"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' 7-5 loss to the defending Stanley Cup champion Oilers, Feb. 11, 1991.
The Penguins extended a losing streak to three games at Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton. Left winger Anatoli Semenov gave Edmonton a 1-0 lead with a shorthanded goal against goaltender Tom Barrasso 5:38 into the game. Assists went to right winger Joe Murphy and defenseman Craig Muni.
Just 38 seconds into the second period, an unassisted power-play goal by left winger Peter Klima gave the Oilers a 2-0 lead.
Less than five minutes later at 5:36, defenseman Zarley Zalapski put the Penguins on the board with a power-play goal against goaltender Bill Ranford. Assists were credited to center Mario Lemieux and right winger Scott Young.
Center Mark Messier put the Oilers up 3-1 at the 12:00 mark off assists from Semenov and right winger Glenn Anderson.
At 13:08, Anderson made it 4-1. Assists were credited to center Ken Linseman and defenseman Charlie Huddy.
Edmonton struck again at 14:15 when Klima scored off assists from Linseman and defenseman Steve Smith.
Just over two minutes later at 16:18, rookie right winger Jaromir Jagr scored to make it 5-2. Left winger Bob Errey and defenseman Larry Murphy were credited with assists.
Semenov scored the eventual game-winning goal at 2:48 of the third off assists from Smith and left winger Adam Graves.
Center John Cullen's goal at 3:27 made it 6-3. Assists went to left winger Kevin Stevens and defenseman Gordie Roberts.
At the 6:30 mark, Lemieux scored off assists from former Oilers defenseman Paul Coffey and Barrasso.
A second goal by Jagr at 12:13 pulled the Penguins within one goal. Lemieux recorded the lone assist.
Hopes of a tie game were snuffed out when Joe Murphy scored to give Edmonton a 7-5 lead. Graves had the only assist.
-Barrasso recorded the loss after making 39 saves.
-The three stars were 1.) Semenov 2.) Klima 3.) Jagr.
-In six games since coming back from a back ailment, Lemieux had recorded 11 points.
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(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)