Twenty Years Later - Penguins 3, Capitals 2 - 11-24-10

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' 3-2 overtime win against the Capitals, Nov. 24, 1990.

A day after being slammed by the Capitals on the road, 7-3, the Penguins snapped their three-game losing streak at the Civic Arena. After a scoreless first period, the Capitals took a 1-0 lead on a five-on-three power play 4:14 into the second when defenseman Kevin Hatcher collected a loose puck in the slot and snapped a shot by the stick of goaltender Frank Pietrangelo. Assists went to defenseman Calle Johansson and center Mike Ridley.

The Penguins responded on their own power play exactly eight minutes later at 12:14 when right winger Tony Tanti beat goaltender Jim Hrvinak by re-directing a shot by defenseman Paul Coffey. Assists went to Coffey and right winger Mark Recchi.

At 2:23 of the third, Hatcher cashed in again with a slap shot off assists from right winger Peter Bondra and left winger Kelly Miller.

The Pengins tied the game 2-2 when Coffey scored on goaltender Mike Liut. Right winger Joe Mullen and defenseman Paul Stanton recorded assists.

Recchi won the game 1:11 into the overtime period. On a power play, he took a cross crease pass from left winger Kevin Stevens and flipped the puck behind Luit from right post. assists went to Stevens and center John Cullen.


-Pietrangelo recorded the win by making 35 saves.

-The three stars were 1.) Pietrangelo 2.) Hatcher 3.) Coffey.

-The Capitals actually out-shot the Penguins, 37-22.

-Hrvinak left the game at 13:36 of the second due to a knee injury.

Also in the news that day:

-Former Flyers and Rangers coach Fred Shero passed away following a battle with cancer. He was 65. Shero led the Flyers to the Stanley Cup in 1974 and 1975 and directed the Ranger to the Cup final in 1980. He had a career record 390-225-119. Shero's son, Ray Shero, was hired as the Penguins' general manager in 2006.

-Quarter Tony Sacca threw for 187 yards and rushed for 113 for Penn State in a 22-17 defeat of rival Pitt at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pa. The win secured a bid to the Blockbuster Bowl for Penn State (9-2). It was head coach Joe Paterno's 229 career victory. Sacca, who threw one touchdown became the first quarterback to rush for 100 yards during Paterno's tenure with Penn State. Pitt (3-7-1) quarterback Alex Van Pelt threw for 246 yards but was also intercepted four times.

(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)

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