The 1991 and '92 Pittsburgh Penguins were an offensive juggernaut of a team that got hot at the right time and ran roughshod in the playoffs.
They were led by Mario Lemieux, who rivaled Wayne Gretzky as perhaps the most talented offensive player in the game's history. While Gretzky was healthy throughout his career and would run away with the league's all-time scoring records, Lemieux was not. A healthy Lemieux might have given him a run for his money.
When Lemieux was healthy, as he was in those two championship seasons, he was a sight to behold.
In 1991, the Penguins defeated the New Jersey Devils, Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins and Minnesota North Stars to win their first Stanley Cup. It took the Pens seven games to shake the pesky Devils in the first round, and they trailed the Bruins 2-0 after the first two games of the Eastern Conference Final. However, the series turned around in Pittsburgh, and the Pens won the next four games.
The Pens handled the North Stars in six games, with the final game of the series resulting in an 8-0 runaway at Minnesota that saw Lemieux score a goal and three assists.
Throughout that playoff run, Lemieux was unstoppable, scoring 16 goals and 44 points in 24 games.
The following year saw another offensive explosion by the Penguins. They defeated the Capitals, New York Rangers, Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks to win the title. It took Pittsburgh seven games to get through the opening round, and they were trailing the Rangers 2-1 after three games. They did not lose again in the rest of the playoffs, as they took the last three games from the Rangers and swept Boston and Chicago.
Lemieux led the way with 16 goals and 34 points, while teammate Kevin Stevens had 13 goals and 28 points.
Bob Johnson coached the 1991 team to the title, but he was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm in the offseason, so Scotty Bowman took over as head coach for the 1991-92 team. Johnson died of brain cancer in November, 1991.