOS

TOR 4, BOS 1

GAME 1: at NYI

NYI 4, PIT 3 (OT)

GAME 2: at BOS

Saturday, April 13, 8:00PM

GAME 2: at NYI

Friday, April 12, 7:30PM

GAME 3: at TOR

Monday, April 15, 7:00PM

GAME 3: at PIT

Sunday, April 14, 12:00PM

GAME 4: at TOR

Wednesday, April 17, 7:00PM

GAME 4: at PIT

Tuesday, April 16, 7:30PM

*GAME 5: at BOS

*Friday, April 19, TBD

*GAME 5: at NYI

*Thursday, April 18, TBD

*GAME 6: at TOR

*Sunday, April 21, TBD

*GAME 6: at PIT

*Saturday, April 20, TBD

*GAME 7: at BOS

*Tuesday, April 23, TBD

*GAME 7: at NYI

*Monday, April 22, TBD

WESTERN CONFERENCE

C1

VS

WC1

P1

0 1

VS

WC2

1 0

GAME 1: at NSH

DAL 3, NSH 2

GAME 1: at CGY

CGY 4, COL 0

GAME 2: at NSH

Saturday, April 13, 6:00PM

GAME 2: at CGY

Saturday, April 13, 10:30PM

GAME 3: at DAL

Monday, April 15, 9:30PM

GAME 3: at COL

Monday, April 15, 10:00PM

GAME 4: at DAL

Wednesday, April 17, 8:00PM

GAME 4: at COL

Wednesday, April 17, 10:00PM

*GAME 5: at NSH

*Saturday, April 20, TBD

*GAME 5: at CGY

*Friday, April 19, TBD

*GAME 6: at DAL

*Monday, April 22, TBD

*GAME 6: at COL

*Sunday, April 21, TBD

*GAME 7: at NSH

*Wednesday, April 24, TBD

*GAME 7: at CGY

*Tuesday, April 23, TBD

C2

VS

C3

P2

0 1

VS

P3

1 0

GAME 1: at WPG

STL 2, WPG 1

GAME 1: at SJS

SJS 5, VGK 2

GAME 2: at WPG

Friday, April 12, 9:30PM

GAME 2: at SJS

Friday, April 12, 10:30PM

GAME 3: at STL

Sunday, April 14, 7:30PM

GAME 3: at VGK

Sunday, April 14, 10:00PM

GAME 4: at STL

Tuesday, April 16, 9:30PM

GAME 4: at VGK

Tuesday, April 16, 10:30PM

*GAME 5: at WPG

*Thursday, April 18, TBD

*GAME 5: at SJS

*Thursday, April 18, TBD

*GAME 6: at STL

*Saturday, April 20, TBD

*GAME 6: at VGK

*Sunday, April 21, TBD

*GAME 7: at WPG

*Monday, April 22, TBD

*GAME 7: at SJS

*Tuesday, April 23, TBD

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Eastern Conference FIRST ROUND

C1

C2

P1

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WC1

A1

C3

A2

WC2

M1

P3

M2

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Following the morning skate prior to Game 1 between the Penguins and New York Islanders, reporters stood shoulderto-shoulder in the cramped visiting locker room at Nassau Coliseum. As the media waited for its next interview target to emerge, rookie defenseman Marcus Pettersson was standing next to his corner stall conducting a 1-on-1 with a fellow Swedish journalist. Watching this scene unfold, one Penguins’ staff member quietly said to another, “I’m surprised that more people don’t talk to Marcus.” The other staffer replied, “Well, in their defense, he does stay on the ice for about 90 minutes after each practice, so by that time the media is already busy composing their stories.” If you need further proof that Pettersson skates significantly longer than most of his teammates, check out the Penguins’ official app or website and navigate to the page featuring the most recent episode of the team’s Emmy-winning behind-the-scenes show, In the Room. If you pay close attention, you’ll notice that during the morning skate segment where assistant coach Mark Recchi is wearing a mic, he twice has to yell at Pettersson to get off the ice to conserve his energy for that evening’s game. All of the extra work that Marcus Pettersson has been putting in this season has paid off in a big way, as the 6-foot-3, 177-pound native of Skelleftea, Sweden has firmly entrenched himself inside the team’s top-six defenders. Pettersson has accomplished this while accumulating numbers that placed

among the rookie league leaders at his position. “He’s played extremely well for us,” head coach Mike Sullivan told reporters, including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Jason Mackey, in mid-January prior to a game between Pettersson’s ex-club, the Anaheim Ducks. “He’s a good young defenseman. He helps us in so many areas. “He’s a good defender. He has good gaps. He has a long stick. He’s a mobile guy for as big as he is. He’s hard to play against because he takes up a lot of space with his reach and his mobility.” On the afternoon that Pettersson’s acquisition was announced on Dec. 3, general manager Jim Rutherford offered the following description to The Athletic’s Josh Yohe: “The best way I’d describe him is to say that he’s a defensive defenseman who happens to move the puck well and who has good mobility,” Rutherford said. “He is still a rookie and he’s 22, and he’s already playing in the league. I think that tells you something about him. … [It]’s ultimately going to be Sully’s decision. But I expect him to be in the lineup right away. This is a player we really like.” As Rutherford accurately predicted, Pettersson stepped directly into the lineup the next evening for a 6-3 victory against Colorado, and he hasn’t left since. In fact, when the regular season wrapped up on Apr. 6, Pettersson had suited up for a combined 84 regular-season games between the Penguins and Ducks, a total that led the entire NHL. 23

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In addition to earning a permanent

By the first week of March, while at the NHL GM’s meetings in Florida, Rutherford touted Pettersson as a rookie of the year candidate to NHL.com’s Dan Rosen. For some people who read that article — considering the title was “Penguins GM Confident in Makeup of Team” the clicks were probably plentiful — they might have thought it was just the case of a manager trying to talk up his player. But once you take a closer look at the numbers, you realize that at minimum, Pettersson had a solid All-Rookie Team case. When the regular season drew to a close, in addition to leading the league in games played, Pettersson placed second among first-year defenders with 23 assists and a plus-17, while his 25 points finished third. The only two defensemen who tabulated more points among rookie blueliners were the Sabres’ Rasmus Dahlin, the first-overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, and the Dallas Stars’ Miro Heiskanen, chosen third-overall a year earlier.

place within Sullivan’s top-six, Pettersson eventually forced his way onto both special teams units. Considering his tall frame, you figured that it was only a matter of time before Pettersson saw duty on the penalty kill. But what probably went unexpected was Pettersson taking ownership of a permanent role on the No. 2 power-play unit. But that’s exactly what happened, as his ability to get shots to the net and his underrated mobility and passing skills were perfect for that role. Immediately upon his arrival from Anaheim, Pettersson was paired with veteran Jack Johnson, who at that point in the season was still acclimating to his new surroundings. Instantly, they displayed chemistry with one another, raising Johnson’s game and strengthening an area that had been underperforming through the first two months. 25

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Following the NHL Trade Deadline

with Islanders star Mathew Barzal.

in late February, Pettersson had a new

Watching the play unfold, it appeared

partner, joining forces with newcomer

as though the flying Barzal was going

Erik Gudbranson. Just like he did when

to dance around Pettersson. But right

paired with Johnson in December,

as Barzal was making his cut to the net,

Pettersson had a positive effect on

Pettersson used his wide reach to poke

Gudbranson, whose game improved

the puck off Barzal’s stick into the corner

tremendously in Pittsburgh following a

out of harm’s way, negating a prime

tough four months in Vancouver.

scoring opportunity.

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Arena is considered one of the top facilities in North America and has hosted such national events as the 2012, 2015 and 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament opening rounds, the 2012 NHL Draft, the 2013 NCAA Frozen Four, the 2014 USA Gymnastics Championships, the 2019 NCAA National Wrestling Championships and the 2016 and 2017 Stanley Cup Finals. The NCAA National Championships in Women’s Volleyball will be held here in December of 2019. Lemieux also helped to launch the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in nearby Cranberry, PA. Now in its fourth year of operation, the practice home of the Penguins is the first facility of its kind to combine hockey with a world-class medical center and sports performance complex. As a player, “Le Magnifique” was a gifted 6-foot-4 centerman who dominated play for parts of three decades. Although he faced a numbing series of medical setbacks, including multiple back surgeries and a battle with Hodgkin’s disease, he retired in 2006 as the No. 7 all-time scorer in NHL history with 1,723 points. He also ranked eighth all-time in goals (690) and 10th in assists (1,033). After retiring as a player for the first time in 1997, he put together an ownership group to buy the Penguins out of bankruptcy in September 1999 and then returned to the ice on December 27, 2000 — becoming the first player-owner of the modern era. He also captained Team Canada to an Olympic gold medal in 2002. In addition to his legendary hockey accomplishments, he continues to oversee the Mario Lemieux Foundation, which has raised more than $25 million for charity. More information is available at mariolemieux.org. Mario and his wife, Nathalie, have raised four children and reside in Sewickley.

