(Cliff Richards ladies and gentlemen.)
We're a day late with his but congrats to the Penguins who tied a team record last night. They matched the franchise record for fewest shots in a game with thieir meaty output of 11 pucks on net against the Sharks.
That marked tied the team's mark that was set in the following games:
- 3-0 loss at Boston March 27, 1977. No information is available on the Web for this game.
- 7-0 home loss to Carolina, Dec. 1, 2001. Jan Hrdina, Josef Melichar and Kevin Stevens were the only members of the team to get at least two shots.
- 3-0 home loss to Los Angeles, Oct. 10, 2003. This was Marc-Andre Fleury's debut in the NHL. He was "welcomed" to the league by the Kings who put 49 shots on net. He did stop Esa Pirnes on a penalty shot. The immortal Zigmund Palffy had a goal and an assist for the Kings. No Penguins skater had more than one shot on net.
- 2-1 overtime loss at Carolina, Dec. 18, 2003. Konstantin Koltsov scored the Penguins' only goal. He was also the only Penguin with at least two shots. Glen Wesley scored the winning goal in overtime. Ron Francis assisted on it.
- 3-3 tie at Ottawa, Dec. 26, 2003. Lord knows how they got a tie out of this game. Patrick Lalime was in net for Ottawa so that might've had something to do with it. Tom Kostopoulos had two goals while Steve McKenna had the other for the Penguins. The Penguins managed only two shots in the third period and overtime. Kostopoulos led the Penguins with three shots while rookie Sebastien Caron made 41 saves.
So we might not have noticed it immediately, but the Penguins created a little history last night.
And we totally forgot how bad that 2003-04 team was. It tied the record three seperate times.
UPDATE: We wandered back to the PG's library and dug through the microfilm for information on that Bruins game. Nothing really of note occured in the contest outside of the fact that the Penguins established a franchise record for fewest shots on goal. The previous record was 16. Denis Herron was in net for the Penguins that night and lost the game despite making 33 saves. Don Cherry was the coach of the Bruins at the time and was apparently in the middle of a contract dispute. Boston would go on to the Stanley Cup final that season and lose to the Canadiens in four games.