"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' 6-2 loss to the Flames, March 1, 1991.
The Penguins extended a winless streak to five games with a loss at the Saddledome. Right winger Theo Fleury gave the Flames a 1-0 lead 4:34 into the game with a goal against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Assists went to center Doug Gilmour and defenseman Al MacInnis.
Just over a minute later at 5:45, right winger Sergei Makarov increased the lead to 2-0 with a goal off assists from center Joe Niewendyk and left winger Gary Roberts.
Late in the first period at 19:47, center John Cullen got the Penguins on the scoreboard with a goal against goaltender Rick Wamsley. Assists went to right winger Scott Young and left winger Kevin Stevens.
A power play goal at 5:30 of the second period by center Mario Lemieux tied the game, 2-2. Assists were credited to right wingers Jaromir Jagr and Mark Recchi.
Less than a minute later at 6:27, left winger Robert Reichel put the Flames up for good with a goal. Defenseman Gary Suter recorded the lone assist.
Not even 30 seconds later at 6:55, Makarov scored his second goal off assists from Roberts and defenseman Frantisek Musil.
At 4:42 of the third period, right winger Mark Hunter put the Flames up 5-2. Reichel recorded the only assist.
Fleury scored the game's final goal at 7:01. Left winger Brian MacLellan and Reichel netted assists.
-Barrasso recorded the loss after making 35 saves.
-The three stars were 1.) Fleury 2.) Reichel 3.) Makarov.
Patrick Division standings:
Also in the news that day:
-Edwin H. Land, founder of Polaroid, passed away. He was 81.
(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)