Mario Lemieux is one of the greatest players in NHL history, with two Stanley Cups, six NHL scoring titles, three MVP awards, two Conn Smythe Trophies, a Calder Trophy, a Masterton Trophy — and an Olympic gold medal for good measure. Now, he’s also established himself as one of the league’s greatest owners. Lemieux and co-owner Ron Burkle led the Penguins to three Stanley Cups in a nineyear span between 2009 and 2017, giving Mario more Cups as an owner than he won as a player. Lemieux and Burkle organized a group of investors that bought the Penguins out of bankruptcy in 1999. The combination of Lemieux’s hockey acumen and Burkle’s business savvy made them a formidable front office tandem and led to a series of spectacular achievements both on and off the ice. The Penguins, during that time, have become one of the premier franchises in all of sports, leading the way in fan relations, youth marketing, community outreach and innovative technology while consistently putting a winning product on the ice. That includes qualifying for the playoffs for 13 straight seasons — the longest current streak in the NHL — and reaching the Cup Final four times and the conference finals five times in the past 11 years. The Penguins entered the 2018-19 season having sold out every game for 11-plus seasons while setting high standards for television ratings, corporate sales and social media. Lemieux and Burkle were driving forces in the quest for a new multi-purpose arena, which opened in August, 2010. PPG Paints 33


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Ron Burkle, one of the preeminent investors in retail, hospitality, technology and distribution industries, is also a three-time Stanley Cup Champion as co-owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Burkle teamed with Mario Lemieux to buy the team out of bankruptcy in September, 1999, and together they have become one of the outstanding ownership duos in professional sports, winning three Cups from 2009-17. Among Burkle’s many significant contributions to the Penguins was his essential role in negotiations for a new arena. PPG Paints Arena is considered one of the finest indoor facilities in North America and has attracted many nationallevel events to Pittsburgh, including NCAA basketball and hockey. But he also helped create a winning mindset for the Penguins organization both on and off the ice. Although Burkle prefers to operate quietly and behind the scenes, Lemieux praises his immense role in the team’s success. “Ron is one of the main reasons we still have hockey in Pittsburgh,” Lemieux told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “If I was not able to buy the Penguins and have Ron as our top investor, I don’t think the Penguins would be here today. He’s a great guy and a very smart businessman. He loves Pittsburgh, he loves the Penguins. I think people should know that.” Under the leadership of Lemieux and Burkle, the Penguins have sold out every game for 11-plus seasons and consistently ranked among the most fan-friendly and community-minded teams in the NHL and all of pro sports.

The Penguins have earned 13 straight playoff berths and reached the conference finals five times in the past 11 years, in addition to the three Cups. The team’s solid foundation of ownership has enabled hockey management to spend to the salary cap, sign many of the team’s core players to long-term contracts and put a competitive team on the ice year after year. Burkle founded the Yucaipa Companies in 1986 and has served as Chairman of the Board and controlling shareholder of numerous companies, including Americold, Soho House, Golden State Foods, Dominick’s, Fred Meyer, Ralphs and Food4Less. Ron is Co-Chairman of the Burkle Center for International Relations at UCLA and is broadly involved in the community.  He is a member of the Board of The Scripps Research Institute, the National Urban League and Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy. He is a trustee of the Carter Center, and AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA). Ron was the Founder and Chairman of the Ralphs/ Food4Less Foundation and the Fred Meyer Inc. Foundation. He was a member of the board of Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: OXY), KB Home (NYSE: KBH), Kaufman & Broad S.A. (Euronext: KOF), Yahoo! (Nasdaq: YHOO), the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Music Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.  He has received numerous honors and awards, incuding the AFL-CIO’s Murray Green Meany Kirkland Community Service Award, the Los Angeles County Federation Man of the Year, the Los Angeles County Boy Scouts Jimmy Stewart Person of the Year Award and the APLA Commitment to Life Award. 35


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April 2007. He was given the additional responsibilities of Chief Executive Officer just as the team’s new arena was opening in August, 2010. Under his leadership, the Penguins have reshaped their strategic vision with an emphasis on branding, fan relations, community interaction, corporate outreach and cutting-edge technology, while maintaining a high level of performance on the ice. A strong commitment to fan outreach includes an annual event where players personally deliver season tickets to fans’ homes and a special preseason game where all 18,000 tickets are distributed free to local youth. Morehouse also was a driving force behind the new UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, which opened in August, 2015. It is the first facility to combine hockey with a world-class medical center and sports performance complex. Morehouse joined the Penguins following a career in national politics that included stints at the White House, Pentagon and on Capitol Hill — as well as key roles in two Presidential campaigns. He attended the Community College of Allegheny County and Duquesne University and received a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is a native of the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Beechview.

In 11 seasons as a senior executive with the Penguins, David Morehouse has seen the team win three Stanley Cups, make the Final four times and reach the conference finals five times. Though his expertise is on the team’s business side — especially branding and marketing — Morehouse’s greatest achievement has been creating a corporate culture that has driven the Penguins to consistent excellence both on and off the ice. “It’s no coincidence that we’ve enjoyed this kind of success with David Morehouse as our key senior executive,” said co-owner Ron Burkle. “We’ve obviously made a lot of great acquisitions on the player side, but one of the best acquisitions we’ve ever made was David himself.” The Penguins have become one of the NHL’s strongest business entities during Morehouse’s tenure — selling out every game for 11-plus seasons, setting new standards for television ratings and corporate sales and increasing their focus on innovative youth marketing. The Penguins again led all U.S.-based NHL teams in local television ratings in 2017-18. Morehouse joined the team as a consultant on the new arena project in 2004 and was named team president in 36


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Three-time Stanley Cup Champion Jim Rutherford is in his fifth season as the executive vice president and general manager of Penguins. Highly-regarded by his peers as one of the top executives in the NHL, Rutherford’s tenure with the Penguins has included back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships in 2016 and ’17, four playoff appearances and the third-most wins (regular season and playoffs) among all NHL clubs in that span entering the 2018-19 campaign. Pittsburgh’s six-game defeat of the Nashville Predators in the 2017 Stanley Cup Final not only made the Penguins the NHL’s first repeat champion since 1998, but it allowed Rutherford to become just the seventh GM since the 1967 NHL Expansion to win three Stanley Cups. One year earlier, Rutherford became the first GM since ‘67 to manage multiple teams to Cup victories, having also done so with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006. During the course of the 2015-16 campaign, Rutherford transformed the Penguins into Stanley Cup Champions, thanks in large part to his acquisitions of Phil Kessel, Nick Bonino, Trevor Daley and Carl Hagelin, plus the promotion of Mike Sullivan to head coach in December of 2015. As a reward for his quick, on-the-fly re-shaping of the Penguins’ roster, Rutherford won the NHL General Manager of the Year Award for his work in ’15-16. Pittsburgh’s roster didn’t require as much tinkering in 2016-17, but Rutherford once again added key pieces at the right time,

including bolstering his defense by trading for veteran Ron Hainsey near the deadline. Hainsey earned top-pair minutes in the absence of Kris Letang. Rutherford spent 20 years as GM of the Carolina Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers franchise from 1994-2014, where he was a key architect of the Hurricanes’ 2006 Stanley Cup Championship squad and their 2002 Stanley Cup finalist team. In addition to his general manager duties, he also served 20 years as president of Carolina/Hartford, taking the post in 1994. In his role as president/GM, Rutherford oversaw operations on both the hockey and business sides of the organization. Over the course of his executive career, Rutherford has won multiple awards, including The Hockey News‘ Executive of the Year in 2002 and ’06. Additionally, he was voted by his NHL general management peers as Sporting News ‘Executive of the Year’ in 2006. At the junior hockey level, Rutherford was recognized as the 1987 Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Executive of the Year, and the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Executive of the Year in back-to-back years with the Windsor Spitfires in 1987 and ’88. He oversaw a Spitfires team that won the OHL championship in 1988 and earned a berth in the Memorial Cup. Rutherford played 13 years as a goaltender in the NHL, appearing in 457 career NHL games with Pittsburgh, Toronto, Los Angeles and Detroit. He was selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the first round (10th overall) of the 1969 NHL Draft. 39


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Bill Guerin is in his fifth season as assistant general manager of the Penguins. One of Guerin’s primary roles is serving as the general manager of the Penguins’ minor-league affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton Penguins. During his first season in charge of WBS in 2017-18, Guerin helped the team improve its consecutive playoff streak to 16-straight years, the longest active run in the AHL. A two-time Stanley Cup Champion as assistant GM of the Penguins (2016 and ’17), Guerin was Pittsburgh’s player development coach from 2011-14, where he was instrumental in helping develop the Penguins’ minor league, junior and

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college prospects. Originally drafted by New Jersey in the first round (5th overall) of the 1989 NHL Draft, Guerin won two Stanley Cups (Pittsburgh, 2009; New Jersey, 1995) and spent 18 seasons in the NHL — including his final two with the Penguins. Guerin’s leadership and on-ice performance after being acquired at the NHL trade deadline was integral during Pittsburgh’s ’09 title run. Guerin, a four-time NHL All-Star, tallied 429 career goals and 856 points in 1,263 career NHL games, including five 30-goal and two 40-goal seasons. He was elected to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013.

KARMANOS

ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER

Karmanos spent 15 years as an executive with Carolina from 1998-2013, serving various roles including vice president/assistant general manager under Jim Rutherford. In addition to winning a Cup in 2006, Karmanos helped build the Hurricanes squad that was a Cup finalist in 2002. Karmanos played four years of college hockey at Harvard University from 1992-96, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors. In 1994, Karmanos represented Team USA at the World Junior Championships. After graduating, Karmanos attended training camp with the Penguins in 1996 and played pro hockey for two seasons before his career was cut short due to an eye injury.

