The Pittsburgh Penguins set a National Hockey League record on Monday. With only 12 shots on goal, they set the NHL record for the fewest shots on goal during a victory in the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Penguins made the most of their opportunities as well. Of the 12 shots, they had five goals. That is a remarkable shooting percentage of .417. It should also be noted that Penguins center Nick Bonino of Hartford, Connecticut scored his second goal of the hockey game into an empty net. The Penguins beat the Nashville Predators 5-3 in game one of the Stanley Cup Finals from PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In another remarkable statistic from Monday's game, no Penguins defenseman recorded a shot on goal. All of the 12 shots came from forwards. Sidney Crosby led the Penguins with three shots in goal. Bonino and Conor Sheary of Winchester, Massachusetts each had two shots. Meanwhile, Bryan Rust of Pontiac, Michigan, Jake Guentzel of Omaha, Nebraska, Chris Kunitz, Evgeni Malkin and Carter Rowney each had one shot on goal. The other Penguins goal scorers were Guentzel, Sheary and Malkin.
The Predators had 26 shots on goal in a losing cause. Colton Sissons had seven shots.
The Los Angeles Kings and Tampa Bay Lightning held the old record of 15 shots. The Lightning had 15 shots in their 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames in game seven of the 2004 Stanley Cup Final. The Kings had 15 shots in a 3-0 win over the New York Rangers in game three of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final. Luckily for the Penguins, the Lightning and Kings won the Stanley Cup.