2005–06 Pittsburgh Penguins · NHL
Division 5th Atlantic
Conference 15th Eastern
2005–06 record 22–46–14
Coach Ed Olczyk
Captain Mario Lemieux (Oct-Jan)
Vacant (Jan-Apr)
Alternate captains Sidney Crosby
Sergei Gonchar
John LeClair
Mark Recchi
Team Leaders
Goals Sidney Crosby (39)
Assists Sidney Crosby (63)
Points Sidney Crosby (102)
Penalties in minutes Brooks Orpik (124)
Wins Marc-Andre Fleury (13)
Goals against average Marc-Andre Fleury (3.25)
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The Pittsburgh Penguins season was the team's 38th season in the National Hockey League. It was the rookie season for first-overall draft pick Sidney Crosby.

Offseason[edit | edit source]

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Sidney Crosby with the Penguins.

Sidney Crosby[edit | edit source]

Sidney Crosby was selected first overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 30, 2005. Due to the labour stoppage in the previous season, the 2005 draft was conducted via a weighted lottery based on each team's playoff appearances and draft lottery victories in the last four years. This lottery system led to the draft being popularly referred to as the Sidney Crosby Lottery or the Sidney Crosby Sweepstakes.[1]

On December 16, 2005, Michel Therrien named Crosby as an alternate captain for the Penguins. The move drew criticism from some hockey pundits, including Don Cherry, who claimed that Crosby had done nothing to earn the position.[2]

Crosby finished his rookie season with the franchise record in assists (63) and points (102) for a rookie, both of which had been previously held by Mario Lemieux. Crosby is the youngest player in the history of the NHL to score 100 points in a single season, and only the seventh rookie ever to hit the benchmark.[3] Overall, Crosby finished sixth in the NHL scoring race and seventh in the NHL in assists. Among Canadian NHL players, he trailed only Joe Thornton and Dany Heatley. While both Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals had solid rookie campaigns, Crosby finished second behind Ovechkin for the Calder Memorial Trophy.

Through his first season, Crosby was accused by opposing players and coaches of taking dives and complaining to officials, which has been attributed to his youth.[4] During his rookie campaign, he led both his team and all NHL rookies in penalty minutes, and this magnified his reputation for complaining to NHL officials.[5] Hockey analyst Kelly Hrudey compared Crosby to Gretzky, who had a similar reputation as a "whiner" in his youth, and suggested that as Crosby matured, he would mellow out and his reputation would fade.[5]

Mario Lemieux[edit | edit source]

After the lockout concluded, Lemieux returned to the ice for the 2005–2006 season. Hopes for the Penguins were high due to the salary cap and revenue sharing, which enabled the team to compete in the market for several star players. Another reason for optimism was the Penguins winning the lottery for the first draft pick, enabling them to select Sidney Crosby. Lemieux opened up his home to Crosby to help the rookie settle in Pittsburgh and Lemieux also served as Crosby's mentor.

On January 24, 2006, Mario Lemieux announced his second and permanent retirement from professional hockey at the age of 40. This followed a half-season in which he struggled not only with the increased speed of the "new NHL" but also with yet another threatening physical ailment, a heart condition called atrial fibrillation that caused him to experience irregular heartbeats.

Although he had put up points at a pace that most NHL forwards would be perfectly content with (22 points in 26 games) in his last season, Lemieux still remarked that "I can no longer play at a level I was accustomed to in the past".

Season standings[edit | edit source]

Atlantic Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 3 New Jersey Devils 82 46 27 9 242 229 101
2 5 Philadelphia Flyers 82 45 26 11 267 259 101
3 6 New York Rangers 82 44 26 12 257 215 100
4 12 New York Islanders 82 36 40 6 230 278 78
5 15 Pittsburgh Penguins 82 22 46 14 244 316 58


