"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' 4-4 tie against the Flyers, March 30, 1991.
The Penguins played their final home game of the regular season at the Civic Arena. Left winger Craig Berube scored the only goal of the first period against goaltender Tom Barrasso and gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead 17:51 into the game. Assists went to center Pelle Eklund and right winger Tim Kerr.
The Penguins tied the game, 1-1, when defenseman Paul Coffey scored on goaltender Ken Wregget. Center Ken Priestlay and right winger Jay Caufield were credited with assists.
At 1:19 of the third period, rookie right winger Jaromir Jagr's power play goal put the Penguins up, 2-1. Center Ron Francis and Coffey recorded assists.
Just under threee minutes later at 4:16, left winger Bob Errey scored his 20th goal of the season to give the Penguins a 3-1 lead. Center Mario Lemieux had the lone assist.
At the 8:00 mark, Eklund scored off assists from center Kimbi Daniels and Kerr to make it, 3-2.
Kerr tied the game, 3-3, at 15:49. Center Keith Acton had the only assist.
Less than half a minute later at 16:17, left winger Troy Loney put the Penguins up 4-3 off assists from Jagr and center Bryan Trottier.
The game's final goal was scored by defenseman Kjell Samuelsson at 17:47. Assists went to left winger Murray Craven and center Ron Sutter.
-Barrasso recorded a tie after making 28 saves.
-The three stars are 1.) Coffey 2.) Kerr 3.) Jagr.
-Right winger Mark Recchi, the team's leading scorer with 114 points, left the game in the second period with a right knee injury.
-Caufield's assist was his second point of the season.
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(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)