"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' 8-3 win against the Islanders, Oct. 28, 1990.
The Penguins broke a three-game losing streak against Patrick Division rivals with in a rout at the Civic Arena. Left winger Kevin Stevens scored the only goal of the first period at the 1:25 mark when he beat Islanders goaltender George Maneluk on a power play. Center John Cullen and right winger Rob Brown recorded assists.
Center Pat LaFontaine tied it, 1-1, 35 seconds into the second period when he beat Penguins goaltender Frank Pietrangelo off an assist by right winger Patrick Flatley.
At 7:59 of the period, left winger Bob Errey put the Penguins up 2-1 off a two-on-one with Cullen. Assists went to Cullen and defenseman Zarley Zalapski.
A power-play goal of a slapper from the right circle by right winger Joe Mullen at 10:12 gave the Penguins a 3-1 lead. Zalapski and right winger Mark Recchi had assists.
Rookie right winger Jaromir Jagr would record the eventual game-winning goal 17 seconds later at 10:29 by deflecting a slapper by rookie defenseman Paul Stanton who recorded an assist along with left winger Jeff Daniels.
Brown would pour on at 13:47 with another power-play goal from the slot. Cullen and Stanton were credited with assists.
The Islanders would make the score 5-2 at 15:19 when left winger Derek King scored on a power play off assists from defenseman Wayne McBean and LaFontaine.
Another goal by Jagr - this time on a wraparound - at 18:00 gave the Penguins a 6-2 lead. This one was unassisted.
With only four second left in the period, right winger Tony Tanti cashed in on a power play by re-directing another slapper by Stanton. Assists went to Stanton and Recchi.
Only 58 seconds into the third period, LaFontaine scored again. Defenseman Doug Crossman recorded the only assist.
The final goal came at 9:25 when defenseman Paul Coffey beat goaltender Danny Lorenz. Brown and Recchi had assists.
-Pietrangelo recorded the win by making 20 saves.
-The three stars were 1.) Jagr 2.) Stanton 3.) Brown
-The Penguins' power play, which had struggled prior to the game, went 4 for 6.
-The Penguins had a season-high 44 shots.
-The Islanders top three goaltenders - Glenn Healy, Jeff Hackett and Mark Fitzpatrick - were unavailable due to various illnesses and injuries.
-Of the two Islanders goaltenders who played, Tanti told the Pittsburgh Press, "I never heard of either one of them."
-Lorenz and Maneluk would go on to play all of a combined 12 games in their NHL careers.
-Defenseman Gordie Roberts, acquired one day earlier in a trade which sent a draft pick to the Blues, made his Penguins debut.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)