Game log[edit | edit source]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 5, 2005 1–5 @ New Jersey Devils (2005–06) 0–1–0
2 L October 7, 2005 2–3 SO @ Carolina Hurricanes (2005–06) 0–1–1
3 L October 8, 2005 6–7 OT Boston Bruins (2005–06) 0–1–2
4 L October 10, 2005 2–3 OT @ Buffalo Sabres (2005–06) 0–1–3
5 L October 14, 2005 5–6 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers (2005–06) 0–1–4
6 L October 15, 2005 1–3 Tampa Bay Lightning (2005–06) 0–2–4
7 L October 20, 2005 3–6 New Jersey Devils (2005–06) 0–3–4
8 L October 22, 2005 3–6 @ Boston Bruins (2005–06) 0–4–4
9 L October 25, 2005 3–4 OT Florida Panthers (2005–06) 0–4–5
10 W October 27, 2005 7–5 Atlanta Thrashers (2005–06) 1–4–5
11 L October 29, 2005 3–5 Carolina Hurricanes (2005–06) 1–5–5
12 W November 1, 2005 4–3 OT @ New Jersey Devils (2005–06) 2–5–5
13 W November 3, 2005 5–1 @ New York Islanders (2005–06) 3–5–5
14 L November 5, 2005 3–6 @ Boston Bruins (2005–06) 3–6–5
15 W November 7, 2005 3–2 @ New York Rangers (2005–06) 4–6–5
16 L November 9, 2005 0–5 @ Atlanta Thrashers (2005–06) 4–7–5
17 W November 10, 2005 3–2 SO Montreal Canadiens (2005–06) 5–7–5
18 L November 12, 2005 1–6 New York Rangers (2005–06) 5–8–5
19 L November 14, 2005 2–3 SO New York Islanders (2005–06) 5–8–6
20 W November 16, 2005 3–2 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers (2005–06) 6–8–6
21 L November 19, 2005 3–6 Philadelphia Flyers (2005–06) 6–9–6
22 W November 22, 2005 5–4 Washington Capitals (2005–06) 7–9–6
23 L November 25, 2005 3–6 @ Florida Panthers (2005–06) 7–10–6
24 L November 27, 2005 1–4 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2005–06) 7–11–6
25 L November 29, 2005 2–3 Buffalo Sabres (2005–06) 7–12–6
26 L December 1, 2005 1–2 @ New York Rangers (2005–06) 7–13–6
27 L December 3, 2005 2–3 Calgary Flames (2005–06) 7–14–6
28 L December 8, 2005 0–5 Minnesota Wild (2005–06) 7–15–6
29 W December 10, 2005 4–3 Colorado Avalanche (2005–06) 8–15–6
30 L December 12, 2005 1–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (2005–06) 8–16–6
31 L December 13, 2005 0–3 @ St. Louis Blues (2005–06) 8–17–6
32 L December 16, 2005 3–4 OT Buffalo Sabres (2005–06) 8–17–7
33 L December 17, 2005 3–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (2005–06) 8–18–7
34 L December 23, 2005 4–5 Philadelphia Flyers (2005–06) 8–19–7
35 L December 27, 2005 2–3 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (2005–06) 8–19–8
36 W December 29, 2005 6–2 New Jersey Devils (2005–06) 9–19–8
37 W December 31, 2005 4–3 OT New York Rangers (2005–06) 10–19–8
38 L January 2, 2006 2–3 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2005–06) 10–19–9
39 W January 3, 2006 6–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (2005–06) 11–19–9
40 L January 6, 2006 4–6 @ Atlanta Thrashers (2005–06) 11–20–9
41 L January 7, 2006 3–4 Atlanta Thrashers (2005–06) 11–21–9
42 L January 10, 2006 1–3 Edmonton Oilers (2005–06) 11–22–9
43 L January 11, 2006 1–6 @ Columbus Blue Jackets (2005–06) 11–23–9
44 L January 13, 2006 1–4 @ Chicago Blackhawks (2005–06) 11–24–9
45 L January 15, 2006 4–5 @ Nashville Predators (2005–06) 11–25–9
46 L January 16, 2006 2–4 Vancouver Canucks (2005–06) 11–26–9
47 L January 19, 2006 2–4 New York Rangers (2005–06) 11–27–9
48 L January 21, 2006 1–2 Philadelphia Flyers (2005–06) 11–28–9
49 L January 23, 2006 2–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (2005–06) 11–29–9
50 W January 25, 2006 8–1 Washington Capitals (2005–06) 12–29–9
51 L January 26, 2006 3–4 SO @ New York Islanders (2005–06) 12–29–10
52 L January 28, 2006 1–7 @ New York Rangers (2005–06) 12–30–10
53 L February 1, 2006 1–3 @ New York Rangers (2005–06) 12–31–10
54 L February 2, 2006 2–7 Ottawa Senators (2005–06) 12–32–10
55 L February 4, 2006 4–5 SO New York Islanders (2005–06) 12–32–11
56 L February 6, 2006 2–5 @ Ottawa Senators (2005–06) 12–33–11
57 L February 8, 2006 1–3 Boston Bruins (2005–06) 12–34–11
58 W February 10, 2006 4–3 @ Carolina Hurricanes (2005–06) 13–34–11
59 W February 11, 2006 6–3 @ Washington Capitals (2005–06) 14–34–11
60 L March 1, 2006 3–4 Ottawa Senators (2005–06) 14–35–11
61 L March 4, 2006 5–7 Carolina Hurricanes (2005–06) 14–36–11
62 L March 7, 2006 4–5 SO Tampa Bay Lightning (2005–06) 14–36–12
63 L March 8, 2006 3–6 @ Washington Capitals (2005–06) 14–37–12
64 W March 11, 2006 6–3 New Jersey Devils (2005–06) 15–37–12
65 W March 12, 2006 2–0 Philadelphia Flyers (2005–06) 16–37–12
66 L March 16, 2006 1–2 @ New Jersey Devils (2005–06) 16–38–12
67 W March 18, 2006 5–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (2005–06) 17–38–12
68 L March 19, 2006 0–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (2005–06) 17–39–12
69 L March 21, 2006 2–5 @ Ottawa Senators (2005–06) 17–40–12
70 W March 24, 2006 4–3 OT New York Islanders (2005–06) 18–40–12
71 L March 26, 2006 5–6 Montreal Canadiens (2005–06) 18–41–12
72 L March 29, 2006 3–5 Florida Panthers (2005–06) 18–42–12
73 W March 31, 2006 4–0 @ New York Islanders (2005–06) 19–42–12
74 L April 2, 2006 2–3 OT New Jersey Devils (2005–06) 19–42–13
75 L April 5, 2006 4–6 @ New Jersey Devils (2005–06) 19–43–13
76 W April 7, 2006 5–1 @ Florida Panthers (2005–06) 20–43–13
77 L April 8, 2006 0–1 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2005–06) 20–44–13
78 L April 11, 2006 3–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (2005–06) 20–45–13
79 W April 13, 2006 5–3 New York Rangers (2005–06) 21–45–13
80 L April 15, 2006 4–5 SO @ New York Islanders (2005–06) 21–45–14
81 W April 17, 2006 6–1 New York Islanders (2005–06) 22–45–14
82 L April 18, 2006 3–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2005–06) 22–46–14

