The Pittsburgh Penguins sadly didn’t make the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

by Hannah Lozada

The Pittsburgh Penguins were unfortunately eliminated from the playoffs for the first time since 2006. 

On April 12, 2023, the Penguins were eliminated when the New York Islanders beat the Montreal Canadiens by a score of 4-2. This put the Islanders (42-31-9) ahead of the Penguins (40-31-10), which concluded an astonishing 16-year postseason run, which was the biggest streak in the NHL. According to an NHL article called “Penguins eliminated from playoff contention, 16-year postseason run ends,” the Penguins played a total of 190 playoff games, winning 103 of them from 2007-2022. The Penguins first reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2008 and won the Stanley Cup in 2009, 2016, and 2017. 

Ironically, this isn’t the first time that the Islanders stopped the Penguins. Three decades ago, the Islanders prevented the Penguins from getting three consecutive championships/tournaments in the conference semifinals. Even in present times, the Islanders have ended one of the longest postseason runs in modern sports history.

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