Jason Karmanos is in his second season as the Penguins’ assistant general manager after spending his first three seasons as the team’s vice president of hockey operations. As assistant GM, Karmanos continues to be involved in all facets of hockey operations decision-making, and he also oversees the Penguins’ amateur scouting staff. He played a vital role in helping the Penguins swing the complex three-team trade to acquire Derick Brassard on Feb. 23, 2018. A three-time Stanley Cup Champion, Karmanos helped build the Carolina Hurricanes’ 2006 championship club in addition to his consecutive titles in Pittsburgh in 2016 and ‘17. 41


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S U LLIVAN HEAD COACH

Eastern Conference and fourth-best mark in the league, in large part because of a 14-2 run to conclude the regular season. By leading the Penguins to the franchise’s fourth Cup, Sullivan became just the sixth American-born head coach to win the Stanley Cup. Prior to being promoted to Pittsburgh, Sullivan spent the first two-plus months of the 2015-16 season as the head coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. During his 23-game tenure in WBS, his club went 18-5, which was good enough for first place in the Atlantic Division. A native of Marshfield, MA, Sullivan began his coaching career in 2002-03, starting the season as head coach of the AHL’s Providence Bruins before joining the NHL’s Bruins as an assistant coach late in the year. He was promoted to head coach of the NHL Bruins at age 35 in 2003-04, winning a Northeast Division crown in the first of his two years at the helm. In addition to his professional coaching experience, Sullivan has coached the United States three times internationally, including the 2016 World Cup of Hockey when he was an assistant coach. He was the head coach at the 2007 World Championship and an assistant coach at the 2006 Olympic Games in Turino, Italy. Sullivan’s 11-year NHL career began with the expansion San Jose Sharks in 1991-92 and included stops in Calgary, Boston and Arizona. Sullivan played four years of collegiate hockey at Boston University from 1986-90, serving as the Terriers captain as a senior. Sullivan represented the U.S. as a player at the 1988 World Junior Championship.

Mike Sullivan is in his fourth season as head coach of the Penguins. His first three years produced back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships in 2016 and ’17 and a team-record-tying nine-straight playoff series victories. Heading into the 2018-19 campaign, Sullivan is already arguably the mostsuccessful coach in club history. Not only is he the only two-time Stanley Cup winner to coach the Penguins, but his nine playoff series victories are a team record, his 38 postseason wins are second-most and his 130 regular-season victories are fourth-most. By winning the Stanley Cup in his first two years behind the Penguins bench, Sullivan became the first American-born coach in NHL history to win multiple Cups, and he joined the legendary Toe Blake of the Montreal Canadiens as the only coaches to win the championship in each of their first two seasons with a team. Despite the burden of being the defending champs, Sullivan’s club finished the 2016-17 regular season with 50 wins and 111 points — the latter the second-most in the history of the franchise — good enough for the secondbest record in the entire league. Sullivan led the Penguins to one of the greatest in-season turnarounds in franchise history during his first year as head coach in 2015-16, a journey that resulted in a Stanley Cup victory against the San Jose Sharks on June 12, 2016. Adhering to Sullivan’s advice to ‘Just Play’, the Penguins ended the regular season with the second-best record in the 43


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GONCHAR ASSISTANT COACH

Sergei Gonchar is in his second season as an assistant coach for the Penguins, where he and Jacques Martin work closely with the team’s defensemen. Since moving into a coaching role, which began with a two-year stint as the Penguins’ defenseman development coach from 2015-17, Gonchar earned plenty of praise for his work developing young blueliners. Justin Schultz’s game has progressed the most under Gonchar’s tutelage. One of the top power-play quarterbacks

of his era, Gonchar produced 811 career points in 20 NHL seasons, the most of any Russian-born defenseman. He ranks in the top-20 all-time among NHL defensemen in both games played and points. During his five-year run in Pittsburgh from 2005-10, Gonchar tallied 259 points (54G-205A). Gonchar is a three-time Stanley Cup Champion, winning all three titles with Pittsburgh. He was an alternate captain on the Penguins’ ’09 team, and an executive in 2016 and ’17. Gonchar also helped the Penguins advance to the Final in 2008.

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ASSISTANT COACH

Jacques Martin is in his fourth season as a Penguins’ assistant coach in 2018-19. He is in charge of the Penguins’ penalty killing unit and he works closely with Sergei Gonchar presiding over the team’s defensemen. Martin led a defensive group that overcame numerous injury woes, including the season-ending loss of Kris Letang, to help the Penguins capture a secondstraight Stanley Cup in 2017, the second championship of Martin’s lengthy NHL career. Martin has over 25 years of NHL experience as a general manager, head coach and assistant coach with Pittsburgh,

Montreal, Florida, Ottawa, Colorado/Quebec, Chicago and St. Louis. He won 613 games and made 12 playoff appearances in 17 seasons as an NHL head coach. He won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s ‘most outstanding coach’ with Ottawa in 1999 and was a finalist for the award on three other occasions. Martin won gold medals as an assistant coach for Team Canada at the 2002 Olympics and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. He was also an assistant coach on the 2006 Canadian Olympic Team.

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Mark Recchi is in his second season as an assistant coach for the Penguins. He works closely with the team’s forwards and the power-play unit. As the Penguins’ player development coach from 2014-17, Recchi worked with Pittsburgh’s prospects throughout the organization from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to the junior and college ranks. Two of the players Recchi worked with at WBS, Jake Guentzel and Carter Rowney, played huge roles in Pittsburgh’s 2017 Stanley Cup championship run. Recchi enjoyed a 22-year NHL playing

career that began with the Penguins in 1988-89 and wrapped up with the Boston Bruins in 2010-11. In that span, Recchi accumulated 577 goals and 1,533 points in 1,652 contests, numbers that earned him enshrinement in the Hockey Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2017. A seven-time NHL All-Star, Recchi won three Stanley Cup Championships as a player: 1991 with Pittsburgh; 2006 as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes; and 2011 with Boston. He added his name to the Cup two more times as a Penguins executive in 2016 and ’17.

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Mike Buckley is in his second season as the Penguins goaltending coach after spending the previous four seasons as Pittsburgh’s goaltending development coach. Buckley played a crucial role in Pittsburgh’s back-to-back Stanley Cup Championship runs, serving as an eye in the sky and traveling with the club both years. His finest work thus far has been guiding the development of Matt Murray from top prospect to the first goalie in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup-clinching game twice as a rookie. Before Murray became a star at the NHL level, Buckley worked with him as a

first-year pro in 2014-15, when Murray was the AHL’s Rookie of the Year and Goaltender of the Year. In Buckley’s four seasons as goaltending development coach, the Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton Penguins finished with the lowest goals-against average in the league three times. Following a four-year college career at UMass-Amherst that ended in 2000, Buckley played five seasons of professional hockey from 2000-05, including parts of three campaigns with the Mississippi Sea Wolves and Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHL. 46


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Kevin Acklin is in his first season as senior vice president and general counsel with the Penguins. He provides strategic advice to the senior executive team and serves as point person on the development on the former Civic Arena site. Kevin most recently served as vice president and chief legal officer of Peoples Natural Gas Company. He previously served as chief of staff to Mayor William Peduto, overseeing all day-to-day operations of the City of Pittsburgh. A native of the South Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Kevin graduated from Central Catholic High School, earned his undergraduate degree in Government

from Harvard University and his law degree from Georgetown University. Beginning his law career in Boston, Kevin returned to Pittsburgh and was most recently a partner in the law firm Saul Ewing LLP. He specialized in mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions. Kevin also handled various matters for pro bono clients, with a focus on representing community groups and victims of domestic violence. After leading his hockey team at Central Catholic in penalty minutes, Kevin has reformed and now helps coach teams for his two sons and daughter, all three ice hockey players.

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Kevin Hart is in his 28th season with the Penguins. He joined the franchise in 1992 after working five years with Deloitte for retail, manufacturing, health care, development and non-profit clients. He is responsible for company financial reporting, annual budget, forecasts, and tax reporting. Additionally, Kevin serves as the team’s liaison with the NHL on matters including Hockey Related Revenue, Revenue Sharing, Player Salaries and CBA. Risk management programs and credit facility affairs are also under his direction. A lifelong resident of Pittsburgh, Kevin has a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and

Business Administration from Thiel College. While attending Thiel, Kevin was involved in student government, residence life and NCAA Football. As a walk on to the Thiel football team, he was a three-year starter earning four varsity letters. Kevin is the Treasurer and a board member of the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and Pittsburgh Penguins Elite Amateur Hockey. A USA Hockey Level 4 certified coach, he has coaching experience at amateur and high school levels. Kevin resides in Robinson Township with his wife Linda and three children: Nicholas, Julianne and Megan. 48


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Terry Kalna is in his fourth season as senior vice president of sales and broadcasting following an 18-year career in motorsports management. Kalna, a native of Greensburg, oversees corporate sales, partnership activation, ticket sales and premium sales in addition to the Penguins Radio Network. He is also the primary contact with AT&T SportsNet, the Penguins’ local television rightsholder. Kalna spent the previous eight years as managing director of International Speedway Corporation, a sister company to NASCAR that operates 13 racetracks across

the country — including Daytona, Talladega, Darlington and Richmond. Kalna also has deep connections to hockey. He has been a member of USA Hockey’s Marketing Council since 2011 and recently earned his USA Hockey Level 5 coaching certification. He played youth hockey in Greensburg and for the Amateur Penguins before moving on to prep school hockey at Tabor Academy and Cranbrook Kingswood School. He graduated from Hobart College in 1998 with degrees in economics and history.

