Pittsburgh Penguins: Ranking the Hall of Fame Class

Pittsburgh Penguins, Jerome Iginla. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Penguins, Jerome Iginla. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /

A look at how the Class of 2020 fared against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

We thought it would be fun to take look at how the newest inductees of the Hockey Hall of Fame fared against the Pittsburgh Penguins during their respective careers.

Jerome Iginla

Iginla scored 10 goals and 18 points in 27 regular-season games vs. Pittsburgh, while he was a member of the Calgary Flames, Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche.

Iginla’s best game vs. the Penguins occurred in a 6-3 Flames win on Oct. 28, 1997, where he collected two goals.

Pittsburgh acquired Iginla on Mar. 28, 2013 from the Flames for a couple of prospects and a draft pick.

The deal itself was shrouded in some mystery as the Bruins were being reported as being the landing spot for Iginla, but with a simple twist of fate, Penguins GM Ray Shero ended up with the winning bid.

Iginla played in 13 regular-season games with the Penguins and registered points in eight games, in which he collected five goals and 11 points. Iginla’s biggest game with the Penguins was on Apr. 22, 2013, when he scored the game-winning goal in Pittsburgh’s 3-1 victory over Ottawa.

In the playoffs, Iginla earned four goals and 12 points in 15 games, despite questionable positional choices by the coaching staff.

Iginla scored two goals in his biggest playoff game with Pittsburgh in their 7-3 victory in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals vs. Ottawa.

Kevin Lowe

Lowe played 55 regular-season games and scored four goals and 27 points against the Penguins in his 19-year career with Edmonton and New York (Rangers). Lowe also earned two points in five playoff games in 1996 when the Rangers faced the Penguins in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.

Lowe’s most productive game against Pittsburgh occurred on Feb. 19, 1983, in a 10-7 Edmonton win, where Lowe collected one goal and six points.

Doug Wilson

Thirty-six of Wilson’s 1024 regular-season games were played against the Penguins while he was a member of the Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks. Wilson tallied points in 21 games against Pittsburgh, in which he accumulated seven goals and 27 points.

Wilson’s biggest game against Pittsburgh occurred on Dec. 9, 1989, where he scored the game-winning goal in Chicago’s 6-4 victory.

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Marian Hossa

Hossa appeared in 47 games against Pittsburgh while he was a member of the Ottawa Senators, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, and Atlanta Thrashers and scored 13 goals and 47 points.

Hossa arrived in Pittsburgh via trade with Atlanta on Feb. 26, 2008, and in true Penguins fashion, Hossa suffered an injury in his debut with the team.

A knee-on-knee hit from Glen Murray kept Hossa out of the lineup for six games, and upon his return, Hossa scored three goals and 10 points through 12 games played leading into the postseason.

Hossa appeared in 20 games with the Penguins in the 2008 playoffs and scored 12 goals and 26 points.

Hossa’s biggest game with Pittsburgh occurred in their 3-2 overtime victory in Game 5 of their series vs. the Rangers. Hossa scored two goals, including the game-winning, series-clinching goal.

Following the season, Hossa turned down a huge contract from Pittsburgh and elected to join Detroit in pursuit of his first Stanley Cup.

The Pittsburgh Penguins spoiled the party in 2009 and Hossa would have to wait for one more year to taste championship glory, which he did with Chicago in 2010.