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The Pittsburgh Penguins entered the National Hockey League in the 1967 expansion, when an entire division of six new teams were added to compete with the Original Six; the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Black Hawks, Boston Bruins, and New York Rangers. In addition to the Penguins, the other five members of the new division were the Los Angeles Kings, Oakland Seals, Philadelphia Flyers, Minnesota North Stars and the St. Louis Blues.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have won six Division Championships (1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2008), three Conference Championships (1991, 1992, 2008) and two Stanley Cups (1991, 1992). In the 2001-02season the Penguins missed the playoffs for the first time in twelve years. They would not return until 2006-07.
In the 2005 NHL Entry Draft the Penguins selected Quebec Major Junior Hockey League scoring phenomenon Sidney Crosby. The Penguins began the 2005-06 season with a long winless streak that resulted in the firing of head coach Eddie Olczyk and the hiring of Michel Therrien. Shortly afterward Zigmund Palffy, an off-season free agent acquisition, announced his retirement due to a lingering shoulder injury. He was, at the time, the club’s #2 scorer. Then, in early January, 2006, player/owner and future Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux retired for the second and final time. He finished with a career points per game average of 1.88, second only to Wayne Gretzky’s 1.92. For better or worse, the on-ice fate of the Pittsburgh Penguins was now in the hands of 18 year old Sidney Crosby.
In 2006-07 the team improved from 58 points to 105 and finished second in the Atlanta Division. They went into the playoffs with high hopes, only to flounder in the first round, winning only once against the victorious Ottawa Senators. Despite the early exit, the team was determined to return in 2007-08 and they did just that. Despite finishing 3 points lower than the 2006-07 team, the 2007-08 Penguins took first in the division. They eliminated the Senators in the Quarterfinals, the New York Rangers in the Semis and the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference Championship by a combined total of 12 wins against 2 loses. The team lost in the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals to the Detroit Red Wings in six.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are in the Atlantic Division of the 3-division Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League.
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