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Twenty Years Later - Penguins 4, Red Wings 4 - 02-03-12

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' 4-4 tie against the Red Wings, Feb. 3, 1992.


The Penguins finished a four-game home stand with a tie at the Civic Arena. Center Sergei Fedorov gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead 1:36 into the game with a goal against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Right winger Sheldon Kennedy and left winger Paul Ysebaert netted assists.

Detroit took a 2-0 lead at 11:44 of the first period when right winger Ray Sheppard scored on a power play off assists from defensemen Steve Chiasson and Nicklas Lidstrom, a rookie.

Just 1:26 into the second period, right winger Mark Recchi scored his 30th goal of the season with a one-timer from the slot against former Penguins goaltender Greg Millen. Left winger Kevin Stevens recorded the only assist.

Just over three minutes later at 4:33, center Bryan Trottier scored a power-play goal with a deflection to tie tha game. Defensemen Larry Murphy and Paul Coffey had assists.

Trottier scored his second goal of the game with a backhander from the slot at 14:26 to give the Penguins a 3-2 lead. Recchi netted the lone assist.

The Red Wings tied the game, 3-3, when center Steve Yzerman scored a shorthanded goal off an assist from rookie defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov.

At 12:57,  Fedorov scored his second goal of the game and 20th of the season to give the Red Wings a 4-3 lead. Left winger Shawn Burr and Chiasson were credited with assists.

A power-play goal by Recchi at 15:19 tied the game, 4-4. Stevens and Trottier were credited with assists.

Notes:

-Barrasso made 27 saves in the game.

-The three stars were 1.) Trottier 2.) Recchi 3.) Fedorov.

-Recchi joined center Mario Lemieux as the only players in franchise history to record 30 or goals in their first three seasons.

Statistics:

Player
Position
Games
Played
Goals Assists Points
Kevin Stevens, LW 52 36 47 83
Mario Lemieux, C 42 29 51 80
Mark Recchi, RW 52 31 32 63
Joe Mullen, RW 52 29 33 62
Paul Coffey, D 50 9 51 60
Jaromir Jagr, RW 48 22 28 51
Larry Murphy, D 50 11 30 41
Ron Francis, C 42 12 19 31
Bob Errey, LW 50 12 10 22
Troy Loney, LW 49 7 13 20
Bryan Trottier, C 38 8 10 18
Gordie Roberts, D 46 2 15 17
Phil Bourque, LW 36 6 10 16
Jiri Hrdina, C 36 3 10 13
Ulf Samuelsson, D 37 1 9 10
Jamie Leach, RW 32 4 5 9
Ken Priestlay, C 43 2 7 9
Paul Stanton, D 32 1 5 6
Jim Paek, D 39 0 6 6
Grant Jennings, D 38 1 2 3
Peter Taglianetti, D 35 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 26 0 0 0

Patrick Division standings:


Record Points
Rangers 34-17-2 70
Capitals 30-17-4 64
Penguins 26-20-6 58
Devils 25-17-7 57
Islanders 19-24-7 45
Flyers 17-24-10 44

Also in the news that day:

-Forward DeRon Hayes scored 19 points and collected 10 rebounds for Penn State in a 69-59 win against Duquesne at Rec Hall in University Park, Pa.

(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)

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