10. October 27, 2005 Thrashers 5 Penguins 7

The Penguins allowed the Thrashers to take a 4-0 lead in the first period. It was the tenth game of the season, and the Pens had yet to win a single game. It wasn't looking good for that game either. However, Mario Lemieux scored two power play goals before the end of the first period to pull the Penguins to within two. The Penguins stormed back in the second period with two power play goals from Sergei Gonchar, a power play goal from John LeClair, and one more goal from Ric Jackman to take a 6-4 lead into the second intermission. The teams exchanged goals in the third, including LeClair's second of the night, and the Penguins finally won their first game in a disappointing 2005-06 season.









09. February 10, 2001 Devils 4 Penguins 5 OT

The Devils jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead, and the Penguins found themselves in some serious penalty trouble. They were short handed by two men for what seemed like FOREVER! Pens starting goaltender J.S. Aubin was replaced by Rich Parent. Jan Hrdina scored late in the first period, and the Pens trailed at the first intermission 3-1. The Penguins, showing a lot of grit, fought off all the extended two man power plays, and got two goals from Alexei Kovalev, and another from Kevin Stevens to take a 4-3 lead. Parent played well, but would allow one late Devil goal to force a sudden death overtime. Kovalev ignited the crowd by completing his second hat trick in as many games merely second into the OT period to give the Pens a 5-4 victory.



08. October 18, 2003 Red Wings 3 Penguins 4

The Red Wings came into town with a 3-0 record, and would win the President's Trophy as the team with the best regular season record.The Penguins were winless, and were not anticipating a good season. How could the anyone have expected the lowly Penguins to beat the vaunted Detroit Red Wings with a rookie goaltender named Marc-Andre Fleury. Ramzi Abid gave the Penguins an early 1-0 lead on the power play, but the Red Wings would tie it in the first period, and score two goals in the second to take a commanding 3-1 lead. Near the end of the second, while killing a penalty, Ryan Malone had a chance on a break away, but was denied by Chris Osgood. Rico Fata was 'Johnny On The Spot' as he picked up a juicy rebound, and buried the puck into the net. Although being heavily dominated, the Penguins went into the second intermission trailing the Red Wings by just one goal. Martin Straka and Fata would each get a goal in the third period while Fleury fought off a Detroit onslaught for his first career NHL win. It was a thrilling victory as it was probably the biggest upset in the NHL that season. Could it have been an omen that Fleury got his first NHL win against the Red Wings?
Unfortunately, the only footage I could find of that game was this fight:



07. November 28, 2009 Ranger 3 Penguins 8

For the most part, this game was actually a lot closer than what the final score indicates. Halfway through the first period, the wrong Staal scored as Marc gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead, and New York goalie Steve Valiquette made some great saves. The Penguins then got goals from Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, and Max Talbot in the second half of the period. The Ranger pulled to within one goal in the second period, but Mark Eaton took it back with a goal with just two tenths of a second left. I thought that goal plunged a dagger into the Rangers, but Michal Roszival scored for the Rangers in the third period, to pull the score to 4-3 Pens. However, after that, it would be pure torture for Valiquette and the New York Rangers. The Penguins scorched the lanky goaltender with goals by Pascal Dupuis, Kris Letang, and two more by Sidney Crosby for his fourth career hat trick.



06. December 11, 2008 Islanders 2 Penguins 9

There's no drama to talk about for this game. It was just a total domination by the Penguins over the New York Islanders. What makes this game so memorable is that both Petr Sykora and Pascal Dupuis got their first career hat tricks in this game. Sykora got his three first, and Dupuis got his late in the third period. After Dupuis' third goal, I tossed my Santa hat onto the ice.



05. 2009 Stanley Cup Final - Game 6 - June 9, 2009 Red Wings 1 Penguins 2

It was do or die for the Penguins who trailed the Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Final series three games to two for the second year in a row. 2009 would have a much different result than 08. After a scoreless first period, Jordan Staal gave the Pens a 1-0 lead in the second. In game 6 the previous season, the Wings got a goal from a shot that hit the post, bounced off Fleury, and rolled behind the line for a devastating goal. My heart jumped into my throat as Henrik Zetterberg fired a shot that hit the far post, and bounced off Fleury yet again! However, the puck WOULD NOT cross the goal line that time. Tyler Kennedy gave the Pens a 2-0 lead in the third. Kris Draper scored for Detroit to cut the lead in half. Fleury denied Daniel Cleary on a late breakaway, and defense man Rob Scuderi helped Fleury with a few amazing saves of his own. The Penguins held on for the 2-1 victory to force a decisive game seven. The Penguins would go on to win game seven by the same score for the third Stanley Cup victory in the franchise's history.



04. February 1, 2010 Sabres 4 Penguins 5

Mark Letestu scored his first NHL goal just 47 seconds into the game, but the Sabres came back to take a 3-1 lead almost halfway through the second period. I was sitting on a personal five game losing streak, and was growing very frustrated. I was also irritated by something else in my life at the time, and really could have used a win. After Crosby scored a power play goal in the second period, Jordan Staal tied the game at three. Crosby scored his second goal of the evening with the help of Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller's gaffe. Crosby scored yet again for his fifth career hat trick to give the Pens a 5-3 lead. Pominville scored late in the third for Buffalo, but the Pittsburgh held on for the 5-4 win.



