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Twenty Years Later - Penguins 3, Rangers 1 - 11-03-10

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' 3-1 win against the Rangers, Nov. 3, 1990.


The Penguins opened up November by extending their winning streak to three games with a victory at Civic Arena. Center Randy Gilhen gave the Penguins an early 1-0 lead at 5:14 of the first period by beating goaltender Mike Richter. Gilhen's goal was a bit of a fluke as he threw a centering pass from the behind the cage towards the slot. The puck hit Richter's stick and deflected into the cage. Right winger Tony Tanti and left winger Phil Bourque had assists.

At 11:45 of the second, right winger Mark Recchi increased the lead to 2-0 during a five-on-three power play. Near the right post, Recchi took a cross crease pass from right winger Joe Mullen and beat Richter through the five hole. Assists went to Mullen and center John Cullen.

Just under two minutes later at 13:44, Cullen made it 3-0 beat putting a backhander by Richter from the slot. Recchi and left winger Kevin Stevens recorded assists.

At 4:54 of the third period, the Rangers broke through for their only goal. Left winger John Ogrodnick beat goaltender Frank Pietrangelo from a sharp angle. Assists went to Mullen's brother, right winger Brian Mullen and center Kevin Miller.

Notes:

-Pietrangelo recorded the win by making 24 saves.

-The three stars were 1.) Pietrangelo 2.) Cullen 3.) Recchi.

-Describing his fluky, accidental goal, Gilhen, a fourth-line mucker and grinder by anyone's standards, said, "For me, that's a 10."

-The Penguins blanked the Rangers on six power play attempts.

-Head coach Bob Johnson recorded his 200th career win.

-Mullen and Cullen each extended scoring streaks to eight games.

Also in the news that day:

-Pitt was shut out by No. 8 Miami, 45-0, at the Orange Bowl in Miami. It was the first shutout of Pitt since 1985.

-Penn State beat West Virginia, 31-19, Montaineer Field in Morgantown, W.Va.  Penn State was led by safety Darren Perry who returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown.

-Two days prior elections, incumbent Robert Casey carried a 40-point lead in polls on challenger Barbara Hafer in Pennsylvania's gubernatorial race.

(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)

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