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Twenty Years Later - Penguins 4, North Stars 1 - 11-13-10

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' 4-1 tie against the North Stars, Nov. 13, 1990.


The Penguins broke a two-game winless streak at the Met Center in Bloomington, Minn. After a scoreless first period, the Penguins took a 1-0 lead 7:04 into the second when right winger Jaromir Jagr banked a wraparound attempt off the skate of goaltender Jon Casey. It was his first career power play goal. Assists went to left winger Kevin Stevens and center John Cullen.

At 15:37 of the period, the lead increased to 2-0 when defenseman Zarley Zalapski scored on a slap shot from the left circle shorthanded. Right winger Mark Recchi had the only assist.

Less than a minute later, left winger Brian Bellows put the North Stars on the board by beating goaltender Frank Pietrangelo. Left winger Doug Smail and center Neil Broten had assists.

Defenseman Paul Coffey increased the Penguins' lead to 3-1 with a slap shot at 7:35 of the third with an unassisted goal.

With 10 seconds left in the game, center Randy Gilhen got an empty net goal off an assist from Zalapski.

Notes:

-Pietrangelo, playing near his alma mater of Minnesota, recorded the win by making 42 saves.

-The three stars were: 1.) Pietrangelo 2.) Bellows 3.) Zalapski.

-Only 5,429 fans attended this game.

-Regarding Pietrangelo, Zalapski told the Post-Gazette, "There aren't words to describe the way he played tonight."

-Defenseman Jim Johnson missed the game due to a back ailment.

Also in the news that day:

-Oakland Athletics pitcher Bob Welch claimed the American League Cy Young Award. He had a 27-6 record.

-Pirates catcher Mike LaValliere underwent arthoscopic surgery on his left knee.

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