"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 Blues, Dec. 31, 1990.
The Penguins the final game of the 1990 calendar year on New Year's Eve at the Civic Arena. Former Penguins center Rich Sutter gave the Blues a 1-0 lead 2:13 into the game with a wrister from the right circle against goaltender Tom Barrasso off assists from center Rod Brind'Amour and defenseman Jeff Brown.
St. Louis increased its lead to 2-0 at 14:36 when right winger Herb Raglan scored off a rebound. Assists went to left winger Sergio Momesso and center Ron Wilson.
Less than two minutes later at 16:34, rookie defenseman Paul Stanton put the Penguins on the scoreboard with a goal off a wrist shot against goaltender Curtis Joseph off assists from left winger Troy Loney and former Blues right winger Joe Mullen.
Just 1:28 into the second, right winger Mark Recchi scored his 20th goal of the season off a power play with a wrister to the short side from the right circle. Defenseman Paul Coffey and center John Cullen netted assists.
At the 9:58 mark of the period, Wilson scored again to regain the lead for St. Louis. Assists went to left winger Gino Cavallini and Brown.
Cullen tied the game again, 3-3, at 15:25 of the period by cleaning up a rebound. Coffey and left winger Bob Errey had assists.
Recchi would score the game-winning goal late at the 16:49 mark of the third period by redirecting a shot by defenseman Larry Murphy. Murphy and Cullen netted assists.
-Barrasso earn the win by making 36 saves. It was his seventh consecutive win. That tied Roberto Romano's franchise record for consecutive wins by a goaltender.
-The three stars were: 1.) Recchi 2.) Cullen 3.) Wilson.
-Blues right winger Brett Hull, the NHL's leading goal-scorer with 38, was limited to two shots.
-Recchi tied Hull for the league lead with six game-winning goals.
-The Penguins snapped a seven-game winless streak (0-6-1) to the Blues which dated to October of 1988.
-Penguins captain Mario Lemieux resumed skating for the first time since offseason back surgery.
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Also in the news that day:
-Former Redskins and Rams coach George Allen passed away. He was 72. Allen would be posthumously inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)