Twenty Years Later - Oilers 7, Penguins 3 - 11-27-10

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' 7-3 loss against the Oilers, Nov. 27, 1990.

The Penguins lost for the fourth time in five games to defending Stanley Cup champion Oilers at the Civic Arena. Former Penguins defenseman Chris Joseph gave the Oilers an early 1-0 lead 49 seconds into play by beating goaltender Frank Pietrangelo. Assists went to center Mark Messier and right winger Glenn Anderson.

The Penguins tied it, 1-1, at 4:00 when right winger Mark Recchi scored on goaltender Bill Randford. Center John Cullen and former Oilers defenseman Paul Coffey recorded assists

At 8:58, the Oilers re-claimed the lead, 2-1, when left winger Petr Klima scored off assists from left winger Esa Tikkanen and center Anatoli Semenov.

The Penguins once again tied the game, 2-2, at 11:10 off a goal by left winger Phil Bourque. Center Bryan Trottier and right winger Joe Mullen were credited with assists.

Another goal by Bourque at 18:30 gave the Penguins their only lead, 3-2. Trottier recorded the only assist.

At 4:03 of the second, the Oilers tied it, 3-3, when left winger Martin Gelinas beat Pietrangelo, who was playing with a broken stick. Center Ken Linseman had the only assist.

Less than two minutes later, Edmonton took a 4-3 lead when former Penguins left winger Craig Simpson put a puck behind Pietrangelo. Assists when to Messier and Joseph.

At 16:05, Anderson  collected a goal off assists from defenseman Charlie Huddy and Messier.

Right winger Joe Murphy made the score 6-3 at 6:23 of the third. Assists went to Klima and Linseman.

Anderson scored the game's final goal at 17:05. Messier had the only assist.


-Pietrangelo took the loss after making 23 saves.

-The three stars were 1.) Klima 2.) Messier 3.) Randford

-All 10 goals came in even-strength situations.

-Right winger Rob Brown was a healthy scratch for the third consecutive game.

-When asked if he had plans on trading Brown, general manager Craig Patrick simply said, "No."

Also in the news that day:

-John Major officially succeeded Margaret Thatcher as the United Kingdom's prime minister.

-Actor David White, who played Larry Tate on "Bewitched," passed away. He was 74.

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