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Penguins’ winning streak reaching historic levels

Mar 29, 2013, 11:37 AM EDT

Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chris Kunitz #14 of the Pittsburgh Penguins talk prior to a faceoff during the third period on February 28, 2013 at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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Even without Jarome Iginla — and with Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang both missing parts of it due to injuries — the Pittsburgh Penguins have won 14 consecutive games.

That’s not just impressive, it’s one of the top winning streaks of all-time.

Pittsburgh is just three wins away from tying the record, which the Penguins established back in 1993 when Mario Lemieux, Kevin Stevens, Rick Tocchet, and Ron Francis were in their prime and Jaromir Jagr was rapidly emerging as one of the league’s top players.

The Penguins had a 56-21-7 record that season, easily the best in the league — and then went on to lose in the second round of the playoffs against a New York Islanders team that finished a mere three games above .500.

It’s likely in that context that Sidney Crosby chose to downplay the Penguins’ latest accomplishment.

“I don’t think anyone is going to remember (this) come playoff time,” Crosby told NHL.com.

Crosby went on to say that the Penguins’ primary goal is just to improve. All the same, breaking a record held by the Lemieux-lead squad would be quite an achievement.

Here’s the list of the Top Five single-season NHL winning streaks:

1. Pittsburgh Penguins (17 Games, March 9 – April 10, 1993)
2. New York Islanders (15 Games, Jan. 21 – Feb. 20, 1982)
3. Boston Bruins (14 Games, Dec. 3, 1929 – Jan. 9, 1930)
3. Washington Capitals (14 Games, Jan. 13 – Feb. 7, 2010)
3. Pittsburgh Penguins (14 Games, March 2 – present)

  1. bouchez9393 - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Breaking news…. Gretzky and Lemieux come out of retirement and sign with the penguins! This team is stacked

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      Breaking news ………..if they go bankrupt they can get the first overall pick too !

      • xavier46 - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:55 PM

        Nah, we’ll leave that to your beloved Flyers this year.

    • DonkeyStick - Mar 29, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      Yeah, ask the Philadelphia Eagles how great signing every free agent turned out.

  2. steelers88 - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    The Penguins should just change their name to the RED ARMY! It’s not even fair!

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      The Philadelphia Flyers would love that !

    • ironman721 - Mar 29, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      I was thinking SEAL Team 6. Just saying…..

  3. tmoore4075 - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Only one of those teams on that list went on to win the Cup in those years.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      And the Penguins will do everything they can to make sure they’re the 2nd team to do it. 1993 Pens were coming off back to back Cup wins, and playing the 50 extra games eventually caught up to them. 2 first round playoff exits and a 9 month lockout will rest up the current Pens better than back to back summer breaks of only 2 months. Still a believer!

      • bmscalise - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:12 PM

        Never mind that Kevin Stevens – one of that team’s most vocal leaders – almost died on the ice early in Game 7. I can’t imagine that didn’t affect the team emotionally.

      • JoeAvg - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:30 PM

        I remember a Hockey News article that year titled “To Kill A Walking Bird” that listed about 30 things that could cost the Pens a cup and stated that about 25% of them would have to happen to cause them to lose. After the Islanders series I went back and took a look at the list and about 30% of them did. It started with Lemieux’s anemia, was magnified by Stevens’ fractured eggshell skull, and blew up in game 7 when Francis was tossed due to the ridiculous rule of a game misconduct for drawing blood on a high stick. Some times the Hockey Gods are just against you.

  4. jpelle82 - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    would be a lot cooler if we were talking about 14 wins in a row going into June….not April. this reg season streak just makes me nervous

  5. steelers88 - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    I hope the Penguins at least lose 2 or 3 games. I don’t want the Penguins going into the playoffs on a 27 game winning streak. The more you go on winning streaks the more likely your going to go on a losing streak.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      I don’t want to be the debbie downer, but they will eventually. They had a lot of trouble with the Florida/Carolina roadtrip last time, and that’ll be right after the potential 18th victory. Part of what’s making it slightly easier for them right now is that they are playing so many games at home. From Apr 3-13 all but one of their games is a road game. If I was being a downer and wanted to peg where the streak will be snapped, I’d put my money on somewhere in that 10 day span.

      • sidgeno - Mar 29, 2013 at 3:27 PM

        The Pens’ road record is almost identical to their home record. At home, they are now 14-4-0, and on the road they are 13-4-0. They have been playing quite a few home games recently, but they have won five games during the streak away from Pittsburgh. Of course, they’ll lose a game and the streak will end. I don’t think their play on the trip through Carolina and Florida earlier in the season, though, reflects the way they’ve been playing lately.

  6. mclovinhockey - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Exactly steeler, I don’t follow football at all but I do recall a team recently going undefeated the entire year and in playoffs just to lose in the Super Bowl

  7. bobhpine - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Oh snap, the bankruptcy line just shut it down. How’s 14th place?

    Anyway, enough with the angst about the streak from Pens fans. What do you want them to do, lose against Al Montoya and the Jets? Winning is contagious, look what LA did in the playoffs. The streak guarantees nothing, but please save the peaking too early thing. Iginla hasn’t even gotten to Pittsburgh yet. It’s only getting better, as I believe Iginla is a major upgrade over Tyler Kennedy.

  8. steelers88 - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    I don’t get why some people think trading for Morrow and Iginla were bad trades for the Penguins. Personally I love the trades it gives the Penguins tons of offensive scoring power. Then some people keep saying that they to get a star defensemen hello we have Kris Letang! Plus I love the pickup of Murray.

