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Twenty Years Later - Nordiques 4, Penguins 4 - 02-20-12

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 Nordiques, Feb. 20, 1992.


The Penguins finished a two-game home stand at the Civic Arena. After a scoreless first period, right winger Greg Paslawski gave Quebec a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 1:11 of the second period against goaltender Tom Barrasso. Centers Joe Sakic and Claude Lapointe recorded assists.

At the 8:33 mark, defenseman Larry Murphy tied the game with a power-play goal against goaltender goaltender John Tanner. Assists went to center Mario Lemieux and right winger Rick Tocchet.

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Just over a minute and a half later at 10:00, right winger Owen Nolan restored the lead for Quebec, 2-1, with a power-play goal off assists from Sakic and left winger John Tonelli.

Almost immediately at 10:45, the Penguins tied the game again, 2-2, with a backhanded goal by right winger Joe Mullen. Assists were credited to Murphy and Lemieux.

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Late in the period, Nolan scored another power-play goal at 18:48 to make it a 3-2 game off assists from Sakic and center Mats Sundin.

Just 37 seconds into the third period, right winger Jaromir Jagr tied the game, 3-3 with a backhanded goal. Murphy had the only assist.

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A goal off a wrister by Sundin at 10:20 made it a 4-3 game. Tonelli recorded the lone assist.

Center Ron Francis tied the game again, 4-4 with a rebound goal at the 12:14 mark off an assist from Jagr.

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Notes:

-Barrasso made 29 saves in the tie.

-The three stars were 1.) Nolan 2.) Sakic 3.) Murphy.

-Jagr played his first game following a 10-game suspension for making contact with referee Ron Hoggarth Jan. 26.

-Tocchet and defenseman Kjell Samuelsson made their debuts with the Penguins after being acquired in a trade from the Flyers a day earlier.

Statistics:

Player
Position
Games
Played
Goals Assists Points
Kevin Stevens, LW 59 39 53 92
Mario Lemieux, C 46 29 58 88
Joe Mullen, RW 59 36 34 70
Jaromir Jagr, RW 49 24 29 53
Larry Murphy, D 57 14 37 51
Ron Francis, C 49 15 20 35
Rick Tocchet, RW 43 13 17 30
Bob Errey, LW 58 12 11 23
Bryan Trottier, C 45 9 13 22
Troy Loney, LW 56 8 14 22
Gordie Roberts, D 53 2 17 19
Phil Bourque, LW 39 7 11 18
Jiri Hrdina, C 43 3 12 15
Kjell Samuelsson, D 55 4 9 13
Ulf Samuelsson, D 43 1 10 11
Ken Priestlay, C 47 2 8 10
Jamie Leach, RW 38 5 4 9
Paul Stanton, D 39 2 6 8
Jim Paek, D 41 0 6 6
Grant Jennings, D 42 2 1 3
Peter Taglianetti, D 42 1 2 3
Jeff Chychrun, D 26 0 3 3
Gord Dineen, D 1 0 0 0
Glenn Mulvenna, C 1 0 0 0
Todd Nelson, D 1 0 0 0
Jeff Daniels, LW 2 0 0 0
Jay Caufield, RW 33 0 0 0

Patrick Division Standings:


Record Points
Rangers 37-20-4 78
Capitals 34-20-5 73
Devils 32-18-8 72
Penguins 27-24-8 62
Islanders 25-26-7 57
Flyers 21-26-11 53

Also in the news that day:

-In a consolation round game at the Albertville Winter Olympics, former Maple Leafs defenseman Borje Salming had a goal for Sweden which defeated rival Finland, 3-2, at Méribel Ice Palace in Méribel, France.

-Former Steelers punter Dan Stryzinski agreed to a three-year contract worth a total of $1 million with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards; Videos: Jay Korber)

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