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1970–71 Pittsburgh Penguins · NHL
Division 6th West
1970–71 record 21–37–20
Goals for 221
Goals against 240
General Manager Red Kelly
Coach Red Kelly
Captain Vacant
Alternate captains Keith McCreary
Duane Rupp
Ken Schinkel
Bob Woytowich
Arena Pittsburgh Civic Arena
Average attendance 9,671
Team Leaders
Goals Jean Pronovost (21)
Assists Bryan Hextall (32)
Points Bryan Hextall (48)
Penalties in minutes Bryan Hextall (133)
Wins Les Binkley (11)
Goals against average Les Binkley (2.85)
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1969–70 1971–72

The 1970–71 Pittsburgh Penguins season was the franchise's fourth season in the National Hockey League. The Penguins finished 6th in the West Division and missed the playoffs.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

West Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Chicago Black Hawks 78 49 20 9 277 184 107
St. Louis Blues 78 34 25 19 223 208 87
Philadelphia Flyers 78 28 33 17 207 225 73
Minnesota North Stars 78 28 34 16 191 223 72
Los Angeles Kings 78 25 40 13 239 303 63
Pittsburgh Penguins 78 21 37 20 221 240 62
California Golden Seals 78 20 53 5 199 320 45

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Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Game Log[edit | edit source]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 10, 1970 1–2 Buffalo Sabres (1970–71) 0–1–0
2 L October 15, 1970 2–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1970–71) 0–2–0
3 T October 17, 1970 0–0 Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71) 0–2–1
4 T October 18, 1970 1–1 @ Buffalo Sabres (1970–71) 0–2–2
5 L October 21, 1970 2–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1970–71) 0–3–2
6 W October 23, 1970 3–1 @ California Golden Seals (1970–71) 1–3–2
7 T October 25, 1970 1–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (1970–71) 1–3–3
8 W October 28, 1970 5–3 Los Angeles Kings (1970–71) 2–3–3
9 L October 31, 1970 2–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71) 2–4–3
10 L November 1, 1970 2–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71) 2–5–3
11 W November 4, 1970 8–3 Vancouver Canucks (1970–71) 3–5–3
12 T November 7, 1970 2–2 Boston Bruins (1970–71) 3–5–4
13 T November 8, 1970 3–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1970–71) 3–5–5
14 L November 10, 1970 1–5 Los Angeles Kings (1970–71) 3–6–5
15 T November 11, 1970 3–3 @ New York Rangers (1970–71) 3–6–6
16 W November 14, 1970 6–1 California Golden Seals (1970–71) 4–6–6
17 L November 19, 1970 0–1 St. Louis Blues (1970–71) 4–7–6
18 W November 21, 1970 6–1 Detroit Red Wings (1970–71) 5–7–6
19 L November 22, 1970 2–4 @ Boston Bruins (1970–71) 5–8–6
20 T November 24, 1970 4–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1970–71) 5–8–7
21 T November 25, 1970 4–4 Buffalo Sabres (1970–71) 5–8–8
22 L November 28, 1970 1–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1970–71) 5–9–8
23 L November 29, 1970 2–6 @ New York Rangers (1970–71) 5–10–8
24 T December 2, 1970 3–3 Montreal Canadiens (1970–71) 5–10–9
25 W December 5, 1970 3–1 Vancouver Canucks (1970–71) 6–10–9
26 L December 6, 1970 3–6 @ Boston Bruins (1970–71) 6–11–9
27 W December 8, 1970 4–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1970–71) 7–11–9
28 T December 9, 1970 2–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1970–71) 7–11–10
29 L December 11, 1970 2–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1970–71) 7–12–10
30 L December 12, 1970 0–1 Minnesota North Stars (1970–71) 7–13–10
31 L December 16, 1970 2–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1970–71) 7–14–10
32 W December 19, 1970 9–1 Detroit Red Wings (1970–71) 8–14–10
33 L December 20, 1970 1–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71) 8–15–10
34 L December 23, 1970 1–6 @ New York Rangers (1970–71) 8–16–10
35 L December 25, 1970 4–8 @ Boston Bruins (1970–71) 8–17–10
36 W December 26, 1970 4–2 Boston Bruins (1970–71) 9–17–10
37 T December 30, 1970 3–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1970–71) 9–17–11
38 W December 31, 1970 4–1 Minnesota North Stars (1970–71) 10–17–11
39 L January 2, 1971 1–3 New York Rangers (1970–71) 10–18–11
40 L January 6, 1971 3–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71) 10–19–11
41 L January 9, 1971 2–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1970–71) 10–20–11
42 W January 13, 1971 4–2 Los Angeles Kings (1970–71) 11–20–11
43 T January 14, 1971 2–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1970–71) 11–20–12
44 W January 16, 1971 4–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1970–71) 12–20–12
45 W January 20, 1971 4–2 @ California Golden Seals (1970–71) 13–20–12
46 L January 21, 1971 2–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1970–71) 13–21–12
47 W January 23, 1971 4–1 Vancouver Canucks (1970–71) 14–21–12
48 W January 27, 1971 3–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1970–71) 15–21–12
49 L January 28, 1971 1–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71) 15–22–12
50 W January 30, 1971 3–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71) 16–22–12
51 W February 3, 1971 6–1 California Golden Seals (1970–71) 17–22–12
52 T February 5, 1971 2–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1970–71) 17–22–13
53 L February 7, 1971 0–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71) 17–23–13
54 L February 9, 1971 1–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1970–71) 17–24–13
55 W February 10, 1971 5–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71) 18–24–13
56 W February 13, 1971 5–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71) 19–24–13
57 L February 14, 1971 4–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1970–71) 19–25–13
58 L February 17, 1971 3–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1970–71) 19–26–13
59 T February 18, 1971 6–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1970–71) 19–26–14
60 L February 20, 1971 0–2 New York Rangers (1970–71) 19–27–14
61 T February 24, 1971 5–5 St. Louis Blues (1970–71) 19–27–15
62 L February 27, 1971 0–4 New York Rangers (1970–71) 19–28–15
63 L February 28, 1971 2–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1970–71) 19–29–15
64 W March 3, 1971 4–0 Montreal Canadiens (1970–71) 20–29–15
65 L March 6, 1971 3–6 Boston Bruins (1970–71) 20–30–15
66 T March 7, 1971 3–3 California Golden Seals (1970–71) 20–30–16
67 T March 10, 1971 2–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71) 20–30–17
68 T March 13, 1971 0–0 Minnesota North Stars (1970–71) 20–30–18
69 L March 14, 1971 1–5 Montreal Canadiens (1970–71) 20–31–18
70 L March 17, 1971 2–5 @ California Golden Seals (1970–71) 20–32–18
71 L March 19, 1971 4–6 @ Vancouver Canucks (1970–71) 20–33–18
72 L March 20, 1971 4–8 @ Los Angeles Kings (1970–71) 20–34–18
73 W March 24, 1971 8–2 Detroit Red Wings (1970–71) 21–34–18
74 L March 28, 1971 1–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71) 21–35–18
75 L March 31, 1971 4–6 Buffalo Sabres (1970–71) 21–36–18
76 T April 1, 1971 3–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1970–71) 21–36–19
77 L April 3, 1971 3–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1970–71) 21–37–19
78 T April 4, 1971 1–1 St. Louis Blues (1970–71) 21–37–20

