Twenty Years Later: Capitals 3, Penguins 1 - 12-05-10

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' 3-1 loss to the Capitals, Dec. 5, 1990.

The Penguins lost for the fourth time in five games at the Civic Arena. Capitals center Michal Pivonka gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead 4:36 into the first period by beating goaltender Wendell Young with a screened slapper from beyond the blue line. Defenseman Calle Johansson recorded the only assist.

Less than three minutes later at 7:16, defenseman Kevin Hatcher made it 2-0 with a power play goal off assists from Pivonka and defenseman Mikhail Tatarinov.

At 11:13 of the period, center Randy Gilhen made it 2-1 by beating goaltender Don Beaupre off a rebound. Right winger Mark Recchi and left winger Brad Aitken had assists.

Following a scoreless second period, left winger Kelly Miller netted a shorthanded goal at 6:21 of the third by putting a slap shot off the stick of Penguins center John Cullen. Assists went to Mike Ridley and Hatcher.


-Young recorded the loss after making 28 saves.

-The three stars were: 1.) Pivonka 2.) Hatcher 3.) Beaupre.

-At 14:03 of the second period, a dual fight between Capitals right winger Alan May and Penguins right winger Jay Caufield as well as Aitken and Washington left winger Nick Kypreos took place. Officials ended up giving out 48 minutes offsetting penalties.

-Aitken's assist would be his only point of the season.

-Penguins left winger Tony Tanti missed the game due to a concussion.

-Doctors confirmed center Mario Lemieux's bone infection in his lower back had completely healed. Lemieux had been sidelined the entire season due to his back ailment.

The Patrick Division standings:

Record Points
Rangers 17-19-5 39
Flyers 17-11-2 36
Devils 15-10-4 34
Capitals 16-14-0 32
Penguins 12-14-2 26
Islanders 9-16-2 20

Also in the news that day:

-The Pirates lost free agent first baseman Sid Bream when he signed a three-year contract worth $5.6 million with the Braves.

(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)

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