Twenty Years Later - Penguins 9, Rangers 4 - 12-03-10

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' 9-4 win against The Rangers, Dec. 3, 1990.

The Penguins ended their three-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden. Left winger Phil Bourque gave the Penguins an early 1-0 lead at 1:08 of the first period when he put a puck behind goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck. Defenseman Zarley Zalapski and right winger Mark Recchi recorded assists.

Less than half a minute later at 1:36, defenseman Chris Dahlquist scored to make it 2-0 off assists from center Bryan Trottier and right winger Joe Mullen.

At 11:22, the Rangers got on the board when center Bernie Nicholls beat goaltender Tom Barrasso. Assists went to right winger Ray Sheppard and defenseman Normand Rochefort.

Just over a minute later at 12:39, defenseman Coffey scored on a power play off assists from center John Cullen and Recchi.

At 14:12, the Penguins cashed in on another power play when John Cullen scored. Assists went to left winger Kevin Stevens and Recchi.

Only 34 seconds into the second period, Nicholls got his second goal off a four on two. Assists were credited to defenseman Brian Leetch and Sheppard.

At 3:24, Stevens beat goaltender Mike Richter. Assists went to defenseman Paul Stanton and Coffey.

Less than a minute later at 4:22, left winger Bob Errey scored off an assist from right winger Jaromir Jagr.

A goal by Mullen at 6:06 made it 7-2. Assists went to center Randy Gilhen and Errey.

Center Darren Turcotte scored for the Rangers a 12:01 on a power play. Defenseman James Patrick and Nicholls netted assists.

Late in the period at 18:26, Patrick scored on another power play off assists when Leetch and right winger Brian Mullen.

Early in the third period at 1:04, Bourque scored off assists from Cullen and Recchi.

At 11:01, Bourque recorded his first career hat trick. Assists when to Recchi and Cullen.


-Barrasso made 32 saves to earn the win. It was his first win since Nov. 14.

-Penguins coach Bob Johnson moved Stevens off the first line with Cullen and Recchi and replaced him with Bourque. Stevens was moved to a line with Trottier and Mullen.

-Bourque also had a fight with right winger Tie Domi.

-The Penguins tied a club record for goals in a road game.

-Zalapski was sent to the hospital after he was hit head first into the boards by center Kevin Miller.

The Patrick Division standings:

Record Points
Rangers 17-9-5 39
Flyers 17-11-2 36
Devils 14-10-4 32
Capitals 15-14-0 30
Penguins 12-13-2 26
Islanders 9-15-2 20

Also in the news that day:

-No. 21 Virginia upset No. 11 Pitt, 84-80 at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Va. Guard Jason Matthews led Pitt with 24 points.

-In a highly-anticipated match-up of 10-1 teams, Joe Montana threw a 23-yard touchdown to John Taylor and accounted for the only touchdown in the 49ers' 7-3 win against the Giants at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

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