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James Santilli is in his 22nd year with Penguins organization and his 10th overseeing the marketing department. He was promoted to senior vice president in 2018. Santilli is responsible for all aspects of marketing including brand development, new media, game presentation, video production, creative services and fan development. His primary focus is to ensure the Penguins’ brand is consistently and positively portrayed across all platforms. He attributes much of the team’s off-ice success to the creativity, dedication and talent of the staff along with a spirit of collaboration across

all departments within the organization. Under his leadership, the Penguins have received numerous accolades and awards, including five mid-Atlantic regional Emmys for In the Room, the team’s cutting-edge, all-access video series. Prior to being named VP of marketing in 2008, Santilli was the Penguins’ senior director of ticketing. In that role, he managed all facets of ticketing including premium seating, season ticket, group and individual game ticket sales and service. Santilli, a native of Aliquippa, PA, earned both his BS in Marketing and his MBA from Duquesne University. 51


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P L AY O F F S T A T S

YEARS

NHL PLAYOFF APPEARANCES

52 34

PIT

‘91

PIT

PIT

‘92

‘09

PIT

PIT

‘16

‘17

ROUND CF CSF CF SCF QF R1 SCF SCF CF CSF SCF CF R1 R1 CF R1 SCF PRLM CF CSF R2

RESULT L 0-4 W 4-3 W 4-0 W 4-0 W 4-0 W 4-1 W 4-2 W 4-3 L 3-4 L 3-4 W 4-2 L 1-4 W 4-2 W 4-1 W 4-3 W 4-2 W 4-2 L 2-3 W 4-3 L 2-4 L 2-4

PENGUINS ALL-TIME PLAYOFF RECORD VS. OTHER TEAMS As of the 04.12.19

Boston Bruins Buffalo Sabres Carolina Hurricanes Chicago Blackhawks Cleveland Barons Columbus Blue Jackets Dallas Stars Detroit Red Wings Florida Panthers Montréal Canadiens Nashville Predators New Jersey Devils New York Islanders New York Rangers Ottawa Senators Philadelphia Flyers San Jose Sharks St. Louis Blues Tampa Bay Lightning Toronto Maple Leafs Washington Capitals

SERIES 5 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 5 5 7 5 7 1 3 2 3 11

W 2 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 1 3 1 5 4 3 1 1 1 0 9

L 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 2 3 2 1 4 0 2 1 3 2

GP 23 10 4 8 4 11 6 13 7 13 6 29 26 37 27 41 6 13 14 12 68

W 10 6 4 4 4 8 4 6 3 5 4 14 12 24 17 20 4 6 7 4 40

L 13 4 0 4 0 3 2 7 4 8 2 15 14 13 10 21 2 7 7 8 28

TOTALS

69

40

28 378

206

172 1,163 1,090

65

GF 69 26 20 23 13 42 28 24 15 33 19 80 86 122 89 143 15 40 35 27 214

GA 74 26 9 24 6 31 16 34 20 37 13 86 88 93 66 136 12 45 40 39 195

LAST MTG. 2013 2001 2009 1992 1970 2017 1991 2009 1996 2010 2017 2001 2019 2016 2017 2018 2016 1981 2016 1999 2018


PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

R O STE R AND H EADS H OTS AS OF 04.12.19

1 CASEY DESMITH POS: G HT: 6-0 WT: 181

2

3

4

5

CHAD

OLLI

JUSTIN

ZACH

POS: D HT: 5-11 WT: 191

POS: D HT: 6-2 WT: 206

POS: D HT: 6-2 WT: 193

POS: D HT: 6-3 WT: 217

RUHWEDEL

MAATTA

7

SCHULTZ

8

TROTMAN

10

12

MATT

BRIAN

GARRETT

DOMINIK

POS: C HT: 6-1 WT: 202

POS: D HT: 6-4 WT: 207

POS: LW HT: 6-2 WT: 199

POS: C HT: 5-11 WT: 190

CULLEN

DUMOULIN

17

WILSON

19

SIMON

27

28

BRYAN

RUST

JARED MCCANN

NICK

MARCUS

POS: RW HT: 5-11 WT: 192

POS: C HT: 6-1 WT: 185

POS: C HT: 6-6 WT: 215

POS: D HT: 6-3 WT: 177

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BLUEGER

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GUENTZEL

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PATRIC

JACK

PHIL

SIDNEY

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Thomas Greiss Nick Leddy Adam Pelech Thomas Hickey Ryan Pulock Jordan Eberle Tanner Fritz Josh Bailey Mathew Barzal Tom Kuhnhackl Cal Clutterbuck Andrew Ladd Matt Martin Anthony Beauvillier Luca Sbisa Scott Mayfield Devon Toews Anders Lee Michael Dal Colle Brock Nelson Ross Johnston Robin Lehner Dennis Seidenberg Leo Komarov Valtteri Filppula Casey Cizikas Johnny Boychuk

G D D D D RW C RW C RW RW LW LW LW D D D LW LW C LW G D RW C C D

6-2 6-0 6-3 6-0 6-2 5-11 5-11 6-1 6-0 6-2 5-11 6-3 6-3 5-11 6-3 6-5 6-1 6-3 6-3 6-3 6-5 6-4 6-0 5-11 6-0 5-11 6-2

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NOTES

offside call in Game 1 but also contributed four

New York goaltender Robin Lehner

hits and two

made his first career playoff start in

blocked shots.

Game 1. Lehner had previously played

. . Josh Bailey

only two playoff games, both in relief

led New York

against the Penguins during their 2013

in Game 1 with

ROBIN LEHNER

series against the Ottawa Senators. He

five shots while Brock Nelson and Mathew

stopped 41 shots in Game 1. . . Former

Barzal each had four. . . Game 1 marked

Penguins’ winger Tom Kuhnhackl

the first time the Islanders had opened

had a goal disallowed because of an

a playoff series at home since 1988. 69


HEADSHOTS

N EW YO RK I S LAN D E RS AS OF 04.12.19

Thomas Greiss 1

Nick Leddy 2

Adam Pelech 3

Thomas Hickey 4

Ryan Pulock 6

Jordan Eberle 7

Tanner Fritz 11

Josh Bailey 12

Mathew Barzal 13

Tom Kuhnhackl 14

Cal Clutterbuck 15

Andrew Ladd 16

Matt Martin 17

Anthony Beauvillier 18

Luca Sbisa 21

Scott Mayfield 24

Devon Toews 25

Anders Lee 27

Michael Dal Colle 28

Brock Nelson 29

Ross Johnston 32

Robin Lehner 40

Valtteri Filppula 51

Dennis Seidenberg 44

Casey Cizikas 53

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P L AY O F F S T A T S

YEARS

NHL PLAYOFF APPEARANCES

47 25

NYI

NYI

‘80

‘81

NYI

‘82

NYI

‘83

ISLANDERS ALL-TIME PLAYOFF RECORD VS. OTHER TEAMS As of the 04.12.19

Boston Bruins Buffalo Sabres Chicago Blackhawks Colorado Avalanche Dallas Stars Edmonton Oilers Florida Panthers Los Angeles Kings Montréal Canadiens New Jersey Devils New York Rangers Ottawa Senators Philadelphia Flyers Pittsburgh Penguins Tampa Bay Lightning Toronto Maple Leafs Vancouver Canucks Washington Capitals TOTALS

SERIES 2 4 2 1 1 3 1 1 4 1 8 1 4 5 2 3 2 7

W 2 3 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 0 5 0 1 3 0 1 2 5

L 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 1 3 1 3 1 2 2 0 2

GP 11 21 6 4 5 15 6 4 22 6 39 5 25 26 10 17 6 37

W 8 13 6 4 4 9 4 3 8 2 20 1 11 14 2 9 6 21

L 3 8 0 0 1 6 2 1 14 4 19 4 14 12 8 8 0 16

GF 49 70 21 18 26 58 15 21 55 18 129 7 69 88 16 54 26 114

GA 35 62 6 9 16 47 14 10 64 23 132 13 83 86 30 42 14 104

52

31

20 265

145

120

854

790

73

LAST MTG. 1983 2007 1979 1982 1981 1984 2016 1980 1993 1988 1994 2003 1987 2019 2016 2002 1982 2015

ROUND CF CQF QF CF SCF SCF R1 PRLM CF DSF CQF CQF DF R1 R2 CQF SCF R1

RESULT W 4-2 L 1-4 W 4-0 W 4-0 W 4-1 L 1-4 W 4-2 W 3-1 L 1-4 L 2-4 L 0-4 L 1-4 L 3-4 L 2-4 L 1-4 L 3-4 W 4-0 L 3-4


SCOUTING THE NEW YORK ISL ANDERS

MATHEW BARZAL POS: CENTER HT: 6-0 WT: 187 the team’s No. 1 center, Barzal continues to be a force for the Islanders. He finished the regular season as their leading scorer, and will look to make an impact in his first NHL postseason.

The young forward became the face of the Islanders franchise with the departure of John Tavares. The 21-year-old is in his second season with New York after earning the Calder Trophy as the NHL Rookie of the Year in 2017-18, following a campaign where he led all first-year players with 85 points (22G-63A). Despite having to shoulder a bigger role and more responsibility as

ANDERS LEE POS: LEFT WING HT: 6-3 WT: 231 to scoring 28 goals during the regular season, he improved his plusminus rating from minus-25 to plus-20. One area to watch Lee will be on the power play, as the power forward is a tremendous net front presence.

Lee, who was selected by the Islanders in the sixth round of the 2009 NHL Draft, was named team captain after Tavares left. The 6-foot-3, 231-pound forward is a dangerous mix of size and skill and has become a proven goal scorer in this league. This season, Lee improved his two-way game and has stepped up on both sides of the puck for the Islanders. In addition

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JOSH BAILEY POS: RIGHT WING HT: 6-1 WT: 212 season and playoff games over 11 seasons for the Islanders, the team who drafted him in the first round back in 2008, and they will look for the alternate captain to continue his veteran leadership in this series.

The 29-year-old forward passed the 50-point mark for a third consecutive season. Some wondered if Bailey’s production was a result of playing with Tavares, but he proved them wrong with another successful campaign. Bailey’s play helped the Islanders to a playoff matchup with the Penguins, a team he typically does well against. He has skated in over 800 combined regular-

RYAN PULOCK POS: DEFENSE HT: 6-2 WT: 217 in time on ice during the regular season. At 6-foot-2, Pulock has a heavy shot and good hockey instincts and has shown an ability to contribute offensively.

