Twenty Years Later: Penguins 4, Red Wings 1 - 12-16-10

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' 4-1 defeat of the Red Wings, Dec. 16, 1990.

The Penguins extended their winning streak to three games at the Civic Arena. Defenseman Larry Murphy put the Penguins up 1-0 2:09 into the game with against goaltender Tim Cheveldae. Centers Bryan Trottier and Randy Gilhen recoreded assists.

At 7:37 of the second period, right winger Joe Mullen cashed in off assists from Barry Pederson and defenseman Paul Stanton.

Trottier made it 3-0 at the 13:01 mark of the period. Assists went to Gilhen and right winger Tony Tanti.

Just over a minute later at 14:25, defenseman Paul Coffey gave the Penguins a 4-0 lead off assists from center John Cullen and right winger Mark Recchi.

Late in the period at 18:21, rookie center Sergei Fedorov scored the Red Wings' only goal on a deflection during a power play against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Assists went to defenseman Yves Racine and center Steve Yzerman.


-Barrasso earned the win by making 31 saves.

-The three stars were: 1.) Barrasso 2.) Trottier 3.) Gilhen.

-Murphy's goal was his first with the Penguins.

-Trottier's assist was his seventh point in three games.

-In his debut with the Penguins, center Jiri Hrdina recorded three shots and an even plus/minus.

Patrick Division Standings:

Record Points
Rangers 19-11-5 43
Flyers 19-15-3 41
Devils 16-13-5 37
Capitals 18-16-0 36
Penguins 15-16-3 33
Islanders 11-17-3 25

Also in the news that day:

-Three field goals by kicker Gary Anderson led the Steelers to a 9-6 win against the Saints at the Superdome in New Orleans.

(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)

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