Twenty Years Later - Penguins 4, Sabres 4 - 10-19-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

"Twenty Years Later" is a segment, with a highly unimaginative name, which will appear on Empty Netters throughout the 2010-11 season. We will examine the Penguins' 1990-91 season which led to the first Stanley Cup title in franchise history. We will look back on games on a particular date and catch up with former players, coaches, executives and media members who were a part or around that team.

Today, we look at the Penguins' 4-4 tie against the Sabres, Oct. 19, 1990.

The Penguins went back on the road and recorded their first tie of the season at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, or "The Aud." Exactly 3:00 into the contest, right winger Rick Vaive put a 35-foot shot off the glove of Wendell Young and into the net. Assists went to center Benoit Hogue and defenseman Uwe Krupp.

Just over 11 minutes later at 14:17 of the first period, rookie right winger Jaromir Jagr tied the score, 1-1 by deking through a few defenders and jamming a backhander by goaltender Darren Puppa. Defenseman Zarley Zalapski recorded an assist.

The Sabres reclaimed the lead at 2:01 of the second period when center John Tucker banked a puck off the body of Young and into the cage. Right winger Dave Snuggerud recorded the only assist.

A little over three minutes later at 5:20, center John Cullen tied the game once again converting a set up by defenseman Paul Coffey.

At 6:54 of the period, Vaive gave Buffalo a 3-2 lead by beating Young on a power play. Centers Christian Ruutu and Dale Hawerchuk had assists.

Exactly seven minutes later, right winger Joe Mullen tied the game, 3-3, by converting his own power play goal. Cullen and left winger Kevin Stevens were credited with assists.

Late in the period at 18:37, Zalapski took a backhanded pass from Jagr and put a shot on net. Puppa made the inital save but couldn't stop Zalapski on the rebound. Jagr and left winger Phil Bourque had assists.

The Penguins seemed to have a win secured but at 13:10 of the third, right winger Mike Foligno beat Young from the edge of the crease. Hawerchuk had the only assist.


-Young made 35 saves in his first game of the season.

-The three stars were: 1.) Jagr 2.) Vaive 3.) Foligno

-Stevens extended a scoring streak to seven games.

-Center Bryan Trottier left the game after straining a buttocks muscle injury.

Also in the news that day:

-Two  home runs from third baseman Chris Sabo led the Cincinnati Reds to an 8-3 road win at Oakland Alameda County Coliseum in Game 3 of the World Series. The Reds had a 3-0 series lead.

(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)

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