Pittsburgh Penguins Fans Should Embrace the Presidents’ Trophy Race

December 3rd, 2014 by Carol Schram Leave a reply »

The Pittsburgh Penguins are off to a good start in 2014-15.

After a 1-0 win over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night, the Penguins boast a 17-5-2 record through 24 games. That's good for top spot in the Metropolitan Division and second overall in the NHL.

Last weekend, for a brief moment, Pittsburgh sat at the top of the league standings. The race for No. 1 is very tight this season, but the Penguins are in line to contend for the Presidents' Trophy as the team with the best regular-season record.

Though Pittsburgh has won three Stanley Cups in its 47-year franchise history, the team has topped the regular-season standings just once. Coming off back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992, the Penguins went 56-21-7 for 119 points in 1992-93—10 better than the second-place Boston Bruins. 

Dreams of a third championship were dashed when the New York Islanders surprised the powerhouse Penguins with a 4-3 overtime win in Game 7 of the second round of the playoffs, effectively ending early-'90s Pittsburgh's chance to achieve true dynasty status.

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