One of the big threats the Islanders have on their blue line is Pulock. The young defenseman, who was drafted by the Islanders in the first round (15th overall) in 2013, is already proving to be a future star for the team in just his second NHL season. The 24-yearold has earned the trust of head coach Barry Trotz as he led the Islanders

ROBIN LEHNER POS: GOALIE HT: 6-4 WT: 240 given annually to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey. He has formed a dynamic tandem with Thomas Greiss and the two of them have provided terrific goaltending this season for the Islanders.

Lehner was signed by the Islanders as a free agent in July and went on to post career highs in save percentage (.930) and goals-against average (2.13), ranking second and third in the NHL in those categories, respectively. His season comes on the heels of revealing his addiction and mental health issues during training camp, and he was named the Islanders’ nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is 76


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FRANCHISE

CUP PLAYOFF WINS SEASONS SERIES W

SERIES WIN % GAMES

L

W

L

T

GOALS GOALS GAME FOR AGAINST WIN %

FIRST SEASON

Montréal Canadiens

23

83

Toronto Maple Leafs

13

68

151 92 59 .609 749 429 312 8 2248 1908 .573 1917-18 112 58 54 .518 544 259 281 4 1404 1495 .476 1917-18

Detroit Red Wings

11

64

121 68 53 .562 622 325 296 1 1748 1575 .523 1926-27

Boston Bruins

6

72

123 58 65 .472 627 306 315 6 1815 1785 .488 1924-25

Chicago Blackhawks

6

62

112 56 56 .500 539 264 270 5 1539 1639 .490 1926-27

Pittsburgh Penguins

5

34

68 40 28 .588 378 206 172 0 1163 1090 .545 1967-68

Edmonton Oilers

5

21

51 35 16 .686 264 159 105 0 971

New York Rangers

4

59

108 53 55 .491 515 244 263 8 1397 1434 .474 1926-27

New York Islanders

4

25

51 31 20 .608 265 145 120 0 854 790 .547 1972-73

New Jersey Devils

3

23

45 25 20 .556 259 137 122 0 700 640 .529 1974-75

795 .602 1979-80

Philadelphia Flyers

2

39

80 43 37 .538 433 221 212 0 1297 1292 .510 1967-68

Los Angeles Kings Colorado Avalanche

2 2

30 24

49 21 28 .429 255 111 144 0 745 46 25 21 .543 262 137 125 0 761

851 .435 1967-68 747 .523 1979-80

Dallas Stars

1

32

59 29 30 .492 327 164 163 0 953

974 .502 1967-68

Washington Capitals

1

29

47 20 27 .426 275 132 143 0 793

776 .480 1974-75

Calgary Flames

1

29

43 16 27 .372 223 99 124 0 684

748 .444 1972-73

Anaheim Ducks

1

14

29 16 13 .552 162 89 73 0 433

421 .549 1993-94

Tampa Bay Lightning

1

11

23 14 9 .609 134 73 61 0 357

355 .545 1992-93 368 .465 1979-80

Carolina Hurricanes

1

14

22 10 12 .455 127 59 68 0 323

St. Louis Blues

0

42

68 27 41 .397 366 165 201 0 1001 1106 .451 1967-68

Buffalo Sabres

0

29

50 21 29 .420 256 124 132 0 763

765 .484 1970-71

Vancouver Canucks

0

27

43 16 27 .372 229 101 128 0 634

735 .441 1970-71

San Jose Sharks

0

21

38 18 20 .474 222 110 112 0 578

627 .495 1991-92

Ottawa Senators

0

16

27 11 16 .407 151 72 79 0 357

372 .477 1992-93

Arizona Coyotes

0

19

23

4 19 .174 119 41 78 0 310

422 .345 1979-80

Nashville Predators

0

12

18

7 11 .389 106 49 57 0 270

289 .462 1998-99

Minnesota Wild

0

9

13

4 9 .308 73

26 47 0 164

199 .356 2000-01

Florida Panthers

0

5

8

3 5 .375 44

18 26 0 108

115 .409 1993-94

Winnipeg Jets

0

4

5

2 3 .400 26

9

17 0

69

77 .346 1999-00

Columbus Blue Jackets

0

5

4

0 4 .000 22

6

16 0 60

87 .273 2000-01

Vegas Golden Knights

0

2

4

3

13

8 0 59

52 .619 2017-18

1 .750 21

DEFUNCT FR ANCHISES FRANCHISE

CUP PLAYOFF WINS SEASONS SERIES W

SERIES L WIN % GAMES W

L

T

GOALS GOALS GAME FOR AGAINST WIN %

FIRST SEASON

LAST SEASON

St. Louis Eagles

4

10

14 8 6 .571 41 18 17 6 91

Montreal Maroons

2

11

20 11 9 .550 50 20 21 9 74

79 .400 1924-25 1937-38

Brooklyn Americans

0

5

7

2 5 .286 18 6 11 1 30

39 .333 1925-26 1941-42

Cleveland Barons

0

2

2

0 2 .000 11

3 8 0 31

36 .273 1967-68 1977-78

Philadelphia Quakers

0

2

2

0 2 .000 4

1 2 1

12 .250 1925-26 1930-31

Hamilton Tigers

--

--

-- -- -- --

-- -- -- -- --

--

-- 1919-20 1924-25

Montreal Wanderers

--

--

-- -- -- --

-- -- -- -- --

--

--

78

8

84 .439 1917-18 1934-35

1917-18 1917-18


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VS N EW YO RK I S LAN D E RS at 4:39 after the Penguins had tied the game with 1:29 left in the third period on a goal by Justin Schultz with goaltender Matt Murray pulled. . . Jordan Eberle had a goal and an assist for the Islanders, he converted one of two power play chances despite having produced just three power play goals over their final 22 regular season games. . . Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin also scored for the Penguins, and both of them joined Schultz in having one goal and one assist in the game. . .

The Penguins host the New York Islanders tonight in Game 4 of their Round One Eastern Conference series. If necessary, the remaining schedule includes Game 5 on Long Island on Apr. 18, Game 6 here on Apr. 20 and Game 7 back on Long Island on Apr. 22. . . The winner of this series faces the winner of the WashingtonCarolina series. . . New York took the series lead with a 4-3 overtime win at home in Game 1, as Josh Bailey scored 85

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1996 series. . . Pittsburgh had won four of its last six home playoff games against the Islanders before hosting them here in Game 3 on Sunday afternoon. . . Game 2 was played Friday night on Long Island.

The Pittsburgh power play converted one of three chances, that being the Malkin goal. . . The Penguins had 18 shots in the first period of Game 1, their most in an opening period of a road playoff game since taking 20 against New York Rangers in Game 3 of their

THE PENGUINS only Penguin who remained injured going into Game 2 was defenseman Chad Ruhwedel, who missed the final 19 games of the regular season. He was looking to return after participating in morning skate on Apr. 12. . . Jared McCann skated in his first Stanley Cup playoff game in Game 1. . . McCann, Erik Gudbranson, Nick Bjugstad, Teddy Blueger, Casey DeSmith, Jack Johnson, Marcus Pettersson and Garrett Wilson are all looking to win a

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Brian Dumoulin returned to the Pittsburgh lineup for Game 1 after missing the final three games of the regular season with a lower body injury. Zach Aston-Reese, meanwhile, who missed the final 13 games of the regular season with a lower body injury, also returned to the lineup for Game 1. It was his first game since Mar. 10 against Boston. . . The

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place on the Penguins’ all-time list. Sidney Crosby sits a top that list with 185 points heading into Game 2. . . Schultz had seven points (1G-6A) in his last seven playoff games heading into Game 2. . . Kessel had six points in his last five playoff games (1G-5A) heading into Game 2. . . Malkin’s goal in Game 1 was the 63rd playoff goal of his career, leaving him two behind Jaromir Jagr for fourth place on the Penguins’ all-time list. . . Dominik Simon, who had three assists in eight playoff games last season, was looking for his first career playoff goal heading into Game 2. . . Bjugstad led the Penguins with eight hits in Game 1. . . Prior to Game 3 here on Sunday, Pittsburgh had won five of its last nine home playoff games that went to overtime. . . On this date in 2014, the Penguins opened the playoffs with a 4-3 home win over Columbus, with Brandon Sutter getting the gamewinning goal.

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Stanley Cup playoff series for the first time. . . Gudbranson briefly left the third period of Game 1 after a collision with Anders Lee but returned eight minutes later. . . Kessel’s goal in Game 1 snapped an eight-game playoff goal drought for him. . . Pittsburgh has won three of the last five first-round series in which it did not have home-ice advantage, beating New Jersey in 1999 and Washington in 2000 and 2001. . . The Penguins have won 15 playoff series after losing Game 1, the most recent coming in 2017 against Ottawa. In fact, Pittsburgh has won each of the last three playoff series in which it dropped the opening game. . . Malkin won nine of 14 faceoffs in Game 1 and had won 60.0% of his faceoffs over his last five playoff games heading into Game 2 . . . Murray had started 23 consecutive playoff games heading into Game 2. . . Malkin’s two points in Game 1 gave him 167 career playoff points, just five shy of tying Mario Lemieux for second

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The Penguins organization extends sincere thanks to their fans for an unprecedented spirit of giving this past season. The Penguins also thank the players’ wives and girlfriends along with the team’s Booster Club for volunteering at all the game day collections.