    • steelhammer92 - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:51 PM

      They are still a pretty young team, even though it seems like most of the core guys have been around forever. Adding guys like Morrow and Iginla will help keep this team disciplined come playoff time.. Something they seriously lacked last season.

    • stakex - Mar 29, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      Anyone whos says its actually going to hurt the Pens is an idiot. It is however very debatable how much those trades will actually help the Pens. At the end of the day, the Pens scoring will probably stay about where it is already.

      Also, one star defensemen isn’t enough to win a cup. In fairness to the Pens, and I’m one of the people that don’t think the Pens have the back end to win a cup this year, they their defense has been good lately. Thing about that is theres not much pressure on it right now. The Pens are hot, and everythings going right… the defense doesn’t have to be very good. Once the playoffs start, and the defense has pressure on it to perform every night (not to mention Fleury, a very over rated goalie) it will be interesting to see if it breaks.

  9. drone501 - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    the last time the flyers won a cup, i was buying my first leasure suit.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      Something tells me you still wear it ! Does it go nice with your camo pens hat !

      • drone501 - Mar 29, 2013 at 3:20 PM

        exactly. before the flyers ever win a cup again, the leisure suit will be back in style you crazy flyer fan loser.

    • DonkeyStick - Mar 29, 2013 at 5:30 PM

      I wasn’t even born!

  10. steelers88 - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Wow ESPN just compared the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Miami Heat.

    • JoeAvg - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      This just shows how bad ESPN is. The two situation are not similar. The Pens did not go out and throw a bunch of money at league superstars in their prime and sign them to new deals. They made three simple trades, giving up team assets, to aquire three veterans past their prime and already signed to contracts. It was done to add grit and depth, and address what they percieved as a team need. They wanted to make a good team stronger for the playoffs not build team NHL. The rest is all media hyperbole.

    • drone501 - Mar 29, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      figures. espn is 99% basketball.

      • ironman721 - Mar 29, 2013 at 4:30 PM

        ESPN is awful! They are prejudice against any sport that they do not televise or make 💰💵 from. Hockey is hardly ever mentioned by “Disney sports network”. ESPN = 💩❗

  11. modellforprez - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    I would like to send a special shout out to Calgary and all flame fans. we appreciate the kind words and support for your captain who will be loved here but nobody will forget where he came from and what he did for your city and franchise. we know he is a Iconic figure who is total class. so in closing the picks and prospects will never be able to compare to Iggy but remember it was his choice where to go and we welcome him with open arms. Calgary flame fans are a class act and love their captain and it had to be hard to part ways. i couldnt imagine losing Mario or sid and geno. it was hard as a fan watching Jagr talk his way out of town and it was hard to see Jordan Staal go but all good things must come to an end. NOW LET’S GET A CUP!!!!!

  12. drone501 - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    last year the pens started to lose games they should have won and the defense loosened up towards the end of the season and carried over into the first round of the playoffs. it wasn”t a great effort by the flyers to beat the pens. hell, look what happened to philly the next round. just an average team. shero pulls off all these great trades to help give the pens more experience thru the cup run and holmgren is so stupid he can’t even pickup a descent d man. an average franchise.

  13. hockeywithdrawal - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    I think they have the team that will put it in perspective – especially after losing in round 1 the last two years.

    By the way, Murray looked like a solid pickup in the game last night. Awesome.

  14. steelers88 - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Aren’t the Flyers close to being over the salary cap?

    • valoisvipers - Mar 29, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      You are right, the Flyers have spent every penny as they have zero cap space left.

  15. wisdomnfl - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Funny to see Flyer fans making comments. Keep ‘em coming, they simply reinforce what everyone already knows about you pathetic people!!!

  16. joewilliesshnoz - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    This team is so good, it’s scary.

  17. bobhpine - Mar 29, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Hey we should all play this game.

    The last time the Flyers won the cup…

    …I was still years and years away from being born. Where were you?!

    • sidgeno - Mar 29, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      Sorry to say, I was just out of college and working in Virginia. That means on thing, I guess — I am OLD!

      It’s fun reading the Philadelphia Inquirer about each Flyers loss and, especially, the comments. The “fans” are just such losers! There is so much hate spewed at Sid. They are too dumb to realize that he feeds off of it and it makes him work even harder when he plays there. drone501 hit the nail on the head as to why the Pens blew up in the playoffs last year. I think (and hope) they learned from that.

  18. stakex - Mar 29, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Well no one else wants to say it, so I will.

    If you want to compare this streak to the record, it actually sits at 10 games… not 14. The Pens 4th game of the streak was won in a shootout, which would have been a tie (hench, not a win) in 1993. I mean how many other winning steaks back then ended due to ties, that might have gone on to be much longer with a shootout?

    Not to say its still not a very impressive streak, because it is… but theres no way to ignore that the streak would have ended at three games before the shootout entered the game. So to count that shootout win towards a streak when talking about the record (set before the shootout) would be idiotic.

    Also, it gives you all the more appreciation for the Pens streak in 1993. They did it without a gimmic, which the shootout certainly is.

  19. steelers4385 - Mar 30, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Cool…in other news i just took a monster record breaking…one for the books…historic dump.

  20. giantssb42champs - Mar 30, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Good point about the shootout win during the streak. The ’82 Islanders accomplished their streak without benefit of overtime or shootouts. IIRC, win #15 was a final minute goal in regulation against the Colorado Rockies.

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