"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' 5-1 defeat of the Oilers, Jan. 10, 1991.
The Penguins extended their home winning streak at the Civic Arena to three games. Former Flames center Jiri Hrdina gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead three minutes into the game with a goal against goaltender Rick Wamsley. Assists went to left winger Kevin Stevens and rookie right winger Jaromir Jagr.
Just over two minutes later at 5:16, the Penguins went up 2-0 when left winger Troy Loney scored his first goal of the season off an assist from center Randy Gilhen.
It took less than three minutes for the Penguins to increase the lead to 3-0. Defenseman Paul Coffey scored off assists from center Barry Pederson and Stevens.
Right winger Scott Young capped off the scoring in the first period with a power play goal and gave the Penguins a 4-0 lead at the 13:38 mark. Coffey and Stevens were credited with assists.
It took all of 29 seconds in the second for defenseman Larry Murphy to cash in on a power play. Right winger Joe Mullen and center John Cullen recorded assists.
At 13:39 of the third, left winger Brian MacLellan accounted for Calgary's only goal against goaltender Tom Barrasso on a power play. Assists went to left winger Tim Sweeney and defenseman Frantisek Musil.
-Barrasso made 37 saves to earn the win.
-The three stars were 1.) Barrasso 2.) Stevens 3.) Coffey.
-The teams managed to accumulate 108 minutes in penalties. The Penguins had 49 minutes while the Penguins had 59.
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(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)