HOLIDAY TOY DRIVES The Penguins partnered with the U.S. Marine Corps on Dec. 1 for the team’s annual Toys for Tots collection. Fans donated over 1,200 new toys and added more than $2,500 in cash donations during the collection. In addition to the game day drive, the Penguins Foundation held an online Stuff-A-Bus collection in conjunction with 96.1 KISS Radio, and the

FOOD DRIVE Fans contributed over 900 lbs. of food and $2,000 in cash donations at the Penguins annual Score Against Hunger food drive on Oct. 16. All proceeds benefitted the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank as the Penguins share in their vision to 91

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Penguins Foundation matched all online donations up to $10,000. Over the past 13 years, Penguins fans have donated over 21,000 new toys and $130,000 in cash donations for the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots program, making the holidays much happier for so many children!

PET SUPPLIES COLLECTION In 2012, the Penguins’ organization started a game day Pet Supplies Collection to benefit Humane Animal Rescue in Pittsburgh. On Mar. 29, more than 525 toys, treats and food items were collected along with over $1,800 in cash donations prior to the Penguins game. Since its inception, the collection has generated over 6,150 pet supplies and $27,720 in contributions for the Humane Animal Rescue. For Penguins fans, the 2018.19 regular season proved to be the season for giving! 92


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For the convenience of our fans, ATMs are available in the arena: KeyBank: Outside section 119 and 230, and in the lobby of the Highmark Gate PNC Bank on PNC Legends Level: Outside of party suite 44 and suite 13

Designated Drivers Guests of legal drinking age who hold a valid driver’s license and wish to sign up to be a designated driver, may visit Ace Hardware Helpful Hub Guest Services at section 104 for specific Designated Driver booth locations during Pittsburgh Penguins games. In return for safe and sober transportation of their group from the arena, the designated driver will receive a coupon redeemable for a complimentary soft drink during the game.

Banners and Signs Banners and signs are permitted for most events, providing they are appropriate, as deemed by building management.

Emergency Evacuation In the event of an emergency, the arena staff will utilize the public address (PA) system to inform guests of the situation and any instructions as applicable. All exits and emergency exits are posted with appropriate signage.

Cameras Cameras are permitted into the arena for Pittsburgh Penguins hockey games and most events. If allowed, building policy states only small personal still cameras equipped with three (3) inch lens or smaller be brought into the building. Cameras with detachable lenses or flashes are not permitted. Video, audio and professional camera and recording devices are strictly

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Lost and Found

Smoking Policy

If an item is lost or found during an event please see the Ace Hardware Helpful Hub Guest Services office located outside section 104. Guests inquiring about lost items after an event should call 412.804.7903. Items lost at events are held in storage for thirty (30) days and then either disposed of or donated to an appropriate charity.

Smoking is not permitted inside the arena.

TAG-A-KID In the event a parent and child might be separated at an arena event, parents can register their child with the Tag-A-Kid program. A wristband with the parent’s seat location and contact number will be given to the child. Registration is available at the Ace Hardware Helpful Hub Guest Services office located outside section 104.

Prohibited Items Bags, back packs, air horns, coolers (hard/soft sided), thermoses, large purses, cans, bottles, flasks, alcoholic beverages, laser pointers, video or audio recording devices, professional cameras/lens, tripods, banners or signs on poles, weapons or any other items deemed dangerous and/or inappropriate are strictly prohibited. Small purses, camera cases, binocular cases and diaper bags will be permitted, however, all items that do not pass security must be returned to vehicles.

Video Cameras Use of video or audio recording equipment is strictly prohibited. The arena reserves the right to confiscate any tape or film and remove the patron from the building.

Wheelchairs A limited number of wheelchairs are available for transporting guests that are disabled to their seating location. Guests can be transported from the gates to their seats. If a wheelchair is needed for the duration of the event, guests must supply their own wheelchairs. Wheelchairs cannot be reserved in advance. Upon arrival, guests can arrange for a wheelchair at any entrance of the arena. Please see an arena employee to assist with wheelchair transportation.

Questions For general questions, please call 412.642.1800.

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The following standards have been established with respect to fan conduct:  Fans are entitled to enjoy the hockey experience free from disruptive or inconsiderate behaviors or unruly actions.  Fans may not interfere with the event and/or athletes in any manner.  Fans shall refrain from using abusive language or obscene gestures.  Fans may not engage in fighting, throwing objects or other behavior deemed detrimental to the experience of other guests and those who engage in any of these actions will immediately be ejected from the game.  Fans are encouraged to report inappropriate behavior to arena staff.  Fans who choose to consume alcohol must do so in a legal and responsible manner. Intervention with an intoxicated or impaired fan will be handled in a prompt and safe manner.  Fans shall comply with requests from arena staff regarding arena operational and emergency procedures.  Fans may not engage in unauthorized commercial activity while on arena property. Violation of the Fan Code of Conduct may result in eviction from the arena without a ticket refund.

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PENGUINS

HONORS AND AWARDS

2017

CHAMPIONSHIPS STANLEY CUP

1991, 1992, 2009, 2016, 2017

PRESIDENTS’ TROPHY

1993

5

1

PRINCE OF WALES TROPHY

1991, 1992, 2008, 2009, 2016, 2017

DIVISION TITLES

1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2008, 2013, 2014

6

8

NHL AWARD WINNERS CONN SMYTHE TROPHY

HART MEMORIAL TROPHY

Mario Lemieux

1991, 1992

2

Evgeni Malkin

2009

1

Sidney Crosby

2016, 2017

2

GENERAL MANAGER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Ray Shero

2013

1

Jim Rutherford

2016

1

Mario Lemieux

1988, 1993, 1996

3

Jaromir Jagr

1999

1

Sidney Crosby

2007, 2013

2

Evgeni Malkin

2012

1

CALDER MEMORIAL TROPHY

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Mario Lemieux

1985

1

Evgeni Malkin

2007

1

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NHL AWARD WINNERS CONTINUED TED LINDSAY/LESTER B. PEARSON AWARD

Mario Lemieux

1986, 1988, 1993, 1996

4

Jaromir Jagr

1999, 2000

2

Sidney Crosby

2007, 2013, 2014

3

Evgeni Malkin

2012

1

FRANK J. SELKE TROPHY

Ron Francis

1995

1

JAMES NORRIS TROPHY

Randy Carlyle

1981

1

LADY BYNG MEMORIAL TROPHY

2007 2010, 2017

1981

1

Ron Francis

1995, 1998

2

NHL PLUS/MINUS AWARD

MAURICE “ROCKET” RICHARD TROPHY

Sidney Crosby

Rick Kehoe

2

Mario Lemieux

1993

1

Ron Francis

1995

1

Pascal Dupuis

2013

1

JACK ADAMS AWARD

ART ROSS TROPHY

Dan Bylsma

Mario Lemieux

1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997

6

Jaromir Jagr

1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001

5

Sidney Crosby

2007, 2014

2

Evgeni Malkin

2009, 2012

2

2011

1

BILL MASTERTON MEMORIAL TROPHY

Lowell MacDonald

1973

1

Mario Lemieux

1993

1

2012

MARK MESSIER LEADERSHIP AWARD

Sidney Crosby

2010

1

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Anderson, Reid*. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Blandina, Brandon* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Brenk, Jacob . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Charron, Francis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Chmielewski, Tom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Dunning, Mitch*. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Dwyer, Gord . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Furlatt, Eric. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Halkidis, Beaudry*. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Hanson, Trevor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Hebert, Ghislain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Hebert, Jean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Joannette, Marc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Kozari, Steve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Lambert, Pierre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 L’Ecuyer, Frederick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Lee, Chris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Luxmore, Thomas John . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 MacDougall, Peter* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Markovic, Michael* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 McCauley, Wes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 McIsaac, Jon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Meier, Brad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Morton, Dean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Nicholson, Kendrick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 O’Donnell, Conor* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 O’Halloran, Dan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 O’Rourke, Dan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Peel, Tim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Pochmara, Brian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Pollock, Kevin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Rank, Garrett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Rehman, Kyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Rooney, Chris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Schlenker, Chris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Skilliter, Graham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 South, Furman* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Schrader, Brandon*. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 St-Laurent, Francois . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 St. Pierre, Justin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Sutherland, Kelly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Syvret, Corey* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Walsh, Ian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Watson, Brad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

NHL OFF-ICE OFFICIALS

Alphonso, Shandor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Amell, Derek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Baker, Tyson* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88 Barton, Steve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Berg, Devin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Brisebois, David. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Cameron, Lonnie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Cherrey, Scott . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Cormier, Michel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Daisy, Ryan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Devorski, Greg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Driscoll, Scott . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Galloway, Ryan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Gawryletz, Brandon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Gawryletz, Travis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Gibbons, Ryan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Gibbs, Darren . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Knorr, Trent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Kovachik, Brad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Mach, Brian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 MacPherson, Matt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Marquis, Jesse*. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 Miller, Steve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Mills, Bevan* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Murchison, Kiel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Murphy, Brian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Murray, Jonny . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Nagy, Kory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Nansen, Derek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Nowak, Tim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Pancich, Bryan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Racicot, Pierre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Rody, Vaughan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Sericolo, Anthony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84 Smith, Andrew . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Shewchyk, Mark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Suchanek, Libor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Tobias, James* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 * Minor league officials

Dan Aubele Read Connolly Danielle DiBacco Jim Duss Joe Ferraro Todd Gally

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Bob Moretti Leo Rudzki Keith Schreiber Phil Spano Eugene Susi Dan Wagner

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MIKE

LANGE

PENGUINS RADIO NETWORK PLAY-BY-PLAY ANNOUNCER

One of the most unique broadcasters in professional sports, Mike Lange is calling games in his 44th season with the Penguins, handling radio play-by-play on the club’s flagship station, 105.9 FM The X and the Penguins Radio Network. Known for his creative and colorful style, including trademark phrases such as “Buy Sam A Drink And Get His Dog One, Too,” Lange was awarded the Foster Hewitt award by the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001. Lange’s relationship with the Penguins began in 1974-75, when he broke into the NHL as a radio play-by-play man. He left for one season, but returned in 1976-77 and has been a fixture on the Penguins’ scene ever since. Lange did radio exclusively until 1979,

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when games were simulcast on radio and TV. He served as the television voice of the Penguins through 2005-06, before returning to the radio booth in 2006-07. A native of Sacramento, CA, Lange earned a degree in broadcasting from Sacramento State University before starting his career as the voice of the Phoenix Roadrunners (WHL) in 1970. He also served as the play-by-play voice of the San Diego Gulls (WHL) in 1973-74 before joining the Penguins. In addition to his tenure with the Penguins, Lange handled play-by-play duties for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986-87. A well-known member of the Pittsburgh community, Lange makes numerous personal appearances throughout the year and is actively involved in charity work.

