1976–77 Pittsburgh Penguins season
|1976–77 Pittsburgh Penguins|
|General Manager||Wren Blair (Oct–Dec) |
Baz Bastien (Dec–Apr)
|Arena||Pittsburgh Civic Arena|
|Goals||Jean Pronovost (33)|
|Assists||Syl Apps, Jr. (43)|
|Points||Jean Pronovost (64)|
|Penalty minutes||Bob Kelly (115)|
|Wins||Dunc Wilson (18)|
|Goals against average||Denis Herron (2.94)|
The 1976–77 Pittsburgh Penguins season was their tenth in the National Hockey League. They finished third in the Norris Division for the third season in a row. In the playoffs, the Penguins were eliminated in the first round. Changes occurred in management and ownership. In December 1976, Baz Bastien replaced Wren Blair as the club's general manager. The club was sold to shopping mall magnate Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr. in February 1977.
Despite the fact that Pierre Larouche, Jean Pronovost and Syl Apps were unable to reproduce their franchise record-setting offensive output of the previous season the team finished with a similar regular season record on the strength of improved defensive prowess and the goaltending of Dunc Wilson and Denis Herron, who was re-acquired from the Kansas City Scouts in the off-season.
General Manager Wren Blair, who had been part of the ownership group which bought the club from the NHL in July 1975 until February 1976, was removed from his position December 3, 1976. Aldege 'Baz' Bastien, the man who had coached the American Hockey League's Pittsburgh Hornets to a Calder Cup championship in 1967, was named Blair's replacement.
|Los Angeles Kings||80||34||31||15||271||241||83|
|Detroit Red Wings||80||16||55||9||183||309||41|
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.
Schedule and results
|Legend: = Win = Loss = Tie|
The Penguins' opponent in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs was once again the Toronto Maple Leafs. While the Penguins' offensive output greatly improved to ten goals scored (compared to 1976's three goals), the Maple Leafs once again dispatched the Penguins in three games.
|April 5||Toronto Maple Leafs||4–2||Pittsburgh Penguins||Civic Arena||Recap|
|No scoring||First period||13:25 – Bob Kelly (1)|
|Don Ashby (1) – 04:12
Lanny McDonald (1) – 12:11
|Second period||No scoring|
|Dave Williams (1) – 10:32
Darryl Sittler (1) – en – 19:52
|Third period||18:34 – pp – Mario Faubert (1)|
|Wayne Thomas 29 saves / 31 shots||Goalie stats||Denis Herron 29 saves / 32 shots|
|April 7||Pittsburgh Penguins||6–4||Toronto Maple Leafs||Maple Leaf Gardens||Recap|
|Jean Pronovost (1) – 01:01
Ron Stackhouse (1) – 06:37
Syl Apps Jr. (1) – pp – 12:30
|First period||No scoring|
|Lowell MacDonald (1) – 07:38||Second period||06:10 – pp – Darryl Sittler (2)|
12:38 – Stan Weir (1)
|Greg Malone (1) – 13:57
Ron Stackhouse (2) – en – 19:23
|Third period||03:37 – pp – Ian Turnbull (1)|
07:52 – Borje Salming (1)
|Denis Herron 37 saves / 41 shots||Goalie stats||Wayne Thomas 28 saves / 33 shots|
|April 9||Toronto Maple Leafs||5–2||Pittsburgh Penguins||Civic Arena||Recap|
|Borje Salming (2) – pp – 08:34
Ian Turnbull (2) – pp – 14:14
|First period||19:40 – pp – Jean Pronovost (2)|
|Lanny McDonald (2) – 08:46
Lanny McDonald (3) – 14:17
|Second period||16:06 – Blair Chapman (1)|
|Lanny McDonald (4) – en – 19:44||Third period||No scoring|
|Mike Palmateer 38 saves / 40 shots||Goalie stats||Denis Herron 37 saves / 41 shots|
|Toronto won series 2–1|
†Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Penguins. Stats reflect time with the Penguins only.
‡Denotes player was traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with the Penguins only.
