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Twenty Years Later - Flyers 5, Penguins 4 - 11-21-10

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' 5-4 loss against the Flyers, Nov. 21, 1990.


The Penguins returns to the Civic Arena and lost their second consecutive one-goal game. Rookie defenseman Paul Stanton gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead at 13:01 of the first period by beating goaltender Pete Peeters with a knuckler of a slap shot from the right point for his first career NHL goal. Right winger Mark Recchi recorded the only assist.

Just over one minute later at 14:01, center Randy Gilhen made it 2-0 with a wrister off an assist by right winger Rob Brown.

With less than a minute remaining in the period, the Flyers got onthe board at 19:03 when right winger Scott Mellanby put a puck by goaltender Tom Barrasso of a rebound from a shot by Kjell Samuelsson. Samuelsson and defenseman Mark Howe were credited with assists.

The Flyers tied it 1:19 into the second period when left winger Tony Horacek scored off assists by right winger Normand Lacombe and Samuelsson.

Just over two minutes later at 3:34, right winger Rick Tocchet gave the Flyers a 3-2 lead by scoring his 14th goal of the season. Rookie center Mike Ricci had the lone assist.

It took all of 51 seconds in the third period for the Flyers to strike again. Center Pelle Eklund scored on a power play off assists from defensemen Terry Carkner and Gord Murphy.

Eklund would score the eventual game-winning goal at 9:12: The goal was unassisted.

At 11:06, center John Cullen beat goaltender Bruce Hoffort on a power play. Assists when to defenseman Paul Coffey and right winger Joe Mullen.

Left winger Phil Bourque made it 5-4 with a goal off assists from Coffey and defenseman Jim Johnson.

Notes:

-Barrasso recorded the loss after making 20 saves.

-Hoffort recorded the win after relieving Peeters and making eight saves. It was his only win to the season.

-The three stars were: 1.) Eklund 2.) Peeters 3.) Coffey.

-Cullen returned to the lineup after missing one game due to an abdominal injury.

-Peeters left the game when Murphy tripped Penguins left winger Kevin Stevens and Stevens fell into Peeters.

Also in the news that day:

-President George H.W. Bush arrived in Saudi Arabia to meet with military officials and have Thanksgiving dinner the next day with soldiers stationed in the region for Operation Desert Shield.

(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)

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