The Pittsburgh Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes were on their best behavior Wednesday night.  Santa would be proud.

It was a quiet night for referees Tom Kowal and Graham Skilliter as the two teams stayed out of the penalty box for the entire game.


Last season boasted three penalty-free games:

  • 11/1/15 – Buffalo Sabres vs. New York Islanders (Refs: Joannette/McCauley)
  • 1/21/16 – Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins (Refs: Kimmerly/Kozari)
  • 2/26/16 – San Jose Sharks vs. Buffalo Sabres (Refs: Sutherland/O’Rourke)

As far as the teams in last night’s no-penalty affair, it’s unfamiliar territory for Pittsburgh.

The Penguins have only twice before in their 49-year history avoided taking a penalty.  They stayed out of the box during a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on January 7, 1992, as well as on April 10, 2002, when they tied the Buffalo Sabres 4-4.  Referees for the game were Kelly Sutherland and Jay Sharrers.

The Carolina Hurricanes have been much more disciplined over the years.  Fifteen times since 1997 they’ve been penalty-free. Only once prior – against the Buffalo Sabres on April 6, 2015 – did they play in a game where both teams took no penalties.  Refs for that one were Dave Jackson and Garrett Rank.