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

The Penguins did not qualify for the playoffs.

Player stats[edit | edit source]

Forwards[edit | edit source]

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

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Armstrong, ColbyColby Armstrong 47 16 24 40 58
Fata, RicoRico Fata 20 0 0 0 10
Vandenbussche, RyanRyan VandenBussche 20 1 0 1 42
Koltsov, KonstantinKonstantin Koltsov 60 3 6 9 20
Ouellet, MichelMichel Ouellet 50 16 16 32 16
Palffy, ZigmundZigmund Palffy 42 11 31 42 12
Recchi, MarkMark Recchi 63 24 33 57 56
Nordgren, NiklasNiklas Nordgren 15 0 0 0 4
Lefebvre, GuillaumeGuillaume Lefebvre 9 0 0 0 9
Roy, AndreAndre Roy 42 2 1 3 116
Murley, MattMatt Murley 41 1 5 6 24
Rita, JaniJani Rita 30 3 4 7 4
Pirjeta, LasseLasse Pirjeta 25 4 3 7 18
Surovy, TomasTomas Surovy 53 12 13 25 45
Leclair, JohnJohn LeClair 73 22 29 51 61
Lemieux, MarioMario Lemieux 26 7 15 22 16
Malone, RyanRyan Malone 77 22 22 44 63
Hussey, MattMatt Hussey 13 0 1 1 0
Endicott, ShaneShane Endicott 41 1 1 2 43
Talbot, MaximeMaxime Talbot 48 5 3 8 59
Boguniecki, EricEric Boguniecki 38 5 6 11 29
Christensen, ErikErik Christensen 33 6 7 13 34
Hilbert, AndyAndy Hilbert 19 7 11 18 16
Crosby, SidneySidney Crosby 81 39 63 102 110

