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The 12 most memorable games at PPG Paints Arena ☕


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Chris Kunitz. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

The Penguins' first game in their current home -- then known as Consol Energy Center -- was something of a letdown, as the Flyers beat them, 3-2, on Oct. 7, 2010.

Their most recent one was even more disheartening, as the Islanders defeated them, 3-1, April 16 to complete a four-game sweep in Round 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

But as the Penguins prepare for their 10th season in the building that has been renamed PPG Paints Arena, not all of the memories from the place are sour. Fact is, most of them aren't.

Here's one take on the dozen most memorable games they have played there so far:

12. April 27, 2011 -- Tampa Bay goalie Dwayne Roloson, 41, stopped all 36 shots the Penguins threw at him and Sean Bergenheim scored the only goal to give the Lightning a 1-0 victory in Game 7 of a first-round playoff series. The Penguins, who squandered a 3-1 lead in the series, played without Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, both of whom had suffered season-ending injuries in January.

11. Feb. 16, 2017 -- Pretty much just another night at the office for Crosby, except for the part when he earned his 1,000th NHL point and scored the overtime goal that gave the Penguins a 4-3 victory against Winnipeg.

10. March 30, 2013 -- What should have been a day of celebration for the Penguins -- after all, Jarome Iginla made his Pittsburgh debut and the Penguins' 2-0 victory over the Islanders stretched their winning streak to 15 games -- took a decidedly gloomy turn when Crosby's jaw was shattered by a Brooks Orpik shot, an injury that forced him to sit out the balance of the regular season.

9. Nov. 14, 2014 -- It was a deflating loss for the Penguins ... at least until it became an exhilarating victory a few minutes later. Dan Boyle appeared to give the Rangers a 3-2 victory with a goal in the third round of a shootout, but officials in the NHL's war room in Toronto noticed that Boyle's shot actually hit the goalpost, then struck Boyle's stick again before eluding goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. The teams were summoned back to the ice and Penguins center Brandon Sutter got the game-deciding goal in Round 4, right before Fleury stopped Rick Nash to seal the victory.

8. May 10, 2016 -- This game might be remembered more for a radio call of the game-winning -- and series-ending -- goal, as the Punjabi play-by-play man Harnarayan Singh put "Bonino-Bonino-Bonino" into hockey's lexicon after Nick Bonino backhanded a rebound past Washington goalie Braden Holtby at 6:32 of overtime to give the Penguin a 4-3 victory over the Capitals in Game 6 of the second round.

7. May 26, 2016 -- Home ice traditionally isn't very kind to the Penguins when a Game 7 is played there -- they are 4-7 in those -- but Bryan Rust flipped the script on this night, scoring both goals in a 2-1 victory against Tampa Bay that put the Penguins into a Stanley Cup final for the first time in seven seasons. It was the Penguins' first Game 7 victory at home in 21 years.

6. April 11, 2012 -- This was one of the real low points for the Penguins since they left Mellon Arena, as they failed to protect a 3-0 lead and lost Game 1 of a first-round playoff series to Philadelphia, 4-3, on a goal by Jakub Voracek at 2:23 of overtime. The Penguins' misery was compounded by video replays that showed Daniel Briere had been offside before he scored the goal that started the Flyers' comeback.

5. June 8, 2017 -- Goalie Pekka Rinne, whose play was a major factor in Nashville reaching the Cup final, was pulled after allowing three goals on nine shots, the second game in a row here that he failed to finish. Justin Schultz's power-play goal 91 seconds into the opening period gave the Penguins the only goal they would need en route to a 6-0 victory in Game 5 and a 3-2 lead in the series.

4. Nov. 21, 2011 -- Although Crosby has done some remarkable things during his time in the NHL, few surpass his performance in his return to the lineup after a 61-game absence because of a career-threatening concussion, as he scored two goals and assisted on two others in a 5-0 victory against the Islanders.

3. Feb. 6, 2018 - There aren't many visiting players who are flat-out adored at PPG Paints Arena, but there also aren't many players like Fleury. His first game back after going to Vegas in the expansion draft was a 60-minute lovefest, with the Penguins' 5-4 victory being punctuated by ovations and "FLUR-ee" chants worthy  of one of the outstanding figures in franchise history.

2. June 9, 2016 -- There were as many, and probably more, people outside of the arena as there were inside, as the city prepared to celebrate the Penguins' first-ever Cup earned on home ice. San Jose didn't seem to care much for that storyline, though, and the Sharks earned a 4-2 victory in Game 5 to send the series back to California, where it ended.

1. May 25, 2017 -- Chris Kunitz scored the most dramatic -- and, arguably, the most important -- goal the Penguins have gotten at PPG Paints Arena, as he beat Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson at 5:09 of the second overtime to give the Penguins a 3-2 victory in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final, along with a berth in the Stanley Cup final for the second year in a row.

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