Awards and records
- Syl Apps, Jr. became the first player to record 300 assists for the Penguins. He did so in a 9–5 win over Vancouver on October 6th.
- Jean Pronovost became the first person to play 600 games for the Penguins. He did so in a 1–2 loss to Atlanta on October 15th.
- Jean Pronovost became the first player to score 500 points for the Penguins. He did so in a 3–6 loss to New York on December 11th.
The Penguins were involved in the following transactions during the 1976–77 season:
|August 11, 1976||To Montreal Canadiens
1978 3rd round pick
|To Pittsburgh Penguins
|October 8, 1976||To New York Rangers
1978 4th round pick
|To Pittsburgh Penguins
|October 18, 1976||To Los Angeles Kings
1977 5th round pick
|To Pittsburgh Penguins
Additions and subtractions
†Colin Campbell was loaned to the Rockies for one season. He was returned to the Penguins in 1977.
|7||Russell Anderson||D||L||22||1975||Minneapolis, Minnesota|
|26||Syl Apps Jr.||C||R||29||1964||Toronto, Ontario|
|24||Don Awrey||D||L||33||Undrafted||Kitchener, Ontario|
|20||Yves Bergeron||RW||R||25||1972||Malartic, Quebec|
|14||Wayne Bianchin||RW||L||23||1973||Nanaimo, British Columbia|
|4||David Burrows||D||L||28||Undrafted||Toronto, Ontario|
|9||Blair Chapman||RW||R||20||1976||Lloydminster, Saskatchewan|
|27||Mike Corrigan||LW||L||31||Undrafted||Ottawa, Ontario|
|5||Mario Faubert||D||R||22||1974||Valleyfield, Quebec|
|23||Ed Gilbert||C||L||25||1972||Hamilton, Ontario|
|15||Stan Gilbertson||LW||L||32||Undrafted||Duluth, Minnesota|
|11||Vic Hadfield||LW||L||36||Undrafted||Oakville, Ontario|
|1||Denis Herron||G||L||24||1972||Chambly, Quebec|
|8||Rick Kehoe||RW||R||25||1971||Windsor, Ontario|
|22||John Kelly||RW||L||30||1967||Fort William, Ontario|
|10||Pierre Larouche||C||R||21||1974||Taschereau, Quebec|
|30||Gordon Laxton||G||L||22||1975||Montreal, Quebec|
|5||Steve Lyon||D||R||24||1972||Toronto, Ontario|
|18||Lowell MacDonald||LW||R||35||Undrafted||New Glasgow, Nova Scotia|
|12||William Malone||C||L||21||1976||Fredericton, New Brunswick|
|16||Lew Morrison||RW||R||29||1968||Gainsborough, Saskatchewan|
|25||Dennis Owchar||D||R||24||1973||Dryden, Ontario|
|6||Thomas Price||D||—||22||1974||Toronto, Ontario|
|19||Jean Pronovost||RW||R||31||Undrafted||Shawinigan Falls, Quebec|
|17||Ron Schock (C)||C||L||33||Undrafted||Chapleau, Ontario|
|3||Ronald Stackhouse||D||R||27||1969||Haliburton, Ontario|
|2||Ed Van Impe||D||L||36||Undrafted||Saskatoon, Saskatchewan|
|29||Dunc Wilson||G||L||29||Undrafted||Toronto, Ontario|
|Round||#||Player||Pos||Nationality||College/Junior/Club Team (League)|
|1||2||Blair Chapman||Right Wing||Canada||Saskatoon Blades (WCHL)|
|2||19||Greg Malone||Center||Canada||Oshawa Generals (OHA)|
|2||29||Peter Marsh||Right Wing||Canada||Sherbrooke Beavers (QMJHL)|
|3||47||Morris Lukowich||Left Wing||Canada||Medicine Hat Tigers (WCHL)|
|4||65||Greg Redquest||Goaltender||Canada||Oshawa Generals (OHA)|
|5||83||Brendan Lowe||Defense||Canada||Sherbrooke Beavers (QMJHL)|
|6||101||Vic Sirko||Defense||Canada||Oshawa Generals (OHA)|
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