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Twenty Years Later - Blues 6, Penguins 1 - 12-07-11

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

"Twenty Years Later" is a segment with a highly unimaginative name which will appear on Empty Netters throughout the 2011-12 season. We will examine the Penguins' 1991-92 season which led to the second 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' 6-1 loss to the Blues, Dec. 7, 1991.


The Penguins finished their three-game road trip with a loss at the St. Louis Arena. Center Ron Sutter gave the Blues a 1-0 lead 4:03 into the game with a goal off a rebound against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Defenseman Garth Butcher and right winger Dave Christian were credited with assists.

St. Louis increased the lead to 2-0 at 6:20 when left winger Brendan Shanahan scored on a power play off assists from right winger Brett Hull and defenseman Paul Cavallini.

Just under a minute later at 7:17, center Nelson Emerson scored on a backhander to make it a 3-0 game. Defenseman Jeff Brown and Christian had assists.

At 14:37, Cavallini scored with a deflected shot from the left point to give the Blues a 4-0 lead. Sutter had the only assist.

Sutter scored his second goal of the game at the 16:42 mark on a power play off assists from Emerson and center Adam Oates.

Right winger Mark Recchi scored the Penguins' only goal at 10:10 of the second period on a power play against goaltender Curtis Joseph. Assists went to defenseman Paul Coffey and center Ron Francis.

Left winger Dave Lowry capped the scoring at 14:30 with a goal against goaltender Wendell Young off assists from Shanahan and Cavallini.

Notes:

-Barrasso made 11 saves in the loss

-The three stars were: 1.) Sutter 2.) Emerson 3.) Christian.

-Young replaced Barrasso at the start of the second period.

-The Penguins extended a winless streak in St. Louis to eight games.

Statistics:

Player
Position
Games
Played
Goals Assists Points
Kevin Stevens, LW 28 23 22 45
Mario Lemieux, C 25 19 25 44
Paul Coffey, D 28 7 30 37
Joe Mullen, RW 28 13 18 31
Mark Recchi, RW 28 13 18 31
Jaromir Jagr, RW 28 9 21 30
Larry Murphy, D 27 2 16 18
Ron Francis, C 18 6 7 13
Bob Errey, LW 27 6 7 13
Phil Bourque, LW 24 4 8 12
Bryan Trottier, C 25 4 5 9
Gordie Roberts, D 26 2 7 9
Troy Loney, LW 25 3 4 7
Jiri Hrdina, C 16 2 4 6
Jamie Leach, RW 16 2 3 5
Ken Priestlay, C 23 2 3 5
Grant Jennings, D 22 2 1 3
Ulf Samuelsson, D 18 0 3 3
Jim Paek, D 25 0 2 2
Paul Stanton, D 8 1 0 1
Glenn Mulvenna, C 1 0 0 0
Todd Nelson, D 1 0 0 0
Jeff Daniels, LW 2 0 0 0
Jay Caufield, RW 15 0 0 0
Peter Taglianetti, D 20 0 0 0

Patrick Division standings:

xxxxx Record Points
Capitals 20-8-0 40
Rangers 16-11-1 33
Devils 15-10-2 32
Penguins 14-10-4 32
Islanders 9-14-3 21
Flyers 9-15-1 20

Also in the news that day:

-Speaking at a ceremony in Hawaii to commenorate the 50th anniversay of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, President George H.W. Bush, a veteran of World War II, said, "I have no rancor in my hear toward Germany or Japan - none at all. And I hope, in spite of the losses, that you have none in yours. This is no time for recrimination."

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