Twenty Years Later: North Stars 6, Penguins 3 - 12-01-10

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' 6-3  loss against the North Stars, Dec. 1, 1990.

The Penguins lost their third consecutive game at the Met Center in Bloomington, Minn. The Penguins did take the first lead of the game 10:33 into the first period when left winger Kevin Stevens beat goaltender John Casey on a power play. Assists went to defenseman Paul Coffey and right winger Mark Recchi.

The North Stars tied it up, 2-2, at 15:59. Right winger Ilkka Sinisalo scored a shorthanded goal on goaltender Frank Pietrangelo off an assist from left winger Brian Propp.

Minnesota took a 2-1 lead when center Bobby Smith scored an unassisted goal.

The Penguins opened up scoring in the second period and tied the game 2-2 of a goal by right wing Joe Mullen. Left wing Phil Bourque and defenseman Zarley Zalapski.

A goal by Coffey at 12:23 of the period gave Pittsburgh the lead again, 3-2. Assists were credited to center John Cullen and Recchi.

The North Stars got another shorthanded goal at 13:42 and tied the game, 3-3. Center Neal Broten scored the goal off assists from Propp and defenseman Rob Zettler.

Early in the third period at the 2:21 mark, defenseman Larry Murphy scored the eventual game-winning goal off assists from Smith and defenseman Brian Glynn.

Perry Berezan added goal at the 4:35 mark to make it 5-3. Broten had the only assist.

Berezan had the game's final goal at 5:58. Broten and left winger Doug Smail were credited with assists.


-Pietrangelo took the loss after making 34 saves.

-The three stars were 1.) Broten 2.) Smith 3.) Berezan.

-The Penguins suffered their sixth loss in seven games.

Also in the news that day:

-Guard Sean Miller scored 21 points to help Pitt's mens basketball team defeated St. Francis, Pa., 91-85 at the Stokes P.E. Building in Loretto, Pa..

-Brigham Young quarterback Ty Detmer was awarded the Heisman Trophy. He received 1,482 points in balloting. Notre Dame wide receiver Raghib "Rocket" Ismail, was secodn with 1,1777. Detmer became the first player from the Western Athletic Conference to win the title.

(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)

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