Pittsburgh Penguins History: Some of the Biggest Playoff Wins

Stanley Cup Playoffs logo at the Pittsburgh Penguins areana. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
Stanley Cup Playoffs logo at the Pittsburgh Penguins areana. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images) /

Here’s a look back at some of the best Pittsburgh Penguins playoff wins.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have been on the receiving end of some serious beatdowns in the playoffs, but what about the times they dished out the hurt to their opponents?

Here is a look back at some of the Pittsburgh Penguins best playoff wins.


Number five on our list of the Penguins biggest playoff wins occurred in Game 4 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals vs. Philidelphia Flyers.

In what could be considered one of the weirdest series in Penguins history.

Pittsburgh was looking to get a win in the series after dropping the first three games and did so in dramatic fashion.

Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal, and Steve Sullivan each contributed three points, with Staal scoring a hat-trick in Pittsburgh’s 10-3 win. Sergei Bobrovsky and Ilya Bryzgalov allowed five goals each in the loss.

The game marked the second time in franchise history the Penguins potted 10 goals. Ironically, the Flyers were also the victims of the first 10 goal onslaught in 1989.


We’re going back to the year 2016 for number four on our list and to the Penguins first-round match-up vs. the New York Rangers.

With Pittsburgh pursuing the franchise’s fourth Stanley Cup, the fourth game of the series allowed the team to tighten their grip on the reigns and take a 3-1 lead with a 5-0 victory.

Malkin had a two-goal and four-point night, as Crosby, Eric Fehr, and Conor Sheary added the additional goals.

Matt Murray made 31 saves for his first career playoff shutout and Henrik Lundqvist was chased from the Rangers net after he allowed four goals (three in the first period) on 18 shots.


Number three on our list takes us back to the 2008 Conference Finals with the Penguins one win away from reaching their third Stanley Cup final.

Before their Game 5 match-up, the Penguins and Flyers had exchanged three 4-2 games and one game by a score of 4-1.

Marian Hossa led the charge for the Penguins with four points and hometown hero Ryan Malone scored two powerplay goals to help Pittsburgh dispel of their cross-state rivals by a score of 6-0.

Fleury made 21 saves for his third career postseason shutout, as Martin Biron allowed the six Penguins goals on 25 shots.


Number two on our list takes us to Game 5 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final where the Penguins were looking to come within a win of their fourth Stanley Cup title.

With three goals scored in the first and second periods, the Penguins built up a 6-0 before all hell broke loose in the final period of the game, and overall the teams combined for 100 penalty minutes. Pekka Rinne and Juuse Saros each allowed three goals in the loss.

Crosby and Phil Kessel each scored three points, as Murray stood tall and made 24 saves for the shutout.


Number one on our list takes us to arguably the biggest win in Penguins history, as it gave the city it’s the first taste of championship glory in hockey that is.

The Penguins and Minnesota North Stars were embroiled in a battle for each club’s first Stanley Cup title in 1991.

With Pittsburgh holding a 3-2 lead in the series, the team knew they needed a concerted effort to close out the series in Game 6.

Mario Lemieux led the Penguins surge as he collected four points in Pittsburgh’s 8-0 dismantling of the North Stars to claim the franchise’s first Stanley Cup trophy.

Tom Barrasso also put on a clinic as he made 39 saves on the Minnesota shooters.