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Penguins Through The Years

1967

1967
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The Penguins join the NHL as one of six expansion teams, their name inspired by the Pittsburgh Civic Arena, otherwise known as The Igloo. Wearing blue and playing in the Western Conference, the Pens lost their first game: to Montreal 2-1 in front of 9,307 home fans. Andy Bathgate (inset) scored their first goal. The only one of the six new teams to not make playoffs during their first two seasons, the Penguins would win their first postseason game in April 1970, beating the Oakland Seals, 2-1, en route to a three-game sweep.
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