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1980–81 Pittsburgh Penguins · NHL
Division 3rd Norris
Conference 7th Prince of Wales
1980–81 record 30-37-13
Goals for 302
Goals against 345
General Manager Baz Bastien
Coach Eddie Johnston
Captain Orest Kindrachuk
Randy Carlyle
Arena Pittsburgh Civic Arena
Team Leaders
Goals Rick Kehoe (55)
Assists Randy Carlyle (67)
Points Rick Kehoe (88)
Penalties in minutes Paul Baxter (204)
Wins Greg Millen (25)
Goals against average Nick Ricci (3.89)
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1979–80 1981–82

The 1980–81 Pittsburgh Penguins season was the team's 14th in the National Hockey League. The Penguins finished 3rd in the Norris Division and lost in the Preliminary round to the St. Louis Blues 3 games to 2.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

Main article: 1980 NHL Entry Draft
Round Pick Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 9. Mike Bullard Flag of Canada Canada Brantford Alexanders (OMJHL)
3 51. Randy Boyd Flag of Canada Canada Ottawa 67's (OMJHL)
4 72. Tony Feltrin Flag of Canada Canada Victoria Cougars (WHL)
5 93. Doug Shedden Flag of Canada Canada Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OMJHL)
6 114. Pat Graham Flag of Canada Canada Niagara Falls Flyers (OMJHL)
8 156. Rob Geale Flag of Canada Canada Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)
9 177. Brian Lundberg Flag of Canada Canada University of Michigan Wolverines (CCHA)
10 198. Steve McKenzie Flag of Canada Canada St. Albert Saints (AJHL)

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Norris Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Montreal Canadiens 80 45 22 13 332 232 103
Los Angeles Kings 80 43 24 13 337 290 99
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 30 37 13 302 345 73
Hartford Whalers 80 21 41 18 292 372 60
Detroit Red Wings 80 19 43 18 252 339 56

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]