BOURQUE

PENGUINS RADIO NETWORK COLOR ANALYST

Two-time Stanley Cup Champion Phil Bourque is in his 16th season on the Penguins broadcast team, serving as color commentator alongside Mike Lange. A gritty winger/defenseman, Bourque was signed by Pittsburgh as a free agent in 1982, and went on to record 164 points (75G-89A) in 344 regular-season games with the Penguins between 1983 and 1992. For his career he totaled 199 113

points (88G-111A) in 477 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators. Since retiring from professional hockey in 2000, Bourque has co-hosted Penguins pre- and post-game shows on the Penguins Radio Network and worked as a contributor for WPXI-TV’s coverage of Penguins hockey.


JOSH

GETZOFF

RADIO BROADCAST HOST AND PENSTV HOST

Josh Getzoff is in his fourth season as a radio broadcast host and PensTV host with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He joins the Penguins after spending the previous two years as the sports director for FOX Champaign in Champaign, IL. While in Champaign, Getzoff covered the University of Illinois and Big Ten athletics, local high school athletics, and various professional teams in the region. In June of 2015, he was named the Television Sportscaster of the Year by the Illinois Broadcasters Association.

In addition to his time in Illinois, Getzoff has also worked as a sports anchor/reporter at WENY-TV and radio update anchor at 1410 WELM ESPN Radio in Elmira, NY, and served as a member of the on-site production team during NBC’s coverage of Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is a graduate of Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications in Ithaca, NY.


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C A L L S T H E P E N A LT I E S

SPEARING

SLASHING

ROUGHING

Using the stick like a spear

Swinging the stick at an opponent

Engaging in fisticuffs or shoving

ELBOWING

KNEEING

HOOKING

Using the elbow to impede an opponent

Using the knee to impede an opponent

Using the stick or blade to hook an opponent

BOARDING

HOLDING

TRIPPING

Driving the opponent into the boards

Using hands on an opponent or his equipment

Using the stick, arm or leg to cause the opponent to trip or fall

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CHARGING

HIGH STICKING

MISCONDUCT

Taking three or more strides before checking an opponent

Carrying the stick above the shoulder against an opponent

Called for various forms of unsportsmanlike conduct

WASHOUT

ICING

CROSS CHECKING

Disallowing of a goal when signaled by a referee. No offside or icing when used by a linesman

Shooting the puck across the opponent’s goal line from behind the center red line and allowing the opponent to touch the puck first

Hitting an opponent with both hands on the stick and no part of the stick on the ice

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INTERFERENCE Having contact with an opponent not in possession of the puck

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OWNERSHIP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pittsburgh Penguins LP

EXECUTIVE OPERATIONS Co-owner/Chairman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mario Lemieux Co-owner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ron Burkle CEO/President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David Morehouse Executive Vice President and General Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jim Rutherford Senior Vice President and General Counsel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kevin Acklin Senior Vice President, Finance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kevin Hart Senior Vice President, Sales and Broadcasting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Terry Kalna Senior Vice President, Marketing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James Santilli Senior Vice President, Technology. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Erik Watts Vice President, Facilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rich Hixon Vice President, Communications. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tom McMillan Vice President, Ticket Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chad Slencak Deputy General Counsel and Director of Human Resources . . . . Tracey McCants Lewis Director, Events and Hospitality. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kat Smerdel Executive Assistants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Susan Carper, Nicole Schaaf, Molly Trunzo Coordinator, Shipping and Receiving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brett Hart Receptionist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kelly Hart

TOM MCMILLAN

Vice President, Communications

HOCKEY OPERATIONS Assistant General Managers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bill Guerin, Jason Karmanos Head Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Sullivan Assistant Coaches. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sergei Gonchar, Jacques Martin, Mark Recchi Goaltending Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Buckley Video Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Andy Saucier Director, Player Development. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scott Young Player Development Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tom Kostopoulos Goaltending Development Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Andy Chiodo Skills Development Professional . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ty Hennes Director, Team Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jim Britt Director of Hockey Research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sam Ventura Manager Hockey Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Erik Heasley Executive Assistant to EVP/GM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michele Colaianni

CHAD SLENCAK

Vice President, Ticketing

SCOUTS Director, Professional Scouting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Derek Clancey Professional Scouts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ryan Bowness, Craig Patrick, Al Santilli Director of Amateur Scouting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patrik Allvin Amateur Scouts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Colin Alexander, Brian Fitzgerald, Luc Gauthier, Frank Golden, Jay Heinbuck, Jamie Huffman, Dan McLean, Reine Rauhala, Casey Torres, Warren Young European Scouts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Petri Pakaslahti, Tommy Westlund Special Assignment Scouts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Gilles Meloche, Kevin Stevens

RICH HIXON

Vice President, Facilities

EQUIPMENT/TRAINING STAFF Head Equipment Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dana Heinze Assistant Equipment Managers. . . . . . . . . . . . Paul DeFazio, Danny Kroll, Jon Taglianetti Head Athletic Trainer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chris Stewart Director of Sports Performance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Curtis Bell Assistant Athletic Trainer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patrick Steidle Head Team Physician . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, M.D. Assistant Team Physician. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dr. Melissa McLane, D.O. Director, Sport Science . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Andy O’Brien Strength and Conditioning Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alex Trinca Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Alexi Pianosi

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DAVE SOLTESZ President, Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation


COMMUNICATIONS

PARTNERSHIP SALES/MARKETING

Sr. Director, Communications. . . . . Jennifer Bullano Ridgley

Sr. Director, Partnership Sales and Media . . . . . Mark Turley

Director, Communications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jason Seidling

Sr. Director, Partnership Marketing . . . . . . . . . . . . Ross Miller

Executive Producer, Penguins Radio. . . . . Wayne Anderson

Sr. Director, Partnership Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jack Tipton

Radio Broadcasters . . . . . . . . . . . . Phil Bourque, Mike Lange

Sr. Manager, Partnership Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brett Baur

Radio Host . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Josh Getzoff

Manager, Partnership Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Darryle Bajomo

Communications Specialist . . . . . . . . . . . . .Paul Steigerwald

Sr. Managers, Partnership Marketing . . . . . . . Devin Beahm, Paige Hancher, Erin Lockwood, Jim Meyer

NEW MEDIA

Manager, Partnership Marketing . . . . . . . . . . Matt Dentinger

Director, Content . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sam Kasan

Liaisons, Partnership Sales .Pierre Larouche, Bryan Trottier

Manager, Content. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michelle Crechiolo Director, New Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Andi Perelman

FINANCE

Managers, New Media. . . . . . Jonathan Kabana, Evan Schall

Director, Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark R. Kuczinski

Graphic Designer, New Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Darryl Hill

Sr. Accountant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Troy Ussack

MARKETING

Financial Analyst . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Derek Bacon

Sr. Director, Creative Services and Publications. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Barb Pilarski

Payroll Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Andrea Winschel Accounts Payable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tawni Love

Manager, Publications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Erin Tirpak

TICKETING

Manager, Graphic Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dave Scheponik Graphic Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jen Navari

Sr. Director, Premium Seating . . . . . . . . . . . . Brian Magness

Sr. Director, Digital Marketing. . . . . . . . . . . . Leo McCafferty

Sr. Director, Ticket Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . George Murphy

Manager, Digital Marketing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jamie Louden

Managers, Premium Seating . . . . . .Kyle Lux, Jon Seelnacht

Director, Fan Development and Special Events. . Jill Shipley Manager, Fan Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Laura Spencer

Manager, Premium Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Julia Ivery

Manager, Youth Hockey. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mike Chiasson

Managers, Group Sales . . Mike Zatchey, Ashley McDonough

Local Manager, Learn to Play Program . . . . Rocky Saganiuk

Manager, Ticket Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nicole Rudy

TECHNOLOGY

Sr. Ticket Sales Account Executives . . . . . . . George Birman, Jeff Blizman, Bonnie Golinski

Systems Administrator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jason Henry

Ticket Sales Account Executive. . . . . . . . . . . . . Brian Fischer

Junior Systems Administrators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dan Lange, Justin Mellor, Alex Navarrete

Inside Sales Representatives. . . . . . . . . . Carlianna Cottone, Kevin Devine, Kate Hartill, Dani McSweeney

Manager, CRM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark Walczak

Manager, Box Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kelly Gabany

Data Analytics Coordinator. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nick Citrone

Manager, Box Office Operations . . . . . . . . . . . .Jason Onufer

GAME ENTERTAINMENT AND PRODUCTION

Box Office Assistant Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kirsten Burkes

Sr. Director, Production and Game Presentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rod Murray

Customer Service Representative. . . . . . . . . . Holly Bandish

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Trotz, who left Washington due to a contract dispute, is the frontrunner to win the Jack Adams Award as the league’s best coach after what he’s done with the Islanders. Just over a week after Trotz took over behind the

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bench, the Islanders lost their captain,

