Twenty Years Later: Penguins 4, Sabres 3

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' 4-3 defeat of the Sabres, Dec. 14, 1990.

The Penguins won their second game in as many nights at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorum. Center Bryan Trottier gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead at 14:23 of the first period by putting a backhander by goaltender Darren Puppa. Assists went to right winger Tony Tanti and left winger Troy Loney.

The Sabres responded less than half a minute later at 14:47 with a goal by right winger Dave Snuggerud against goaltender Frank Pietrangelo. Defenseman Uwe Krupp recorded the only assist.

Buffalo took a 2-1 lead at the 16:29 mark with a goal by defenseman Greg Brown off assists by right winger Alexander Mogilny and left winger Dave Andreychuk.

The Penguins tied the game again, 2-2, off a power-play goal by Tanti off a rebound. Assists went to defenseman Paul Coffey and Trottier.

At 9:15 of the second, center Barry Pederson put the Penguins up 3-2 by scoring on goaltender Clint Malarchuk off a rebound. Defenseman Larry Murphy and right winger Joe Mullen were credited with assists.

Exactly two minutes later at 11:15, Andreychuk tied it, 3-3 on a power play. Defenseman Doug Bodger and right winger Rick Vaive had assists.

At 6:57 of the third, Mullen netted the game-winning goal by re-directing a slapper by defenseman Paul Stanton. Assists went to Stanton and left winger Kevin Stevens.


-Pietrangelo made 28 saves to record the win.

-The three stars were: 1.) Mullen 2.) Tanti 3.) Andreychuk.

-Murphy's assist was his first point with the Penguins.

Patrick Division Standings:

Record Points
Rangers 18-11-5 41
Flyers 18-14-3 39
Capitals 18-15-0 36
Devils 16-13-4 36
Penguins 14-16-3 31
Islanders 10-17-3 23

Also in the news that day:

-Former Pirates pitcher Ted Power joined the Reds as a free agent. The right-hander had a 1-3 record with a 3.60 ERA and seven saves for the 1990 National League Eastern Division champions.

(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)

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