Twenty Years Later - Whalers 3, Penguins 1 - 12-08-10

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 loss to the Whalers, Dec. 8, 1990.

The Penguins extended their winless streak to three games at the Hartford Civic Center.

After a scoreless first period, the Whalers took a 1-0 lead at 11:54. Right winger Scott Young beat goaltender Wendell Young from the slot. Assists when to center Ron Francis and defenseman Adam Burt.

At 2:23 of the third period, center John Cullen tied it 1-1 by putting a backhander past goaltender Daryl Reaugh off an assist by right winger Rob Brown.

Just over three minutes later at 5:54, Burt gave the Whalers the lead for good with a wrist shot from the right circle. Francis recorded the only assist.

Less than two minutes later at 7:50, center Mike Tomlak added an unassisted goal as insurance.


-Young took the loss after making 31 saves.

-The three stars were: 1.) Reaugh 2.) Francis 3.) Young.

-Cullen's goal was his 50th point of the season.

-Right winger Mark Recchi had a nine-game scoring streak snapped.

The Patrick Division standings:

Record Points
Rangers 17-11-5 39
Flyers 17-13-2 36
Devils 16-11-4 36
Capitals 17-15-0 35
Penguins 12-15-3 27
Islanders 9-17-2 20

Also in the news that day:

-No. 11 Pitt defeated West Virginia, 96-87 in men's basketball at the Fitzgerald Field House. Guard Sean Miller led Pitt with 21 points.

-The NHL's board of governors voted unanimously to place the expansion San Jose Sharks in the Smythe Division.

-Approximately 500 United States hostages were freed from Iraq.

(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)

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