This is quite the matchup of the minds behind the benches, as both coaches carry championship pedigrees into the series. After Sullivan led the Penguins to back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2016 and ’17, Barry Trotz coached Washington to hockey’s holy grail in ’18. The two coaches went head-to-head in the playoffs all three of those years.

best player and face of the franchise when John Tavares signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs as a free agent. It was a big blow to the organization and team, but Trotz was optimistic, saying that they were going to be just fine and the future was bright for the young

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tend to win games, as they don’t usually

Under Trotz, they have completely exceeded expectations. The biggest and most noticeable change Trotz made was establishing a structure. Within that structure, the Islanders went from playing shinny-style hockey to being more defensively sound — becoming the first club in a century to finish first in goals allowed after ranking last during the previous season. The players have completely bought into the system, culture and mindset that Trotz brought to Long Island. It’s similar to what Sullivan did when he first took over the Penguins in December of 2015. Now in his fourth postseason with Pittsburgh, he’s had to guide the group through a lot of adversity to get to this point. Through it all, his message to the players has been about controlling the controllables and staying in the moment. As Sullivan put it, “That’s the mantra that we’ve had since this coaching staff has been put together and that’s what we preach to our players. There’s no better time than right now.” The Penguins are an experienced, battle-tested group who is more equipped than any team to deal with the emotional swings that the playoffs present. We’ll see if that ultimately gives them an advantage over a young and hungry Islanders team playing with a big chip on their shoulder.

blow anybody away with their offensive firepower. Mathew Barzal, their talented young center who won the Calder Trophy last year as the league’s best rookie, is the only Islander who eclipsed 60 points in the regular season. Their strength is in how they play defense, and it starts with their goaltending — as the tandem of Robin Lehner and Thomas Greiss was terrific for them all year long. They finished the regular season ranked in the top-five for save percentage (.927 and .930 respectively) and goals-against average (2.28, 2.13), earning a combined 11 shutouts. They also won their first career William M. Jennings Trophy as the netminders who play at least 25 games for the team allowing the fewest goals. “We have to make sure that we have an element of patience in our game,” Sullivan said. “We have to take what they give us, we’re going to have to compete every bit as hard and we’re going to have to make sure that we have a discipline to our game that we play in some structure.” Fortunately for the Penguins, their strength is scoring goals as their roster features plenty of elite talent. Sidney Crosby reached the 100-point mark for the first time since 2013-14, finishing

OFFENSE VS. DEFENSE

fifth in league scoring. His linemate Jake Guentzel reached the 40-goal

The Islanders’ identity is being a stingy, tight-checking team with a defense-first mindset. That’s how they

mark for the first time ever, ranking 13th in league goal-scoring. 138

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Crosby, Guentzel, Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin all passed the 20-goal and 70-point mark, while Jared McCann (19 goals), Bryan Rust (18 goals) and Patric Hornqvist (18 goals) came close to hitting the 20-goal mark. In addition, Kris Letang tied his career-high with 16 goals and finished with 56 points. “We have great experience,” Malkin said. “We’ve played so long in the playoffs, we have guys who have won Cups here, we have leadership. We need to control the game, play with the puck, play in the offensive zone — that’s our game. Just focus on our game. It doesn’t matter what they do, just play our game.”

a rate of just 14.5 percent. Their penalty kill wasn’t much better, ranking 18th in the league. “Special teams has the opportunity to be a difference in a game,” Sullivan said. “Our power play has been very good for us. Our penalty kill has been good, at times, and looking in the past it has been timely for us. There are critical opportunities on both sides of the special teams that help teams win games. We have a good power play because we have really good players. Those guys take ownership for the power play and when they’re locked in, they’re as good of a power play as there is in the league. (For the penalty

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kill), it boils down to commitment and

One area the Penguins will be looking to take advantage of is special teams. The Islanders’ power play finished the year as the NHL’s third-worst, clicking at

attention to detail. When those guys have that, they’re very good as well. We’re going to have to rely on them if we’re going to have success.”

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OCT. 6

OCT. 4 The Penguins earned a thrilling 7-6 overtime win in their season opener over rival Washington, the defending Stanley Cup Champions and the team that eliminated them in the Second Round of the 2018 playoffs.

Kris Letang set the Penguins franchise record for most points by a defenseman with 441, passing Paul Coffey.

OCT. 18–27 OCT. 27 Head coach Mike Sullivan (136 wins) and general manager Jim Rutherford (194 wins) moved into third place on their respective wins list in club history. Sullivan passed Michel Therrien while Rutherford passed Baz Bastien.

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The Penguins went a perfect 4-0 on their road trip throughout Canada, beating Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver.

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NOV. 27

DEC. 3

The Penguins signed general manager Jim Rutherford to a contract extension through the 2021-22 season.

Kris Letang set the franchise record for most games played by a defenseman in franchise history with 704, passing Brooks Orpik.

The Penguins acquired defenseman Marcus Pettersson from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Daniel Sprong.

DEC. 15 Matt Murray returned to the Penguins lineup after missing nine games with an upper-body injury. He would go on to win 25 of his final 39 games, starting 20 of 21 to end the regular season.

DEC. 19 – JAN. 4 After a rocky November, the Penguins got back on track with an eight-game winning streak, their longest such stretch under head coach Mike Sullivan.

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JAN. 30 Evgeni Malkin recorded his 600th assist on a goal from Phil Kessel.

JAN. 26 TRADE

Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang led the Metropolitan Division to a win in the 2019 NHL All-Star Game at the SAP Center in San Jose.

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The Penguins acquired forwards Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann from the Florida Panthers. Both players arrived minutes before puck drop the same day to make their team debut against Ottawa.

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The Penguins signed Jake Guentzel to a five-year contract extension with an average annual value of $6 million that begins with the 2019-20 season and runs through the 2023-24 campaign.

FEB. 9 Sidney Crosby set the Penguins franchise record for most games played with 916, passing Mario Lemieux.

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FEB. 16

Kris Letang set the Penguins franchise record for goals scored by a defenseman with 109, passing Paul Coffey.

Phil Kessel recorded his 800th career point, becoming the 16th American-born player to reach that milestone.

FEB. 23 The Penguins skated outdoors for the fifth time in club history against the Philadelphia Flyers at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles. The Flyers won in overtime, 4-3.

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MAR. 19–12 The Penguins earned seven out of eight points on a critical four-game road trip with matchups against Carolina, Nashville, Dallas and the New York Rangers.

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the power play. But they also wound up allowing 15 short-handed goals, which tied for the most in the NHL. And there were periodic bouts with a collective refusal to shoot while in search of the perfect play. That tested Sullivan’s patience and then some. In response to one such occurrence he even went with two defenseman, as opposed to one, and with three forwards, none of whom were named Evgeni Malkin or Phil Kessel, during a game against the Bruins on Mar. 10. “At some point the coaches feel compelled to try to affect some change,” Sullivan explained.

It was a relatively uneven regular season, for the Penguins in general and the power-play unit in particular. But head coach Mike Sullivan has remained in the power play’s corner, even when his words and actions have at times suggested otherwise. “We just believe in them,” Sullivan has observed. “We know they’re capable of being so good. “They score big goals at key times.” The Penguins’ contention is they will again. The body of work over 82 regular-season games supported such an expectation. The Penguins finished fifth in the NHL with a success rate of 24.6 percent on 153

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in the back of their mind that at some point, they’re going to go back together. We just believe they’re that good when

But such adjustments are traditionally temporary in nature. Sullivan’s faith, and that of his assistants, in the unit comprised by forwards Sidney Crosby, Patric Hornqvist, Malkin and Kessel and defenseman Kris Letang is unshakeable. Even when performance or personnel issues dictate an alternative course of action with the man-advantage. “I keep going back to them because I believe in them,” has been Sullivan’s explanation. “In my time here they’ve been one of the best power plays if not the best power play in the league. “We’ve had our ups and downs this year, they’ve always shown an ability to score. “Sometimes, when we split them up it’s a short-term decision. But within the big picture the coaching staff has

they’re on the ice together.” That belief doesn’t change, even when changes are made. Sometimes, a change is made to facilitate a better result when the big guns are inevitably reunited. “When you do put them back together, it allows them the opportunity to have some success, whether it created a little more urgency, whether it’s not taken for granted, whatever it may be,” has been Sullivan’s theory. The players comprising the Penguins’ go-to No. 1 power play understand the responsibility that accompanies such a position. And they know they can impact the outcome of games even when they aren’t scoring on the power play. 154

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I think we have a good power play because we have really good players. Those guys take ownership of the power play and when they’re locked in they’re as good a power play as there is in the league. MIKE SULLIVAN

“Games are tight, so I think you look to the power play just to get momentum,” Crosby said. “Whether you touch the puck or you get some opportunities just to kind of free flow a little bit, you gets some looks and I think that just gives you momentum, it gives you a little boost. “We’re not going to score on every single power play but if we can try to create momentum and do the right things then I think it helps everyone. It helps the guys on the power play but it helps the entire team, the group, as far as getting momentum.” Hornqvist maintains power play success starts with being able to read and being ready to react. “We’ve been good the whole year,” he said. “We just have to move the puck and take what they give us. “Take what they give us and make

sure you’re ready when the puck hits your stick.” Such dynamics are magnified in the postseason, when opportunities can become limited and games or series can wind up hanging in the balance. “Special teams, potentially, has the opportunity to be a difference in the game,” Sullivan said on the eve of the Penguins’ first-round series against the Islanders. “Our power play has been very good for us. Our penalty kill has been good at times. They’re critical opportunities on both sides of the special teams that help teams win games. “I think we have a good power play because we have really good players. Those guys take ownership of the power play and when they’re locked in they’re as good a power play as there is in the league.” 157


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