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Reader Poll: Penguins Season Awards, Best Performance, Hit & Goal



Pittsburgh Penguins Casey DeSmith

It’s over. The breakneck pace of the 2020-21 NHL regular season is finally over and we have a moment to catch our breath from what has been an incredible pace. The Pittsburgh Penguins placed 13 games in 24 days. Then 13 games in 21 days. They were one of the teams which finished on time (but why did they have to finish on time, when so many others didn’t?)

Injuries decimated the Penguins. Few teams had to deal with the severity, scope, and significance that the Penguins trainers had on their table. Fortunately, the Penguins appear to be returning to health in time for the playoffs, where they will be the East Division No. 1 seed and would probably be the third or fourth seed when the NHL reaches the Final Four.

But it’s time to dish our PHN Penguins Regular Season Awards and for you to vote on them. We apologize, there won’t be a Ricky Gervais monologue for this awards show, though it may be more amusing than the Oscars. Of course, my mom telling a funny story, in which she forgets the punchline, circles back to explain part of the story that she missed, pauses to ask if she’s missed more of the story, doubles back to the middle again, then starts laughing before she gets to the punchline is still funnier than the Oscars.

Happy Mother’s Day!

If we didn’t ask readers’ opinions, all awards would be voted on by the PHN Kangaroo court including only this writer. Winners will be announced later this week.

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Pittsburgh Penguins Regular Season Awards:

Greatest Individual Performance:


  1. Jeff Carter’s Four Goal Game on May 6. 

  2. Tristan Jarry Brilliant in 33 save win vs. NYI, Feb. 20

  3. P.O. Joseph’s 3 Assists and 26 minutes vs. NYR, Jan. 30

Greatest Individual Performance

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Best Penguins Hit


Sidney Crosby hip check on Rasmus Ristolainen, April 18.


Cody Ceci Dumps Tom Wilson at center ice, Feb. 25:


Best Penguins Hit

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PHN says: Cmon, Cody Ceci got Tom Wilson at full speed. And, an amazing season by Ceci, too, but making Wilson stare into the lights was impressive.

Greatest Goal


This is a tough call. We’re anxious to see your votes:

Evgeni Malkin Wrap-Around Goal, March 6


Teddy Blueger Shorthanded (5v3) Breakaway Assisted by Casey DeSmith, Jan. 19.


And, perhaps one of the most impressive team goals in Pittsburgh Penguins history. The 21-pass salute culminated in a slick Kasperi Kapanen toe-drag, top-shelf wrister on March 9.


PHN says: We’re torn between the 21-pass domination and the ultra-rare 5v3 shorthanded goal, which occurs once every five years (and add a goalie assist, too).

Greatest Penguins Goal

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Save of the Year

There is only one nominee. Congrats Casey DeSmith


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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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Katherine Verbeke
Katherine Verbeke
1 year ago

There was no where to cast a vote for any except the first question, so Crosby’s hip check definitely, the Pens 21 gun salute and you forgot the best assist goes to Tags….

Lars Erik Nelson
Lars Erik Nelson
1 year ago

That Bleuger goal was great. Just a great play by Jarry to make that pass and a great effort by Bleuger. But I had to vote for the 21 pass goal, because it was such a team effort and it was a mesmerizing fire drill. It looks like the Pens are on a powerplay; I had to count the Rangers on the ice to make sure it was 5 on 5.

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