Twenty Years Later - Maple Leafs 6, Penguins 2 - 12-29-10

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 to the Red Wings, Dec. 29, 1990.

The Penguins dropped the second of three games on three consecutive nights at Maple Leaf Gardens. Left winger Kevin Stevens gave the Penguins an early 1-0 lead 4:39 into the contest. His power play goal against goaltener Peter Ing was assisted by center John Cullen and defenseman Zarley Zalapski.

At 12:09 of the first period, center Mike Krushelnyski tied the game, 1-1, by scoring on goaltender Frank Pietrangelo. Defenseman Dave Ellett recorded the only assist.

The Maple Leafs took a 2-1 lead at 2:58 of the second off a goal by right winger Kevin Maguire. Former Penguins center Dave Hannan and left winger Dave Reid were credited with assists.

A goal by defenseman Michel Petit at 8:34 increased the lead to 3-1. Rookie right winger Joe Sacco and another former Penguin, center Doug Shedden netted asssists.

At 5:20 of the third, rookie right winger Jaromir Jagr scored the Penguins' second goal off an assist from Zalapski.

Krushelnyski scored the eventual game-winning goal 12 seconds later at 5:32. Shedden and defenseman Todd Gill had assists.

Center Lucien DeBlois made it 5-2 at 14:02  off assists from center Aaron Broten and Petit.

Jagr scored the Penguins' third goal just over half a minute later at 14:33. Defenseman Larry Murphy had the lone assist.

With 10 seconds left, Broten scored the final goal of the game off assists from Lucien DeBlois and Gill.


-Pietrangelo made 22 saves and recorded the loss.

-The three stars were: 1.) Krushelnyski 2.) Petit 3.) Jagr.

Patrick Division Standings:

Record Points
Rangers 21-13-6 48
Devils 19-13-7 47
Flyers 21-17-5 47
Penguins 20-18-3 43
Capitals 18-22-1 37
Islanders 13-19-5 31

Also in the news that day:

-BYU's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Ty Detmer separated his shoulder twice in a 65-14 loss at the hands of Texas A&M in the Holiday Bowl at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego.

(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)

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