Regular Season Results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
2 W October 11, 1980 5–4 Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 1–1–0
3 W October 12, 1980 6–3 @ New York Rangers (1980–81) 2–1–0
4 L October 15, 1980 2–5 Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 2–2–0
5 L October 18, 1980 2–4 Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 2–3–0
6 L October 21, 1980 5–8 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 2–4–0
7 W October 22, 1980 9–3 St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 3–4–0
8 L October 25, 1980 2–8 Calgary Flames (1980–81) 3–5–0
9 T October 29, 1980 1–1 @ Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 3–5–1
10 W October 31, 1980 6–5 @ Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 4–5–1
11 L November 1, 1980 3–6 @ Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 4–6–1
12 T November 3, 1980 4–4 @ Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 4–6–2
13 L November 5, 1980 1–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 4–7–2
14 W November 8, 1980 5–3 Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 5–7–2
15 L November 9, 1980 4–7 @ Boston Bruins (1980–81) 5–8–2
16 L November 12, 1980 1–3 Washington Capitals (1980–81) 5–9–2
17 T November 14, 1980 3–3 @ New York Rangers (1980–81) 5–9–3
18 L November 15, 1980 4–7 Boston Bruins (1980–81) 5–10–3
19 L November 19, 1980 2–3 Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 5–11–3
20 W November 22, 1980 4–2 Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 6–11–3
21 L November 26, 1980 4–7 Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 6–12–3
22 T November 27, 1980 3–3 @ Boston Bruins (1980–81) 6–12–4
23 L November 29, 1980 2–4 New York Rangers (1980–81) 6–13–4
24 T December 3, 1980 4–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 6–13–5
25 W December 4, 1980 3–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1980–81) 7–13–5
26 W December 6, 1980 6–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 8–13–5
27 L December 7, 1980 1–10 @ Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 8–14–5
28 W December 10, 1980 4–3 Montreal Canadiens (1980–81) 9–14–5
29 W December 12, 1980 6–2 @ Washington Capitals (1980–81) 10–14–5
30 L December 13, 1980 5–6 Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 10–15–5
31 T December 17, 1980 3–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 10–15–6
32 L December 19, 1980 4–10 @ Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 10–16–6
33 T December 20, 1980 3–3 @ Calgary Flames (1980–81) 10–16–7
34 L December 23, 1980 3–6 @ St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 10–17–7
35 L December 26, 1980 7–9 @ Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 10–18–7
36 W December 27, 1980 6–4 Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 11–18–7
37 L December 31, 1980 1–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 11–19–7
38 W January 3, 1981 6–4 Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 12–19–7
39 L January 4, 1981 2–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 12–20–7
40 W January 7, 1981 7–3 New York Islanders (1980–81) 13–20–7
41 L January 8, 1981 2–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1980–81) 13–21–7
42 L January 10, 1981 3–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 13–22–7
43 L January 13, 1981 3–6 @ New York Islanders (1980–81) 13–23–7
44 W January 14, 1981 6–3 St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 14–23–7
45 W January 17, 1981 5–4 Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 15–23–7
46 L January 21, 1981 0–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 15–24–7
47 W January 24, 1981 4–3 Calgary Flames (1980–81) 16–24–7
48 L January 27, 1981 1–7 @ St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 16–25–7
49 W January 28, 1981 3–1 Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 17–25–7
50 T January 31, 1981 4–4 Washington Capitals (1980–81) 17–25–8
51 L February 2, 1981 4–8 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 17–26–8
52 W February 4, 1981 3–2 @ Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 18–26–8
53 L February 6, 1981 4–6 @ Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 18–27–8
54 L February 7, 1981 4–5 @ Calgary Flames (1980–81) 18–28–8
55 W February 12, 1981 5–3 New York Islanders (1980–81) 19–28–8
56 T February 14, 1981 2–2 Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 19–28–9
57 L February 17, 1981 1–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 19–29–9
58 W February 19, 1981 6–2 Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 20–29–9
59 L February 21, 1981 1–6 Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 20–30–9
60 W February 22, 1981 9–4 Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 21–30–9
61 W February 25, 1981 4–3 Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 22–30–9
62 W February 26, 1981 7–5 @ Washington Capitals (1980–81) 23–30–9
63 W February 28, 1981 6–4 New York Rangers (1980–81) 24–30–9
64 W March 2, 1981 5–4 @ Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 25–30–9
65 W March 4, 1981 6–5 Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 26–30–9
66 L March 7, 1981 5–8 @ Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 26–31–9
67 W March 8, 1981 6–4 Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 27–31–9
68 L March 11, 1981 1–2 Montreal Canadiens (1980–81) 27–32–9
69 T March 14, 1981 3–3 Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 27–32–10
70 L March 16, 1981 6–7 @ Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 27–33–10
71 L March 17, 1981 3–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 27–34–10
72 T March 19, 1981 4–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 27–34–11
73 W March 21, 1981 3–1 @ Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 28–34–11
74 W March 25, 1981 5–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 29–34–11
75 T March 28, 1981 4–4 @ New York Islanders (1980–81) 29–34–12
76 L March 29, 1981 2–5 Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 29–35–12
77 L March 31, 1981 1–5 @ Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 29–36–12
78 T April 2, 1981 1–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 29–36–13
79 L April 4, 1981 2–5 Boston Bruins (1980–81) 29–37–13
80 W April 5, 1981 5–4 @ Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 30–37–13

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

St. Louis Blues 3, Pittsburgh Penguins 2[edit | edit source]

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Skaters[edit | edit source]

Note: GP= Games played; G= Goals; A= Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties in Minutes

