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On This Day: A Snapped Streak and Division Title

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Throwback Thursday, indeed.

Pittsburgh Penguins v Carolina Hurricanes Photo by Phil Ellsworth/NHLI via Getty Images

April 2 carries quite a bit of recent history for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Starting off in 2008. From PittsburghHockey.net:

The Penguins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-2, and claimed their first Atlantic Division Championship. The Pens’ 41st sellout of the season marked the first time in franchise history that the team sold out every game of the season.

Since this time, the Penguins have continuously sold out Mellon Arena as well as CONSOL/PPG Paints Arena, with the current sellout streak standing at 609 consecutive games.

The Penguins would also capture two more Division championships after this date, winning back-to-back titles with another Atlantic Division crown in 2012-13 and winning the newly-renamed Metropolitan Division in the 2013-14 season.

And speaking of the 2012-13 season:

Brooks Orpik appeared in his 622nd game in a Penguins uniform, the most ever by a Penguins defenseman, to pass Ron Stackhouse. Pens lost to Buffalo, 4-1, to snap a 15-game winning streak, second longest in team and NHL history.

That winning streak was something else. This came during the most recent lockout year and I was so sure the Penguins were going to win the Stanley Cup after all those moves Ray Shero made, bringing in the likes of Jarome Iginla, “Crankshaft” Doug Murray, Brenden Morrow, Jussi Jokinen, and Mark Eaton. I’m still bitter about that Eastern Conference Final.

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All data above courtesy of PittsburghHockey.net.