Twenty Years Later - Penguins 4, North Stars 3 - 12-20-10

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' 4-3 defeat of the North Stars, Dec. 20, 1990.

The Penguins extended their winning streak to five games at the Civic Arena. The North Stars took a 1-0 lead 3:35 into the game when left wing Ulf Dahlen scored against goaltender Frank Pietrangelo off assists from center Dave Gagner and left winger Brian Bellows.

They increased their lead to 2-0 at the 9:15 mark when center Neal Broten scored. The only assist went to Dahlen.

At 12:10, center John Cullen got the Penguins on the scoreboard, 2-1, by scoring against goaltender Brian Hayward with assists going to defenseman Paul Coffey and right winger Tony Tanti.

Late in the first period at 19:18, a power play goal by Coffey made it 2-2. Right winger Mark Recchi and defenseman Zarley Zalapski were credited with assists.

At 15:44 of the second period, rookie right winger Jaromir Jagr gave the Penguins a 3-2 lead. Center Bryan Trottier and defenseman Gordie Roberts had assists.

Minnesota responded just over a minute later at 16:54. An unassisted goal by Broten tied it, 3-3.

Late in the game at 19:06 of the third, off a turnover by Minnesota defenseman Mark Tinordi, Recchi scored the winning goal. Assists went to Cullen and left winger Phil Bourque.


-Pietrangelo recorded the win by making 26 saves.

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

-Earlier in the day, general manager Craig Patrick ended weeks of speculation when he traded right winger Rob Brown to the Hartford Whalers in exchange for right wing Scott Young. Brown had been a scratch in the Penguins' previous six games.

Patrick Division standings:

Record Points
Rangers 20-12-5 45
Flyers 19-16-4 42
Devils 17-13-6 40
Penguins 17-16-3 37
Capitals 18-18-1 37
Islanders 12-17-4 28

Also in the news that day:

-Discussing the potential of going to war with Iraq and dictator Saddam Hussein, U.S. President George H.W. Bush said: "If we get into an armed situation, he's going to get his ass kicked."

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