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Twenty Years Later - Islanders 8, Penguins 5 - 01-30-12

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' 8-5 loss to the Islanders, Jan. 30, 1992.


The Penguins lost their third consecutive game at the Civic Arena. Left winger Troy Loney gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead 3:04 into the game with a goal against goaltender Mark Fitzpatrick. Center Bryan Trottier and defenseman Gordie Roberts recorded assists.

Left winger Rob DiMaio tied the game, 1-1, with a goal against goaltender Wendell Young late in the first period at 19:27. Assists went to defenseman Tom Kurvers and left winger Bill Berg.

Just over 20 second slater at 19:48, center Tom Fitzgerald scored to give New York a 2-1 lead off assists from left winger Benoit Hogue and center Ray Ferraro.

The Islanders took a 3-1 lead at 6:44 of the second period when center Hubie McDonough scored a shorthanded goal. Right winger David Volek and Fitzgerald had assists.

Right winger Jamie Leach's fifth goal of the season on a power play made it a 3-2 game at 10:29. Defensemen Paul Coffey and Paul Stanton recorded assists.

At 15:10, an unassisted goal by Hogue gave New York a 4-2 lead.

Just 17 seconds into the third period, King scored to make it a 5-2 game. Volek and center Pierre Turgeon had assists.

A power-play goal by Kurvers at 3:16 put New York up, 6-2. Assists went to Ferraro and Hogue.

Right winger Mark Recchi scored on a power play to make it a 6-3 contest. Left winger Kevin Stevens and Coffey had assists.

Loney scored his second goal of the game at 11:55 to narrow the lead to 6-4. Defenseman Ulf Samuelsson and center Ron Francis netted assists.

Less than 30 seconds later at 11:22, Trottier scored to make it a 6-5 game off assists from Coffey and Stevens.

Turgeon secured the win at 17:55 with a goal off assists Volek and Berg.

Fitzgerald scored an insurance goal in an empty net at 19:43. Hogue had the only assist.

Notes:

-Young made 25 saves in the loss.

-The three stars were 1.) Hogue 2.) Loney 3.) Volek.

-Center Mario Lemieux missed the game due to a back ailment.

-The Penguins signed general manager Craig Patrick to a five-year contract extension.

Statistics:

Player
Position
Games
Played
Goals Assists Points
Mario Lemieux, C 42 29 51 80
Kevin Stevens, LW 50 35 43 78
Joe Mullen, RW 50 28 33 61
Paul Coffey, D 49 9 50 59
Mark Recchi, RW 50 28 30 58
Jaromir Jagr, RW 48 22 28 51
Larry Murphy, D 48 10 28 38
Ron Francis, C 40 12 18 30
Bob Errey, LW 48 12 10 22
Troy Loney, LW 47 7 13 20
Gordie Roberts, D 44 2 15 17
Phil Bourque, LW 36 6 10 16
Bryan Trottier, C 36 6 7 13
Jiri Hrdina, C 34 3 10 13
Jamie Leach, RW 30 4 5 9
Ken Priestlay, C 41 2 7 9
Ulf Samuelsson, D 35 1 8 9
Paul Stanton, D 30 1 5 6
Jim Paek, D 39 0 6 6
Grant Jennings, D 36 1 2 3
Peter Taglianetti, D 33 0 2 2
Glenn Mulvenna, C 1 0 0 0
Todd Nelson, D 1 0 0 0
Jeff Daniels, LW 2 0 0 0
Jay Caufield, RW 25 0 0 0

Patrick Division standings:


Record Points
Rangers 33-17-2 68
Capitals 29-17-4 62
Penguins 25-20-5 55
Devils 24-16-7 55
Islanders 18-24-6 42
Flyers 16-24-9 41

Also in the news that day:

-The Steelers hired former Saints defensive backs coach Dom Capers as defensive coordinator. Additionally, new head coach Bill Cowher reached an agreement with Pitt linebackers coach Marvin Lewis to become secondary coach.

(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)

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