Tribune-Review Penguins beat reporter Rob Rossi offers his Top 10 moments from a memorable 2007-08 Penguins season:
Nov. 22, 2007: Their season possibly on the brink of disarray, the Penguins rallied from 2-0 deficit in Ottawa to defeat the Senators, 6-5, in a shootout. It was a most pleasant Thanksgiving, even though they spent it in Canada, where the holiday is celebrated a month earlier. The Penguins, hyped as Stanley Cup contenders in the preseason, entered this game with an 8-11-2 record. They went 39- 16-5 after this win in Ottawa, which players credited as a turning point.
Dec. 23, 2007: A sellout crowd at Mellon Arena watched the Penguins down the Boston Bruins, 4-2. That sellout crowd was a franchise-record 31st in a row at home, where they would play to capacity in each of their 52 contests, including 11 playoff games. A first-ever season-ticket waiting list now tops 1,000, and the Penguins have played before 67 consecutive sellout crowds.
Jan. 1, 2008: More than 71,000 fans - many wearing Penguins' throwback-themed baby blue replica sweaters - packed Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y., to watch the Penguins defeat the Buffalo Sabres, 2-1, at the AMP Energy NHL Winter Classic. The league's first outdoor game staged in the United States was a smash rating success for NBC, which enjoyed the made-for-TV moment that was Penguins captain Sidney Crosby scoring the shootout-clinching goal.
Jan. 18, 2008: The Penguins entered this home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on an 18-5-1 stretch since Nov. 21, finally looking like the Stanley Cup contenders they were predicted to be before the season. But they watched in horror as captain Sidney Crosby slid skates-first into the boards at Mellon Arena. His diagnosed injury - a right high-ankle sprain - would keep him out 21 consecutive games. The Penguins would go 11-6-4 in those contests thanks to 14 goals and 36 points from center Evgeni Malkin.
Feb. 26, 2008: General manager Ray Shero made the boldest move of his two-year tenure, sending popular forwards Colby Armstrong and Erik Christensen, top prospect Angelo Esposito and a 2008 first- round draft pick to Atlanta for star right wing Marian Hossa and forward Pascal Dupuis. Shero also acquired veteran defenseman Hal Gill from Toronto for a second-round pick. Hossa, Dupuis and Gill transformed the Penguins into a top penalty-killing team, and Hossa's 26 playoff points held fuel the …