"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' 3-3 tie with the Bruins, Nov. 10, 1990.
The Penguins kicked off a three-game road trip by traveling to the Boston Garden. Center Bob Carpenter gave the Bruins an early 1-0 lead 4:20 into the first period by beating goaltender Tom Barrasso from the left circle with center Ken Hodge and right winger Cam Neely recording assists.
Carpenter's second goal off a rebound from a Neely shot at 8:19 of the period extended the lead to 2-0. Neely and Hodge once again were credited with assists.
At 2:26 of the second period, the Penguins go on the board when left winger Kevin Stevens a shot by defenseman Paul Coffey behind goaltender Andy Moog. Assists went to Coffey and right winger Mark Recchi.
The Penguins tied the game, 2-2, just over a minute later at 3:43 when Recchi beat Moog on a power play. Assists went to center John Cullen and right winger Jaromir Jagr.
Boston re-claimed the lead at 17:23 when Neely cashed in off an assist from Hodge.
The Penguins secured the tie at 14:41 in the third when Cullen re-directed a shot by defenseman Zarley Zalapski. Zalapski and Coffey had assists.
-Barrasso earned the tie by making 35 saves.
-The three stars were 1.) Hodge 2.) Carpenter 3.) Cullen.
-Right winger Joe Mullen had a chance to win the game with 20 seconds left in regulation on a potential breakaway. But the puck was rolling on choppy ice and prevented him from putting a quality shot on net.
-Of Mullen's breakaway, head coach Bob Johnson told the Pittsburgh Press, "I'll bet the kitchen sin and the house on Joey Mullen going in (alone)."
Also in the news that day:
-Pitt's football team clinched its second losing season in 17 years by losing to Temple, 28-18, at Pitt Stadium. Pitt coach Paul Hackett said, "It was a game between a live Temple team and a somewhat comatose Pitt team."
-Future Steelers running back Leroy Thompson ran for 132 yards and a touchdown for Penn State in a 24-10 defeat of Maryland at Beaver Stadium.
-Quarterback Greg Jones threw for 121 yards and one touchdown to lead West Virginia to a 28-3 win against Rutgers at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.