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Player # GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
Rick Kehoe 17 80 55 33 88 6 5 0 3 3 0
Randy Carlyle 25 76 16 67 83 136 5 4 5 9 9
Paul Gardner 20 62 34 40 74 59 5 1 0 1 8
Peter Lee 10 80 30 34 64 86 5 0 4 4 4
Rod Schutt 27 80 25 35 60 55 5 3 3 6 16
Mario Faubert 5 72 8 44 52 118 5 1 1 2 4
Greg Malone 12 62 21 29 50 68 5 2 3 5 16
Ross Lonsberry 18 80 17 33 50 76 5 0 0 0 2
George Ferguson 11 79 25 18 43 42 5 2 6 8 9
Ron Stackhouse 3 74 6 29 35 86 4 0 1 1 6
Mark Johnson 9 73 10 23 33 50 5 2 1 3 6
Gregg Sheppard 19 47 11 17 28 49 5 2 4 6 2
Pat Hughes 24 58 10 9 19 161 - - - - -
Paul Baxter 4 51 5 14 19 204 5 0 1 1 28
Russ Anderson 7 34 3 14 17 112 - - - - -
Errol Thompson 6 34 6 8 14 12 - - - - -
Nick Libett 14 43 6 6 12 4 - - - - -
Orest Kindrachuk 26 13 3 9 12 34 - - - - -
Gary McAdam 16 34 3 9 12 30 - - - - -
Pat Price 2 13 0 10 10 33 5 1 1 2 21
Marc Chorney 24 8 1 6 7 14 2 0 1 1 2
Jim Hamilton 23 20 1 6 7 18 1 0 0 0 0
Paul Marshall 20 13 3 0 3 4 - - - - -
Mike Bullard 22 15 1 2 3 19 4 3 3 6 0
Dave Burrows 8 53 0 2 2 28 1 0 0 0 0
Greg Millen 29 63 0 2 2 6 5 0 0 0 0
Kim Davis 22 8 1 0 1 4 - - - - -
Gary Rissling 23 25 1 0 1 143 5 0 1 1 4
Bennett Wolf 6 24 0 1 1 94 - - - - -
Gilles Lupien 2 31 0 1 1 34 - - - - -
Tony Feltrin 33 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Nick Ricci 31 9 0 0 0 2 - - - - -
Rob Holland 1 10 0 0 0 0 - - - - -

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Penguins. Stats reflect time with the Penguins only. Traded mid-season

Goaltenders[edit | edit source]

Note: GP= Games played; TOI= Time on ice (minutes); W= Wins; L= Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals Against; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals Against Average

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Player # GP TOI W L T GA SO GAA GP TOI W L GA SO GAA
Nick Ricci 31 9 540 4 5 0 35 0 3.89 - - - - - - -
Greg Millen 29 63 3721 25 27 10 258 0 4.16 5 325 2 3 19 0 3.51
Rob Holland 1 10 539 1 5 3 45 0 5.01 - - - - - - -

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

The Penguins were involved in the following transactions during the 1980–81 season:

Trades[edit | edit source]

September 26, 1980 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Gilles Lupien
To Montreal Canadiens
3rd round pick in 1983 Draft
(traded to Winnipeg Jets, Jets selected Peter Taglianetti)
November 8, 1980 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Dave Burrows
Paul Gardner
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Kim Davis
Paul Marshall
January 2, 1981 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Gary Rissling
To Washington Capitals
5th round pick in 1981 Draft
(Peter Sidorkiewicz)
January 8, 1981 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Dave Burrows
Errol Thompson
To Detroit Red Wings
Gary McAdam
February 20, 1981 To Pittsburgh Penguins
6th round pick in 1981 Draft
(Paul Edwards)
To Hartford Whalers
Gilles Lupien
March 10, 1981 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Pat Price
To Edmonton Oilers
Pat Hughes

Additions and Subtractions[edit | edit source]

Additions
Player Former team Via
Paul Baxter Quebec Nordiques free agency (1980-08-07)
Subtractions
Player New team Via
Tom Bladon Edmonton Oilers free agency (1980-07-10)
Kim Clackson Quebec Nordiques compensation for signing of Paul Baxter (1980-08-07)


References[edit | edit source]

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