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

  • The Penguins did not qualify for the post season.

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Forwards[edit | edit source]

Note: GP= Games played; G= Goals; AST= Assists; PTS = Points; PIM = Points

Player GP G AST PTS PIM
Bryan Hextall 76 16 32 48 133
Jean Pronovost 78 21 24 45 35
Andy Bathgate 76 15 29 44 34
Wally Boyer 68 11 30 41 30
Ron Schock 71 14 26 40 20
Dean Prentice 69 21 17 38 18
Ken Schinkel 50 15 19 34 6
Keith McCreary 59 21 12 33 24
Greg Polis 61 18 15 33 40
Nick Harbaruk 78 13 12 25 108
Syl Apps 31 9 16 25 21
Rod Zaine 37 8 5 13 21
Val Fonteyne 70 4 9 13 0
Glen Sather 46 8 3 11 96
John Stewart 15 2 1 3 9
Robin Burns 10 0 3 3 4
Rick Kessell 6 0 2 2 2
Steve Cardwell 5 0 1 1 15
Lowell MacDonald 10 0 1 1 0

Defencemen[edit | edit source]

Note: GP= Games played; G= Goals; AST= Assists; PTS = Points; PIM = Points

Player GP G AST PTS PIM
Duane Rupp 59 5 28 33 34
Dunc McCallum 77 9 20 29 95
Bob Woytowich 78 4 22 26 30
Jim Morrison 73 0 10 10 32
Bob Blackburn 64 4 5 9 54
Bryan Watson 43 2 6 8 119
Yvon Labre 21 1 1 2 19
Sheldon Kannegiesser 18 0 2 2 29

Goaltending[edit | edit source]

Note: GP= Games played; MIN= Minutes; W= Wins; L= Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals Against

Player GP MIN W L T SO GAA
Les Binkley 34 1870 11 11 10 2 2.86
Al Smith 46 2472 9 22 9 2 3.11
Cam Newton 5 281 1 3 1 0 3.42
Paul Hoganson 2 57 0 1 0 0 7.37

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

  • The Penguins did not win any awards this season.

Transactions[edit | edit source]

The Penguins were involved in the following transactions during the 1970–71 season:

Trades[edit | edit source]

June 11, 1970 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Terry Ball
To Philadelphia Flyers
George Swarbrick
June 15, 1970 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Darryl Edestrand
To Philadelphia Flyers
cash
October 2, 1970 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Robin Burns
To Montreal Canadiens
cash
January 24, 1971 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Jean-Guy Lagace
To Buffalo Sabres
Terry Ball
January 26, 1971 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Syl Apps
Sheldon Kannegiesser
To New York Rangers
Glen Sather

Additions and Subtractions[edit | edit source]

Additions
Player Former team Via
Lowell MacDonald Los Angeles Kings Intra-League Draft (1970–06–09)
Subtractions
Player New team Via
Joe Daley Buffalo Sabres waivers (1970–06–09)
Jean-Guy Lagace Minnesota North Stars Intra-League Draft (1970–06–09)
Doug Barrie Buffalo Sabres Expansion Draft (1970–06–10)
Mike McMahon Buffalo Sabres Expansion Draft (1970–06–10)
Tracy Pratt Buffalo Sabres Expansion Draft (1970–06–10)

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

See also: 1970 NHL Amateur Draft
Round Overall pick Player Nationality Position
1 7 Greg Polis Flag of Canada Canada Left wing
2 21 John Stewart Flag of Canada Canada Left wing
3 35 Larry Bignell Flag of Canada Canada Defenceman
4 49 Connie Forey Flag of Canada Canada Winger
5 63 Steve Cardwell Flag of Canada Canada Winger
6 77 Bob Fitchner Flag of Canada Canada Center
7 90 Jim Pearson Flag of Canada Canada Defenceman
8 102 Cam Newton Flag of Canada Canada Goaltender
9 110 Ron Lemieux Flag of Canada Canada Defenceman

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Standings: NHL Public Relations Department (2008). in Dave McCarthy et al: THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Official Guide & Record Book/2009. National Hockey League, 150. ISBN 978-1-894801-14-0. 
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