Defencemen[edit | edit source]

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

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Nasreddine, AlainAlain Nasreddine 6 0 0 0 8
Odelein, LyleLyle Odelein 27 0 1 1 50
Cross, CoryCory Cross 6 0 1 1 6
Cairns, EricEric Cairns 27 1 0 1 87
Scuderi, RobRob Scuderi 57 0 4 4 36
Poapst, SteveSteve Poapst 21 0 4 4 10
Welch, NoahNoah Welch 5 1 3 4 2
Orpik, BrooksBrooks Orpik 64 2 7 9 124
Tarnstrom, DickDick Tarnstrom 33 5 5 10 52
Melichar, JosefJosef Melichar 72 3 12 15 66
Jackman, RicRic Jackman 49 6 22 28 46
Whitney, RyanRyan Whitney 68 6 32 38 85
Gonchar, SergeiSergei Gonchar 75 12 46 58 100

Goaltending[edit | edit source]

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

Player GP W L T SO GAA
Fleury, Marc-AndreMarc-Andre Fleury 50 13 27 6 1 3.25
Caron, SebastienSebastien Caron 26 8 9 5 1 3.98
Thibault, JocelynJocelyn Thibault 16 1 9 3 0 4.46
Sabourin, DanyDany Sabourin 1 0 1 0 0 11.68

Awards and records[edit | edit source]

Milestones[edit | edit source]

  • Sidney Crosby played his first professional NHL game on October 5, 2005, against the New Jersey Devils, and registered an assist on the team's first goal of the season, scored by Mark Recchi in a 5–1 loss.[6]
  • November 11, 2005 – Sidney Crosby beat Jose Theodore of the Montreal Canadiens to win his first career shootout.
  • November 11, 2005- Mario Lemieux scores his seventh goal of the season, and the last of his career.
  • November 22, 2005 – Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin face each other for the first time.
  • March 12, 2006 – Marc-Andre Fleury gets a shutout by stopping 22 shots against the Philadelphia Flyers.
  • March 29, 2006 – John LeClair scores the 400th goal of his career.
  • January 24, 2006 – Mario Lemieux announces his retirement.
  • April 13, 2006 – Sidney Crosby scores four points in one game, including his 90th point of the season.
  • April 17, 2006 – Sidney Crosby becomes the youngest player to score 100 points in one season.

Roster[edit | edit source]

Pittsburgh Penguins
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers


Draft picks[edit | edit source]

NHL draft[edit | edit source]

Round # Player Position Nationality College/junior/club team
1 1 Crosby, SidneySidney Crosby Center Flag of Canada Canada Rimouski Océanic (QMJHL)
3 62 Letang, KristopherKristopher Letang Defence Flag of Canada Canada Val-d'Or Foreurs (QMJHL)
4 125 Leinonen, TommiTommi Leinonen Defence Flag of Finland Finland Kärpät Jr. (Finland)
5 126 Crowder, TimTim Crowder Right winger Flag of Canada Canada South Surrey Eagles (BCHL)
6 194 Paquet, Jean-PhilippeJean-Philippe Paquet Defence Flag of Canada Canada Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)
7 195 Vitale, JoeJoe Vitale Center Flag of the United States United States Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL)

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 2005 Year in Review. CBC (2005–12–20). Archived from the original on 2005-12-28. Retrieved on 2006–11–17.
  2. Crosby doesn't deserve 'A': Cherry. Canadian Press (2005–12–17). Retrieved on 2006–11–17.
  3. Campigotto, Jess (2006–09–27). The education of Sidney Crosby. CBC Sports. Archived from the original on 2006-10-19. Retrieved on 2006–11–17.
  4. Basu, Arpon (2006–03–22). Don't forget, Sid's still a Kid. thefourthperiod.com. Retrieved on 2006–12–24.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Campigotto, Jesse (2006–09–27). The education of Sidney Crosby. CBC Sports. Archived from the original on 2006-10-19. Retrieved on 2006–12–24.
  6. Crosby nets first point in loss to Devils. TSN (2005–10–05). Retrieved on 2006–11–17.
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