03. January 3, 2008 Maple Leafs 2 Penguins 6

This game had a little bit of everything in it. An early video review, some great saves, a comeback from an early deficit, Evgeni Malkin scoring his first career hat trick in the NHL, and Tyler Kennedy scoring on an awesome individual effort. This game also had two of the best hockey fights I have ever seen. Jarkko Ruutu bloodied Darcy Tucker in an epic battle, and Ryan Malone rang Mark Bell's bell. Bell would not return to the game.





02. November 14, 2009 Bruins 5 Penguins 6 OT

It had been an up and down game all night. The Pens got goals from Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis. Jay McKee and Mark Eaton each scored a rare goal, but the Penguins just could not shake the pesky Bruins. Zdeno Chara gave Boston its first lead of the night with just 2:29 left in the third period. With about twelve seconds left, and an empty net, the Penguins couldn't seem to dig the puck out of their own corner. It was so frustrating to see. "At least go down swinging, Pens! Come on!" The Pens FINALLY dug the puck out with precious few seconds left only to cough it up to Patrice Bergeron. The Penguins got incredibly lucky, as Bergeron's stick broke. Malkin scooped up the puck, rushed across the Boston blue line, and sent a pass across the ice to Bill Guerin who ripped the puck behind Tim Thomas and into the net with just four tenths of a second left! On to overtime! After some miscommunication behind the Boston net, Thomas gave up the puck to Jordan Staal who passed the puck out to Pascal Dupuis who shot it into a wide open net for his second goal of the game, and the 100th of his career. The Pens won a thriller in OT.



01. 2009 Stanley Cup Final - Game 4 - June 4, 2009 Red Wings 2 Penguins 4

It wasn't just the game itself that makes this game my most memorable game I've ever attended at the Igloo. It wasn't just about what was at stake. Although those are two important factors, a third factor was the atmosphere. It was the most electric, the most intense atmosphere I've ever experienced at any sporting event. After three games, the series was following in the exact same footsteps as the Stanley Cup Final the year before. The Pens had lost the first two games in Detroit, and won the first game at home to trail the series 2-1. The Penguins would have had to win game four to tie the series if they were to have any hope of changing the script from the previous season, and winning the Stanley Cup. In spite of that, there was an aura of confidence permeating the air outside of the arena. Even though things were looking like the year before, we the fans were confident that '09 would be different. We were going to win game four, and '09 would be our year. The fans were in a frenzy an hour before the game started. I was amazed to see more fans sitting outside to watch the game on the big screen than could fit inside of Mellon Arena. The fans forced the closure of all four lanes of Washington Pl. Every time the Pens would score, the jumbo tron would show the reaction of the crowd outside to add to the frenzy of the fans inside. Inside, the white out crowd was just as energetic. The Penguins got off to a roaring start with Evgeni Malkin scoring on the power play. However the crowd was quieted after Rob Scuderi gave the puck away to Darren Helm who tied the game late in the first period. Before many could return from their bathroom breaks, Brad Stuart gave the Wings a 2-1 lead early in the second period. The Penguins would later get into some trouble committing back to back penalties. It seemed as thought the Pens were about to repeat history after all. But, on the second penalty kill, Jordan Staal took a pass from Max Talbot, powered around veteran defense man Brian Rafalski, and snapped a shot between Osgood's legs for the biggest goal of his life. The crowd was back into a crazed frenzy. About two minutes later Malkin had the puck in a two on one with Sidney Crosby. Jonathan Ericsson blocked Malkin's first attempt at a pass to Sid, but Geno got it right back, and without missing a beat, passed the puck across to Crosby who put the puck into a wide open net to give the Penguns a 3-2 lead. A beautiful tic tac toe play between Tyler Kennedy, Kris Kunitz, Sidney Crosby, and finally back to Kennedy gave the Pens a 4-2 lead, and they never looked back. They won game four to tie the series at two games a piece, and would go on to win the Stanley Cup in seven game.





HONORABLE MENTIONS:

December 27, 2000 Maple Leafs 0 Penguins 5
Mario came out of retirement after three years, and got a goal and an assist, while Garth Snow shutout the Leafs.

October 28, 2009 Canadiens 1 Penguins 6

Sidney Crosby scored his third career NHL hat trick.

2001 Eastern Conference Semi Finals - Game 6 - May 8, 2001 Sabres 2 Penguins 3 OT

The Penguins were trailing in the series three games to two, and trailing in the game 2-1 with less then a minute left. It looked like the season was over for the Pens. But then, off a faceoff in the Sabres' zone, the puck popped straight up into the air for what seemed like forever. It landed right in front of the Sabres' net where Mario Lemieux swept it by the Buffalo goaltender. Marty Straka would score halfway through the OT to give the Pens the win, and force a game seven. It was in game seven in Buffalo that Darius Kasparaitis scored his legendary goal in overtime, and it was off to the eastern conference finals for the Pens. (They lost to the Devils four games to one.)